Next week, one of the biggest gaming conventions in the world is going down, and I’ve got a front seat for all of the action. While E3 may be a machine of hype and reveals, GamesCom is a solid beast of hands on action and actual details surrounding the games that will be on the show floor. Here’s a look at some of the titles that have me frothing to get my grimy little hands on them.
The game so brutally difficult, it’ll murder your best friend while you’re playing. Nowadays, when people think of ninjas, they either immediately picture Michael Dudikoff or some brat in an orange jumpsuit. But not Ryu Hayabusa, he’s keeping the old traditions alive, by dismembering anything that gets in his way with a combination of shinobi weaponry and insane skills.
We’ve been debating quite a bit lately about whether the single-player experience is fast becoming a relic of the past, to soon be replaced by persistent online states that require a constant internet connection. But Darksiders is living proof that a game doesn’t have to have some form of mandatory multiplayer in order to be successful.
Darksiders was a breath of fresh air last year, giving us a dungeon crawler with sublime visuals and gameplay that was lifted from all the best games in the genre over the last few decades. With Vigil Studios now hard at work at the sequel, and the promise to keep the experience as exciting as before, Darksiders 2 is shaping up to be game of the year material.
Batman Arkham City
I may be biased to anything with some Dark Knight branding on it, including the bat-slippers that are currently keeping my feet warm, but at least Arkham City is looking like the sequel that will blow the original out of the water. While the environment may be bigger, the core of the game seems to be relatively the same, with only minor adjustments to the formula of fisticuffs and gadgets, while complementing the experience with a few new moves and toys.
The previous Elder Scrolls game was a smash hit, giving gamers the open world experience they actually craved, without having to actually go outside into the real world. Fast forward a couple of years, and we’ve got a sequel on the horizon that is aiming to be even bigger and more time consuming than the previous title. So stock up on those Vitamin D tablets, because we wont be going outside for a long time once this dragon of a game hits our shores.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3
With so much quality coming our way, its amazing how these two FPS juggernauts have even managed to stay in the public eye. MW3 may be the same formula as in every COD game for the last few years, but dammit, its still the most addictive title to play, and Activision has proven that they know how to handle a game when it comes to added features, DLC and promotion.
Battlefield 3 on the other hand, is going to be a visual stunner of truly epic proportions, as it tries to make the gap between reality and gaming that much smaller. Gameplay looks tight and tactical, and online matches are certain to be strategic events that will require some grey matter flexing in order to win.
The same, yet completely different, when these two titans go to war on the sales chart, it will be interesting to see who the victor is once the dust settles.
Move aside Gran Turismo, as your long time rival has reappeared. Microsofts signature racing game is back for yet another lap on the circuit, bringing with it the usual array of cars, tracks, clubs and customisation options. With Kinect implementation making an appearance on the flagship racing game, it will be interesting to see just what exactly Microsoft has up their sleeve, as well as providing an idea of what gamers can expect with other future Kinect-enabled games that will be hitting us in the future.
Throw in some Top Gear endorsement, and we might just have a game that will finally shut the Gran Turismo fanboys up.
Well, there you have it, those are just a few of the upcoming games that have me excited, but of course, there are plenty more, such as Gears of War 3, Lollipop Chainsaw, WWE12 and Guild Wars 2. Stay tuned to Lazygamer next week for all the latest news from the expo.
Last Updated: August 12, 2011