Gamescom 2014 highlights

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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The beautiful PS4 exclusive adventure game called “Rime” dazzled with its imaginative visuals.

After the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) unleashed the year’s biggest video game news in Los Angeles back in June, players around the world awaited the next big gathering of companies and fans… Gamescom! Held annually in Germany, Gamescom is Europe’s largest gaming event, with 340,000 visitors and hundreds of exhibitors. From July 13-17, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo unveiled some major news, delivering informational goodies for all the Playstation, Xbox, and Wii fans across the globe.

For all you role-playing game and action-adventure fans, there were lots of mega announcements. First of all, horror gamers were screaming in terror during the Silent Hills demo, because dark fantasy movie master Guillermo del Toro has teamed up with Metal Gear Solid guru Hideo Kojima to create a jaw-dropping, heart-thumping remake of the classic 90s spooker. Speaking of AAA talent and creepiness, Bioware finally revealed its upcoming 4v1 RPG game, Shadow Realms, which they’ve been teasing for weeks online. Bioware also showed off its highly-anticipated Dragon Age: Inquisition with a gorgeous sampling of the hack-and-slash questing in the realms of Ferelden and Orlais. Another absolutely stunning fantasy game was Rime, an open world third-person adventure coming out only on the PS4.

Okay, so what about the next-gen continuation of Lara Croft’s treasure hunting saga? Well, Microsoft announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider would be an Xbox One exclusive… at least for the 2015 holidays. Ouch! Maybe Microsoft is trying to make up for lackluster Titanfall sales and wants to catch up to Sony… who stunned Gamescom attendants with the news that they’ve now sold 10 million PS4 systems. Whoa! Sony also grabbed the spotlight by announcing the release date of Playstation TV, which is their answer to the Rokus and Chromecasts out there making internet-connected TV streaming a breeze. It’ll hit stores on October 14, running $99 by itself or $139 with a Dualshock 3 controller thrown in. Not impressed? Sony also announced that you’ll now be able to play your friend’s PS4 from your own PS4, in a wacky form of long distance couch co-op gaming.

Nintendo came out swinging, with “Super Smash Bros.” and “Hyrule Warriors” grabbing lots of attention.

So, how did Microsoft steal back the attention? Well, by offering a Halo 5 multiplayer beta date! From December 29 through January 18, you can jump in with Master Chief and blast aliens before anyone else. However, you may already be doing that with Destiny, made by the original developers of Halo… Bungie… who have gone to the “dark side” by offering timed PS4 exclusives for Destiny players to enjoy. In fact, Destiny was announced as the most pre-ordered game in GameStop history… like… ever. First-person shooter fans who like a little less sci-fi with their gunplay were excited to see Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s multiplayer revealed. Well, considering the futuristic weapons on display, perhaps it does qualify as sci-fi!

Okay, so what about Nintendo? Despite terrible Wii U sales numbers, the once invincible gaming giant still put on a strong showing at Gamescom, unveiling that Super Smash Bros. will have Meta Knight as a playable character and that a Super Smash Bros.-themed 3DS XL system will be made available! Woot woot. The next-gen remake of the legendary fighting game was even voted as the Most Wanted game of Gamescom, so congrats! Another highly-anticipated smash and bash game, Hyrule Warriors, showed off its army-crushing awesomeness with favorites like Link, Zelda, and Ganon.

Featured image courtesy of Gamescom Facebook. Image of Nintendo games courtesy of Nintendo Facebook. Image of Rime courtesy of Playstation Europe on Flickr.