Gamescom was held over the past week with over 270,000 gamers attending the event. It is the biggest trade fair for video games, surpassing E3, though not quite as popular.
Now I couldn’t travel all the way to Cologne, Germany to attend Gamescom, but over the weekend I scoured through all of the trailers shown at Gamescom and here’s my take on some of the best upcoming PC games that were shown in Gamescom.
Starting off with couple of MMORPGS, first is BioWare & Lucas Arts’ production, Star Wars: The Old Republic. BioWare have been releasing footage of Star Wars:The Old Republic on a fairly regular level. At Gamescom, BioWare showcased combat from a Sith perspective.
Star Wars:The Old Republic is slated to release this quarter and I’m eagerly waiting for it.
Next up in the line of MMORPG is the NCSoft published, ArenaNet developed GuildWars 2. Looking at the trailer, the developer diary and some PvP footage, it does look like Guild Wars 2 is going to be real pretty game.
Moving on to RPGs, BioWare’s final game in the Mass Effect series, Mass Effect 3 was on the spotlight. The footage showed a combat scene in Mass Effect 3 in a slightly more tactical approach rather than the usual run-and-gun.
Another RPG which has captured my interest is 38 Studios’ Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. I first spotted the game during this year’s E3 and have been following it rather keenly. With the story written by none other than R. A. Salvatore, the creator of the Icewind Dale trilogy(which BioWare based upon for their cult D&D game Icewind Dale), the game looks a must-play.
Following up on their 2009 release, 2K Games and Gearbox software showed a small 30-second teaser trailer to the FPS/RPG hybrid Borderlands. The teaser shows the character shooting away at enemies with a modded machine gun in Borderlands’ signature cell shaded glory.
Moving on to Action/FPS games, EA has been showing quite a lot of Battlefield 3 footage, trying to pit it against Call of Duty series. Over the past few months, there’s been lot of chatter between the fans and developers of the two games especially with both the company CEOs exchanging some mudslinging.
At Gamescom, EA showed a gameplay trailer featuring a 64-player multiplayer map with tanks, foot and air combat. Definitely a must watch.
Also on show was Prototype 2, the sequel to Activision/Radical Entertainment’s Sci-Fi open world action game Prototype. Prototype featured you as Alex Mercer once an ordinary human being transformed into a shapeshifter with superhuman powers by way of Blacklight virus infection. Prototype 2 continues the story with the player playing as Sgt. James Heller, trying to get revenge on Alex for killing his family.
In the racing genre, EA had announced in E3 that their new iteration of their flagship racing game series, Need For Speed dubbed as Need For Speed:The Run, would be returning to fast-cars-open-world-cop-chase-street-racing genre. At Gamescom, EA showed a 5 minute gameplay video of a race through a snowstorm set in Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Have a look at it:
For the finale, Valve showed off the trailer for DoTA 2. Defense of The Ancients – better known as DoTA – has come a long way from it’s origins. DoTA started off as a custom map/scenario for Warcraft III. Much like Counter Strike, the mod achieved a cult following thanks to it’s addictive gameplay. Valve showed their trailer for DoTA 2 and also held some tournaments based on the as-yet-being-developed game.
The tournament gameplay videos and signup for beta testing DoTA is available on the DoTA2 site.