What was your Game of Show for Gamescom 2014?
Courtney Osborn, Founder & Editor in Chief:
I said it on last week’s episode of the MONG Podcast, but my Game of Show was The Tomorrow Children. The trailer didn’t really grab me right away until I was able to read up more on the game. After I knew what was actually going on, I rewatched the trailer and was blown away. That game looks so interesting! As I’ve said many times before, I am a history major, so anytime a game has ANYTHING to do with history in some fashion, I geek out over it. The Tomorrow Children has just enough of a history theme to make it sound like a great game for me. I am super excited to learn more about it in the coming months.
Myles Farrington, Senior Editor:
It’s kinda hard for me to pick a favorite out of anything, that said I guess my game of show would have to of been Bloodborne. I was already excited for From Software’s next title, but seeing the actual gameplay got me hyped (as gameplay has a tendency to do for me). I’ve been a fan of the Souls franchise for some time. It never really bothered me as it has some, I never found it too difficult, I actually found it fun and funny to play. That said, I know it’s slow to play. Having to block, fall back to Estus, dodge everything, those necessary play-methods do weigh down the gameplay a bit. I’m not saying that you should play Bloodborne loose and fast, but I’m happy that From is speeding things up a bit. I suppose the close second would have to go to Dragon Age: Inquisition.
Jesse Webster, Senior Writer:
Silent Hills. Not only was it a Kojima way of announcing it but, P.T is the most terrifying game I’ve played in a long while. While the finale puzzle can be frustrated to complete, it does not take away from what I think is game of show. While P.T. doesn’t have anything to do with Silent Hills, it does show confidence that Hideo Kojima can do pure horror, and with the help of Guillermo Del Toro, Silent Hills has the potential to be even more frightening. It was a fantastic idea to have a playable teaser, I won’t be surprised if other companies do this, and try to exploit it.
Andrew Lee, Associate Writer:
Silent Hills. The way it was creatively announced was memorable and the P.T teaser was already terrifying. It’s been a while since the last Silent Hill game and any addition to the Survival Horror genre is welcomed. There’s quite the few notable names already involved in the project (Hideo Kojima, Guillermo Del Toro, Norman Reedus). I think interactive teasers might become a whole new way to introduce games and that can never be a bad thing.
Benjamin Luthi, Associate Writer:
Super Smash Bros. I know it’s been talked about non-stop for months, but it just keeps getting better. I can’t believe how much content they’ve crammed in those games. I’m trying to clear as much of my backlog as possible so I can smash it up on October 3rd and then whenever the Wii U one comes out.
Chad Waller, Associate Writer:
I didn’t pay any attention whatsoever to Gamescom 2014. I couldn’t tell you what was shown or teased or anything. So, no answer!
Darwin Leuba, Associate Writer:
As a non-discriminatory and equal opportunities gamer, I prefer to think of all games as created equal, and I do not rank games until they are presented in final form. Games are like students. You really shouldn’t be ranking them until they graduate, but we all know teachers secretly do it anyway. Let games be free of judgement and ranking until they’re presented in final form. And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of Nintendo. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of Valve. And maybe, one day, little Microsoft fanboys and little Microsoft fanboys can join hands with little Sony fanboys and little Sony fangirls. Go America!
Dustin LaRoe, Associate Writer:
Quantum Break. Before that darn gameplay was revealed at Gamescom, I was triple ‘meh’ on Quantum Break. Now that I see that it has some solid gameplay mechanics and interesting time manipulation tricks, I’m sold. (I also learned that Remedy was the studio behind Max Payne 2 a game I rather enjoyed for years after it’s release.)
Harry Loizides, Associate Writer:
I don’t know if this is the top game, but it’s certainly the one that caught my eye: Superhot. Time only moves when you allow it to; who wouldn’t find that cool?! With it, you can dodge bullets, move people, and a lot more. The Matrix-like concept seems to be a refreshing take on gameplay.
