E3- er, no- Gamescom started up today. Google tells me it runs til the 29th (by NZ reckoning). This struck me as something of a surprise, I mean… I know I don’t often pay much attention to it and simply enjoy the trailers that come along with it as I stumble across them… but has Gamescom always run this long, or has it been expanded this year?

I suppose if I really cared, I could Google that too. … It’ll always be a mystery, I suppose!

There will no doubt be full coverage of the event all over the place, but I landed on Eurogamer’s article as my vehicle for perusing what came out today. I can’t say I’ve been blown away, but even so, I found some highlights! Here they are, in no particular order.

Under the Waves

On first watch of this trailer, I was left wondering, would this be like ABZU? Or more like Subnautica? I would’ve been absolutely fine with either of those answers.

Turns out, from reading the video description, it is perhaps more like Gris, at least from a narrative and tonal perspective.

Whatever the case may be, it’s one I’ll at least be keeping my eye on.

Sonic Frontiers

I didn’t expect to end up interested in Sonic Frontiers. The last Sonic game I actually enjoyed was Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. However… Disappointed as I may frequently be with the franchise, Sonic the Hedgehog still does hold some sentimental value for me.

It was the very first game I was ever bought for my Sega Mastersystem. Until then, I was just playing the built-in Alex the Kidd in Wonderland. I spent untold hours on the first two Sonic games.

And now…? Dare I hope?

I probably shouldn’t, but this isn’t looking too bad, so… we’ll see.

Return to Monkey Island

Another blast from the past, albeit not as far back as Sonic — I played the ever-loving bejeebus out of Monkey Island 1 and 2. I never quite got on as well with the rest of the series, but I’m willing to give it another shot with the return to basics approach that seems to be in play this time around.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide

Vermintide with guns! … Well, I mean, Vermintide already had guns — but these ones are high-tech guns! Lasers even, in some cases!

I’ve already written recently about my excitement for this one. I fully expect it to be the co-op-with-friends GOTY. Fingers crossed that is how it actually plays out.

Lords of the Fallen

Not a single drop of gameplay to be found here, in this reboot of the 2014 Lords of the Fallen (first? I think? Dark Souls-like, that… didn’t do so well.)

But!

It earns a lot of style points, using Jason Quinn (Eddie from latest season of Stranger Things) as narrator with Danzig’s ‘Mother’ to score.

Far too early to tell whether there will be any substance to this game, or whether the mistakes of the past will be learned from, but I’m open to giving it another try. It does appear to be a different set of developer hands at the wheel this time too, for better or worse.


I think these are the major ones for me out of the opening night line-up. If I was to give an honourary mention as well, it would go to ‘Lies of P‘. There is even a little gameplay on display in that trailer, but rather than building interest it gave me pause.

It doesn’t look quite right. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it looks janky, but it is certainly poking around the edges of such.

If I had to give an overall favourite Gamescom reveal so far, I think it might actually be Under the Waves. Almost entirely on strength of the setting and scenery. It looks incredible to the point it (almost) doesn’t matter what ‘style’ of game underlies it.


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Naithin

Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.

4 Comments

meghanplaysgames · August 25, 2022 at 12:46 am

Lies of P is definitely looking a little, er, rough around the edges but the Bloodborne-y aesthetic has kind of already sold me. I’m looking forward to that one!

    Naithin · August 25, 2022 at 9:34 am

    Yeah- I won’t lie, Lies of P has been relatively high on my Steam wishlist since it got a page. I expected to feature it in this post once I saw it had a new trailer yesterday.

    The roughness around the edges does concern me though. Absolutely possible they’ll be smoothed over before we get to launch. Darktide looked even worse, initially — but I also suspect that it is much easier to fix how gunplay feels than it is to fix quite involved combat animation interactions like this.

    Guess we’ll see!

Nimgimli · August 25, 2022 at 6:52 am

If memory serves Gamescom is industry only for a few days, then opens to the public for a long weekend. So it’s like E3 immediately followed by PAX, which is why it runs so long.

I took the afternoon off to watch Opening Night Live and kind of wished I had used that time more productively. There were a few games that looked somewhat interesting but nothing that really made me sit up and think “OMG I need to play this!”

And SO much over-the-top gore. A lot of the games immediately got put on the “Nope, that’s too gross” list that I keep in my head.

    Naithin · August 25, 2022 at 9:48 am

    Ahh, the industry into public thing does vaguely ring some bells.

    I think I watched the recording of the awards night last year, and similarly to you, thought the time could’ve been better spent, so I just awaited a compilation of trailers and went after that this time.

    Nothing particularly blew my socks off either, but I do wonder whether some of it is just that it’s too early and too much CGI ‘not actual gameplay’ coverage for that to happen yet.

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