After the utter showstopper that was the Electronic Arts Expo (E3) 2015, the hubbub engulfing the gaming industry has reached new heights. New games, new systems, new peripherals; everything about the video gaming landscape of the present is in flux, and that means a host of amazing experiences for lovers of all things digital. Of course, with E3 out of the way there's reason for gamers to sigh, but no reason to worry; Gamescom 2015 is just around the corner, an expo full to the brim with all manner of gaming joys!
Gamescom is taking place in Cologne, Germany between the 5th and 9th of August this year, and there will be heaps of things on show for the gaming public, press and industry moguls. Of course, like any self-respecting gamer, we're looking forward to the games the most, of which there will be plenty!
Pure Hold'em will be pretty high on the itineraries of attendees; the game, where players can enjoy all manner of savvy, glamorous Texas Hold’em poker action, is coming to both the Xbox One and PS4, and will feature eight player matches in gorgeous casino climes. Whilst the quality of the game is yet to be seen, it’s likely to grow popular on the back of the burgeoning online casino gaming scene, a sub-industry that has been enthralling players via sites such as Royal Vegas Casino that offer mobile casino titles for hungry gamers, all for cash. We’ll have to see if Pure Hold’em surpasses fans’ lofty expectations though.
The non-console online gambling field is far larger and more developed than the Xbox One and PS4 one, and companies like Royal Vegas host literally hundreds of different games, all possessing massive variety in terms of gameplay and design. Combine that with an already-robust customer service approach, welcome bonuses that include actual, free cash, and a highly sophisticated security procedures, it seems that Pure Hold'em will have quite the mountain to climb!
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, yet to be played by the public, will also be making a fully-playable appearance at the expo, allowing players to explore the newest iteration of Hideo Kojima's barnstorming series. After the truly cinematic trailer shown at E3, we're positively salivating at the prospect!
Football fans also have reason to cheer as PES 2016 will also be offered up to play. The newest FIFA title looked pretty wonderful at E3, so it'll be interesting to see which stops are pulled out by Konami in order to get the leg up on the competition when both games reach store shelves in September.
A new title to look out for at Gamescom is Ironcast, a steampunk mech combat game set in a fictional Victorian setting wherein dukes and dames romp around battlefields in towering battle suits. Earlier this year the game was released on PC to utter acclaim, and it'll be great to see what Dreadbit Games have managed to do with the next-gen consoles.
Missing from this year's event though is Sony. Instead of holding their usual press conference in the German expo they're opting for the Paris Games event in October. There will be lots of fun PS experiences for fans anyway, however it does seem a strange choice, given Gamescom's size and acclaim. What do you want to see most at this year's Gamescom? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below!