Jake Dekker, Associate Writer:
There were a lot of great games shown off during Gamescom, but the one I am most excited for is Halo: The Master Chief Collection solely for Halo 2: Anniversary. I have so many great memories from Halo 2’s multiplayer, and I cannot wait to jump back in and make new ones with my friends. Halo: The Master Chief Collection withstanding, I’d say that Until Dawn for PS4 and P.T had great shows at the conference.
Landon Luthi, Associate Writer:
There were two games that caught my attention at Gamescom this year. I’m not the kind of guy who gets all excited by a games graphics, but rather by its ingenuity. That being said, my eyes glazed over when I began watching the first boss fight shown for Titan Souls. Given my amazing powers in nostalgia-whoredom, I knew that this was going to be a great title to look forward to. Unfortunately, 2015 can’t come soon enough.
The runner-up for me was the new Geometry Wars 3:Dimensions. I remember the days when Xbox Live took hold on the original Xbox system. Most people might remember how awesome it was to play against random strangers in Halo 2 in all of its matchmaking glory. While I did partake in such joys, I found something far more sinister and addicting. That was the first Geometry Wars. Thankfully, no math was implied to the gameplay, but rather to its graphical nature. It was simple and easy to pick up. We can expect to see some new gameplay modes in Dimensions, along with high scores that will once again make us all cringe.
Mike Morrissette, Associate Writer:
Can I say Bloodborne? Is that okay? Or maybe I want to say Tearaway for the PS4 — though I have a hard time saying that only because it’s already out on the Vita (which I highly recommend). Or Destiny, honestly, every time they show more of that game I get ever so more excited to actually sink my teeth into it. I don’t know which to pick, I love all three of those games so very much and I want nothing more than to play them while I eat HotPockets and pretend that my social life isn’t dissolving right before my eyes as I play video games for three straight days. I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know. To be honest though, my heart belongs with my MMOs and while Gamescon was going on, so was SoE Live, and I may have been watching more that than Gamescon. So my true Game of Show was Everquest Next, but that wasn’t even at Gamescon so that doesn’t count.
If you followed any of my jumbled writing, kudos to you bro, kudos.
Patrick Garrity, Associate Writer:
P.T (Silent Hills) hands down was the best, followed by Until Dawn. The demo of P.T was just super awesome and so much fun. I’m not even into that type of game, but with Kojima on board with it HELL YEA! Until Dawn looks really good too, I get a I Remember What you Did Last Summer vibe from it with a touch of SAW. Fun Stuff in the works.
Ryan Latuso, Associate Writer:
I didn’t get to sit and watch any of them straight through so it’s hard to say. If I had to pick, I would say Sony just because they had more games that had my interest.
Scott Deisner, Associate Writer:
Being that there wasn’t an excessive number of reveals, it’s easy to go with Sony who had more Destiny to show and offer. Knowing that we won’t have to wait until three months into next year for the first dlc, and instead it is roughly three months from game launch, makes my buying into a special edition with a season pass that much more enjoyable..
Shaun Fales, Associate Writer:
Its pretty tough to pick so I’ll pick two. First, and only because I’m a sucker for the franchise, is Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Claptrap looks awesome and tons of fun to play as and every time I see the game I get more and more excited to play it. Then for my second pick I’ll go with a new IP with WiLD. It looks really unique and its from Michael Ancel so it ought to be good. I love open world stuff so I can’t wait to try that one out. I also think Assassin’s Creed Unity deserves an honorable mention because it finally looks like Ubisoft is taking a step forward with the series.
Tyler Bartlemus, Associate Writer:
The Witcher 3 wins it for me this year. CD Projekt Red just simply had a great showing of the game this year.The game looks visually stunning, and the vast amount of content that has been promised already has me hooked.
As for best playable game, I’m sure the internet would agree with me that P.T. won in that aspect. With it’s terrifying atmosphere and thoughtful use of puzzles, it is no surprise that it has captured a lot of gamer’s attention. I believe Silent Hills is in good hands with Kojima, and Guillermo Del Toro. Can’t wait to see what they have to show us in the future.