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.


  • garnsr - August 17, 2009 4:09 p.m.

    Isn't Bayonetta Sega?
  • Sidnapolis - August 17, 2009 4:13 p.m.

    @garnsr: lol yea they made a mistake there.
  • kodie - August 17, 2009 5:29 p.m.

    hmmm.... Well at least I'm a few reasons more excited then I was before reading this.
  • Tasty_Pasta - August 17, 2009 5:30 p.m.

    w00t, I want news about Mafia 2!!! reCaptcha: which arachnid?
  • CoD_22 - August 17, 2009 5:52 p.m.

    imo, possible goty's: uncharted 2 (will be awesome- naughty dog say that this game's campaign makes the last one's look like child's play, the graphics are improved loads even on the 1st game which had brilliant graphics, and over 90mins of cutscenes!- just a question of how awesome compared to the others), mw2 (obvious, but it looks great), blur (from the pgr devs so will have solid gameplay, but is different from other arcade racers in that you get mario kart power-ups, which could make it really fun) i dont know much about rage, but sounds good, driving and shooting mixed up could be pretty fun. oh, and as for your problems with tony hawk ride, you used to have to put your packet of crisps down every few seconds to use the left side of the controller, if youre standing up all the time with no controller, you can eat constantly!
  • AntistasBoneShield - August 17, 2009 6:30 p.m.

    This article really got me fired up for gamescom! That was unexpected.
  • Cyberninja - August 17, 2009 6:56 p.m.

    i wish i could play these games now
  • Defguru7777 - August 17, 2009 10:21 p.m.

    "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." Careful with that kind of talk. You might piss off B. Buttercup.
  • Eureka - August 17, 2009 11:26 p.m.

    What? No Crysis 2?
  • Samael - August 17, 2009 11:48 p.m.

    *clears throat* You forgot I Am Alive. I'll forgive you this time since I think I'm the game's only fan.
  • Silvermech - August 18, 2009 1 a.m.

    I wisj I had a good pc to play Mass Effect 2.
  • jar-head - August 18, 2009 3:58 a.m.

    Mass Effect 2/SWKOTORMMO/ Modern Warfare 2 look Great.
  • Cepzeu - August 18, 2009 8:25 a.m.

    Check out my forum: I NEED FRENDS!!!!!!! >:( + wen is assassins Creeed 2 comin out???
  • The_Tingler - August 18, 2009 11:20 a.m.

    Splinter Cell Conviction? That's looking superb, hope to see more of it shortly.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • hunter5010 - August 20, 2009 4:15 p.m.

    its called Crysis Warhead not crysis 2 dont you ppl have BGAMER Action Extra Edition?
  • 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.
  • selio - August 17, 2009 5:52 p.m.

    What about Crysis 2? I heard tehre would be an announcement about it.
  • 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.

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