GC 09: The five most hotly talked about games at Gamescom

At any games show there are always a handful of titles that are so impressive they fuel an excitable word-of-mouth buzz that rises above the raucous din of the showfloor. And things at Gamescom are no different. We've seen an absolute ass-load of games since we arrived, but we're only talking obsessively about a select few of them. And after chatting with other show-goers, it's pretty obvious which games have had the most impact and left a lasting impression for all the right reasons. These are the games of Gamescom that everyone's talking about...

Mafia II (360, PC, PS3)

Anyone that saw the 20 minute play-through of Mafia II at Gamescom can't help but make comparisons with GTA IV. "It's properly GTA-d up", is the not entirely elegant post-demo summary that we've heard a lot. And it's an accurate observation. From main man Vito Scaletta's crummy apartment, the wanted system, the Molotov-cocktail tossing side-mission, the car resprays, the hookers... it's impossible not to be reminded of Rockstar's latest crime orgy. But this is a positive thing. Mafia II is definitely not some sleazy derivative knock-off job. It looks like it's going to be epic and awesome. We're excited.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)

Even though the guy that demoed the game during our 20 minute presentation managed to kill Nathan Drake in excess of 15 times (dude looked tired), we were still utterly impressed by Naughty Dog's sequel. We were even more impressed after indulging in some additional show floor hands-on time. Any changes are slight, but we weren't looking for a do-over. The first game left us wanting more. And this is more. And, judging by the lengthy queues for Uncharted 2 when the Gamescom doors opened to the public, that's exactly what the punters were after as well. More in-depth preview shaped words on Uncharted 2 next week.

Brink (360, PC, PS3)

One of the most staggering things about Brink is the sheer neck-breaking velocity of the action. Yes, it's a squad shooter, but holy hell-for-leather it's intensely fast. Guns. Blast. Mega-boom. Wow. The other most staggering thing about Brink is that it looks incredible. The art style, the detail, the more than several shades of one colour. It's gorgeous. And then there's the in-game, on-the-fly ability to change character-classes and the pop-up wheel menu mission selector. This is new, innovative territory stuff. The gathered men of Gamescom - us included - have all been suitably blown away by Brink.

Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)

Playable for the first time. On the show floor. How the hell could we not devote a lot of talky time to Sony's long-awaited car porn? And the chat has been largely positive. We were fully expecting it to look incredible and it absolutely does. We would have been quite happy to stand and ogle the replays over and over and over. Impressive lighting. Fancy camera angles. The damage system is a tad underwhelming when compared to how mashed-up motors get in other drivers, but being able to demolish trackside tyre walls - rather than bouncing off them - has definitely been a crowd pleaser.

Fable III (360)

Peter Molyneux craftily fed us enough tantalising Fable III nuggets at the Microsoft conference to ensure its place on every conversation agenda. Unsurprisingly, the big buzz is the apparent masterstroke of carrying save data over from Fable II to help create Fable III's hero. And the promise of being able to affect and change the whole of Albion as the kingdom's ruler certainly appealed to the inner megalomaniac of many mild-mannered attendees. Much debate has been debated regarding the game's 'touch' system. Will there be some Natal controller-less game play? Opinion's divided, but all we know is that - outside Microsoft and Lionhead - no-one really knows.

BONUS: Other favourite Gamescom talking points
- That the level of interaction with the game world in Heavy Rain is reminiscent of Shenmue.
- David Cage's presentation at the Sony Conference being a downer. Infant death makes everyone sad.
- Red Steel 2 being surprisingly good and actually working how everyone thought the first one should have done.
- The size of the queue to play BioShock 2. It was long.
- Modern Warfare 2's 'Special Ops' mode looked good, but let us see the 'main' game already.
- The Tony Hawk's Ride board peripheral being OK-ish. Bit slippy on the carpet, though. Will prob work best on a nice shag pile.

