ten games to remember from the biggest European video game fair

The city of Cologne, Germany, is famous for its beautiful cathedral, its perfume and Kölsch, a local beer. But for anyone who loves video games, Germany’s fourth most populous city is also associated with Gamescom, the most important European fair in the sector. This event is an opportunity for the public and industry professionals to discover many new features coming up. At the end of the 2022 edition launched on August 24, a look back at ten video games that marked the Pixels service in world.

  • “Lies of P”: an angry Pinocchio

P’s lies brilliantly following in the footsteps of Blood borne, from From Software. Behind the tribute, this heir also does not lack personality. He even found an atypical rhythm during fights. On the one hand, his gothic “Pinocchio” is very nervous and versatile. In front of him, disarticulated puppets that always surprise us by hitting the wrong time. The South Korean studio Neowiz told us that the graphic universe was also inspired by France, especially the Haussmannian architecture, which they hybridized with fantasy elements to create an aesthetic aptly named “dark Belle Epoque” . As poisonous as it is deafening.

Expected release in 2023 on PlayStation 5, PC and Xbox Series X.

  • “Under The Waves”: a diver in the wake of Commander Cousteau

Conceived by a Breton sailor’s son, Under the Waves pushing us to the bottom of the North Sea. It combines exploration, in a diving suit or in a submarine, with an introspective narrative, which disrupts the cracks of a tortured diver. The latter seeks to be alone under the surface of the water. Like the maritime environment full of caves, wrecks or plastic debris (which you can pick up or not), the character is revealed to be mysterious rather than vulnerable. An enchanting, tender experience enhanced by highly cinematic music.

Expected release in 2023 on PC, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series.

  • “Planet of Lana”: a cousin of Chihiro

Wishfully studio members cut their teeth on animated films, and it shows. The highly detailed scenery and creatures of the Planet of Oil is a declaration of love by the masters of the genre, the Japanese studio Ghibli (Losing the spirit). Another assumed model: the best Limbo and within from the Danes of Playdead, side-scrolling video games. The mix between the two inspirations proved brilliant during our discovery of the second chapter of the game, where the young Lana tames an adorable creature, then solves, thanks to her, cunningly thinking about the puzzles. A concentration of tenderness and poetry.

Expected release in 2023 on PC and Xbox in spring 2023.

  • “Where the Winds Meet”: A Chinese Knight-Errant

Revealed during the opening night of Gamescom, we can only see a long trailer of this title that mixes cinematic sequences and game phases. The result is very promising and looks like a meeting between the film. Tiger and Dragon and the open world of Spirit of Tsushima, by Sucker Punch and Darren Bridges. Pictorial landscapes, martial arts, a medieval city full of life and the promise of crazy freedom for the player… A project to follow for lovers of playing games and adventures.

Expected release in 2023 on PC.

  • “Mr Sun’s Hatbox”: an angry delivery man

“Burlesque” is the adjective used by the American Kenny Sun (Gentle: Comfort of creatures) to describe Mr Sun’s Hatbox. Proven in its starting premise: in a retro and pixelated universe, a delivery man deploys unconventional means (secret base, murder, brainwashing) to recover a stolen package . The sequel consists of stages of platforms that we execute by controlling a character, chosen in advance, who wears a wacky headgear. Once we get back to our base, we need to improve our infrastructure and build an overtrained army of chubby and colorful creatures. It’s funny because it’s addictive.

No release date, console and PC.

  • “Pentiment”: a detective in the 16th centurye century

Bavaria, XVIe century. Artist Andreas Maler investigates the mysterious death of a monk. After meticulously personalizing the characteristics of our protagonist, thanks to multiple choice questions, this game-play drives us to question the inhabitants of a village. The art of dialogue is king because we must adapt to our partners according to their social status, their personal history or their character. Dialogues are a rare treasure and unpredictable. During our testing session, we found that each player’s character paths differ depending on each player’s choices and characteristics. Finally, the immersion is ensured by a deep artistic direction faithful to the manuscripts of the time.

The release is planned for November on PC and Xbox.

  • “Moonbreaker”: miniatures like “Warhammer”

What direction to take after the wonderful survival games Subnautica ? The Franciscans of the Unknown Worlds studio surprised everyone with a strategy game with painted figurines, similar to Warhammer. Turn-based games look at both HearthStone and on Cosmic Encounterthe main influence of the card game Magic: The Gathering. The science fiction universe, the story created by writer Brandon Sanderson (Last Empire: Son of the Mists), offers colorful characters (that you can paint yourself thanks to a digital painting workshop). Those shown are from three cultures with very different characteristics, with about ten other cultures being developed, because the experience will change over time.

Also read: We tested… “Subnautica Below Zero”, an amazing underwater survival game
  • “Vikings on Trampolines”: bearded warriors bouncing

One day, a trampoline appeared in Viking land, and bearded warriors with horned helmets jumped back and forth. This title pleases with its immediate and intuitive management that evokes the arcade terminals of the 1980s. From the joystick, you have to direct your hero to the different trampolines in each level. Allowed to go outside the bouncing web. Eventually, we need to drive enemies off the board to advance or create mini games. Despite its relevance to the fighting game Smash Bro.happiness comes mainly from his cooperative manner which is very good for laughter.

Coming soon to PC.

  • “Atlas Fallen”: a muscular duo

Frankfurters on Deck 13 are famous for The Floodwhich takes the style of confrontations with Dark Souls from From Software. After the success ofElden Ring, the latest from Hidetaka Miyazaki’s studio, this vein is in the spotlight at Gamescom. This is good because this is where the studio is revealed Atlas fell. It offers an exciting world ofheroic fantasy where a cataclysm reduced buildings and inhabitants to dust. We contain a type of knight who is able to defy the gods thanks to a magic glove that allows him to create weapons from dust. Raw action in sight, although we’ve seen very few images of it.

Expected release in 2023 on PC, PS5, Xbox Series.

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  • “God”: the villagers are threatened by madness

This management game offers to control a colony gathered inside a camp built in a circle, the “gord”, which was typical of the populations of Central Europe during the Middle Ages. Living in a fantasy world where the sun never rises, our tribe is guarded by madness. In addition to the usual tasks of collecting resources and improving skills, you need to take care of your mental health, which changes according to the characteristics specific to each inhabitant. Management is accompanied by many quests that lead us to strategically deal with monsters from Slavic mythology in the surrounding woods. An attractive mix between management and adventure created by former members of the Polish studio CD Projekt Red (The Witcher 3) and 11-Bit (frostpunk).

Expected release in 2023 on PC.

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