Tom Orry, Editorial Director

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GamesCom 2013 is all about next-gen for me. Having pretty much decided that I'm sitting out on the next-gen party until next year, I'm hoping for a few announcements that will make me want a new machine in the New Year. From Microsoft a shiny new Crackdown would work wonders, and hopefully make up for the massive disappointment that was Crackdown 2. I've more or less given up on seeing a new PGR title now, but I can still dream, right?

Sony, in my opinion, still needs to show it's got games worth caring about. Outside of the visually strong Killzone (a series I've never been able to get excited about), the PS4's exclusive launch line-up feels weaker than the Xbox One's and 2014 early bird inFamous: Second Son does absolutely nothing for me. The one beacon of hope is Evolution's DriveClub. Despite a fairly lacklustre showing at E3 (where the game looked pretty ugly to be honest), surely Sony wouldn't allow its showpiece PS4 racer to come out of the gates in November so far behind Forza 5 visually?

Speaking of Forza 5, can we see some new footage please Microsoft.

Simon Miller, Editor-In-Chief

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There's only one thing I want from GamesCom this year, and it's something I'm obviously not going to get: Gears Of War 4. Microsoft would have announced it months ago if Epic Games' awesome series was due to be revived at launch of the Xbox One, and the fact Judgement has only been out a short while means I'm probably not getting any COG-fix till 2014 at the earliest.

As there's nothing next-gen that gets me truly excited, then - although Dead Rising 3 could be brilliant - it's the last few current-gen titles I hope to find out about, especially Batman: Arkham Origins. From what I've seen it's just more of the same (which is what I wanted) and even the multiplayer is half-decent.

I will also make it my goal to play Octodad: Dadliest Catch. It's very important...

David Scammell, Deputy News Editor

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Though Microsoft has kept relatively quiet about its plans for GamesCom, the platform holder really needs to take the bull by the horns if it's to win back some of the momentum it's lost to Sony so far in the next-gen war. A confident display of its Xbox One launch titles could go some way to win back faith, and I'd like to see Microsoft offer the first look at its second wave, whether it's Lionhead's next project, a new Crackdown or Gears of War 4 for early next year. Whatever it does though, I don't want Microsoft to announce a Kinect-less Xbox One SKU. I'm not all that interested in next-gen Kinect, but any further policy reversals would only do more damage to an already befuddled platform.

Elsewhere, I'd like to see how far DriveClub has come since its underwhelming display at E3, and how other launch titles have progressed (or indeed regressed) now that developers have final devkits in their hands. The difference between Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4 on PS4 & Xbox One seems fairly significant right now, but I'd also be interested in seeing how games like Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed 4 perform on final-spec hardware.

The dream? GTA 5 on PS4 and Xbox One. But it's too early to start talking about that, right?

Steve Burns, Reviews and Features Editor

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In an ideal world I'd like for GTA 5 PC to be announced, at which point I'd quietly withdraw from the conference, the event, and probably this job, and never be seen again.

With the likelihood of that happening slimmer than Microsoft sticking to anything it's said about Xbox One, I'm really looking forward to, um, speaking to people about Xbox One. Because can you imagine what it's like to be a developer right now? 'Sorry, DICE, it's bad news from MS. It's not a console anymore. It's now a fridge. Can you still get that milestone done?'

Apart from that, I'm also interested in seeing more of EA's UFC game. EA MMA was excellent, and this could be even better, although the facial expressions are now so realistic I may actually feel bad for punching these dudes. And for a man with a digital rap sheet that would make every dictator from pre-history to 3000 AD say 'that's my boy', that's saying something.