August 21, 2009

Gamescom's BIG games played
First-hand impressions of Gran Tursimo 5, Modern Warfare II and more

Fable III trailer, mega-facts and... Natal?
We give Lionhead's fantasy RPG a right royal seeing to

Gran Turismo 5 showfloor footage
Cars. Caught on camera. Watch them now


  • Narc780 - August 28, 2009 4:35 a.m.

    mafia 2 = doomed now thats its being developed for consoles, I know I know, I have all 3 consoles myself but the original was a classic so spare me your grief
  • zIndianaJonesz - August 23, 2009 9:54 p.m.

    these games look freaking sweet,I cant wait to see how they do when they are on the shelves
  • HungryBeaver - August 22, 2009 4:38 p.m.

    Mafia 2 looks pretty good. I might say I'm looking forward to Uncharted 2, but I'm an xbox guy. I'm also surprised MW2 isn't on here. I'm looking forward to that very very much. I don't care how much "more of the same" there is. It's still gonna be a great game. Sure it'll be similar to MW1, but it's still gonna be good. More of the same will be good too though. If they completely change the game, it could end up really bad. You still want them to bring back some of the better elements from the first game to keep it good, and they'll add new things to make it better.
  • Makk_Mizzy - August 22, 2009 10:57 a.m.

    My Top 5 is RAGE, Halo 4, Gears Of War 3, Left4Dead 2, and Mass Effect 2!
  • iKOemos - August 21, 2009 10:36 p.m.

    I'm buying Uncharted 2 day one! Just played through the first one again... made me want the game even more.
  • farsided - August 21, 2009 8:10 p.m.

    do you guys seriously have something against APB? I'm yet to see it mentioned despite the (from what I've heard) big presentation they had at gamescom.
  • killerwhalen - August 21, 2009 5:49 p.m.

    All these games seem great! I can barely contain my excitement!
  • 2muchGuitarHero - August 21, 2009 5:33 p.m.

    I can't wait for uncharted 2 I've been playing through the first one to help ease the hinger pains.
  • Cyberninja - August 21, 2009 4:47 p.m.

    i will be glad to see gt5 finally released
  • BlackIce575 - August 27, 2009 9:14 p.m.

    Bioshock 2 o yeah cant wait
  • g7punkfuk25 - August 25, 2009 10:05 p.m.

    left 4 dead 2, assassins creed 2, modern warfare 2 and bioshock 2. i love number 2
  • Felixthecat - August 22, 2009 6:15 p.m.

    JEEZE! Fable III must of taken a long time to make!
  • Ninja-KiLLR - August 22, 2009 6:02 p.m.

    uncharted is looking amazing i was only hoping to buy just a few games this fall (cod mw 2, socom ftb 3, and borderlands) but uncharted and maybe even GT5 might get added to that list
  • venomman01 - August 22, 2009 4:59 p.m.

    @KHfan did you even read the summery about brink? brink is a squad shooter with changeable classes. Fallout 3 is a fps role playing game. So no it will not be like fallout 3.
  • Makk_Mizzy - August 22, 2009 11:10 a.m.

    Also I would like to add that I am looking forward to Ninja Gaiden 3! Thank you so much Team Ninja and Tecmo for giving their fans what is a must have game to get another sequel! Also the only game on here I would buy is Mafia 2, everything else *yawn*....
  • Samael - August 22, 2009 3:17 a.m.

    My local GameCrazy doesn't know it yet, but after I saw the new Heavy Rain gameplay, they just sold their first PS3 Slim.
  • shadowless92 - August 21, 2009 9:28 p.m.

    BRINK Fable 3 uncharted 2 they are my top 3 i hope uncharted is enough to get me back on my ps3 and omg fable 3 iv been playing fable for past few days im really excited
  • KHfan - August 21, 2009 6:53 p.m.

    will brink be kinda like fallout but yanno without the nuclear fallout
  • monojono - August 21, 2009 4:41 p.m.

    @snarf people are predicting natal could be used to interact with npcs, as the new 'touch' system allows you to hug, hold hands with them etc
  • Snarf - August 21, 2009 3:49 p.m.

    how can natal be used in fable III, you run in place like an idiot and point at enemies? IF they do use it Lionhead better get creative

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