This week the videogame industry will be keeping a very close eye on the announcements, reveals, and exciting news that will no doubt be pouring out of gamescom 2013. With the press conferences kicking off tomorrow, and then the tradeshow opening it’s doors to the media on Wednesday (public on Thursday), we’re going to have a very busy, but exciting week!
There will be an incredible number of titles on display at gamescom again this year, but as gamers we each have our favourites. Let’s see what titles Oliver, Tom, and Pieter are looking forward to seeing at the show. Here’s a list of the top five games they want to hear more about, be sure to let us know what your top five games for gamescom are in the comments section below too.
5.) Wolfenstein: The New Order
After playing Wolfenstein at E3 2013, I was immediately amazed by Bethesda and MachineGames’ attempt to resurrect id Software’s classic franchise, even going as far as to think it could be the most well-rounded singleplayer first-person shooter we’ve seen in years. Certainly one of the best since Half-Life 2.
With a great mix of well written characters, action, puzzle solving and environment exploration (with vehicles promised, too), the delay of Wolfenstein: The New Order into 2014 was disappointing but has done nothing to put a damper on my excitement.
4.) Bayonetta 2
I unfortunately missed the chance to get to grips with Bayonetta 2 at E3 this year, but considering my stance on the original (it’s the finest, freshest and most tightly-knit combo-based action game since the original Devil May Cry) I’m going to make a special effort to stop by the Nintendo booth at gamescom 2013 to see what Platinum Games has in the works.
3.) Call of Duty: Ghosts
The singleplayer portion of Ghosts seems to be something special for the Call of Duty franchise, this time telling the tale of two brothers in the special forces trying to survive what is, for all intents and purposes, a post-apocalyptic world, with the aid of trained military dog to freshen up the gameplay and perhaps even add something extraordinary to the story, too.
Ghosts’ multiplayer is also set to be revealed very soon and I expect to be able to get hands-on time with that at gamescom 2013, and a glimpse at the next online shooter to dominate activity rankings for the next year or two.
2.) Battlefield 4
EA and DICE dropped jaws at E3 2013 with the showing of Battlefield 4’s multiplayer, complete with a destructible sky scraper and the return of Commander Mode, while the extended look at singleplayer revealed even more blockbuster scenarios and intense situations that go well beyond anything seen in Battlefield 3.
After playing the multiplayer component of Battlefield 4, I’m looking forward to dipping in again and seeing more of the dynamic events that DICE promises will make this game so different from its contemporaries.
Simply put, if I don’t get to actually play Titanfall at gamescom this year, I’m going to be severely disappointed. Witnessing the action explode in front of me at E3 2013 was tantalising and torturous – all I wanted to do was break through the glass dividing me from the developers next door and play the game for myself.
I’m also hoping to get an answer or two from Respawn regarding what else the team has cooking for Titanfall because, despite the fact that the game’s initial showing was mindblowing, there’ll need to be more features and hooks under the hood to keep us playing beyond the first few hours of wonder.
There are plenty of excellent games which are likely to be shown at gamescom 2013 so formulating a list of only five most anticipated titles is a tough task! With that said, there are some games which instantly spring to mind including the following five titles:
5.) Super Mario 3D World
Why am I so excited for yet another Mario game? The answer is simple – Super Mario 3D World is being developed by Nintendo EAD Tokyo whose previous games were Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel (two of the highest rated games of all time). Besides sporting some of the most vibrant visuals I’ve seen on Wii U, I’m confident that this title will feature some of the best and most ingenious gameplay of 2013!
4.) Dark Souls II
One of my best friends recently picked up the original Dark Souls during a Steam sale so I’m excited to have someone to co-op with when Dark Souls II is released early next year. I’m a huge fan of the Souls series and have easily spent over a hundred hours combined playing Demon’s Souls and its sequel. Since Dark Souls II has two new directors at its helm, I’m anxious to see if it will be as brutally enjoyable as its predecessors are.
3.) Killzone: Mercenary
I love seeing the very best of mobile graphics and Killzone: Mercenary is certainly a technical showcase for the PS Vita. I’m desperate to actually play the game and have been trying (unsuccessfully) to get into a multiplayer match every day since I downloaded the closed beta.
2.) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
I’m a sucker for RPGs featuring lots of player interaction and The Witcher 3 appears to tick all the boxes for what I want from a next-gen RPG. I’m sure we’ll see a few new areas and meet some new characters at gamescom so I simply cannot wait to see more of this highly ambitious title from CD Projekt RED.
1.) inFamous: Second Son
As someone who’s played all the entries in this open-world action series, I’m excited for the future of the franchise and everything I’ve seen of Second Son thus far makes me think that it will be a really enjoyable gameplay experience with awesome visuals as an added bonus!
5.) Command & Conquer
This is one of my favourite RTS games of all time. They revealed more details about it at E3 and that it’s still going to be Free2play, now I would like to see how this is going to work and what made them decide to go with the Frostbite 3 engine and not a dedicated system for an RTS game. Command & Conquer is not getting much attention, maybe that’s why I am so interested in it.
4.) Plants VS Zombies Garden Warfare
This is a wildcard for me. I really got excited when I saw the announcement of this game, it is something different but still the same with an awesome twist. I want to see how the co-op will work in the story and whether there will be a competitive side to the game, for instance where one team are zombies and the other plants. Garden Warfare is also looking good with the Frostbite 3 engine and I want to see if you will have the same destructive environments like in Battlefield.
3.) Halo 5
I always want to know more about a new Halo game. With the small teaser trailer they revealed at E3, I just need to know more. I noticed Masterchief had different armour on and want to know the story behind the Forerunner structure that appears in front of him. I think it is too early for them to reveal any more of the game, and that they will only reveal more next year…let us hope I am wrong.
This game is going to get so much of my time when it comes out. Just to think it’s from the same guys that made Call of Duty so popular and now they’ve made something new and truly awesome. I would like to see more about how the Titans fit into the gameplay and what modes will be available, as well as more gameplay footage.
1.) Battlefield 4
Everything they have upgraded in Battlefield 4 is unbelievable. I am so looking forward to seeing more of this game’s mechanics and how it all fits together, like how the environment keeps changing by the players and how the destruction plays a role in the game. I also would like to see more of the story side of the game too. They have done some amazing things with the Frostbite 3 engine.
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