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.

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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.

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