Gamescom 2012 Previews

Posted for between the 22nd and 31st of August, here are all the previews I have written up for Gamescom 2012.

I decided to post these as one article so you can see all my previews coverage in one place, as opposed to clicking through my entire portfolio to find them.

Here are 31 articles for your enjoyment.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance – Kojima Productions and Platinum Games team up to take Metal Gear to a new genre with emphasis on what Platinum do best: action.

Tomb Raider – Crystal Dynamics reboot the adventures of Lara Croft with this deep and dark journey of her self discovery. Incredible is how best I can put it.

Tomb Raider Interview with Karl Stewart – I sat down with Crystal Dynamics global brand manager Karl Stewart and talked about how they went about rebooting a much loved franchise

God of War: Ascension Single-player – Kratos is back, however this time his equally bloody adventure is trying to show the one man army in a more compassionate light – to be fair, he did save an innocent civilian in the demo, right before he speared a few rams in the throat.

God of War: Ascension MultiplayerIn a first for the series, Ascension will bring multiplayer to the Greek bloodbath. Unsurprisingly it’s hectic and somewhat disappointing to boot.

Tokyo Jungle – Taking on the role of an animal, you must fend for your life and start a family in a post apocalyptic Tokyo. It’s as fun as it is quirky.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Multiplayer – Everyone knows it’s going to be a bestseller already, but while very little seems to have changed, the multiplayer aspect was surprisingly enjoyable to experience – even if most of those playing had never heard of teamwork.

The Unfinished Swan – A refreshing and interesting PSN title created by indie developer Giant Sparrow, well worth a look.

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – Possibly one of the most anticipated JRPGs of the year – despite it arriving in 2013. Created by Professor Layton developer Level-5, along with anime masters Studio Ghibli, this game is a fun as it is beautiful.

Ratchet & Clank: QForce (Full Frontal Assault) Insomniac Games return to the Ratchet & Clank world with an interesting new addition that combines the traditional gameplay of older titles with a surprisingly innovative and enjoyable tower defence mechanic – and I hate tower defence games.

Assassin’s Creed III Liberation – Ubisoft’s PS Vita outing for the Assassin’s Creed franchise is everything you’d expect of an AC title, but running smoothly and superbly on Sony’s handheld. It’s really something quite incredible to witness, and good fun to boot.

Doom 3 BFG Edition – John Carmack has come back with a 3D supported and HD remaster of Doom 3, and quite honestly I can’t tell why.

Joe Danger Touch Joe Danger gets the iOS treatment, and it’s something pretty darn special. Simple, fun, and quintessentially Hello Games.

Dishonored – Developed by Arkane Studios and Published Bethesda Softworks, Dishonored is easily the most exciting title of the year. Created by a team with games like Deus Ex, Half-Life 2, Arx Fatalis and Dark Messiah of Might and Magic under their belt, you know this is going to be a special project.

Assassin’s Creed III – Ubisoft show off the naval warfare found in ACIII along with a closed door preview of the Wii U version of the game – which looks stunning.

Wonderbook: Book of Spells – Created by Sony London Studio, Wonderbook has been in the works for 7 years, and now the technology underpinning JK Rowling’s newest book is nothing short of impressive.

Joe Danger 2 Video Preview – We sat down with Sean Murray and videoed us having a whale of  a time with Joe Danger 2: The Movie for you to enjoy!

Joe Danger 2: The Movie – Packed full of new features and even more absurdity than ever before, Joe Danger 2: The Movie is everything Joe Danger was but amplified to the Nth degree.

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time – Developed by Sanzaru Games, who handled the HD remakes for PS3, this fourth entry into the series feels every bit as good as it’s Sucker Punch forebears.

Hitman: Absolution Contracts mode – IO Interactive announced a brand new mode for Hitman: Absolution at this years Gamescom, and I got to go hands on with it alongside it’s creator Torben Ellert.

Cities in Motion 2 – Developed by Colossal Order, this is a sequel to their incredibly popular transportation management simulator Cities in Motion. It may sound bland, but you’ll be gripped by timetabling like never before.

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing – Following the exploits of Van Helsing’s son, this Neocore developed game plays much like Diablo with its isometric view, turn based combat, and world dripping with mythical beasts.

Anno Online Ubisoft are hitting the online space hard (you’ll see a lot of F2P Browser titles coming) and BlueByte are at the forefront by bringing across their much loved civilisation and empire building game Anno.

Sacred Citadel – Taking place within the Sacred universe, Citadel is a different beast. Morphed, rather nicely, into a side scrolling brawler like Double Dragon this is one fun and hectic adventure for three to enjoy.

Might & Magic Heroes Online – Taking the popular Heroes franchise to the browser, Ubisoft are bringing impressive visuals and traditional turn based gameplay online for all to enjoy.

Might & Magic: Duel of the Champions – It’s Might & Magic but in the form of cards! With cross functionality with iPad, you’ll never be far from fun with this Free-to-Play card battler.

Silent Hunter Online – Ubisoft’s submarine warfare hit Silent Hunter has surfaced into your browser as a free-to-play sequel to Silent Hunter 5. It features everything you’d expect from a SH game, along with a raft of new additions to keep you submerged into it’s gameplay.

Impire – Think Dungeon Keeper but much more ambitious and you’ve got Impire. Developed by Cyanide Studios you’ll take control of an evil lord trapped into the body of an imp. Your goal? To become the most feared badass around, and break out into your original self.

Primal Carnage – Want to know who would win in a fight between humans and dinosaurs? Well with Primal Carnage about, you don’t have to wonder anymore!

A Game of Dwarves – Zeal Game Studio and Paradox Interactive are bringing you a management and strategy game unlike many you’ll have seen before. Think of it as Theme Hospital meets Dungeon Keeper and you’ll be partly right in what to expect of this dwarven management title.

Sacred 3 – A true sequel to 2008’s Sacred 2: Fallen Angel, Sacred 3 brings back the hack’n’slash RPG style with better visuals, endless gameplay, and an emphasis on multiplayer co-op play.


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