Gamescom 2022 is coming to a close and as such, it seems like the best time to go over the offerings it has given us. With an incredible amount of announcements, gameplay trailers, new products being revealed, and more, it can be a lot for gamers to take in, and understandably, that could mean some absolute gems will be missed.
Below are six of the best games that we saw at Gamescom 2022, each with the potential of winning its fair share of awards. Conversely, we only see what the developers want us to at this point, so there’s every chance they may not be as polished as presented here.
Lies Of P
In words we never thought we’d write, an upcoming souls-like game based on the story of Pinocchio is looking like one of the best games of Gamescom to be announced. Following a human/cyborg hybrid in our protagonist Pinocchio, the game seems to be centered around the quest of finding and potentially fighting Geppetto. How much more of the famous story the game will be adapting is unknown at the minute, but it looks top-notch so far.
With echoes of both Bloodborne and Devil Mary Cry, fans of the genre look to be in for a treat, with a heavy steampunk influence, magic, various weaponry, and a good deal of different enemies to combat.
Where Winds Meet
Another hack-and-slash game showcased at Gamescom 2022, Where Winds Meet looks like the lovechild of Ghosts of Tsushima and Assassin’s Creed. An open-world RPG set towards the end of China’s Ten Kingdoms era, the game promises ‘freedom, and authenticity’, and having watched the trailer below, it’s hard to argue with that promise.
In standard RPG fare, you’ll be able to take on several different jobs, and take on missions from multiple different characters in almost any order you like, or if that’s not for you, just carve your way through the many NPCs shown to inhabit the world. Magic, swords, potions, and more await in what looks like a faithful if mythological take on the period
Dead Island 2
Announced back in 2014, Dead Island 2 is a surprising addition to this list, with the general rule of thumb being that games with such a problematic and unstable development end up being poor, especially when it has been eight years.
Set a few months after Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide Dead Island 2 takes place over several locations throughout California and looks pretty standard fare where zombie first-person games are concerned. The standard swords, guns, molotovs, and more are included, as are the destructible and explosive items in the environment. What stands out is the multiple different ways you can finish off the zombies, the cast of characters you wouldn’t usually see in a post-apocalyptic world, and the world itself.
Here’s hoping the game is as good as the below trailer makes it look.
High On Life
A game straight from the mind of Justin Roiland, creator, writer, and voice-over artist responsible for Rick & Morty is always going to be full of wacky ideas and concepts. High On Life delivers in that regard, with talking weapons with their own distinct personalities, a colorful, vibrant world, and a slew of foul-mouthed enemies guaranteed to make you laugh as you murder them.
A first-person shooter with a difference, High On Life looks like it’ll be a guaranteed hit with anyone that likes Rick & Morty, and for the wider audience who enjoy their weapons gloating as they hit their targets, or beg to be used as in the video below.
The Callisto Protocol
A spiritual successor to the Dead Space trilogy developed by the same studio, The Callisto Protocol looks equal parts terrifying, intriguing and stunning. Judging by the gameplay trailer below, emphasis on stealth, hand-to-hand, gun combat, and using the environment as a whole will play into the survival tactics employed by the player. It does look satisfying to emulsify the enemies in that giant meat grinder like thing, and more so to dismember and cripple the enemies before they’re able to attack.
If Dead Space is anything to go by, the game will be utterly terrifying in the moments where the combat isn’t thick and fast, and it’ll be one to play with the lights on, a blanket around you, and the remote in hand to turn the television off.
Another open-world RPG, Forspoken looks set to focus more on terrain traversal and the fluidity of combat, as much as the hard-hitting side of things. Stunning to look at, the game has been known about for a while, but Gamescom 2022 afforded us a proper look at the gameplay for the first time.
Transported from New York City to a fantastical land called Athia, the protagonist Frey will have to quickly learn the ways of her new world, with magic at her disposal, and a huge world to explore, Forspoken looks like it’ll afford the player a lot of time to explore and appreciate the world that’s been created.
There have been countless games showcased at Gamescom 2022, many more than could be done justice in just one article. The Lords of the Fallen looks like another souls-like game that’ll be hitting our consoles soon, and Moonbreaker looks like the table-top Warhammeresque game we never knew we needed.
Playstation took the opportunity to announce and show off their newest controller, arguably an attempt to rival the Xbox’s Elite controller, and whilst not announcing a game, the infamous Hideo Kojima announced a new podcast.
What else do you find yourself excited about from Gamescom 2022?