Gamescom 2014 - Best Games Of Gamescom 2014

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Aug 17, 2014 3:00 PM
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Phew what a show, Gamescom 2014 stamped down its presence this year like never before. Europe's largest gaming conference might only be five years old but already it's standing toe-to-toe with E3, delivering knock-out game announcements and trailers left, right and centre. 

Now that the dust has settled we would like to reward the best of the best, the genre titans that blew away expectations and games we can't wait to get our eager mitts on. We want to take a moment to look at the best in their field, the game's that every gamer won't want to be without when they arrive over the coming year. So without further ado, we present best games of Gamescom 2014.

Best Racing - Project CARS

Four big-name racers cropped up at Gamescom this year, but the painstaking attention to detail present in Project CARS stole the show. Filled to the rafters with more than 60 licensed cars and over 35 race tracks, developer Slightly Mad Studios is shooting for one of the most authentic driving simulators ever with Project CARS. But the visuals, the beautiful visuals, it's a petrol head's dream. The game’s has been around in some shape or form for what feels like years now, but we’ll at last be able to get our mitts on the finished version when it arrives later this year.

 

Best RPG - Pillars of Eternity

Obsidian probably knows they’re on to a winner with Pillars of Eternity, and it’s not hard to see why. We weren’t even aware that Baldur’s Gate was capable of giving birth but it has, to this blast from the past that will leave old-school RPG gamers all misty-eyed. The return of the fixed isometric viewpoint and the stunning high-definition pre-rendered backdrops means Pillars of Eternity is quite the looker, and while not based on a Dungeons and Dragons ruleset, it looks like it’s got the combat chops to deliver an RPG to remember.

 

Best Shooter - Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

The Call of Duty series has been earning a lot of bad press over the years, and Activision knew. While still shifting millions, sales on Call of Duty: Ghosts took a major dip and something needed to be done to rejuvenate the series. Step forward debutants Sledgehammer with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, with a pulsating multiplayer reveal that looks to be delivering a knock-out punch to Titanfall’s parkour-like antics. Taking everything that was great about Respawn’s debut, pulping the rest and meshing it with old-school Quake, it’s a shooter fan’s dream come true. And don’t get us started on that Golden Gate Bridge scene.

 

Best Sports - FIFA 15

A dearth of alternative sports games and Konami’s disappointing decision to release a downgraded version of PES 2015 played right into EA Sports’ hands. A number of changes means FIFA 15 could hopefully be the most improved iteration yet, boasting massively improved visuals, emotional intelligence that improves animations, more authentic goalkeeping and more. We can’t wait to get our hands on the final game next month, it’s just a shame about the Xbox exclusive content.

 

Best Strategy - Hearts of Iron IV


Alright, alright, so unfortunately Hearts of Iron IV couldn’t make it to the show floor, but the snippets we’ve seen so far makes us want to invest in giant cigars and lazily push troops across entire continents as we bend the course of history to our will. Paradox knows a thing or two about strategy games and, judging from their last outings, Hearts of Iron IV is going to be hard to beat.

  

Best Indie - The Vanishing of Ethan Carter


That an eight-person development team like The Astronauts can develop a game like The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is testament to the new-found power of the indie scene. Looking every bit like a top-tier release, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is an intriguing murder mystery strung on the concepts of exploration and discovery rather gunplay and boss fights. Inspired by the likes of H.P. Lovecraft and other early 20th century fiction, this looks like a terrifying trek into the unknown.

 

Best Action - Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor

We’ve continued to umm and ahh about Warner Bros latest, after a disappointing reveal that pegged it as a Batman: Arkham Asylum or Assassin’s Creed clone. Thankfully though, the more we see the more we’re interested, and Monolith Productions looks to be attempting something genuinely new with the Nemesis System. While the combat draws obvious comparisons with Batman, the freedom of choice and tactical decision-making put Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor into a different ball park. Besides, creating No One Lives Forever pretty much puts Monolith on god-tier as it is.

 So there's are favourites, now we want to know what yours are. Any surprises for you at this year's Gamescom? What were you most impressed with? Let us know what you think below!

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09:29 Aug-18-2014

Please Jon should correct this, BEST sports game wasn't FIFA 15 it was PES 2015, PLEASE CHECK IT AGAIN http://youtu.be/G-nuxFlEAjw

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05:32 Aug-18-2014

I want GTA V on PC also Witcher 3 didn't make best RPG?

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20:39 Aug-17-2014

I haven't even noticed Project Cars showed off something -_-

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19:53 Aug-17-2014

Everything is ok, but srsly where's Witcher3!?

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19:34 Aug-17-2014

Surprised nhl 15 didn't make best sports game. Fifa seems like another roster update with a few new features while nhl looks completely rebuit and fresh Imo.

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16:17 Aug-17-2014

"...Pillars of Eternity is quite the looker..."
Yeah, I don't think so.

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15:50 Aug-17-2014

Witcher 3 didn't make best RPG? I'm going to have to have a look at this one that beat it...

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18:48 Aug-17-2014

Exactly what I was thinking!

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08:57 Aug-18-2014

I know! Witcher 3 would be my pick but its a preference thing.

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15:37 Aug-17-2014

Can someone tell me if Project CARS is going to be available on PC ?

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15:01 Aug-17-2014

and i'm just sitting here waiting for GTA V on PC

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15:16 Aug-17-2014

We all are waiting for GTA V brother, we all are.

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15:34 Aug-17-2014

True, True, when it comes out im taking a month off just to eat play and maybe sleep a little

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05:48 Aug-18-2014

I keep seeing bits of the console versions in trailers and gaming shows like Good Game (Australian) and I'm just AARRGGGHHHHH WANT SO MUUUCH!

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07:11 Aug-18-2014

likewise, its gonna be a looong wait for a good piece of cake

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