One of the biggest gaming events of the year took place in Cologne this week, giving gaming fans plenty to digest following some spectacular announcements.
The fourth quarter of the calendar year is usually when the best games of the year drop, as we race towards the festive season, and some top-class games are right around the corner- as well as the highly anticipated release of the Xbox One X in November.
Gamescom gave gamers a sneak peek into the next few months and treating the attending crowds with some superb trailers to whet the appetite, leaving fans counting down the days until they can finally get their hands on the games that could end up as classics!
Here is a run down of the ten best trailers from the festival in Germany:
Assassin’s Creed: Origins
Assassin’s Creed has been going strong for over a decade – even resulting in a very average Hollywood film – but fans were left disappointed by Unity and Syndicate. With Origins, which takes place in Ancient Egypt, the hope is that Assassin’s Creed can return back to their best and provide a new lease of life in the series.
With Origins, set in Ancient Egypt, the hope is that Assassin’s Creed can return back to its best and provide a new lease of life in the series.
Star Wars Battlefront 2
Star Wars Battlefront was one of the most highly-anticipated games of 2015. With Star Wars back on the rise, the game was initially extremely popular, yet, the decision for it to be multiplayer only was vastly criticised – has EA Games listened to their critics?
Star Wars Battlefront 2 includes a single player mode, as well as featuring characters from the original trilogy right up to the modern day. That’s huge for the villains in particular, as the additional characters added from the Star Wars roster last year saw limited bad guys. This time around expect Darth Maul, Kylo Ren and others.
In case you hadn’t noticed, the new football season is alive and kicking. That inevitably means a new instalment of EA’s FIFA franchise is just around the corner and football fans will be able to sink their teeth into the game later this year.
Featuring season 2 of the highly-appreciated Journey story mode, yet more input into Ultimate Team and major changes to Career Mode, fans are hoping that this is the most well-rounded FIFA to date. The game will certainly benefit from 4K resolution, which will be found on the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X.
Need For Speed Payback
A decade ago, Need for Speed was one of the most popular franchises out there. However, the years since haven’t been quite as kind to the series and we’ve seen a decline in open world driving games. That said, Forza Horizon has enjoyed great success and Need For Speed returns this November.
Staggeringly, it’s the 23rd instalment in the EA franchise and fans will be hoping for a game that lives long in the memory. If they can give us a game that’s comparable to Need For Speed Underground 2, then we’re in for a treat.
Jurassic World Evolution
Unveiled at Gamescom, Jurassic World Evolution is a game that’s seemingly sprung out from nowhere but, after seeing the trailer, is one we definitely need. Think of it as Jurassic Park meets Rollercoaster Tycoon, with the major difference being you unleash prehistoric beasts upon your guests rather than just dropping them in a lake.
From selecting the dinosaurs to breeding and building the attractions, Jurassic World Evolution has all the makings of a top-class game.
Project Cars 2
The original Project Cars was a beautiful game that had all the potential of rivalling the likes of Forza. However, it was let down in gameplay: you slipped, you slid, you crashed. Cars were a nightmare to control and it was, in all truth a mess.
Thankfully, Slightly Mad Studios have fixed the errors of Project Cars 2, which releases in September, giving the game a platform to build upon. With 130 circuit layouts and cars all the way back to 1950’s Le Mans classics, there’s a drive for everyone and the added competition in the race simulator genre could lead to massive improvements all around.
LEGO Marvel Super-Heroes 2
LEGO games are usually fantastic but it’s fair to say that TT Games thrive when given a blank canvas to play with, rather than following the storyline and voices from an actual movie. As such, LEGO Marvel Superheroes was one of the best LEGO games to be made – and the second instalment in the series could be even better.
An unbelievably big roster includes the likes of Iron Man, Captain America and Hulk, as well as lesser known characters like Lockjaw, an Inhuman teleporting dog, Agent Venom and Howard the Duck. The latest trailer shows the areas fans will get to explore, which is exciting given how well the free-roam New York in the first game worked.
Call Of Duty: WWII
Call Of Duty is a franchise familiar to every gamer. Unfortunately, the series has been perceived as becoming stale in recent years, with Modern Warfare 2 arguably marking the end of Call of Duty’s best years.
Although still extremely popular, Call Of Duty has suffered by moving away from modern or recent conflicts to more futuristic settings. Accompanied by some very bad PR choices, which include selling the remastered COD4 as an extra to the largely poor Infinite Warfare, COD has suffered.
Thankfully, they’re going back to their roots and Call of Duty: WWII looks like it has all the makings of an epic.
Releasing in just over a week, Destiny 2 is the follow up to one of the most highly-rated games in recent years. The latest trailer focuses on the single-player campaign, but its online multiplayer is where Destiny made the biggest impression and the second instalment should be even better.
Many criticised the original game for a lack of content but the open-world shooter is set to offer fans plenty to sink their teeth into in the new game, following on from Bungie’s bold statement where they claimed the game will have a ten-year life cycle.
The multiplayer modes – which are vast – open the door for the narrative to delve deeper into Destiny’s lore and the plethora of things to do has fans anxiously waiting for the September 6th release.
Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War
Another highly-anticipated sequel, Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War is set to come to consoles, PC and handheld devices in October. Here, you’ll battle an array of orcs and build an army using a newly-crafted ring of power and your aim is to beat Sauron.
As the game suggests, it’s connected to Lord of the Rings but those uninterested by the movies or books should still find a very exciting and enjoyable game, rich with things to do and stunning open world environment for players to explore.