Top Ten Gamescom 2014 News Highlights

Written by Katie Allen on Sat, Aug 16, 2014 5:00 PM
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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;

2) Rise Of The Tomb Raider Confimed Exclusive To Xbox ... Then Revealed It's Timed Exclusive

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.

3) Stunning Vistas On Show In New Assassins Creed Unity Trailer

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.

4) Kojima Confirms Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain And MGS: Ground Zeroes For PC

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.

5) Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Demo Blows Up Golden Gate Bridge

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?

6) 5 Minute The Witcher 3 Gameplay Demo

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.

7) Michel Ansel’s WiLD

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.

8) Silent Hills Announced in Teaser Demo

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.

10) Starbreeze Announces Overkills The Walking Dead From Payday 2 Creators

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.

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18:19 Aug-17-2014

You forgot to mention completely that there was also a HUGE CS:GO tournament which had broke a world record in the amount of viewers to watch a single CS:GO match.

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13:29 Aug-17-2014

Until Dawn:
so Kane finally snaps up... and not on the camera ^^

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11:10 Aug-17-2014

where is gta v ?

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13:13 Aug-17-2014

Still not confirmed !

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09:07 Aug-17-2014

definitely getting witcher 3 now that they have the "jump" feature. saw it on youtube on some demo or something like that.

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21:18 Aug-16-2014

1) definitely Microsoft showed off ×Đ

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09:12 Aug-17-2014

It took me like a minute to find out what's wrong in that picture...was right in the middle.

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12:41 Aug-17-2014

funny thing is Microsoft doesn't trust their fancy Windows 8/8.1 enough to bring it on Gamescom and so they're left with Windows 7 to pretend Xbox One :P

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20:07 Aug-17-2014

heh ×Đ

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04:10 Aug-18-2014

MS is at it again.

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19:51 Aug-16-2014

Hadn't even seen that Until Dawn trailer before, great looking horror game, also WiLD looks really promising.
But IMO the biggest star of Gamescom was THIS

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18:41 Aug-16-2014

very upset for Tomb Raider :( ....i know it cant be good on Xbox....Tomb Raider deserve PC..it a shame ! and Call Of Duty Advance warfare will be great looking really promising ! :D

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19:54 Aug-16-2014

Tomb Raider cant be good on Xbox? How so? All the previous TR games have been good on Xbox platforms. That it's timed exclusive wont make the game worse.
Agreed about CoD:AW

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20:49 Aug-16-2014

Console visual looks crap then PC....Did u saw comparison between Xbox and PC the previous Tomb Raider 2013 check this video on 1080p.

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21:45 Aug-16-2014

That is Xbox360....what would you expect it to look like on a 2005 hardware? It's still was a great game on every system, even though it doesn't have high end PC graphics. And Xbone version of Tomb Raider 2013 was seriously a good looking game. Of course upcoming game will look better on high end PCs, but still, i'm sure that a console versions will also be great games. Personally i'm playing for games, not for platforms.

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08:00 Aug-17-2014

ya Xbox 360 vs old gen PC....if u compare any game on current gen PC with Xbox one still PC is better choice !

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09:19 Aug-17-2014

It was said in the videos description that PC footage was with max settings and Full HD resolution...so i guess it wasn't very old...
And current gen/new PC doesn't necessarily mean same as strong PC. Of course high end PC produces better graphics than consoles, but the difference between them seriously isn't huge. Even if this upcoming TR game would be released for PS2, it could still be a great game.
Bad graphics don't make a good game bad, and good graphics don't make a bad game good :)

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10:21 Aug-17-2014

i did not said game storyline will be bad on Xbox i said for the visual. Thats why i love COD more than BF.... :)

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13:33 Aug-17-2014

CoD>BF for me also :)
The visuals were nice looking on Xbox one on previous game also pretty much the same than PC version on ultra (on a bit lower resolution though), so i guess the next game will look fine also. And of course later when it comes to PC, people with powerful rigs can get the best looking version.

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21:18 Aug-17-2014

I never said it will not look fine...i said PC always looks better than a console ! its a diff between good and best....console is good but PC is is best forever at least for me :)

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11:04 Aug-18-2014

Cool to see that all console haters are at it again, thumb me down all you a´want, i don't care, would be cool also if you comment on this so i can return the favor :)

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18:24 Aug-16-2014

Hmm i want Rise Of The Tomb Raider for my PC :( soon also Assassin’s Creed Unity and The Witcher 3.

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17:07 Aug-16-2014

The witcher 3, Metal gear solid V and the new silent hill game are the most games I am excited for now. I would have been excited for Assassins creed unity if ubisoft knew how to optimise a pc game from the first place.

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17:36 Aug-16-2014

Amen to that!

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