The Game Awards 2021 nominations are…

Today: Return to Sinnoh region in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl — Experience Disney World from the comfort of your own home with Minecraft — Oculus Quest 2 is doing big numbers

Game Awards 2021 nominations revealed

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart heroes Ratchet and Rivet

The Game Awards returns with a live show on December 9th, and the nominees have already been announced. Arkane Studios' Deathloop and Insomniac Games' Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart are both nominated in several categories, including Game of the Year.

  • Metroid Dread and Resident Evil Village also compete for Game of the Year
  • Actor Giancarlo Esposito nominated for Best Performance in Far Cry 6
  • Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda have no less than 20 nominations
  • Sony has earned 11 nominations, while Square Enix and EA both have 10

Top awards: PlayStation 5 exclusives Deathloop and Ratchet & Clank are also competing for Best Game Direction, Best Art Direction, and Best Audio Design. Cyberpunk 2077 is nominated for Best Score and Music by Marcin Przybylowicz and Piotr T. Adamczyk.

Anticipated: Fortnite and Final Fantasy XIV Online are nominated for Best Community Support and Best Ongoing features, while the Most Anticipated includes Elden Ring, God of War Ragnarok, Horizon Forbidden West, and Starfield. What's your Game of the Year? We'd love to know.

What did Duke Nukem Forever have instead of a health bar?

a) An ego bar
b) A kickass bar
c) A balls bar
d) None of the above

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl review round-up

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl gameplay

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl is a remake of the 2006 Nintendo DS classic, and takes you back to the Sinnoh region for a new old adventure. Are the critics feeling the nostalgia?

  • TheSixthAxis (Score 9/10) – ”This is a firm reminder that Pokémon games can be extraordinary and one of the most enjoyable remakes I've played in a long time.”
  • God is a Geek (Score 9/10) – ”Like a warm hug, offering nothing but smiles and enjoyment throughout.”
  • Nintendo World Report (Score 8.5/10) – ”Taking another trip around a much more visually striking Sinnoh region turned out to be more satisfying than I anticipated.”
  • Game Informer (Score 8.5/10) – ”Welcome throwback to a simpler time when I felt completing a Pokédex was a somewhat realistic task to undertake.”
  • VGC (Score 4/5) – ”Improvements may not be as drastic as some may have hoped, but what's here is a solid Pokémon adventure regardless.”
  • Digital Trends (Score 3.5/5) – ”Perfectly charming remakes, even if they aren’t the most memorable adventures.”
  • Nintendo Life (Score 6/10) – ”Very little reason to play Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl over your original DS copies.”

Disney World DLC for Minecraft

Minecraft x Walt Disney Magic Kingdom crossover

Want to go to Disney World but can't? Well, now you can if you can forgive a bit of blockiness: The Walt Disney Magic Kingdom has been faithfully recreated as a Minecraft world.

It's not just for show either: The rides actually work, and you can take tours of the park, dress up as Disney characters, and of course enjoy the fireworks display at night. The DLC is available right now.

Caves & Cliffs: Mojang has posted another update on the Caves & Cliffs update, which is finally launching on November 30th for both Minecraft: Bedrock Edition and Java Edition.

Backburner: Expect “updated terrain generation, higher peaks, more elaborate cave systems – even the ore veins are larger!” Other features were planned, but they have been “put on hold” and will be released later.

Empire of Sin keys for budding gangsters

Empire of Sin feature montage

Crime doesn't pay – unless you're good at it, and that's every sensible and enterprising crime entrepreneur needs lackeys. Sign up for our Empire of Sin Giveaway for PC and PlayStation 4, and start building your own goon army!

Prohibition, racketeering, money laundering – it’s the Chicago dream. Empire of Sin blends real-time strategy and turn-based tactical combat as you climb the ranks in the sleazy criminal underworld.

Thunderful World, Nacon, Curve Digital, Herocraft and Tropico sales

Tropico Franchise Sale banner

There is always a sale on at Humble Bundle, and now there's no less than five! First out is the Tropico Franchise Sale featuring up to 75% off everyone's favorite banana republic simulator series.

Next there is the Thunderful World Event Sale, the Nacon Publisher Sale, the Herocraft Publisher Sale and the Curve Digital Sale – all featuring discounts up to 90%!

Co-op sequel for The Exorcist: Legion VR

Fun Train and Pocket Money Games are working on a co-op sequel to The Exorcist: Legion VR, scheduled for launch next year. The new teaser trailer doesn't show any gameplay, but at least it will be coming to the next-gen PlayStation VR.

Oculus Quest 2 has sold 10 million

Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon claims that Oculus Quest 2 has sold 10 million units. The Quest 2 headset launched in late 2020, and in August Facebook CTO Andrew Bosworth said he was convinced they would hit the 10 million mark. Quest 2 has a 35% market share on Steam.

Age of Sigmar: Tempestfall gameplay

Carbon Studio is showing off some new Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Tempestfall footage just in time for its PC launch. Wield the weapons of a Lord-Arcanum, and smite foul creatures in the name of Sigmar!

What did Duke Nukem Forever have instead of a health bar?

A scene from DNF’s casino level. The ego bar is on display in the upper left corner.

ANSWER: An ego bar!

Duke Nukem Forever may famously not have been worth the wait, but in hindsight, it wasn't all bad. The ego bar, for example, is a pretty cute idea that turns all the pointless but fun interactivity from Duke Nukem 3D into a core game mechanic by turning ego into Duke's life force.

Rather than pick up health packs, Duke just needs to tinker with pinball machines, dumbbells, and mirrors to give his ego a boost and get back into the fray. Caught an arrow to the knee? Don't worry, just check yourself out in a mirror and you'll be right as rain in no time.

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!