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42 games you might have missed from Gamescom 2014


Platform: Xbox One

I've been salivating over this unique little dungeon crawler from the team behind Super Time Force ever since Microsoft teased it at its E3 2013 briefing. Looks like we'll finally get a chance to play it some day.

Volgarr the Viking

Platform: Xbox One/PC

Remember Rastan? The developers over at Crazy Viking Studio do, and have created an homage to the crazy-hard Genesis platformer with Volgarr the Viking, leaping from the PC to Xbox One.


Platform: Xbox One/PC

Enjoy leaving your friends in the dust? Then you'll probably dig Speedrunners, a four-player competitive game where you try to outrun your opponents on several different courses. Think of it as a 2D Mario Kart, except if they fall too far behind, they're dead.


Platform: Xbox One/PC

With a surprisingly awesome browser-based prototype, Superhot exploded onto the scene last year, and now the full version of the time-manipulation shooter is coming first to Xbox One. When enemies shoot at you, their bullets only move if you move. It looks really cool, and I can't stop saying the name. Super. Hot. Super. Hot.

Pix the Cat

Platform: PlayStation 4

Pix the Cat is an arcade-style game starring a loveable cartoon cat--and everything is out to destroy him. Colors and lights flicker and strobe and levels fold in on themselves and turn into new stages. This game looks absolutely bonkers.

The Escapists

Platform: Xbox One/PC

From Team 17, the studio behind the massively popular Worms series, comes something a bit different--an emergent prison sim called The Escapists. Your goal is to gather your fellow inmates together and pull off the perfect prison break--or change up your plan if things go horribly wrong.


Platform: Xbox One/PC

It's hard to stand out if you're a MOBA whose name isn't League of Legends or Dota 2, but Smite aims to do just that by shoving the camera behind your shoulder and focusing on over-the-top action.


Platform: PlayStation 4

Ruffian Games (the team behind Crackdown 2) is bringing its latest game Hollowpoint to PS4. It's a co-op game that tasks you with leading a squad of mercenaries, building their skills, and completing tactical missions with friends.

Day Z

Platform: PlayStation 4/PC

Some games are bleak, but nothing compares to Day Z. Everyone's favorite survival shooter/griefing simulator is actually going to hit PlayStation 4. There's not much else known about the port other than the fact that it exists and it's coming--but it's never too early to start stocking up on supplies for the end of the world.

Fruit Ninja Kinect 2

Platform: Xbox One

Hey, another reason to break out the Kinect! The first version of the game was pretty decent on Xbox 360, so expect this version to keep the same fruit slicing fun while adding some new features.

David Roberts
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