GC 09: 23 reasons to be fired up for gamescom

Mafia II (PC, PS3, 360)

Despite some dreadful console ports, the original Mafia wasn’t that far away from being ‘GTA in the Depression’. Judging by the trailers from the sequel, 2K are recreating the glamour and excitement of Goodfellas compared to the first game’s po-faced Godfather. It’s already been delayed several times, so we’re hoping to see it in a near finished, polished state in Cologne.


A massive action game that’s monstrously ambitious, MAG supports up to 256 players at once. The guys at Zipper Interactive – who worked on Sony’s SOCOM series – have also implemented an innovative chain of command system. Higher ranking players can set cack-handed gamers objectives, which should provide incentive to get real good real fast. This should be playable at gamescom and could be a massive boon to PSN, as long as supporting all those men doesn’t break the internet in half.

Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story (DS)

It may have been out in Japan for over six months, but that’s done nothing to quell our excitement over an English translation. The third game in the comedy RPG franchise not only has a brilliant concept, it also uses the handheld’s dual screens with huge imagination. This time, the bros. have been shrunk down and swallowed by Bowser. You’ll use the bottom screen to navigate through the baddy’s bloated body, while the top screen is used to control the king Koopa himself.

Mass Effect 2 (PC, 360)

We loved the first game and the sequel to the sci-fi epic sounds like it will iron out all the little problems that bothered us first time around. A far smoother cover system, a darker narrative and hugely dynamic direction during cut scenes (that really makes Mass Effect 2 feel like a film rather than a thinly-veiled series of dialog trees). It all means BioWare could have one of the greatest action RPGs ever on their hands.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP)

Hideo Kojima, everyone’s favourite amateur philosopher, sexy specs-wearer and dad of Big Boss will be making an appearance at Cologne. He’ll also be sporting a trouser Snake, as he reveals more of his latest portable Metal Gear game. Combining Guns of the Patriots incredible OctoCamo with Snake Eater’s lo-tech jungle stealth, there’s no doubt Peace Walker could be the <groan> killer app PSP Go needs to shift units. Oh, and obviously two man card board boxes (which can carry two Snake clones at once) for all sorts of win.

Modern Warfare 2 (PC, PS3, 360)

We’re hoping we might get the chance to play the game’s much-anticipated multi-player on Activision’s show floor. Failing that, footage of new single-player levels would be appreciated – we’ve already watched the mountaintop level an embarrassing number of times. Questionable recommended retail price or not, if this sticks to the wonderful formula of tight pacing and memorable set pieces established in the first MW, then it’s got game of the year nailed on.


  • 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.

  • 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!

Showing 1-20 of 34 comments

Join the Discussion
Add a comment (HTML tags are not allowed.)
Characters remaining: 5000