Top Previews from Gamescom 2011
While the name "Forza" may derive from the Italian word for "strength," it's been a decidedly German week for the team at Turn 10. At Gamescom in Cologne, the Xbox developer announced a new track in the Hockenheimring, which is a relatively flat circuit situated in the Rhine valley of southwest Germany that you can play either during broad daylight or the pre-sunset "golden hour." The studio also brought along the first production model BMW M5, a heavy, high-powered sedan that fans will be able to drive in Forza 4 before it hits the streets.Continue Reading »
However, those German-centric reveals weren't all that Turn 10 brought to Germany. Game director Dan Greenawalt was also in...
CD Projekt Red is so pumped about the update it's preparing for acclaimed role-playing game The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings that it gives this PC "version 2.0" top billing in its Gamescom presentation, ahead even of the upcoming Xbox 360 version, due early next year. The bumper updated PC version, free to those who've already bought the game, is available from September 29. It contains a new tutorial system, an arcade-style arena mode, and the "dark" difficulty mode and items, plus...Continue Reading »
We're not sure what to make of the name Dragon's Dogma. It's hard to imagine a dragon's religious upbringing went any further than "thou shall breathe fire" and "thou shall devour foolish adventurers." Whatever it means, the game was on display at the 2011 Gamescom. Because we already got some hands-on time with this open-world, hack-and-slash game, developer Capcom focused on explaining its pawn system with the aid of producer Hiroyuke Kobayashi.
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At Gamescom 2011, Sega doesn't risk letting Anarchy Reigns' single-player mode pull focus away from its multiplayer brawling. The offline campaign is given a quick nod: we're reminded it'll be served up in two halves, with the "dark side" of the story starring Jack, he of MadWorld fame, and with the "light side" casting the player as Leo, a law-enforcing cyborg. Then we're told progressing through the single-player campaign will unlock characters in the multiplayer...Continue Reading »
It's fair to say that the first Formula One game from Codemasters was a resounding success, flying high in the charts in Europe and scoring itself plenty of awards. A follow-up was inevitable, but thankfully, the development studio doesn't look to be resting on its laurels. The game engine is substantially improved, there are a host of new multiplayer features, and Codies is even working hard on improving the handling--something that was...Continue Reading »
It's the biggest fear of any GameSpot editor to show up at an appointment and hear, "Well, we don't have any gameplay to show, but we do have this trailer." These are the meetings that inevitably involve dry discussions of a game's setting, some concept art of the main character looking grim and dour for no real reason, and very little else. We'll admit we were worried that our meeting with Dontnod Entertainment might turn out that way when we paid a visit to the upstart Parisian developer to see its newly...Continue Reading »
Risen 2: Dark Waters is an open-world role-playing game set in the pirate-infested seas of a fictional world. In it you play as a burned-out drunk with an eye patch who uses a combination of witty wordsmithery and swordfighting against a variety of enemies both historically rooted and purely supernatural. But for as much as this game dabbles in the fantastical, it focuses on one very serious issue: sometimes you just don't want to wear a shirt.Continue Reading »
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In between running to appointments and bumping elbows with roughly 250,000 attendees per day here at Gamescom 2011, we somehow managed to squeeze in some hands-on time with the latest additions to Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. We're talking about Nemesis, Jill Valentine's supernatural stalker from Resident Evil 3, and Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts from the Marvel universe.
While we weren't able to uncover all of their secrets, between our notes and Capcom special advisor Seth Killian's Doctor Strange and Continue Reading »
With all due respect to Bill Murray, CCP Games wants to move away from the "Groundhog Day scenario" of online shooters; that feeling that you're just replaying the same maps over and over without any sense of overall progress outside of a few unlockable weapon attachments. It's this idea that's led to Dust 514, a new first-person shooter set in a universe that's hardly new itself. CCP Games, as you may know, is the same studio behind the long-running EVE Online, a massively...Continue Reading »
Halo: Anniversary is an Xbox 360 reworking of a 10-year-old Xbox game, so visual improvement is a given. But in it, you can switch between the old and new graphics on the fly, and when you see the "classic" view of the swamp-set campaign level 343 Guilty Spark flip into the new high-definition version, the contrast is astounding: rich textures pop in, shafts of light shoot in through the tree canopy, and the draw distance explodes outward....Continue Reading »