The city of Cologne, Germany, is famous for its imposing cathedral, its perfume, and its Kölsch, a local beer. But for any video game lover, the fourth most populous city in Germany 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 take a look at many new features to come. As the 2022 edition, launched on August 24, comes to an end, a review is made of the ten video games that have marked the Pixels service of the World.
- “Lies of P”: an angry Pinocchio
lies of p brilliantly follow in the footsteps of bloodborne, from From Software. Behind the tribute, this heir does not lack personality either. He even finds an atypical rhythm during fights. On the one hand, his gothic “Pinocchio” is very edgy and versatile. In front of him, disjointed puppets who regularly surprise us by hitting at the wrong time. The South Korean studio Neowiz tells us that the graphic universe is also inspired by France, in particular by Haussmannian architecture, which they have hybridized with fantasy elements to create an aesthetic aptly named “dark Belle Epoque”. As poisonous as it is bewitching.
Expected release in 2023 on PlayStation 5, PC and Xbox Series X.
- “Under the waves”: a diver in the wake of Commander Cousteau
Imagined by a Breton son of a sailor, under the waves drives us to the bottom of the North Sea. It combines exploration, in a diving suit or in a submarine, with an introspective narrative, intruding into the cracks of a tormented diver. The latter seeks solitude in an underwater base. Like the maritime environment that is littered with caves, shipwrecks, or plastic debris (which you may or may not pick up), the character reveals himself to be as mysterious as he is fragile. A captivating and smooth experience enhanced by very cinematic music.
Expected launch in 2023 on PC, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series.
- “Planet of Lana”: a cousin of Spirited Away
The members of the Wishfully studio have gotten their start in animated films, and it shows. The highly detailed landscape and creatures of lana’s planet are a declaration of love to the masters of the genre, the Japanese studio Ghibli (made to disappear). Another assumed model: the superb Limbo Y Inside from the Danes of Playdead, video games that are explored in side view. The mix between the two inspirations proved to be brilliant during our discovery of the game’s second chapter, during which young Lana tames an adorable creature and then solves subtly thought-out puzzles thanks to her. A concentrate 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 could only see a long trailer for this title that mixes cinematic sequences and game phases. The result is very promising and seems like the meeting between film Tiger and dragon and the open world of Ghost of Tsushimaby Sucker Punch and Darren Bridges. Pictorial landscapes, martial arts, a medieval town full of life and the promise of crazy freedom for the player… A project to follow for lovers of role-playing games and adventures.
Expected release in 2023 on PC.
- “Mr Sun’s Hatbox”: A Resentful Delivery Guy
“Burlesque” is the adjective used by the American Kenny Sun (Tender: Creature Amenities) to describe Mr Sun’s Hatbox. Its starting premise demonstrates this: in a retro and pixelated universe, a delivery man deploys disproportionate means (secret base, assassinations, brainwashing) to recover a stolen package. The sequel consists of platforming phases that we execute by taking control of a character, chosen in advance, who wears a crazy helmet. Once back at our base, we need to upgrade our infrastructure and build an overtrained army of chubby, colorful creatures. As fun as it is addictive.
No release date, console and PC.
- “Pentiment”: a detective in the 16th centuryme century
Bavaria, XVIme century. Artist Andreas Maler investigates the mysterious death of a monk. After having meticulously customized the characteristics of our protagonist, thanks to multiple-choice questionnaires, this role-playing game pushes us to question the inhabitants of a town. The art of dialogue is king since we have to adapt to our interlocutors according to their social status, their personal history or their character. The dialogues are of a rare richness and unpredictable. During our playtest session, we found that each player’s character paths varied considerably depending on their choices and stats. Finally, immersion is ensured by a deep artistic direction faithful to the manuscripts of the time.
Launch scheduled for November on PC and Xbox.
- “Moonbreaker”: miniatures like “Warhammer”
What direction to take after the fabulous survival games subnautics ? The Franciscans of the Unknown Worlds studio surprises everyone with a strategy game featuring painted figures, similar to those of war hammer. Turn-based games target both Hearthstone Y cosmic encounterthe main influence of the card game Magic: The Gathering. The science fiction universe, the story of which was conceived by writer Brandon Sanderson (Ultimate Empire: Child of the Mist), offers colorful characters (which you can paint yourself thanks to a digital painting workshop). Those shown come from three cultures with very different characteristics, with around ten other cultures in development, as the experience will evolve seasonally.
- “Vikings on Trampolines”: bearded warriors jumping
One day, a trampoline appeared on Viking land, and bearded warriors in horned helmets began to bounce back and forth. This title pleases for its immediate and intuitive handling that reminds us of the arcade terminals of the 80’s. From the joystick, you simply have to direct your hero towards the different springboards of each level. Leaving a bouncing net is penalized. Along the way, we have to expel enemies from the board to advance or play minigames. Despite the affiliation with the fighting game. Smash Bros.the pleasure comes mainly from their cooperative mode very conducive to laughter.
Coming soon on PC.
- “Atlas Fallen”: a muscular duo
Deck 13’s Frankfurters are famous for the surgethat takes up the style of the confrontations of the 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 study revealed fallen atlas. It offers a tempting world ofheroic fantasy where a cataclysm has reduced buildings and inhabitants to dust. We embody a kind of knight capable of challenging the gods thanks to a magic glove that allows him to make weapons from dust. Raw action in perspective, although we have only seen very few images of it.
Expected release in 2023 on PC, PS5, Xbox Series.
- “Gord”: villagers threatened by madness
This management game offers to take control of a colony gathered within a camp built in a circle, the “gord”, which was typical of the populations of Central Europe during the Middle Ages. Living in a fantastic world where the day never rises, our tribe is watched by madness. In addition to the usual tasks of collecting resources and improving skills, you must take care of your mental health, which evolves according to the characteristics of each inhabitant. Management is combined with numerous quests that lead us to strategically confront monsters from Slavic mythology in the surrounding forests. An attractive mix between management and adventure invented by former members of the Polish studios CD Projekt Red (the witcher 3) and 11 bits (frosty).
Expected release in 2023 on PC.
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