This week in video games: December 7, 2015

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      This week, Rainbow Six is back with Siege, Xenoblade Chronicles marks the spot with an “X”, why an upcoming UFC bout is so important to EA Sports, and The Witcher 3 takes top honours at the Game Awards.

      Close-quarter combat with Rainbow Six Siege

      From Ubisoft, Rainbow Six Siege is a return to the tactical shooter. The last game in the franchise was 2008’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2. The series was established by author Tom Clancy in his novel, Rainbow Six.

      Developed at Ubisoft Montreal, the game pits two teams against each other in a close-quarter battle, with one team fortifying and the other attacking. The fast-shifting games often have teams switching roles in the course of the episodes.

      Rainbow Six Siege is now available for PS4, Windows, and Xbox One.

      Result of UFC match will determine cover athlete

      We know that Ronda Rousey is on the cover of the new UFC game.

      The winner of the world featherweight championship bout between Jose Also and Conor McGregor, being held in Las Vegas on December 12, will join her.

      Being developed in Burnaby at EA Canadad, EA Sports UFC 2 will be released in the spring.

      Get that Wii U out for Xenoblade Chronicles X

      This action role-playing game is the follow up to the amazing Xenoblade Chronicles, which was released for the Wii in 2012 (and for the 3DS in the spring of 2015).

      The world of Mira is huge, and players take on the guise of a character they can personalize in a story that has the last surviving humans caught in an intergalactic war between two other races.

      It's rated teen, so it’s a good open-world option for kids who shouldn’t be playing Fallout 4 and Grand Theft Auto 5.

      Winners of the Game Awards 2015

      The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt took home top honours at this year's Game Awards.

      In Los Angeles last week, the second annual Game Awards were handed out.

      Role-playing game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt took honours for game of the year and best RPG. The studio that made the game, CD Projekt Red, was developer of the year.

      The raucous Rocket League was the best independent game. It also won for best sports or racing game.

      Nintendo’s Splatoon was a surprise winner of best shooter. Other nominees in that category were Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Destiny: The Taken King, Halo 5: Guardians, and Star Wars Battlefront.

      Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain won two awards, but the game’s director and franchise creator Hideo Kojima was reportedly prevented from attending the ceremony because his former employer, Konami, chose to exercise certain contract terms. 

      Full list of winners of the 2015 Game Awards

      Game of the Year

      The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 

      Developer of the Year

      CD Projekt Red 

      Best Independent Game

      Rocket League 

      Best Mobile/Handheld Game

      Lara Croft GO 

      Best Narrative

      Her Story 

      Best Art Direction

      Ori and the Blind Forest 

      Best Score/Soundtrack

      Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 

      Best Performance

      Viva Seifert (Her Story) 

      Games for Change Award

      Life Is Strange (DONTNOD Entertainment/Square Enix) 

      Best Shooter


      Best Action/Adventure Game

      Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain  

      Best Role Playing Game

      The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 

      Best Fighting Game

      Mortal Kombat X 

      Best Family Game

      Super Mario Maker 

      Best Sports/Racing Game

      Rocket League 

      Best Multiplayer


      Most Anticipated Game

      No Man’s Sky 

      eSports Player of the Year

      Kenny “KennyS” Schrub 

      eSports Team of the Year

      Optic Gaming 

      eSports Game of the Year

      Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 

      Trending Gamer

      Greg Miller 

      Best Fan Creation

      Portal Stories: Mel (Prism Studios)