Trailerpalooza at Gamescom! Day Two
Welcome to day two of Trailerpalooza at Gamescom. The convention is going strong, and we are psyched to bring you the latest videos from Cologne, Germany. Yeah, the bratwurst kicked my ass a bit. Had to hit the pepto fast and hard, but you know… live and learn. Otherwise, things are going smooth. We’ve got a great lineup for you today, so let’s get started.
First up today is World of Warplanes, a PC based MMO that, as the title suggests, allows players to climb into fighter planes and dogfight with opponents from all over the world. While the game is currently in a closed beta, the developers promise a hundred different planes will be available when the game opens up to the public. A brand new cinematic trailer premiered at Gamescom, and while it doesn’t feature any gameplay, it sure is exciting to watch. Check it out below.
Speaking of betas, Ubisoft premiered a new trailer for Ghost Recon Online, a free-to-play PC multiplayer shooter. We all know that free-to-play usually means free-to-play-not-very-well, right? Anyway, Ubisoft describes Ghost Recon Online as a tactical squad based 3rd person shooter which eschews deathmatch style play for more objective based matches. The game features three distinct classes to choose from, each with their own offensive and support capabilities. Ghost Recon Online is in open beta right now, so head on over to the web page and sign yourself up.
Next up is Hitman Absolution, the latest entry in the long running third person action franchise from Square Enix. Absolution features a new online mode called “Contracts” which allows players to create custom hits, and then share them with friends. While in Contracts mode, players will have full control over the location, weapons, and rules of each hit. Friends can then compete to see who can get the best score. Looks fun. Maybe even fun enough for me to break my streak of never having played a Hitman game (twelve years and counting!) when Absolution is released this November 20th.
Sticking with third person action franchises, Capcom is preparing Lost Planet 3 for a 2013 release, and brought a brand new trailer to Gamescom. In the future, Earth is starving for power, and a distant planet holds the key to limitless energy. In a stunningly original move that is sure to turn the entire industry upside down, Lost Planet 3 puts you in the role an ordinary man, just trying to do his job and support his family, who is thrust into action when the supposedly empty world turns out to be not so empty after all. Tired plotlines aside, any game with this much mech stomping action is worth at least a rental. Watch the video to see what I mean.
But Capcom isn’t just resting on their cash cow laurels. They also debuted a trailer for a brand new IP which looks positively stunning. The first time I saw this trailer, I was all “GASP! Mirror’s Edge 2!” But alas, it’s not Mirror’s Edge 2, or a sequel to any game for that matter. It’s Remember Me, a third person action game set in a Blade Runner-esque future Paris where memories can be bought and sold, erased and overwritten. You play as Nilin, a “memory hunter” who must fight to survive after her own memories are stolen. The trailer is pretty darned impressive, and makes the wait until Remember Me’s May 2013 release kinda painful.
And now for something completely different. There’s an old saying in the video game biz, and it goes something like this: “Your franchise ain’t a franchise until the kart racing title ships.” Actually, I don’t know if that’s a saying or not. I tend to doubt it. But that doesn’t change the fact that a lot of iconic series have made the transition to racing games, and now you can add Little Big Planet to that list. Little Big Planet Karting will allow up to four players on splitscreen and eight online, both in competitive and cooperative modes. The series hallmark focus on creativity and humor seem to be on full display here.
Sony also debuted a new trailer Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, the first new game in the Sly Cooper series in seven years. Suckerpunch Studios produced a trio of Sly Cooper games on the PS2 which were critically acclaimed for their mixture of wit, style, and stealthy platform gaming. But besides a remastered collection of the PS2 games, Sly and his gang of misfits never made the jump to the current generation of consoles. Until now, that is. Thieves in Time will be released for both the PS3 and PS Vita next year, and I gotta say, it’s great to see him in action again.
That’ll do it for today’s Trailerpalooza. The convention is still ongoing though, so the chances of a third day are looking pretty good right now. Until then, be excellent to eachother.