Gamescom 2010 Hands On Round-Up

Fable III, F.E.A.R 3, Kinect, Move.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our ‘hands on’ articles over the past two days. As you will be aware though, Gamescom was full to bursting with gaming titbits – so here’s a brief round-up of games I played that had short demos, and games I managed to observe being played.  Warning – this article will make reference to me jiggling my arms and legs up and down like a crazed clown whilst playing Kinect; TSA will not be held responsible for any nightmares that may occur.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Oh dear.  This game really deserved an article of its own – but unfortunately the demo units all seemed to have been struck with a gypsy curse that caused them to shut down at random.  What I did manage to play was encouraging and leads me to think this could be the 3D Castlevania that actually works.  Rather than comparing the game to God of War, it actually feels more like Heavenly Sword in terms of its combat system.  The whip feels light and nimble rather than Krato’s more meaty blades.  I would certainly like to play more.

Nail’d

Ever wondered what Motorstorm would be like if you gave it five litres of extra strong coffee?  The answer is called ‘Nail’d’ – a downloadable off road racing game.  The racing is solid enough but the sense of speed is horrible.  The quad bike was going at a reasonable pace, but it seemed like to add a false sense of speed, the scenery whooshing past had been sped up to an absurd degree.  It made me feel a bit ill.

DC Universe Online – single player mission

I know DC Universe Online will live or die by its online mode – but trying to get a go on that was like trying to get blood from a stone.  Instead I managed to get hands on with the single player side of things, to get an idea of how the character controls.  I’m happy to report that things have come along nicely.  The powers are fun to use, and whilst the camera sometimes decides it knows best (it doesn’t) I didn’t have any major concerns.  The game has great object physics too.

F.E.A.R 3

I hate games that make you jump.  What I hate even more are games that make you jump in a room full of other people.  That’s right ladies and gents – F.E.A.R 3 is up to its old tricks with enemies that jump out at you, mind games and things you catch out of the corner of your eye but vanish if you try and look.  Plot wise I didn’t have a clue what was going on because all audio was drowned out by the event – what I did play confused the heck out of me.  Solid gunplay though, but the aiming is a bit twitchy and needs slowing down in my opinion.

Fable III

This game should not have had a demo.  The Fable games have always been about building up a character and going exploring – so to create a five minute demo forcing you to walk a scripted path and kill some soldiers seems a bit pointless.  The new spell system is a nice touch though.

Epic Mickey

I love this game so much.  It looks fantastic, the controls are spot on and it’s going to provide a real alternative to those who have an aversion to moustached plumbers.  It needs to come to the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Kinect

Tricky subject this.  It didn’t seem to go down well at all from my perspective.  Those watching people playing all seemed to have the same look on their face – complete indifference.  Some of the games I observed worked fine, whilst others struggled a bit when using the swipe motion to flick through menus.  I got really annoyed when a couple of people started a game of Dance Central – and they were obviously professional dancers with a choreographed routine as they weren’t even looking at the screen.  That’s not convincing me that Kinect works guys.

My own hands on with Kinect wasn’t pleasant.  It was a party game compilation and I played two of its games – bowling and some kind of monster squashing game.  The bowling was ok, with Kinect registering what I was doing absolutely fine.  The monster squashing game was an embarrassment as you were forced to jiggle about waving your hands whilst stamping your legs.  I walked away with but a shred of pride remaining.

PlayStation Move

There’s nothing more to say that we haven’t said before.  It really does work – very accurate with some great games on the horizon.

Nintendo 3DS

Worst part of the show.  “Why’s that?” I hear you cry – because it wasn’t bloody there!  I’m heartbroken Nintendo, I really am.  Still love you though – call me ok?

So that’s TSA’s Gamescom 2010 hands on articles finished. I’m sure you’ll agree that the next twelve months are going to be an outstanding time to own any of the consoles.  Happy gaming!

36 Comments

  1. Some great coverage here. A nice little summary too. Of the games you mention I’m liking the sound of Castlevania. To be honest I’ve never really played much of the series before but think this sounds like a potentially great action / adventure.
    I know it’s probably not really the place to say this but this is my first post as I’ve only just joined but I’ve been following the site for ages and am constantly wonderfully pleasantly surprised how there’s no flame wars or fanboyism to be found here. Think I’m going to be very comfortable ‘living’ here. Already feels like I’m cosied up in the comfy armchair that is the sixthaxis with with a warm glowing fire and hot mug of cocoa! Keep up the fantastic work and keep the fanboys away!

  2. Hmm I’ve been reading the 3DS was there – perhaps not the day I was though as I scoured the entire nintendo area, and I spoke to others who couldn’t find it. Gutted!

  3. Top stuff Dan, cheers for all the articles you’ve written, been an interesting read

  4. Is that smiling kid in the advert banner at the top of the page holding two sticks of brocolli or two green revolvers?

  5. Actually the 3DS was there, but Nintendo kept it locked away behind lots of doors and only for a select few ^^ I wasn’t even able to get in the front door of Nintendo :)

    I agree on Kinect, it feels shaky and unresponsive. It feels like something from a bad tv-shop commercial and all the games could have been done on the Wii.

    • That’s my biggest issue – the tech is ok (mostly) but the games are awful.

      • Yeah, you have a problem, when your best game is a dancing game.

  6. Somewhat divided by the sound of Nail’d, anything like Pure? I really enjoyed that and I’m hopeful they’ll be similar, Pure was like a modern day Sled Storm which I loved way back when.

    Anyway, nice round-up and some superb sounding hands-on experiences, great work.

    P.S. Loving everything Epic Mickey related, just wishing it was winging its way to my PS3. :D

    • Nail’d is similar to pure in terms of vehicles used, and you can pull off tricks.

      • Thankyou for the reply, I find it intriguing to see that it’s not a full retail title, I take it that it’s just hitting the PSN?

        I hope that (should that be the case) it finds a decent audience if it turns out to be a really fun little game and hopefully the issues you pointed out are rectified either completely or to a manageable degree.

      • I know the site isn’t in any way Nintendo related but I figured I’d mention it here, (good ‘a place as any right?) any info on Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Dan? I absolutely adore the character and find myself looking forward an immense amount to a game on a console I don’t even own anymore. lol.
        Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.

      • I think it was there but not sure if it was playable!

  7. Thank you for all the excellent coverage!

    It’s interesting that you say that Nail’d felt too fast since the current version of motorstorm apocalypse has the opposite problem.

  8. Thanks, some stuff I had missed there!

  9. i dont get the hype about move, ok so ps3 are coming out with something that is pretty much copying the wii control, so its not new, its just like sony to do that though all they are good at is copying idea, as for kinect, it looks amazing and though you say the dancers were doing choreographed moves, well the game is all about doing moves that are preset so it makes sense, you should have caught the demonstration at E3, that was much better, but i can see kinect is polished more and they are still working on it so i expect great things from it, i also expect the wii to become obsolete in the near future and kinect will wipe the floor with them and its not a console its an add-on that is better than a console.

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