A Short Introduction To Gamescom
People in the United States and Canada tend to be most familiar with E3 for understandable reasons, but it is important to remember that there are other trade events for the video game industry out there. For instance, there is Gamescom in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, which can claim the distinction of not just being the biggest trade event of its kind in Germany but also the biggest trade event of its kind in the entire world when measured by the number of people who can be expected to show up. Naturally, this means that Gamescom is a rich source of information about upcoming releases in the video game industry as well as a chance for interested parties to get a more hands-on look at what they can expect.
What Are Some Of The Most Promising Games At Gamescom 2018?
Of course, different people like different games for different reasons. As a result, interested individuals are bound to be drawn more to certain exhibitions than others, which is the natural state of things when it comes to video games.
For example, people who are uninterested in strategy games won’t have much interest in Creative Assembly’s Total War: Three Kingdoms. However, people who have been following the franchise in recent times will know that Total War: Three Kingdoms promises to be one of its more notable releases for various reasons.
First, it is the next main installment in the Total War series, which is important because if it proves to be successful, it will serve as the basis for more games in much the same manner that say, Empire: Total War led to Napoleon: Total War.
Second, Total War: Three Kingdoms is new ground for Creative Assembly, which has stuck to the historical periods that are most familiar to its English-speaking core audience for the most part. In contrast, while the Three Kingdoms of China are famous throughout both China and the rest of East Asia because of centuries and centuries’ worth of dramatization in those countries, they are much less well-known in the English-speaking world. Due to this, Creative Assembly is making a big bet, both because a successful Total War: Three Kingdoms would provide them with a solid foothold in the colossal Chinese market and because a successful Total War: Three Kingdoms would inspire them to explore a wider range of settings for their war-games.
Third, Creative Assembly is making an interesting choice to make not one but two modes for Total War: Three Kingdoms, with one focused on the romantic events of things and the other focused on the historical version of events. This is very appropriate because this is one of the most dramatized periods of history that can be found out there, but at the same time, there are a lot of people who are concerned about how much fantasy influence from Creative Assembly’s Total War: Warhammer will seep over into its historical releases. Something that hasn’t been helped by how the marketing information has focused a fair amount on the fantastical rather than on the factual side of things.
Summed up, Total War: Three Kingdoms is an excellent example of the games at Gamescom that might be worth checking out, seeing as how it could determine the direction of a decades-long series. However, it is important to note that there are plenty of other games that are worth checking out as well.
One excellent example is how Sony is planning to show off Marvel’s Spider-Man, which is a new game that is not based on pre-existing material but is instead its own take on the famous super-hero. Moreover, said title has been receiving a fair amount of interest, perhaps because the people behind it have promised everything from plenty of action to open-world exploration of a fictional NYC. Combined with the fact that Marvel’s Spider-Man will be released a very short time following the end of Gamescom, now is a good time to get a look at what it will be like.
Meanwhile, EA and Activision are bringing Battlefield V and Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII, which should come as welcome news to those with an appreciation for those long-running shooter series. However, both companies are bringing other titles as well, with examples ranging from EA’s FIFA 19 to Activision’s new Forsaken DLC for Destiny 2. Speaking of which, people who remember the PS1 with fondness might want to check out the remake of the Spyro games, which is being done by Activision because it purchased the rights back in 2008.
Besides these companies, it is interesting to note that Ubisoft is planning to show off Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, which is another interesting example of how long-running series can change with the times. So far, some of the things that have been shown off about the Peloponnesian War-based action-adventure game have resulted in amused comparisons to Bioware RPGs, but Gamescom will provide interested individuals with a better look at what to expect from the rest of the game’s content. With that said, while Nintendo might be showing off a number of upcoming releases, there can be no doubt about the fact that its single most popular exhibition will be Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which will indeed be playable. Suffice to say that this is rather exciting news, though unfortunately, it seems probable that the line-up will be a huge hassle for anyone who is hoping to get their hands on the game for some first-hand experience.
Summed up, Gamescom is huge, which is why a lot of video game companies are going to be using it as a chance to show their upcoming releases to members of the video game industry as well as members of the general public. Whatever a particular person’s preferences might be, chances are good that they will find something that interests them at said event, particularly since the biggest names in video games are no more than some of the companies that will be showing up to get in on the fun.