MyGaming got the opportunity to head to Cologne, Germany, and get up close with some of the biggest games coming our way within the next couple of months; but which stood out when all the hype and excitement was put aside?
The footballing king doesn’t seem like the most obvious choice due to its ubiquitous nature, but FIFA 14 was seriously impressive. This is also coming from someone who’s become slightly fatigued by the annual release of FIFA, and I have to say, FIFA 14 is luring me back in.
Playing it on the Xbox One was another joy, as the controls, animations and overall look felt new and exciting, and it really did look pretty.
FIFA 14 can inject a regained passion for the game to those who may have become disenchanted.
Need for Speed Rivals
Need for Speed games seem to divide the NFS fan base every year, but there’s no denying that they’re all good racers.
Rivals was a surprise for me – its fast, frantic, and features all the things that made me fall in love with the franchise in the first place.
The returning focus of police chases, gorgeous environments and incredibly vast customisation made me hold onto the PS4 controller while playing Rivals that much longer.
Wolfenstein: The New Order
Wolfenstein: The New Order wasn’t on my radar when visiting Cologne. The first cinematic trailer was interesting, but there didn’t seem to be anything new at first glance.
But after playing through the first 30 minutes of the game, I can easily say that it’s one of my most anticipated titles of 2014.
The New Order doesn’t feel like any other shooter on the market. It’s packed full of weight, meaty shooting, and really lets the players feel the gunfights, with some impressive audio work, great physics, and a solid cover system.
The Witcher 3
There’s no doubt that The Witcher 3 will impress, but to what extent is the question.
After seeing a 45-minute “behind closed doors” gameplay presentation, it’s safe to say that CD Projekt RED are raising the bar for the series.
Even a room full of veteran game journalists were gasping with what was being shown on screen.
The authentic dialogue, visceral combat and ingeniously creative enemies were all on show, not to mention the vast open world and limitless choice that players have to experience.
Titanfall may have been overlooked as “the thing those ex-COD guys are doing”, but Respawn Entertainment have forked away from what you’d expect of a multiplayer shooter.
Titanfall is fast, brutal and relentless with its action. The gameplay is really unlike anything else you’ve seen, as the David vs. Goliath element of the multiplayer matches add a huge level of strategy to your actions.
The team have also allowed for the multiplayer matches to feel cinematic and story-driven, and not just another typical kill-the-other-team scenario – it really does lend a level of immersion and interest to what you’re actually doing in the game.
What do you think of MyGaming’s list? What was your favourite game shown at Gamescom 2013? Let us know in the comments below and on the MyGaming forum.