GC 09: 23 reasons to be fired up for gamescom

DJ Hero (PS2, PS3, Wii, 360)

If you’ve got no problem throwing yourself around a room with a plastic guitar screaming like a mentalist, then the idea of scratching an equally plastic turntable will probably appeal. Covering hip-hop, R&B, Motown, electronica and dance, we think the latest game in the Hero series could well surpass its guitar sibling. The idea of mixing different tunes together is both creative, organic and really exciting for music buffs. Expect more thoughts on the game when we get our hands on the decks in Cologne.

Forza Motorsport 3 (360)

Race Driver better watch out. This is the game that could leave it stalling on the grid. Combining the rewind system from Codies’ classic racer with a career spanning 200 events and running at a seal pup smooth 60fps, Forza already makes GT 5 look defunct. It’s so big it’ll actually be released on two discs – one for the install the other for the game. It’s due out in the Autumn, so any code we see in Cologne should be pretty much finished.

God of War III (PS3)

If you’ve not seen the 13 minutes of Kratos decapitating and eviscerating everything in his ruthless Spartan sight, do so. Immediately. We’re not sure if we’ll see any new levels at gamescom, but give us a playable boss battle against Hades and we’ll gladly offer up a few prayers to Zeus and co. That does seem unlikely, though, so we’ll probably just have to settle for the same demo and maybe a new trailer.

Heavy Rain (PS3)

One of PS3’s most exciting exclusive IPs, Heavy Rain could be a system-shifter. It looks gritty like serial killer flick Se7en, only with more QTEs and women stripped to their kecks. The devs need to resist the urge of jumping the shark this time – no more of Indigo Prophecy’s zombie lovin’ and mad Dragon Ball fighting, please. Other than that, this is shaping up to be an intriguing and genuinely mature game. Apparently, a new character will be revealed at Sony’s conference.

Left 4 Dead 2 (PC, 360)

The new fairground level, that’s what we want to see at gamescom this week. Oh, and plenty of the new katana weapon slicing and dicing the hordes of undead New Orleans citizens. The spooky amusement park is called Whispering Oaks and we’re hoping Valve will properly show off the new map this week. Just a warning, though, Gabe Newell and pals. If there’s not an option to kill zombies with comedy mallets and water pistols we’re totally boycotting the game.

LittleBigPlanet (PSP)

An exhaustive (and fairly money-grabbing) DLC campaign for LBP on the PS Store has left our love for Sony’s little material man waning. Hopefully, the upcoming handheld version can change that. The screens we’ve seen so far look gorgeous, admirably capturing the visual charm of its console cousin. It’s unclear how much of the level creator will make it across. As long as they show us some more Mexican-themed levels with insanely catchy maraca music, though, we’re in.

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  • 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.