Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What you need to know from Gamescom.

I woke today feeling profoundly unwell.  I went on about my business, getting ready for work - but no... no.  To spare you the gruesome details, I was not leaving the house.  I stayed in bed with Rogue Legacy for a bit, and sat down to browse the internet - and lo!  It's Gamescom, baby!

Microsoft and Sony both came out guns blazin'.  Each announced some pret-ty boss indie action, and damned if Microsoft didn't score a major coup with Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusivity.  ...which still stings.  Anyway, there's a bit to get to, so lemmie' break it down.

First of all, bows confirmed for Far Cry 4.  Thank God.


New exclusive WiLD announced.  It's an open-world multiplayer game for the PS4, with a landmass the size of "Europe," we're told.  But that's not the important part. The important part is, in it, you can play as a wolf.  Or a bird.  Or a stone-age person.  Maximum hype engaged.

We got to see some official direct-feed gameplay for Bloodborne, finally.  It looks spectacular.

That Move-based horror game they had coming to the PS3, Until Dawn, has been retooled from the ground up as an open-ended horror game for PS4, running on Killzone Shadow Fall's engine.

Indies announced:
  • DayZ (yes, really)
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (trailer!)
  • Papers, Please (also coming to Vita)
  • Snow
  • Pix the Cat (also coming to Vita)
  • Space Brawl
  • Nom Nom Galaxy (also coming to Vita)
  • Ether
  • Hollowpoint
  • In Space We Brawl
  • Qube 2
The big indie announcements include Alienation. From the team at Housemarque (Resogun, Dead Nation, Super Stardust HD), it appears to be a sci-fi spiritual sequel to Dead Nation, with beefier co-op.

Also indie-and-hot is The Tomorrow Children, a trippy-as-balls multiplayer title from Q Games (the Pixeljunk series), which looks like the nighmare dream of an eastern-European child.

And the largest indie of all, Hellblade - a "triple-A indie" from Ninja Theory, who I'm hoping learned a lot about how to make a fun brawler from their work on DmC: Devil May Cry.  All it got was a CGI trailer - but still, their last two games were pretty darn good.

They also showed a gorgeous gameplay trailer for Rime, which makes me really want Rime.

Oh, and The Order: 1886 got a fresh new trailer.

Oh!  And we finally saw gameplay from Mike Bithell's Volume, which I feel looks kinda' meh. Oh, and instead of making a sequel to Tearaway (I guess because the Vita has too many triple-A games?), Media Molecule are "re-imagining" the game for PS4.

And, finally, this new Far Cry 4 trailer confirms the bow.  Yay!

They also explained that the deal in which you buy Far Cry 4 and your friend can play with you for free actually consists of you getting 10 "keys" which you can give away to PSN friends, which permit them to play in your game for a whole two hours.  So bleh.

Also, you can go on to the PS Store with your PS4 right now and download the "interactive teaser" for a horror game currently known as P.T.  Hang on, let me check it out... that is creepy as fuck.  Nice-looking, and creepy as fuck. [update] It's a new Silent Hill from Hideo Kohima and Guillermo del Toro. [/update]

But anyway,

  • WiLD
  • Bloodborne Trailer
  • more horror games
  • DayZ
  • Papers, Please
  • Ninja Theory
  • Rime looks awesome
  • bows confirmed for Far Cry 4.  Nice. 
Now, on to Microsoft. 


Microsoft's biggest news is, easily, Rise of the Tomb Raider's "holiday 2015" exclusivity for Xbox consoles.  So yeah - fuck you, Microsoft, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics - 'cause I was really looking forward to that.

There are two trailers from Microsoft's presser that you really should check out.  First of all, Below looks so gorgeous.

Second, they've got this middle-ages-mouse-stealth game called Ghost of a Tale that I would so play if I had a One.  I don't know why, but I've got a serious thing for anthropomorphic mice.

In the indie coup category, Microsoft has scored Super Hot, which all the journos were spooging over a few months back.  They also showed some Forza stuff, some Fable Legends stuff, some Master Chief Collection stuff and some multiplatform stuff.  They've also got indies Space Engineers, The Escapists and Smite.

Oh, and they finally showed proper gameplay for Quantum Break - that was cool.

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