GAMESCOM 15: What I’m looking forward to this year.

So, in case you weren’t aware, Gamescom is happening on the 5th – 9th August and there’s plenty in the line up to get excited about. Personally, I really enjoy watching these conventions – I love getting news about about new titles and details for the games I’m already looking forward to. Normally, I don’t like to do my research, as I enjoy the surprise of hearing what they bring into the spotlight, but for Gamescom this year, I thought I’d have a quick nosey into what they were showcasing. So, with Microsoft, EA and Blizzard all hosting conferences at Gamescom this year, and many other publishers taking to the show floor to demo their products, here’s my list of things I’m looking forwards to seeing most at this years show.

Virtual Reality

 

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 If you checked out our E3 podcast, you’d have heard me say how uninterested I am in all the Virtual Reality announcements and technology that’s being developed within the gaming field. However, I found watching the demonstrations at E3 to be quite entertaining to watch. So whilst it’s not something I’m probably going to invest in any time soon, I still find the technology quite fascinating. Personally, I have to admit that the one that appeals most to me is the Microsoft HoloLens, as I find it could integrate into my regular gaming routine more than the other virtual reality offerings. So, with Microsoft doing a conference at Gamescom, hopefully seeing a bit more of the HoloLens will continue to pique my interest with some features other than using it for Minecraft. Seriously, I don’t need another Minecraft platform….

Dark Souls 3

 

From Software have announced that they are taking Dark Souls 3 to Gamescom, so even if they don’t show it at any of the conferences, I hope to see a bit more information regarding the next installment in this brutal but wonderful series. I’ve played both Dark Souls 1 and 2, as well as their original PS3 offering of Demon Souls, yet I would say I’m more of a dabbler in the series than a hardcore fan. Still, a game like this always gets me excited to see what they will bring to the table with this one. Hopefully more gameplay features and details regarding the games setting will be revealed to us. Will the combat have been affected by Bloodborne in any way, or will we be slogging through the next set of dungeons, shield in hand, ready to tank, dodge and cry our way through another offering of frustrating brilliant game mechanics and moody surroundings? I’m honestly looking forwards to finding out more.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst.

 

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Come on EA – convince me that I want this game. I’ve always been interested in playing Mirror’s Edge, but after this game was announced, I decided to hang fire and give this one a play instead. After watching the E3 trailer though, I didn’t really see a reason for me not to pick up the first one instead. I mean don’t get me wrong, the game looks really pretty in that clinical, clean cut way, but there wasn’t enough substance in what was shown to get me pumped for this game. If they showcase some actual gameplay footage rather than just cut scenes and introduction sequences, maybe that’ll help me change my mind. Give us a bit more substance DICE – Faith looks like an awesome character and I really want to get lost in that world, but right now, you’re not convincing me.

For Honor

 

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I’m sorry. I’m such a big history nut, and I love games which require tight team work, so I can’t help but get intrigued when I see anything on this game. The demo at E3 looked pretty fun, focusing on the gameplay’s team element and watching two heroes face off in what appeared to be really tight combat was pretty awesome. The hack and slash style gameplay looks like it has some finesse to it too- so you can be a badass on the battlefield, but still have to watch yourself so that you don’t get overwhelmed. To me, it looked like a more refined Dynasty Warriors (a guilty pleasure of mine.) Obviously I wanna see some more details before I decide if this game is something for me, and I know they are showcasing a playable form of the game on the show floor, so this is one I’ll be watching for news quite intently. Besides, what’s not to love about watching knights fight Vikings or Samurai? It’s pretty silly, but I can’t help but be excited for this. Show me more Gamescom.

Deus Ex : Mankind Divided

 

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution was the first game in the series I played, so I can’t say I’m an avid fan of the series. However, I really enjoyed Human Revolution, and I was surprised by the announcement of Mankind Divided, purely because the game had kinda fallen off my radar. Still, I love my stealth games that offer multiple options to approach situations, and ways to customize your gameplay style. Human Revolution offered both of these, and I found it to be an incredibly enjoyable game. It’s for this reason that I’m excited for Mankind Divided – I want to know what’s next for Adam Jensen and how they will improve on the awesome customization that its predecessor developed. Plus, player choices have much more impact than they did in the previous game, and this is always a good selling point for me. Hopefully we’ll have some of these questions answered at Gamescom this year.

 Mass Effect Andromeda

It’s not going to happen…but a girl can dream right?

Quantum Break

 

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I remember seeing this announced at E3 and being very momentarily disappointed that this game wasn’t coming out for PS4. However, now that I actually have the means to play this game, it’s cropped back up onto my radar again. The game was supposed to have been released in 2014, so it’s been in limbo for a while now. However, Microsoft have hinted that we will have all the details we need for Gamescom and admittedly, this is one of the main reasons why I’ll be staying up to watch the conference. I like games that try to be a little different, with interesting concepts, so anything they can give us on this time manipulating blend of video game and live action would be greatly received. Also, there are rumour’s that they will finally give us a release date for this. I’m hoping for summer next year – my winter/spring catalogue is already looking pretty full up at the moment (and that’s just with Fallout).

So, all in all, there’s plenty to be excited about for Gamescom this year. Admittedly, I’m not a massive fan of the things Blizzard are developing at the moment, but with the new World of Warcraft expansion being revealed, there’s a lot for Blizzard fans to be looking forwards to. For myself, it seems to be all in the action/adventure category, but there’s also more details for Star Wars Battlefront, Fallout 4, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain and Mario Maker to be shown as well. Should be a great event for all the lucky people that get to go. As for myself, I will be streaming the conferences from the comfort of my own home, wearing my pyjamas and drinking a cup of tea, whilst mulling over all the things they showcase. Wonderful.

Sarah
As the newest member of the team, Sarah makes her contribution by writing articles related to gaming. She also co-hosts on the podcast gaming segments. Apart from FC, she appears on Youtube videocast GameOn TV.