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Chlandy@ PureCrysis

I am totally on with the new Spyro title...that would make my buy WAAY earlier then I'm planning to!
I just want to have a go on the new Batman and check it works the way I'm expecting before I pre-order, and see if Watch Dogs is as good as I'm hoping.
Posted 07:45 on 19 August 2013
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What i want:
1.Kingdom Hearts 3 announced as PS4 exclusive
2.Xbox one to freeze on stage
3.PS4 to announce a new Spyro title =D
Posted 20:24 on 18 August 2013


Seriously, how can Infamous: Second Son do absolutely nothing for you? It is by far the best next gen game I have seen thus far.
Posted 16:56 on 18 August 2013
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I'm sorry but it's clear the guy writing the article is MS fanboy, DriveClub looking inferior to Forza 5, come on the footage we saw of Forza 5 looked so cartoony compared to the more realistic style of DriveClub.
Posted 16:09 on 18 August 2013
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b23cdq@ FantasyMeister

"Nintendo shouting 'Surprise! Here's the real one!!" and showing off their next gen console replete with tablet controller, 8GB of RAM and 30 new IPs that have been in secret development for the last 5 years."

Sure, if I get one for free, as I already bought a Wii U. Thats not gonna happen, and I don't think they would risk pissing off 3.6 million of their most loyal customers.
Posted 13:08 on 18 August 2013
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I'd like to see:

- a Kinect-less SKU (they might as well, they've done everything else).
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Crackdown 3 persistent world MMO with Guilds/Clans/Bases
- Gaikai offering streaming for the entire Sony back catalogue
- Rockstar's reason for GTA V Online coming out later than the main game
- Nintendo shouting 'Surprise! Here's the real one!!" and showing off their next gen console replete with tablet controller, 8GB of RAM and 30 new IPs that have been in secret development for the last 5 years.
- Diablo III single player running on a 360/PS3
- Torchlight 3
- The Elderscrolls VI: OnlineBombedSoWeWentBackToBasicsRimWind
- The equivalent of Steam Community Marketplace announced for consoles
- Microsoft taking back everything they said at GamesCom over the following week
- Someone making it illegal to sell a game at £49.99 RRP that includes microtransactions
- Someone making it illegal to sell a game at £49.99 RRP and then charge for DLC later
- Two Worlds Three
- Sacred 3
- EA being forced to update a sports title for at least 2 years before bringing out another one which will be exactly the same as the one last year
- The XBox One spontaneously combusting live on stage due to overheating
- Anything new from Level-5
- Some actual gameplay. From anyone.
Posted 21:00 on 17 August 2013
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I'm looking at the list of Xbox One exclusives and the only fun one seems to be Sunset Overdrive.

I hope we get to see more of the Fable 1 remake ( Fable TLC is the only acceptable fable game =p )
A new Crackdown would be amazing ( IF They remove the zombies and really boring additional mandatory gameplay missions in the 2nd ; just give me a list a bad dudes and let me drive out of my underwater batcave and carry fools to the tops of buildings)
I would drop dead for another Lost Odyssey game, but I doubt that will ever happen since MW and Microsoft fell out

For the PS4 I want planetside 2 to be shown running 60fps and maybe FF14ARR, Warframe and Order footage

( and a good crash bandicoot or spyro game ;_; )
Posted 20:25 on 17 August 2013
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I really wish Evolution would've just made another Motorstorm and simply made it crazier.. I remember in that lonely first year of the PS3 it was a comfort to be able to kick other racers of their bikes before flipping them off in mid-air while doing a sick jump.
Having both GT and Driveclub just seems like overlap when we're talking about precious exclusives.. And it's made certain every games site will point out Forza is better, when clearly it's GT5 that will be Forza's contender, on both this and next-gen.
Posted 17:46 on 17 August 2013
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most of the games will be playerable at gamescom aligator meaning media will be able to review gameplay on what they saw unlike with E3 were it was almost all behind closed doors.
Posted 15:28 on 17 August 2013
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I would like to see game advertisement showing actual gameplay instead of just cinematic sequences. Would like for games to pick a genre and stop trying to be one size fits all. I am tired of endless lame extensions of a series. It is becoming very hard to find a new game to buy, as idiots pre-ordering games allows studios to just make a good 3 minute add, and get sales even when the game is crap. Thank goodness for You tube so actual gameplay can be seen before a purchase.
Posted 14:21 on 17 August 2013

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