It was difficult to narrow it down to just five
Gamescom 2019 was as awesome as everyone expected it to be, fulfilling many desires and tantalising the gaming community with an influx of fresh ideas. Games, technology and esports were everywhere – which brings up one of the downsides to an event such as Gamescom. I’m referring to the huge wave of information; YouTube videos, articles and press releases as everyone tries to cover everything first which results in a touch of confusion on the whole. Below, I’ve assembled a Top 5 of some form in no determined order, somewhat subjective to my taste, with regards to the many releases beheld at this year’s Gamescom.
1. Call of Duty: Modern warfare
Yes, I know what you’re thinking – ‘Oh God, not another Call of Duty’. Listen, although I’m usually gunning for new iterations in the series, this one seems different. The overhauled graphics which usually used to set Call of Duty behind other competitors now puts them in the centre spot, also utilising animations and graphics which just might lead the industry. Apart from the usual upgrades, the franchise will enter new grounds in terms of map design and multiplayer modes; engineering warfare on a new level with supposedly 20v20 maps, night maps, 2v2 gunfight maps and many more. They seem to be taking online to a whole new level, together with rumours of a phenomenal campaign too, rooted in classic Call of Duty. The title is ready to push franchising for the console esport too; check out the gameplay below!
2. Raytracing EVERYWHERE
Nvidia showed up at Gamescom with one thing on their mind; raytracing. Showcasing it in upcoming AAA titles such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Watch Dogs: Legion, DLC for Metro: Exodus – they’ve even brought it to Minecraft. All-in-all, Nvidia pushed hard to continue justifying their pursual of ray tracing in their new graphics cards line-up.
3. DEATH STRANDING – WE STILL KNOW NOTHING
Sony made their first appearance of the year at Gamescom, notably taking leave from E3 this year. One of their most awaited titles is Death Stranding – a game nobody really understands. Showing off a trailer in which gamers have the opportunity to urinate whenever they please, the graphics are definitely impressive; it just refuses to be clear with regards to its aim as a game.
4. Little nightmares ii
Fulfilling a niche nobody knew existed in the gaming industry, the puzzle-platformer horror adventure game has returned with a sequel two years after its initial success. Offering an eerie outlook through an announcement trailer, the Bandai Namco Entertainment to be released on all platforms, with a spectacular reputation, deserves the turning of your head. Horror fans especially should dial into the 2020 release date.
5. Gears 5 – Where was HALO INFINITE?
Xbox fans tend to shudder in light of the plethora of Playstation exclusives announced at gaming expos such as Gamescom. With Halo Infinite announced in July, many were expecting gameplay at Gamescom. With that not being the case, Gears 5 made an appearance instead. Regardless, Gears 5 looks promising for Xbox users; as the developers are now pushing a new Open World for gamers to enjoy apart from diversifying the multiplayer experience with game modes such as ‘Escape’. Once again, Xbox seems to be showing their cards before their console release, while Sony folds until the optimal moment.
As I said earlier, this list is a tad biased to my taste – there were way more than 5 announcements at Gamescom, that’s for sure. Let us know what would be in your top 5 in the comments section below!