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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  • 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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