Gamescom 2015 Preview
Gamescom 2015 Preview
Gamescom 2015 kicks off in a matter of days in Cologne, Germany and plays host to hundreds of thousands of gamers and several thousand members of the press. Unlike E3, Gamescom allows players to get hands-on time with demos of upcoming games and is more focused on this experience rather than announcements. Nevertheless, Microsoft will be holding a conference which will take a look at some of the games missing from E3 this year such as Crackdown. Meanwhile, Sony has opted to have a reduced presence at this year’s Gamescom as they turn their attention to Paris Games Week which begins on October 28th. This has given Microsoft an opportunity to reach out to consumers in the wake of impressive PS4 sales particularly in Europe.
Here’s a look at 5 games to watch out for at Gamescom 2015:
One of Xbox’s first party exclusives was absent from E3 this year but Microsoft has promised we will see it at Gamescom. So far only one cinematic trailer has been revealed and little is known about Crackdown so here’s hoping that we get a glimpse of gameplay at Microsoft’s conference. The game is being developed by Cloudgine and a team let by series creator David Jones which should add some reassurance for those who didn’t enjoy Crackdown 2 quite so much as the original. Interestingly, Cloudgine has been reported to be working with cloud-based technology which Microsoft made a big noise about when the Xbox One was first announced. The idea behind cloud-powered technology is that most of the heavy lifting is done by the cloud and not the console allowing for a more versatile environment. The previous Crackdown games were all about destructible environments and third-person shooter co-op fun. The games had a slightly zany feel to them and hopefully Crackdown will retain its enjoyable roots. We will certainly get another look at the game at Gamescom.
Developed by Platinum Games (responsible for such games as Bayonetta, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and The Legend of Korra,) Scalebound is another title we know little about other than a cinematic trailer and that head of Xbox, Phil Spencer has promised we will see it at Gamescom. The game is reminiscent of Monster Hunter and players will seemingly battle ferocious monsters including dragons. The game is exclusive to Xbox One and is an intriguing prospect from a talented developer. We should learn new details about the game at Gamescom.
Quantum Break is a game that we haven’t heard from in quite some time. The game was teased in May 2013 and was scheduled for release in 2014 but was delayed to 2015 before being delayed once more to 2016 in order to polish the game. Its been quite a long wait for Remedy Entertainment’s next game who are responsible for games such as Max Payne and Alan Wake. The game was also said to connect to a live-action TV show and the two projects would interconnect with one another. Additionally, choices made at the end of episodes in-game would affect what happened on the TV show. After such a long build-up there is a fair amount of pressure on Quantum Break to deliver but the most recent demo of the game looks interesting. We should learn more at Gamescom and maybe receive a release date.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
We now finally know the nature of Microsoft’s partnership with Crystal Dynamics. Rise of the Tomb Raider will be published by Microsoft and the game exclusively released on Xbox One for a year before it will make its way to PS4. The sequel to the popular Tomb Raider reboot, Rise of the Tomb Raider looks to improve on the formula of the last game by listening to fan feedback and including more tombs to explore for Lara. Unlike the previous games mentioned on this list, Rise of the Tomb Raider is playable on the show floor so gamers can judge for themselves if Rise of the Tomb Raider looks promising. Undoubtedly, this title is an excellent incentive for gamers to pick up an Xbox One this holiday and an exciting prospect for current owners.
Rainbow Six Siege
With a closed beta starting in September and a release date of October 13th, Rainbow Six fans don’t have long to wait for the next title. A trailer at E3 2014 was received positively and the title seems to emphasise teamwork and tactical gameplay. The game involves protecting or rescuing hostages in destructible environments such as houses and players are equipped with numerous surveillance and tactical equipment to either rescue or escort the hostage, depending on if you’re playing a SWAT team or criminals. Featuring over 20 classes, multiplayer and TerroHunt – the equivalent of horde mode but with objectives such as defusing bombs – Rainbow Six Siege will playable on the show floor.
That was my Gamescom 2015 Preview. What games are you looking forward to seeing? For more on games check out my E3 2015 Highlights.