It’s that time of year again. The time when thousands of excited gamers flock to Cologne all in the shared goal of getting their mitts on the latest upcoming games. Sadly, I’m not counted among the fortunate who are able to actually go to Germany this year, however that doesn’t mean I’m not just as excited as everyone else to see what is unveiled.
Gamescom has found itself with the unfortunate moniker of being the “poor relation to E3” in the last couple of years. This is in reference to the fact that most (nearly all) gaming companies invest an unbelievable amount of time and money to pull out all of the stops when it comes to E3, yet when Gamescom arrives barely a month later, most opt out of any press conferences and big showy events. Yet there’s a better way to look at it than that. At E3, new games/hardware are unveiled and advertised to thousands of baying fans, but all it really is, is a flashy advertisement. Whereas with Gamescom, you have a better opportunity of actually getting hands-on game time with those awesome looking adverts you saw a month previous.
To be fair, this year is not much different than last when considering the lack of press conferences on offer. Neither Xbox nor Playstation will be hosting a press conference and neither will the likes of the Bethesda, Ubisoft or Blizzard. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t going to be some tasty goodies on offer for people to get their teeth into. EA are doing something slightly different this year, instead of holding a press conference, they will be live streaming their event across the internet for everyone to watch and see just what the gaming giant has in store for the future (please be more Star Wars games, please be more Star Wars games!).
So whether you’re lucky enough to actually be heading to the event, or you’re like me and “watching from afar” here are a few of my top picks to watch out for at Gamescom 2016:
Seriously, who isn’t pumped for this game? The first game was such a refreshing revolution when it was released that I literally could not put it down from the moment I put the game in my 360. Now there’s a sequel, Corvo is older (and hopefully even more badass), Emily is a playable character which will be interesting to see how that differs from Corvo’s style and I just want to get back into the gosh-darn beautiful render of Dunwall City.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
I have loved Dragon Ball ever since I was old enough to stand on two legs and kame hame ha my brother through a mock pillow fort. The franchise is one which I have grown up with and is always one a refer to lovingly when talking about my favourite anime’s. The first Xenoverse game gave me exactly what I wanted: A Dragon Ball fighting game on the Xbox One (I’m easily pleased). Xenoverse 2 looks to build off of the solid platform laid by the first game and give the player their very own character to interact with the DBZ universe. Hell, I’m sold.
Sea of Thieves
I’m not going to lie, I’m a little personally invested in Sea of Thieves since I know one of the guys working on it, but I’m also in love with how this game has taken the world by storm. Before E3 I barely knew a thing about Rare’s new project beyond the name, yet now I would rank it as one of my top 10 must have upcoming releases. The glorious looking setting and massive open world, mixed with innovative and down-right fun looking multiplayer makes this game a must, if you’re able to get your hands on it at Gamescom!
In my opinion, the original Titanfall game did for Xbox One what Halo 3 did for the Xbox 360. It was a launch title for a new console, which to all intents and purposes worked brilliantly. It was a multiplayer revelation, giving new console owners a place to actually take their first few steps on the new Xbox One. The game itself was solid and remarkably refreshing for an FPS, and the new game looks set to capitalise on the strong footing the series earned. Titanfall 2 looks, on the exterior, like a game created by listening to what the fans wanted from the original title, and implementing it. An offline story mode, plus a host of new gear and Titans makes Titanfall 2 a game I definitely would love to get my hands on in Cologne.
Didn’t see that one coming did ya? Yes, I’m actually very excited to see what Lego Worlds has in store for us at Gamescom this year. We know there’s likely to be plenty of announcements to do with Lego Dimensions, but I want to see how “Worlds” is coming along. A lot of people are arguing that Lego is just ripping off Minecraft with this project however I don’t see it that way. I mean come on, how awesome would it be to have a Minecraft-style game, with Lego’s aesthetic and its plethora of characters to boot? It’d be great to see some way of incorporating “Dimension’s” figures into the game as well, but we’ll just have to watch this space.
There you have it, my top picks of games to look out for on the show floor at Gamescom 2016. Yeah I know I didn’t go for the massively obvious ones like Battlefield 1 or Gears of War 4, but where’s the point in that? Literally everybody is going to be fighting amongst themselves to get a turn on those games.
Now all we can do is wait and see what the event has in store for us, and hope there’s some juicy surprises along the way. Make sure to tune in to EA’s livestream on the 16th August at 6:15pm UK time to see what they have in store, and to feel that little bit more involved, even if you couldn’t physically attend. There’s always next year eh?