Monday, August 22, 2011

Gamescom 2011 Wrapup

I know I said we would be covering all six days of Gamescom, but there simply was no news left to report over the weekend! To close the Gamescom chapter of our lives this year, I submit to you this summary of noteworthy announcements:

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Link's latest adventure will be released for the Wii on November 20 in the US. We tried our hand at it at Comic Con and it's certainly one of the most exciting titles this year. November is already a busy month for games with the new Assassin's Creed, Call of Duty, Battlefield and more being released, and with Nintendo adding a Zelda title, the Colonel and I should be quite busy this Thanksgiving!

Ubisoft Announces Six Titles for the Vita
Did you think Vita was only going to have Lumines and Assassin's Creed? Nay, says Ubisoft, You shall have not two, but six titles from us to sample. These titles are "Assassin’s Creed, Rayman Origins, LuminesTM, AsphaltTM, Dungeon Hunter Alliance and Michael Jackson the Experience." Hey, I said six games, not six good games.

To The Moon:
Nostalgic for Chrono Trigger? Looking for a game that makes you teary eyed? To The Moon looks to deliver on both. Freebird Games says its latest indie game is about "two doctors traversing through the memories of a dying man to fulfill his last wish." The graphics are 16 bits of elegence and the story is certainly a heavy one. If this sounds like the game for you, watch the trailer and visit the game's website for more information. It will be released this fall and I've already got my tissues handy.

Infamous 2: Festival of Blood
Cole McGrath is getting a superpowered expansion with Festival of Blood, an expansion that adds vampires to New Marais. It's not clear how this will tie into the story, but it seems to be not unlike Undead Nightmare was to Red Dead Redemption. If you cannot get enough of zapping people, have become enamored with the more appealing, but equally undead cousin of zombies, or both, then this trailer is for you.

Zone of the Enders:
Hideo Kojima tweeted the following image, invoking both fits of joy and rage from long time fans of the series:



I'd wager we shall hear more of this either later this week or at Tokyo Games Show next month!
Battlefield 3:
Are you ready to team up with 31 of your closest friends to anniahlate your opposition? Do you even have 31 friends? Well you had better make more, because Battlefield 3's latest trailer shows of it's 64 person multiplayer. I was convinced with the tanks trailer, but adding in deadly vehicles and a hoard of enemies just sweetens the proverbial pot. If this trailer does not warm you to the idea of buying Battlefield 3, I think nothing will.

Guild Wars 2
The sequel to the popular free MMO Guild Wars is looking better than ever. Gamescom was rife with press demos and trailers, two of which are here. The game looks beautiful and it seems the combat system has been revamped. With the inclusion of PvP and slick enemy designs, I would have to say this is the MMO to beat.
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