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GC 09: 23 reasons to be fired up for gamescom

RAGE (PC, PS3, 360)

John Carmack, the legendary Wolfenstein developer, seems to think this is a pretty big deal, and we’re inclined to agree with him. Somewhat of a cross between MotorStorm and Doom 3, the game combines wide open racing action with tight, corridor shooting. It’s all backed up by id’s cutting-edge new engine and looks stunning. The trailers shown so far have revealed a post apocalyptic world filled with mutants (Fallout 3-style), but are still pretty mysterious. Cologne should shed more light on this exciting, ambitious shooter.

Red Steel 2 (Wii)

We’re about to trot out that most hated of phrases, but Red Steel 2 looks ‘really good for a Wii game’. Ditching the grimy visuals of the original, Ubi Soft have combined an evocative Wild West setting with Wii Motion Plus-enabled sword fighting and a beautiful cell shaded style. We played this recently and the responsiveness of the samurai scrapping really showed the benefit of the Wii’s new peripheral. Gamescom should give us the chance to test our swinging skills on some new rootin’ tootin’ levels.

Star Wars: The Old Republic (PC)

LucasArts have already confirmed this will be playable. So hopefully we’ll be able to drown out the constant sobbing from fanboys of ‘why in the name of Mon Mothma is it an MMORPG?!’ long enough to bring you a preview. Unless you wake up in cold sweats fantasising about jamming pointy things into Jar Jar Binks, the CG trailer released at E3 was amazing. And we’re crossing all our midi-chlorians in the hope this can recreate the magic of Knights of the Old Republic.

Tony Hawk: Ride (PS3, Wii, 360)

While we’re not entirely convinced by this at the moment, there’s no denying Ride has the opportunity to reinvent the skateboard game. The idea of mimicking real skating manoeuvres on Hawk’s board peripheral no doubt has skaters everywhere excited. But it could well be too much of a convoluted effort for those of us weaned on pressing buttons while eating crisps. We’re hoping to get our feet on the game this week to allay those fears, because Ride could yet be something special.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)

Nathan Drake’s second Indy-esque adventure looks all set to raise the bar for graphics and production values for this generation. Already looking hugely polished and brimming with the same character that made the original Uncharted so disarming, we’re sure playable code will confirm this as PS3’s best action game.

Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)

The agonising wait for a proper sequel to Twilight Princess might go on, but the unveiling of Spirit Tracks has certainly cushioned the blow. Wisely sticking with Wind Waker’s charming art style, it looks like the game will be home to some of the handhelds’ biggest bosses. The latest trailer showed foes that actually stretched over both screens. We want to know more about how the trains work, though, and we hope Nintendo will reveal more details at gamescom.

Aug 17, 2009


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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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