Gamescom 2020 kicked off their 100% digital event with its packed opening night presentation. With a plethora of world premieres and gameplay trailers, making our Top 8 list was definitely a tricky task. But anyway, here are eight of our favorite Gamescom trailers from the Opening Night.
1. Scarlet Nexus
Scarlet Nexus was a hard thing to get into when it first announced. Introduced as an Xbox Series X launch title, the generic anime visuals were somewhat underwhelming.
The latest Gamescom trailer, however, omits that impression completely. Showcasing fresh gameplay, the Gamescom trailer boasted unique combat for multiple characters. Combat is flashy and appears fluid with satisfying impact animations, and is heavy on its particle effects. Additionally, we also got a closer look at the some of the massive enemy boss designs.
2. Quantum Error
There isn’t much to say about Quantum Error. It’s dark, chilling, and gritty to boot. The trailer was from work in progress, but it’s safe to say that the graphics are well-done for work in that stage. Enemies look gruesome and disgusting, and environments are dark and anxiety-inducing.
You’re Capt. Jacob Thomas, and together with your crew, you’re sent to the burning Monad Quantum Research Facility to rescue its tenants. As you explore the damaged structure, however, you and your team soon realize that supernatural events are afoot.
You can also support the game on GoFundMe. The first 50 donations of $500 or more will get you a spot as a NPC character in the game. And anyone donating $50 or more will get a copy of the game when it releases for either PS4 or PS5.
3. Dirt 5
The Dirt franchise is beloved for its Rally-racing realism and accessibility. In this upcoming entry, however, the Dirt franchise is introducing “Play Grounds” mode. allowing players to create their own arena or “playgrounds” of sorts. Players will be able to add ramps, hoops, gaps, and the works to create the ultimate dirt playground. Upload your levels online for others to play and conversely download popular levels from the community for additional fun.
4. Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) Introducing Surgeon Simulator 2
Honestly, everything considered (like literally everything), it was a very warm and welcoming feeling to see Doc Brown from Back to the Future introducing the new Surgeon Simulator.
Back in its prime, Surgeon Simulator was a great joy not only to play but also to watch. Internet personalities like Pewdiepie, JackSepticEye and Markiplier are just to name a few content creators that provided entertainment to millions of viewers.
With a less than favorably VR entry, we’re excited to see what Surgeon Simulator 2 will bring to the operating table. We’ve already got a glimpse of the multiplayer mayhem that ensues and we’re excited for more.
5. Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond
It’s been eight since the last Medal of Honor game; it was an entry that supposedly killed the entire franchise. Regardless, Medal of Honor is one of the pioneers of console FPS gaming and is beloved by many. Even though we aren’t getting a “proper” entry, this single-player VR title developed by Respawn Entertainment definitely looks promising.
The Gamescom trailer shows off an engaging single-player story with amazing action set-pieces and gunfights. Additionally, it also boasts impressive performances and voice-acting from the cast, with immersive VR controls to match. On the game’s official page it is stated that Multiplayer will also be available.
It will be available on Oculus Rift by Facebook.
6. Star Wars Squadrons
Recent Star Wars games are doing considerably well. Despite its rocky launch, Battlefront II has done pretty well with its free content updates. Jedi: Fallen Order is arguably one of the best games of 2019. Therefore, we have high hopes for this upcoming Star Wars game.
Taking place after the events of Episode VI, Squadrons has players defending against the remains of the empire after the demise of Emperor Palpatine. It will feature spaceship dogfighting set in space, akin to older nostalgic titles like Star Wars: TIE Fighter. It will feature modern story-telling that we hope will expand the Star Wars lore well.
7. Little Nightmares 2
The sequel to 2017’s critical success Little Nightmares owes a lot of its scare factor to its daunting sound design. With gorgeous, original art design and unsuspecting yet menacing environments, Little Nightmares 2 is a unique horror experience that you’ll need to have your earphones in to truly appreciate.
Created by the same studio that brought us the Little Big Planet games, we can expect engaging puzzles and fun, stressful platforming. Little Nightmares 2 is releasing February 11, 2021 on current-gen consoles, with free next-gen upgrades coming later in the year.
8. Dragon Age 4
BioWare studios have been through rocky waters. With two of its latest games tanking both financially and critically, Dragon Age 4 has a lot of weight riding on it.
We didn’t get much of a look at the upcoming title; most of our excitement comes from sheer anticipation of the game’s release. It will ultimately determine the fate of BioWare, which was once a beloved studio that brought us amazing games such as GOTY 2014 winner Dragon Age: Inquisition and the fan-favorite Mass Effect Trilogy. We hope this upcoming sequel will bring back the amazing consequential RPG gameplay of its predecessors with an updated battle system.
And that concludes our favorite Gamescom trailers! If you’ve got time to burn, why not check out our favorite Xbox Games Announcements?