With E3 still fresh in the rear-view mirror and providing the gaming community with many talking points, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that Gamescom is next in line.
The event will take place from August 5th through 9th. While it may be at the back of your mind now, it will certainly be at the forefront soon – but what key talking points could help Gamescom shine as an event after such a strong showing at E3?
One of the two games Microsoft promised to showcase at Gamescom – was it wise to hold out until then, or should they have taken the opportunity to thrust it into our attentions under the bright lights of E3? Only time will tell, but this game looks great either way.
A fluid fighting game from the makers of hits in the genre such as Metal Gear Revengeance and Bayonetta, Scalebound uses one thing to set itself apart from those predecessors – a really, really big dragon.
Well, we're sold.
The other game that Microsoft promised to shine a light upon at Gamescom. This is a reboot of a series that helped kickstart the original Xbox console – Crackdown.
Already having a recognizable name, a pre-existing fan-base, and a very flashy cinematic to play off of, Crackdown looks primed to play a big role in the next-gen arms race and do its part to provide a solid exclusive title that the Xbox One can hold over the PS4.
It seems like the most obvious statement in the world, but it bears repeating Fans are currently very, very hungry for more Fallout 4, and any legitimate morsel, scrap, or shred of information would go a long way in satiating that hunger. Omnomnom.
With the game dropping in November of this year, gamers were taken aback by how short a wait they would have to endure. But since that first E3 announcement, we've felt every second of that wait . Having someone stand on a stage and tell us a little more about the game would probably only make the aforementioned hunger worse in the long run, but you can't deny the fun to be had with it.
We don't know a lot about this post-post-apocalyptic game, other than the fact that you play a bow-boasting huntress who has a vendetta against giant, robot dinosaurs. Unsurprisingly most people were sold at 'giant, robot dinosaurs'.
The gameplay shown at E3 on this completely fresh IP got the attention of many players – in the throes of a console race that has had much more than its share of remakes or sequels, a new IP can go a long way in establishing dominance. And fans are definitely looking forward to taking down some mechanized monsters. Really, who wouldn't be?
What games and announcements would you like to see at Gamescom? Let us know in the comments below!