Here’s what the Glitched Team thought was the most important news coming out of Gamescom 2014. To see our recaps or full presentations from EA, PlayStation and Xbox, click here.
Most Surprising Thing From Gamescom
Steven: Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox One Exclusive
This was just shocking to see. Xbox phrased it in a way that seemed like Rise of the Tomb Raider was a permanent exclusive.
Corey: Rise of the Tomb Raider will initially be an Xbox One exclusive
Surprising and frustrating for me, this announcement’s shock has dulled a bit upon clarification that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be a timed exclusive. This means that the game will be released in 2015 to the Xbox One first and then later released by publisher Square Enix to other platforms. I found the news to be shocking because both developer Crystal Dynamics and publisher Square Enix do not have a strong affinity towards Microsoft or the Xbox. The 2013 release was a shot in the arm for franchise and sold well on all platforms, so it comes as a confusing move if the game would remain an exclusive. Coupled with this, it was announced Tomb Raider games in the future will likely follow this timed release on the Xbox One.
Best New Reveal
Steven: Scream Ride
Scream Ride seems like it could give me everything I wanted from the Roller Coaster Tycoon series. Give me a theme park simulator with extensive control over each ride, including the option to save so I can cause complete mayhem and load my previous save (a feature the new Sim City lacked and kept me from destroying what I had spent hours building). It could be a great games for the Roller Coaster Tycoon fans, but I’m waiting to hear more about what the game actually is before I get too excited.
Corey: Shadow Realms
BioWare and Electronic Arts have been releasing small teasers of this upcoming title with the tagline, “You’ve been chosen” since E3. Gamescom was the place EA finally released details of this upcoming multiplayer dungeon crawler RPG. I am most interested in this title because it is a departure from what BioWare normally is known for, such as the one player intricate narratives of Mass Effect and Dragon Age.
Steven: Halo Master Chief Collection
I’ve never played a Halo game. I’m looking forward to catching up on the old games, watching the Nightfall series and getting into the beta for Halo 5.
Corey: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
This title is an upcoming indie project from The Astronauts. It is a mystery game where players take the role of paranormal detective Paul Prospero in search for a young boy named Ethan Carter. The game’s visuals look great and the gameplay centers around deducing what occurred to Ethan in the haunted Red Creek Valley. The ambition and change of pace in this title makes it an appealing one for the upcoming year.
Most anticipated in 2014
There’s been a lot of hype surrounding Destiny. The Alpha showed some promise. It will be interesting to see how the final product looks and plays.
Corey: Far Cry 4
Although the coverage of Ubisoft’s Far Cry 4 was mainly reserved for E3, a new trailer was released during Gamescom. It gave players a better idea of Kyrat’s environment and mythology by depicting Shangri-La. Also, details about Keys of Kyrat, where owners of Far Cry 4 can give to friends to play for 2 hours at a time even if they do not own the game (exclusive to PS4). Growing up in Southeast Asia, I have absorbed any information possible about the game, my expectations high after Far Cry 3 was released in 2012. This game appears to have a blend of narrative, graphics, and gameplay to be a front runner for game of 2014 if executed properly.
Most Anticipated in 2015
Steven: The Order 1886
The Order 1886 seems like a great new 3rd person action adventure game. The time period, graphics, and action featured in the trailers and demos looks great. I’m ready to start slaying werewolves.
Corey: Rise of the Tomb Raider
Likely I will have to wait for 2016 since I do not own an Xbox One, but the reboot of the franchise makes this one of the most anticipated titles of 2015. The 2013 title was an intense survival game where Lara Croft had to escape from a sadistic cult hell bent on resurrecting a Japanese sun queen Himiko. What is most appealing about the game is the versatility the game offers, as players can choose to approach combat stealthily, aggressively, or explosively.
Missing From Presentations
Steven: PS Vita
No love for the Sony hand held during Sony’s conference. PS Vita is a great portable system that probably won’t stick around much longer unless PlayStation begins to announce games that are exclusive to the system. Cross-buy is great, but I want games build for on the go. If a game is cross-buy I’ll usually play it on PS4 or Ps3. It’s not looking good for the PS Vita unless new major announcements happen fast. It may be phased out anyways to make room for PlayStation TV which plays Vita games and can act as another access point for a PS4.
Corey: Mass Effect
Likely EA was most focused on Dragon Age and Shadow Realms, but the upcoming Mass Effect game has been absent from essentially all press. EA had a small 2 minute trailer that did not share any details about the upcoming installment, and the only details to come from a press conference from Comic-Con was a picture of a Mako (concerning signs from anyone who drove these sluggish vehicles in the first Mass Effect Game). What is most irksome is the fact BioWare boasted having a playable demo of a current generation Mass Effect around 2013. Since then, absolutely nothing worth noting has come of this announcement. With the departure of director and executive producer of Mass Effect Casey Hudson from BioWare, it would be nice to get legitimate update on the progress as opposed to bravado or ambiguous photos and tweets to calm fears of fans.
Best Gamescom 2014 Presentation
Xbox had it’s usual focus on Halo and Call of Duty, but the news that the next Tomb Raider would be exclusive shocked gamers (even though it was later announced to be a timed exclusive). Xbox also featured a much more extensive montage of indie games coming first to Xbox. With new console bundles with games and greater storage, Xbox may pick up the sales it lost from being more expensive at launch.
Sony announced that 10 million PS4s have been sold since the release. That says quite a bit about what console currently is the most popular. Sony also detailed games that will be released on PS4 first prior to other consoles. These titles include Hellblade, Rime, and some Destiny exclusives. It appears that Sony is hoping to continue its trend of success by giving fans plenty of games and content other platforms cannot offer.