Gamescom, how you’ve grown. Europe’s largest gaming convention maybe a baby compared to the long-standing giant that is E3, but the conference seems to wield more and more interesting industry exclusives every year.
We’ve had a bonanza year this year, with a host of great trailers, announcements and press releases from a myriad of developers and publishers. Here, we’ve looked over some of the conference’s biggest stories in case you missed any of them...
1) Microsoft Press Conference
There was plenty to discuss in Microsoft's conference, from Halo announcements, footage of insane new rollercoaster title ScreamRide, and the unveiling of the Xbox One holiday line-up. This conference did wield one extremely controversial announcement, however, which leads us neatly on to;
Announcements like this should be banned. You know, the kind where publishers say “ooh, this game is exclusive”, the gaming community has a collective meltdown, and then it turns out the whole thing was a huge exaggeration and, in fact, the game is merely a timed exclusive and will be coming to other platforms. Not before every Tomb Raider 2013 forum on the internet is flooded with raging PC and Playstation fans, however. Corporate trolling at its best.
Assassin’s Creed Unity looks like it will be one of the biggest games of the year, and as a result there’s pretty heavy interest in all things Unity that comes our way. Ubisoft are masters of the PR train and have been bombarding us with trailers ever since this game’s announcement, but this one really stood out for its sheer, stunning graphics.
The Metal Gear series has been an infrequent visitor to desktops worldwide, so we little expected the news that the two Metal Gear Solid V games would be heading to PC. What with this and the announcement of a new Silent Hill game, it’s been a rather busy Gamescom for Hideo Kojima.
The Call of Duty franchise has been garnering a lot of criticism in recent years for obvious reasons, but Sledgehammer’s offering is actually looking very promising. This trailer certainly whet our appetites, and with many complaining that Battlefield: Hardline plays like a mod of BF4, could Call of Duty see a revival in the hearts of gamers this year?
Overhyping games is dangerous, but something about The Witcher 3 makes us jump up and down and squee like nine year old girls whenever CD Projekt RED releases new content. This five minute demo released earlier in the week really didn’t dampen our excitement levels for this game, as we saw some of the modified combat for the third in The Witcher series.
New trailers and info is all very well, but it’s the fresh announcements that really make a game’s conference. An open world game created by Michel Ansel in which you can be any animal you like? Umm, yes. Yes please. Here’s hoping it comes to PC and doesn’t remain PS4 only.
Hats of to Hideo Kojima and co for this inspired reveal; a new Silent Hill game hidden within a truly spine-chilling teaser demo, complete with darkness, mysterious ringing phones and about a million other horrible things that go bump in the night. The news that he is collaborating with Guillermo Del Toro and there’s voice acting from The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus was merely the icing on the cake.
9) Until Dawn Moves To PS4
We’d virtually forgotten about this PS3-scheduled slasher horror title until Sony brought it back with a bang at Gamescom 2014. Great trailer, great cast, stunning updated graphics, and what looks like a serious treat for slasher fans, Gamescom 2014 really served to put Until Dawn back on the map.
Norman Reedus starring in Silent Hills wasn’t the only Walking Dead related reminder from this conference. This one was a huge surprise, and will be the third Walking Dead inspired gaming franchise after Telltale’s blockbuster adventure series and the - rather less successful - Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. Pay Day developers Overkill have quite the pedigree behind them, so we’re hoping they can turn this into something really special.
What was your favourite news from Gamescom 2014? Which upcoming titles have you most hyped in the coming months? Tell us your gamescom favourites by leaving a comment.