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GC 09: 23 reasons to be fired up for gamescom

Gamescom is unquestionably more low profile than E3’s explosive LA shindig. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of reasons to get pumped for the upcoming event in Cologne, which starts this Wednesday. Hell, we can think of, oh, at least 23 examples of why you should give a damn about the ‘European E3.’ And they all take the form of potentially amazing games. Below you’ll find a line-up of some of the most exciting titles due to make an appearance at the event.

Alan Wake (360)



The game with the never ending release date, old Mr. Wake’s been in a hibernation any reclusive writer would be proud of. That all changed at E3, though, when the spooky survival horror broke cover during Microsoft’s press conference. Looking polished, with a lingering tension we’ve not seen since Silent Hill 2, Wake has the potential to give the stale genre a much needed lift. The rumoured new trailer, that’s likely to be shown at Cologne, should reveal more of the game’s mysterious plot.

Assassin’s Creed 2 (PC, PS3, 360)

Assassin’s 2 is another quantity we’re pretty familiar with. Judging from what we saw at E3, we’re expecting more evolution than revolution we when get to play the sequel to 2007’s time-travelling whack ‘em up. It looks slick as hell and flying about Renaissance era Florence in a hang glider of death is sure to trump riding on the original’s hugely stiff horses.

Bayonetta (PS3, 360)

There are bad hair days and then there are ‘my hair’s just transformed into some sort of dragon-like abomination and eaten everything within a 50 foot radius’ days. Bayonetta, Sega’s ridiculously over-the-top hack and slasher, is obviously the latter. When the game’s witch isn’t killing demons with her magical hair, she’s shaming Dante by walking on ceilings. We were mightily impressed by this at E3 and are looking forward to seeing more of the sociopathic seductress this week.

Blur (PC, PS3, 360)

From the folk who brought you the brilliant Project Gotham series, Blur is a new racer that aims to take Burnout’s podium place. Hugely arcadey and focused on power ups and seriously screwing up your opponents, its 20 car races should be hectic like F-Zero GX. The devs have some heavyweight pedigree, so there’s every chance this could be the racing game of the show.

Brink (PC, PS3, 360)

Take Left 4 Dead, but ditch the zombie apocalypse for a future where society has been all but destroyed and now fights on a floating city in the sky, and you’ve just about got Brink. Bethesda’s new FPS promises extensive customisation options, and an in-depth story mode. The game also supports 8 player – as in twice as many as four – co-op. Technically ambitious and looking to break new ground, we’ve no doubt Brink will wow everyone in attendance at gamescom.

34 comments

  • reggie2oo9 - August 19, 2009 5:28 p.m.

    no fifa 10?
  • KHfan - August 19, 2009 9:50 a.m.

    samael is right, where is I Am Alive? that game looks sick
  • Yeager1122 - August 18, 2009 11:17 p.m.

    I want most of these games now.
  • tubster - August 18, 2009 3:26 p.m.

    BORDERLANDS?!?!?!?
  • mgkyo666 - August 18, 2009 4:20 a.m.

    @MoChilla he means Hideo Kojima
  • IChooseUAntistaMON - August 18, 2009 2:56 a.m.

    Also what Sdrowkcabsisihtoslaevitercesossitahtnognikrowsihcirmanad
  • Paxis - August 18, 2009 2:32 a.m.

    Mafia was one of those games that was good but very few people played it. Heavy Rain looks like an..interesting game. Full nudity and a drug crazy FBI agent. SW:TOR looks great..hopefully will satisfy al of my hopes after Galaxies Failed.
  • civver - August 17, 2009 11:29 p.m.

    More Assassin's Creed 2 and MAG news is good for me.
  • HellHound258 - August 17, 2009 10:04 p.m.

    LBP for PSP?! I've gotta get that. Rage is also a game that is catching my eye even if I fully do not understand the racing/shooter genre. Alan Wake is another interesting game. Lets hope its actually good unlike some survival horrors (Alone in the Dark)
  • Ramijiman - August 17, 2009 9:59 p.m.

    "If there’s not an option to kill zombies with comedy mallets and water pistols we’re totally boycotting the game." I lol'd
  • MoChilla - August 17, 2009 8:55 p.m.

    Dad of Big Boss? Or Dad of Solid Snake.
  • MoChilla - August 17, 2009 8:55 p.m.

    Dad of big boss? Or dad of Solid Snake. Or did Solid snake turn into Big Boss? I got to play the game again?
  • farsided - August 17, 2009 7:59 p.m.

    WHAT??? I can't understand why you guys didn't mention #24 the reason I'm most excited for Gamescom: APB!
  • penguinchilli - August 17, 2009 6:27 p.m.

    I could have sworn Square-Enix mentioned that there'd be a 'live' play of Final Fantasy XIV at Gamescon. Thats the only game i'm well and truly over excited about.
  • tonyjk78 - August 17, 2009 5:55 p.m.

    I don't want to be the guy to say "you forgot!", but no mention of the PS3 Slim (and accompanying price cuts)? That's pretty much the only reason I'm going to follow this. Unless it's policy not to comment on rumor, in which case I totally understand.
  • selio - August 17, 2009 5:52 p.m.

    What about Crysis 2? I heard tehre would be an announcement about it.
  • Fertility - August 17, 2009 5:45 p.m.

    Mario and Luigi: Bower's Inside Story "It may have been out in Japan for over six months, but that’s done nothing to quell our excitement over an [b]English translation[/b]." Guess they should re-translate its name.
  • hunter5010 - August 20, 2009 4:15 p.m.

    its called Crysis Warhead not crysis 2 dont you ppl have BGAMER Action Extra Edition?
  • Makk_Mizzy - August 19, 2009 3:52 a.m.

    It suxxx so bad because it would be so koo' if they could show off Dead to Rights: Retribution, Red Dead Redemption, Army of Two: The 40th Day, and Resonance of Fate!
  • Makk_Mizzy - August 19, 2009 3:42 a.m.

    The only game on here that im looking forward to is Assassins Creed 2, Mass Effect 2, Rage and Left4Dead 2!

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