Like years previous, Germany’s overwhelmingly enormous gamescom event this month will play host to hundreds of videogames across a huge spectrum of genres and platforms, as publishers and developers (both great and small) showcase unannounced, unreleased and brand new titles for media and the public over five days of gaming paradise.
Predicting which games will have great showings and impress us enough to make us count the seconds until release is a difficult task because not only is the quality bar so high this year, but dozens of next generation games will also be on display which adds an exciting random element to proceedings.
In 2009, an official independent body of gamescom judges named StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty as the very best of show, but in 2010 Gran Turismo 5 took this honour. In 2011 Battlefield 3 ran away with the coveted award, and 2012’s official ‘Best of Show’ nod went to Dishonored.
Best of show awards from outlets around the world were just as varied but mostly hewed closely to the official selections in one way or another. What about gamescom 2013? Which single game will manage to grow our eyes the widest this year? The El33tonline team weighs in below:
The number of exciting games scheduled to be shown off at gamescom 2013 is impressive and any one of a dozen titles have a chance of walking away with the highest recognition this year, not only awarded by the official gamescom selection committee, but by publications and gamers, too.
My knee-jerk thought would be that The Witcher 3 has the highest chance of being the overall ‘Best of Show’ at gamescom 2013, but Call of Duty: Ghosts’ multiplayer reveal could put Infinity Ward’s game on top. Battlefield 4 could easily swoop in with another incredible multiplayer and singleplayer one-two punch while Disney Infinity and Destiny both hold inextricable charms. Watch Dogs and The Division, too, could be selected thanks to their forward-looking designs.
This is a difficult one, it’s going to be a very close race between two games for me really. I think Battlefield 4 or Titanfall might win the Game of the Show this year as they are big hitters and the awesomeness these two games bring to the gaming world is unreal. But then again there is the announcement of Left 4 Dead 3 that might steal the show and that other title called Call of Duty: Ghosts.
I know that Respawn’s first-person shooter Titanfall won plenty of awards at E3, including Best of Show, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it also dominated at gamescom. However, I think The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a good chance of impressing critics due to its massive open-world setting full of things to do and beautiful sights to see. From what I’ve read, The Witcher 3 features an incredible degree of interaction in terms of your actions affecting its world and inhabitants. This is the kind of thing I would like to see more of during the next gen so I’m hoping that the game will be hugely successful and pave the way for many more immersive RPGs which focus on player choice and consequence being released over the next few years.
There are a number of very strong contenders for the Game of the Show award this year. In my opinion these include Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and Titanfall. Yet it’s Titanfall which I believe will sweep most gamers and critics off their feet at this year’s gamescom, and following on from the success the title earned at E3 in Los Angeles in June it will again walk away with the Game of the Show award.
Do you have any favourite titles that you are looking forward to seeing more of at gamescom this week? Let us know which titles you think will be in the running to win Game of the Show in the comments section below.