With Gamescom 2019 now behind us, it’s a good time to look back on the past week or so and take a gander at some of the biggest announcements that dropped. A few familiar names came with updated trailers, but there are also newcomers that tickle our need for even more good games. So enough dawdling, and let’s dive into some games.
1. Marvel’s Avengers
When Crystal Dynamics’s Avengers arrived at E3 2019, the preview never really wowed anybody. Here are 5 Avengers that look nothing like what we had imagined, and it didn’t look particularly appealing to play too. With the gameplay now shown to the public, it’s safe to say our worries are unfounded.
SQUARE ENIX promises a live service in the vein of games like Destiny 2 or The Division, a massive open-world experience that you can traverse alone, or co-op with friends. No details were shown on the custom hero customisation, but the gameplay is enough to bring the hype for when the game releases
2. Death Stranding
Kojima Productions’ debut IP has been confusing the ever living hell out of everyone since it was announced, but now at Gamescom, we finally have an idea as to what exactly the gameplay is about.
Norman Reedus will venture across a broken United States, repairing communication nodes to mend the corrupted country and bring everyone back together. Of course, supernatural entities and demons will stand in your way, so as to not make things too easy.
At first glance it doesn’t seem like much, but this definitely looks to be a case of the gameplay pushing an impressively compelling narrative. Death Stranding is slated to launch November 8th, 2019
3. Need for Speed Heat
For the 25th anniversary of Need for Speed, EA and Ghost Games unwrapped their latest installment in the franchise with Need for Speed Heat.
Bringing the series back to its street racing, racer-versus-cop roots, Heat sets the player in Palm City, where day and night both bring their own cards to the table. In the day, players race in official sanctioned events through the Speedhunters Showdown, where they can earn money. At night however, every rule was made to be broken as players race illegally to earn reputation and unlock parts to tune their car.
The police also make a return, and they act differently depending of the time of day. In the daylight, they patrol around the area and play by the rules, stopping you for speeding and using controlled moves to rein you in. At night, all bets are off. Anything goes, from spike strips to Rhinos, the police will do any and everything to bring you to a halt.
Customisation is yet again improved, and the Speedcards from Payback are no more. With new customisation options and 127 cars to choose from, this is shaping up to be one hell of a Need for Speed game.
4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Let’s be real here, Call of Duty hasn’t been too hyped up since Infinite Warfare. Black Ops 4 was good but not enough to push CoD back into the stratosphere, a place it has never been since Modern Warfare 2. With the new Modern Warfare reboot, however, that may stand to change.
A gameplay reveal featuring over 14 minutes of the game’s new “Gunfight” mode showcases what made CoD so fun in the first place: close-quarter and visceral gunfights.
Speaking of guns, there are a lot of new ones. And by God, do they feel good to use. Guns kick back with visible recoil, making you feel like you’re handling more than an airsoft gun. Sounds are crisp and clear, and they look amazing. Definitely one to consider, and I’m getting flashbacks to the times when I used to play the original Modern Warfare with a bunch of friends at an Internet cafe.
5. One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows
A fighting game with an interesting twist. Instead of playing as the overpowered hero Saitama, the player will take control of a wide variety of different heroes, stalling enemies and monsters until Saitama finally arrives. Combos and special moves will shorten the time taken for the hero to arrive, and when he finally does, one punch will send anyone flying. An interesting mechanic for an interesting plot? I see nothing wrong with that.
Looking like a mix of Anthem, Destiny, Halo and Star Wars Episode I: Racer, all bundled up in a great-looking package. Seemingly a blend containing FPS as well as RTS elements, Disintegration comes as the debut effort of V1 Interactive, founded by one of the co-creators of the venerable Halo universe. The game is slated to release in 2020, although a specific date is not given.
Sid Meier’s Civilization series has always been the hallmark, the top dog of turn-based strategy games on PC, but Sega and Amplitude Studios (whom you may know as the creators of Endless Space) look to be changing that with Humankind, a new IP slated for release in 2020.
You’ll be guiding your world’s evolution through 6 distinct eras, each with 10 different cultures to choose from. Players are welcome to mix and match, and by the end of it, your civilization could be a blend of Japanese, American and Russian cultures, and it’ll be yours. Worth a look at, and we can’t wait to see more.
8. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
The 4v4 multiplayer for Breakpoint was available all week long at Gamescom, and initial reports are suggesting that it’s incredible fun.
With class customization, a large variety of weapons and gadgets to choose from, and a compact battleground, it makes for some absolutely frantic, yet tactical gunfighting. When one member goes down, they can be resuscitated, but once all 4 teammates are down, the round is over. It really brings an element of tactical strategy into an already fun FPS.
And there you have it, a list of games that we consider to be hotly anticipated. What game are you looking forward to the most?
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