Well folks, the doors are closing today on yet another huge Gamescom Expo and just like you, we’re still eagerly devouring all the latest info, trailers and gameplay demos. Carl and Jon have an absolute tonne of previews and interviews to bring you in the near future, so be sure to stay tuned for those. Today is all about the videos though.
Seeing as you’ve probably already seen the videos for the hottest big-name games that you can’t wait to get your hands on (Far Cry 4 and Quantum Break look amazing, no?), we’ve been scouring the net to find those precious gems that slipped through the cracks amidst all the triple A noise. So here’s our picks of the seven best Gamescom videos you may have missed.
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
The news that Rise of the Tomb Raider would be a (timed) Xbox exclusive buried alive Square’s other Tomb Raider game. This was a shame because Temple of Isis is the follow-up to the excellent Lara Croft and The Guardian of Light and it’s looking pretty damn awesome. The co-op options have been doubled from two players to four, which is all sorts of awesome. Plus, it’s the only new Tomb Raider game we’ll see on PlayStation for a while.
Overkill’s The Walking Dead
Prepare for a third Walking Dead IP to enter the market. This one will also be based on the comics with Robert Kirkland taking an active role in development. This is a good thing. The game is coming from Overkill and Starbreeze, the team behind the critically-acclaimed Payday 2, and they’ll be using their expertise to bring co-op to the series, which we can’t believe hasn’t been tried before as it seems a natural fit for the series. The trailer is bereft of any gameplay, but it’s arguably the most emotionally moving video we saw at the whole expo. Fingers crossed we’ve not been hoodwinked Dead Island-style again.
Wait, what? I thought we were doing under the radar games here? Well, Driveclub has been yo-yo-ing all over our hearts over the last 12 months and we’re still not sure how excited we are for it until we get another hands-on. But will you look at those graphics? We’ve never seen better rain effects in a racer. Everything about this clip’s visuals scream ‘next-gen’ more than any other racer we’ve seen so far. So a somewhat shallow graphics-whore excuse there, but we’re a sucker for shiny and wet things. Hmm, gotta work on that phrasing.
ID @ Xbox montage
Microsoft and Sony are both desperate to show how hip they are with their indie credentials, often to painful effect. But this montage clip MS showed during their presser speaks for itself and is packed with some seriously appealing indie gems. From the super old-school cartoon visuals of Cuphead, the noir tones of Blues & Bullets to the hyper modern stylings of Superhot, there’s something for every gamer to get excited about. Well, unless you have a PS4 instead.
Not that the PS4 is slouching in the exclusives indie department as shown with the next two videos. Michel Ancel unveiled his new game Wild, which looks like a very intriguing prospect as he says we’ll be able to play as any living thing in the game including humans, wolves, fish and giants. What do we actually do with them in the game? Um, stay tuned for that. Fingers crossed Ancel himself knows at least. Pretty trailer though.
When a game takes its inspirations from the likes of Ico, Zelda: The Wind Waker, Myst and Journey, it’s a sure-fire way to get our attention. This is the longest look we’ve had of the game yet from Tequila Works and we can’t wait to get our hands on it. The word is that we may be waiting a while though. Sad faces all-round.
Konami’s Presser for The Phantom Pain
Yep, Konami had an hour long press event too, but thanks to only showing it on Twitch, it didn’t receive that much attention in the press (sorry), plus it was kind of a little bit late to the party compared to the other pressers. Thankfully, some kind chaps on YouTube captured it. So you can enjoy the 15 minute demo below for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.