Europe's largest gaming convention, Gamescom, is set to start on August 15th, just one week from today. Aside from new game announcements, you can also expect more details on games set to be released this or next year. As this isn't exactly a small number, check out my list of top games at Gamescom below so know what games to keep an eye on!
#12: League of Legends: Supremacy
Last but most certainly not least. Right now the details on League of Legends: Supremacy are vague to say the least, but Riot Games will likely announce more details at this year’s Gamescon. If it’s anything like Dominion, it’ll likely expand the game with a new gamemode and a brand-new map, all for free!
#11: FIFA 13
FIFA 13 is the twentieth instalment in the FIFA series. While some may call it "just another game in the FIFA series", it features many new improvements over earlier games in the series, such as the Player Impact Engine, which expands physical play from simple collisions to off-the-ball battles between players.
#10: Sleeping Dogs
Sleeping Dogs is the highly anticipated third installment in the True Crime series. The player will take control of Wei Shen, a Chinese-American police officer, as he goes undercover to infiltrate the Triad organization called Sun On Yee. The game’s combat system has many influences from Batman’s Freeflow system with a focus on hand-to-hand fighting.
#9: Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Need for Speed is in close pursuit of FIFA, with currently nineteen games in the series. Most Wanted focuses on street races, unlike Hot Pursuit with exotic cars and high-speed police chases. Cops are integrated into certain racing sessions, in which the police deploy vehicles and tactics to stop the player's car and arrest the player, like the original Most Wanted.
#8: God of War: Ascension
There's not much information available yet on God of War: Ascension, but what we’ve got so far looks absolutely amazing. “Fluid, life-like characters, dynamic lighting effects, and world-changing scenarios” make this another worthy installment in the critically acclaimed God of War series.
#7: Crysis 3
Crysis is one of the most visually beautiful series currently available on the PC. While it requires you to have an extremely powerful PC to run the game on its maximum settings, the investment is most certainly worth it for Crysis 3. Combining great graphics with excellent gameplay, Crysis 3 will most likely be a huge success.
#6: Beyond: Two Souls
Beyond: Two Souls could be considered a prequel to Quantic Dream’s critically acclaimed Heavy Rain. The game lets the player take Jodie Holmes through 15 years of her life on a journey to discover what is the true meaning of the entity alongside her throughout the story, with a a dark graphical style similar to Heavy Rain.
#5: The Last of Us
The Last of Us is an entirely new IP under development by Naughty Dog. It’s a post-apocalyptic third-person survival action-adventure game set in a Boston quarantine zone 20 years after a fungal plague called Cordyceps unilateralis mutated to become contagious to humans and decimated modern civilization.
#4: Borderlands 2
Borderlands 2 is the sequel to the extremely popular Borderlands, a surprise hit which managed to combine unique graphics with great gameplay mechanics. With new quests, weapons and locations Borderlands 2 will undoubtedly be another huge success.
#3: GTA V
GTA is one of the best known video game series to date. Unlike GTA IV, which was set in Liberty City, GTA V will go back to Los Santos, previously seen in San Andreas, the best sold PlayStation 2 game to date. Like every other Grand Theft Auto game, this will be a guaranteed success.
#2: Hitman: Absolution
Hitman: Absolution is the long awaited sequel to Hitman Blood Money, featuring the silent killer Agent 47. Being betrayed by those he once trusted and now hunted by the police, he suddenly finds himself at the center of a dark conspiracy and must embark on a personal journey through a corrupt and twisted world, in his search for the truth.
While Dishonored is not as high-profile as other games such as GTA V, its unique gameplay mechanics and stunning visual style make this game my personal favourite. With amazing and versatile gameplay mechanics this might very well be my personal Game of the Year.