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Posts tagged “Gamescom 2011”

Feature: Riot Games Interview

Defense Of The Questions: League of Legends

At GamesCom we had a talk with producer Travis George and designer Ryan Scott from League of Legends. Dan Griliopoulos was left feeling like the world's biggest doofus, for not having played their game and for having fallen behind on the special language employed in competitive gaming.

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Feature: With Playable Dog

Blue Blistering Bashi Bazouks: Tintin

Roving reporter Dan Griliopoulos is driving home from GamesCom, but he turned the wrong way at the Baltic. Today he's passing through Belgium. Belgium! Where the only heroes are fictional! Hercule Poirot, Tintin and... The Smurfs? Anyway, it's easy to sneer at Tintin; the plucky Belgian journalist went through an odd inception, passing quickly through the same facist, colonialist and racist phase as much literature…

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Feature: A Spot Of Skiing

Perilous Parabolas: Tribes Ascend

Roving reporter Dan Griliopoulos has left Alec in Cologne and is heading deeper into Europe, writing up what the best of GamesCom as he goes. Next up is Hi-Rez Studios' Tribes reboot, Ascend. Switzerland may have been condemned memorably by Orson Welles as having “five hundred years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock”, but (aside from the cuckoo…

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Anno 2070 Trailer Shows Off Underwater City

We were pretty gosh-darned excited when we learned that excellent trade and building series Anno was going to continue its exploits in the near future, but the glimpses of futuristic island cities were only half of it: the full game of Anno 2070 will contain underwater colonies, too. This game is all about painting a portrait of a (frankly fairly likely) near-future of scarce resources…

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Eight Minutes Of Wildstar Footage

Earlier in the week we revealed that NCSoft will be publishing Carbine's space MMO, Wildstar, and Alec delivered his impressions on that. Now eight minutes of footage has appeared (below), and holy crap there is a lot in that eight minutes: the player-character starting out getting revived by an NPC, exploring a valley and dodging avalanches, setting up and using bits of equipment, fighting some…

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Dark, Dark Wood: Salem Teaser Is Spooky

Salem - the forthcoming free-to-play crafting MMO from Paradox - has teased us with its first teaser, which you can see below. It's apparently a taste that's just getting the essence of the game across, and in that regard looks pretty interesting, especially when you consider the feature list: open PvP combat with perma-death, crafting and building as core mechanics, as well as being free.…

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End Of Nations: The Metagame Trailer

We saw the Gamescom trailer from forthcoming MMORTS End Of Nation last week (although reposted below), but there's also a piece by Petroglyph talking about the metagame (also below) - which is the whole conquering-the-world thing that the game has going on. They talk about how you can deploy anywhere on the map to help friends out in the their conquests, and talk a bit…

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Nine Minutes Of Assassin’s Creed Revelations

If you want to see the demonstration that was shown to journalists at Gamescom over the past couple of days then you need look no further than the crypt in the foundations beneath this post. Nine (count 'em!) minutes of the next Assassin's Creed game in action. There is snow, sneaking, and some stabbing. It looks lovely, but then I always think that about the…

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(Not) The Planetside 2 Gamescom Trailer

The Gamescom* Planetside 2 trailer is below. There is SOMETHING familiar about it. It doesn't show much of the new bases, or more than a couple of vehicles, sadly. Just a lot of pew-pew sidearm action. That said, there's plenty to suggest that this is going to be very like the original, with the tower under siege, a torrent of gunfire and a flight of…

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“William, The Bastard”: Crusader Kings II

It's tough to make Paradox's glacial but intricate historical strategies look interesting in a trailer, but those plucky chaps have had a go for their Gamescom flag-waving attempt. Crusader Kings II, which puts you at the controls of a medieval European dynasty, is really all about the menus, and the trailer doesn't deny that, but it does editorialise a bit and try to show how…

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Thanks, Killbane! Saints Row 3 Gets Serious

Let's kick off the day with a fresh look at Saints Row: The Third. There's not a huge dose of the series' trademark silliness on display here, but I suppose they've got to try and sell the game to stern-faced grumpy gamers, without a taste for the absurd, too. I do enjoy how the camera wobbles during the fisticuffs, and I'm looking forwards to having…

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AssRev Contains Stabbing, Falling & Duality

These Assassin's Creed games are pretty popular huh? I've never got on with them particularly well to be honest, and as (to my knowledge) the only games journo out there who actually was an assassin in a past life, I think my opinion counts double. Still, who knows, perhaps Assassin's Creed 4 (if they want me to stop coming up with silly abbreviations they should…

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Guild Wars 2 Trailer Is Quite Spectacular

They're just showing off! Stop showing off, Arenanet. No one likes a show off, ESPECIALLY when they're pretty. As if the PvE action stuff wasn't showy enough, the flyovers of intricately produced cities and other superlative-stretching environmental features are just too much. And then that dude totally decks a centaur... and what is that robot thing?! Really, everyone's impressed, you can go be humble in…

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Feature: By Any Other Name, Not So Sweet

Paradox’s Project Posted: War Of The Roses

Apparently, Paradox CEO Fred Wester's dream game is set...in Staffordshire, England. Or so you'd think from the very limited CGI trailer we've just been shown at GamesCom, which intones "Staffordshire, 1471" at its beginning and shows a Very Serious armour-clad Lord scowling as his horse climbs through a wood, scowling when he sees a castle under siege, and scowling as he raises his sword and…

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Lucius: The Pint-Sized Demonic Hitman

There have been all sorts of horror games over the years, including plenty that made no sense at all, but never have I seen one that lets you play as the archetypal "creepy child" from various works of horror fiction. An oversight, perhaps. It's all to change come "Q4 2011", however, as Lucius sees you playing as the son of the devil, given the task…

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The Actual Prototype 2 Gamescom Trailer

Remember yesterday's teaser for Prototype 2? Well here's the trailer it was teasing, and it's a bit of a disappointment for me. I was hoping to see some gameplay footage to compare and contrast with the original, but it looks like Activision are focussing solely on the story with this trailer. Still, I always thought the first Prototype had quite slick cut-scenes, and from the…

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