Call of Duty: Black Ops II

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We'd be lying if we said we weren't still sceptical about Black Ops II, but Treyarch's multiplayer reveal showed off a promising side to this year's Call of Duty. These are systematic updates instead of wholesale innovations, but things like the 10-point loadout system might be just enough to whet the appetite of those left sour by Modern Warfare 3. Let's just hope the maps are good!

Assassin's Creed III

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I'm the only one in the office that's getting particularly excited for Assassin's Creed III, but thankfully there's enough anticipation in me to count for five people. Ubisoft chose gamescom 2012 to show off another naval battle, which nicely fits the historical context of the game even if I am slightly upset that we're not seeing the really good stuff. I've got some very high hopes for this, so fingers crossed Ubisoft don't let me down when it's finally released in October.

DmC: Devil May Cry

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Capcom's press conference featured Resident Evil 6 and finished with the debut of its new title Remember Me, but it was Ninja Theory's DmC that impressed us the most with a boss fight clearly (but not officially) inspired by right-wing US news network Fox News. Dante's reboot is certainly controversial, with many of the series' most die-hard fans still refusing to accept the changes, but the more we see of this the more we're anticipating it.


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Maxis might have caused a certain amount of worry when it announced that SimCity would require an always-on Internet connection, but if the developer can actually manage to foster and sustain this neighbourhood of linked cities then it might be something really special when it's released next year. It certainly helps that the game looks and feels delightful to play, though.


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Bethesda's stealthy, atmospheric adventure might be one of the only games coming out this Christmas that's not a sequel or a reboot. This is a game of incredibly lofty ambition, promising to give players multiple, yet equally satisfying, ways through each encounter of this quasi-Victorian sci-fi world. Will it work? We really hope so.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

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2K's attempt to bring XCOM back as an FPS might have taken a prolonged backseat in the publisher's line-up, but Civilization developer Firaxis' effort in reviving the top-down strategy series is only a few months away from release. Will it actually be able to rekindle the same feelings of dread and terror that the original managed a decade ago? Neon seems hopeful.

Far Cry 3

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I don't know who came up with the current theory kicking around the office, but here it is; Far Cry 3's twist will basically be Fight Club's. Ubisoft's enigmatic and destructive open-world shooter has managed to capture the attention of Neon, who pretty much can't wait to roam around on this morally suspect island in November.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted

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Easily Dave and Tom's choice for the best game on show, Criterion's high-speed racer managed to impress us yet again with another satisfying hands-on of the game's multiplayer modes. Fingers crossed Most Wanted manages to capture the magic of Burnout Paradise when it's released in November.


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After a disappointing showing for the PS Vita at this year's E3, Sony once again failed to capitalise on the machine at gamescom. Incentives like the new CrossBuy promotions will help prop the handheld up, but it was Media Molecule's first new IP since LittleBigPlanet that made the machine feel like it had enough oomph to make it past Christmas. Charming and inventive, we hope that the final version of Tearaway will prove as entertaining a game as it does a concept.

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altaranga@ IndoorHeroes

You leave and then come back... with this?

You are dead to me.
Posted 10:07 on 22 August 2012
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squidman@ mydeaddog

I didn't see it, but I will definitely play Hawken when it comes out.
Posted 09:28 on 22 August 2012
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Martin saw Hawken but didn't seen too fussed by it. I can't comment as I've not seen it yet, but it was certainly one of the games I heard people talking about...
Posted 09:22 on 22 August 2012
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Posted 05:18 on 22 August 2012
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Catterick@ s_h_a_d_o

YES!!!! No one else seems to be though :(
Posted 23:46 on 21 August 2012
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Are you chaps not excited for Hawken?
Posted 22:32 on 21 August 2012
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Surprised there wasn't something more for Borderlands 2. You would of expected maybe some booths for people to get hands on being so close to release.
Need for Speed is the one game from the show I wanted to know more about and I'm still looking forward to it.
AC3 I wasn't to sure about, I'd loved one and two but fell out with Brotherhood and Revelations so had no hopes that 3would bring me back. Now I'm feeling it again, it looks great and the setting just seems so wonderful. Yeah this is back on my radar.
Posted 21:03 on 21 August 2012
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rbevanx@ MJTH

Yeah cross buy was a good idea but not being able to play PS1 games (which the older PSP could for starters!) and not from day 1 be able to play PS3 games on the vita like the Wii-U were very costly as well in my view.
It is possible to use the Vita like the wii-u remote easilly from youtube videos I have seen who have managed to do this.

I honestly think as well as being a bad idea to release a handheld console, it's also been very badly handled with as usual, Sony adding things after the release of the product which it wasn't designed to do.

It's a shame really as Sony in terms of games have been the best in the last two years easily in my view.
Posted 18:24 on 21 August 2012
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MJTH@ rbevanx

It's depressing seeing where the vita is going, especially seeing as a lot of people expected it to at least do comparably the same as the 3DS. But now people can only feel sorry for.

Cross buy also seems like only a short term solution as to me. It's a brilliant strategy now, considering the PS3 is out, and the Vita seems to be able to do graphic comparably as well as the PS3. But when the PS4 comes out if it is massively more powerful then the PS3 (and therefore the vita) what then. Cross buy is all well and good for the games that seem to be ports from one console to another. But that may not be possible with the PS4.
Posted 18:19 on 21 August 2012
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rbevanx@ MJTH

The Vita is a sinking ship, Sony were daft to even get it past the idea stage. Too expensive and competition from phone app based gaming as well the established handheld console (Nintendo) which is cheaper.
Maybe taking Nintendo's method with relaseing very few consoles making it "sell out" all the time would have helped, never mind better choice in games but it's too late now in my view.

No wonder Sony have so much debt and I have no idea why they haven't gone bankrupt yet with how much they lose.
Posted 17:52 on 21 August 2012
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Tear away seems like it could be the game that helps sell the vita. I like the look of the game so far. Also loving everything about Sim City so far (I don't particularly mind the always on internet thing). Can't wait till it comes out next year!
Posted 17:48 on 21 August 2012
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The more I see of Dishonored, the more I want it.

All Call of Dutys are pretty much the same and I think Activision should seperate the MP and single player of the COD franchise as very few people care/love the single player for it. Sort of what Sony did with Killzone 3 with being able to but the MP on PSN and have the single player as DLC or something.
Posted 17:13 on 21 August 2012
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Exactly. I'll go on record and say that Borderlands 2 looks the business, but the behind-closed-doors demo was just a quick overview of the five classes, plus a glimpse of the uber boss who crops up after you've beaten the game.

And while the latter looks like a lot of fun, the demo wasn't as much fun or as impressive as some of the other stuff that was showing.
Posted 17:04 on 21 August 2012
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squidman@ IndoorHeroes

And also part of our judging criteria this year was each game's 'presence' at the show, which is one of the reasons LoL clinched it. Borderlands 2 just didn't have the buzz around it this year, probably because it's so close to launch. Same with Guild Wars 2.

Really, though, our runner's up section were the games that each member of staff brought to our discussion. I imagine most regulars can guess who picked what game without much difficulty!
Posted 16:46 on 21 August 2012
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squidman@ IndoorHeroes

Don't look at me - I didn't vote for it last year, I didn't vote for it this year.
Posted 16:08 on 21 August 2012

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