Sitting between the all-out industry showcase E3 and the nerdier, Penny Arcade-affiliated PaxPrime, GamesCom differs in being held in Europe and offering a big shop window before the Autumn games releases start to drop (increasingly, it seems, the long-established Tokyo Game Show is being shut out of much of the action and becoming less relevant, which is a real shame).
Already today we’ve seen E-Sports integration into the critically important multiplayer section of “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2″, which is one of those proverbial games changers and a flurry of rumours preceding the predictable no-show of venerable Valve vapourware, “Half Life 3“. My interest, however, was drawn to Eurogamer.net’s story on new Capcom sci-fi action game, “Remember Me” (Facebook link).
Ass-kicking, post-Whedon/Cameron female protagonist? Check. Futuristic setting in a recognizable European capital city (Paris)? Check. Gameplay which suggests a blend of “Uncharted” platforming, combat playing homage to Rocksteady’s “Batman” games and some hide-in-the-shadows stealth sections which all third-person action games must include? Chiggedy-Check-Check.
The game’s scheduled to release next May – hopefully there’s enough sci-fi action included to get me through next Summer’s inevitable games drought (which might be worse than usual if the hints about next-gen consoles arriving next Autumn turn out to be correct).