Sometimes, when it comes to game conventions, it’s all too easy to become swept up with the prospect of future, triple-A, blockbuster titles. Often, a few hidden gems fly in low under the radar, those of which have a habit of being neglected. Sadly though, these potential classics become side-lined, for whatever reason.
Continuing from our previous articles on Gamescon 2019’s biggest news stories and big four shows at the event, we bring to you some other titles that surely and truly should be given spotlights of their own!
Occasionally though, a handful of lesser anticipated titles end up becoming the star attraction, ultimately going on to snatch the spotlight from big-budget releases.
At Gamescom 2019, we had our fair share of high-profile contenders all jostling for the top spot. But many other titles also grabbed the steely gaze of viewers watching in-house and around the world. Today, we analyze those obscure gems and check out the lesser-known titles which show signs of promise, going forward.
In truth, the found-footage phenomenon may have passed its sell-by date, especially concerning mass-appeal. That aside, it remains one of my favorite horror niches. Better yet, the first movie is a glistening example of found-footage done right. The motion-picture sequel was the anthesis of that, however, that’s a story for another time.
Quite frankly, I’m surprised that a video game adaptation of the popular movie franchise hasn’t been targeted by developers sooner. Following a short and snappy story trailer, fans later got treated to a rather generous 22-minute gameplay teaser which gave us fresh insight into the upcoming horror game.
The enveloping woods, which act as a sanctuary for supernatural evil, are plagued with savage spirits and forces too hostile to name. Also, we caught a glimpse of our furry travel companion who, it must be said, looks remarkably like dog meat from the Fallout series. Or, maybe that’s my imagination running wild, once again. Either way, Blair Witch does an adequate job of wreaking havoc on the senses.
Blair Witch releases on August 30th.
Little Nightmares II
Next in line is the soon-to-be successor to spooky, storybook horror, Little Nightmares. It appears we have a horror theme on the go right now, folks. Anyway, let’s run with it! In little under a minute’s worth of footage, Bandai Namco managed to cram in plenty of visceral scares in this nightmarish novella. One thing’s for sure; we can’t wait to get our hands on this one.
Life is Strange 2 Episode 4
In truth, fans are fast approaching the finale to season 2 of Life is Strange. At Gamescom 2019, we got an exclusive preview of episode 4 in what will be the penultimate entry. And thankfully, fans won’t have to wait too long! Out on August 22nd, chapter 4 is shaping up nicely. But more importantly, we’re excited to usher in the conclusion of events as we await the climax of season 2.
Kerbal Space Program 2
And now for a change of pace, but a wholly welcome one. Almost a decade after the first game, Kerbal Space Program 2 will launch sometime next year! In the meantime, all those self-appointed space fanatics out there will have to make do with this cinematic teaser aired at Gamescom 2019.
The grand reveal shows a satellite orbiting vast planets, densely rich in detail. As the shuttle touches down upon the surface of an isolated world, a handful of charming, green-colored minions roam free upon its uncharted terrain. In the backdrop lies an enormous orb, hanging weightlessly in space. Epic stuff, indeed, and a lush way to finish.
That just about wraps the hidden gems of Gamescom 2019. But we want to hear from you, the gamer. Which underdogs caught your eye during the show? As always, we welcome all contributions. So please, get in touch via the chat below.
This may be the end of our Gamescon articles, but it’s not the end of gaming events around the world! We’re absolutely enthusiastic about E3 that brought in some incredible shows this year, starting with Square Enix’s Fantastic Square, and Comic-Con’s Highlight Reel that sets the pace of the not just games but also pop culture.