These are the absolute finest things we’ve seen at Gamescom 2022 so far, from the bloodiest to the bloodiest amazing. Please check back throughout the week as we’ll be expanding on this section as we see and play new games.
Dead Island 2 Is Just Revolting.
Dead Island 2 has returned after spending eight years in the wild and is now even more gruesome. Dead Island 2 feels a lot like the early version of the game that was released back in 2014 while being completely rebuilt.
The minute-by-minute zombie slaughter and LA’s zombie-infested boulevards are instantly recognizable, but this is so much more repulsive. There are countless ways to dismember your foes thanks to the procedural technology that powers the new gore engine, known as FLESH. For example, you can slice off limbs with swords, blow open heads with a strategically placed Molotov, and so much more. From what we’ve seen, it seems like a game that will turn both heads and stomachs.
High on the F@#king Boss Battle of Life
Speaking of stunning video games, the boss battle revelation in High on Life will leave a lasting impression. The alien and creature you’re battling aren’t very difficult or terrifying. Actually, it has nothing to do with the boss at all—rather, it has to do with the obnoxious blaster you use for combat, which spews out more curse words than laser beams.
Your dagger also boasts in the evilest voice conceivable that it will “cut their fing a $ hole off and fing eat it.” We also played a portion of the game, and it’s fascinating to note that High on Life is truly memorable due to its small nuances.
It’s a schlocky surprise to see Killer Clowns From Outer Space.
But probably the biggest surprise so far is that Killer Klowns from Outer Space, a beloved 1980s horror comedy, will be getting a video game version.
The Friday 13th game’s director has created a 3v7 asymmetric multiplayer game in which the human team must create weaponry to repel the Klown invasion. It’s being produced in association with the Chiodi Brothers, who made the original film, and it promises to retain the schlocky silliness that made the first one a cult favorite.
Where Winds Meet: A Bold Love Letter to the Tsushima Ghosts
Ghosts of Tsushima: Where Winds Meet is a large open-world role-playing game set in medieval China that offers more freedom and player choice than the Sucker Punch blockbuster it is unmistakably inspired by.
The game’s ability to let you choose your own path, with the depth of choices making each adventure truly unique, is what really sets it apart from other role-playing games that featured horse riding, combat, hunting, and other activities against the stunning backdrop of Ten Kingdoms China in the trailer.
There is More to The Callisto Protocol Than Dead Space 4
Another one that promises to be much more than a tribute to what it is inspired by is The Callisto Protocol. Striking Distance’s survival horror is similar to Dead Space in many ways, but because to its harsh physical gameplay, deft stealth design, and extensive weapon upgrades, it has become something fresh.
We especially adore the mutations, which may instantly transform relatively harmless foes into nasty, multi-legged killing machines.
The Forspoken Spell-Combo Ranking System Is Very Attractive
This week’s 10-minute gameplay deep dive gave us our best look yet at the action-adventure game Forspoken and unveiled a Devil May Cry-style score system that ranks your spell combos as you use them.
Despite the fact that there are more than 100 spells and abilities, knowing which ones to link together is crucial if you want to gain experience multipliers. In the trailer, it was shown that you could use piercing attacks to free enemies from bubbles, and you could even use a water jet to launch yourself into the air and snipe from there. Additionally, there is a great scene where the protagonist Frey tricks off a waterfall using an ice surfboard.
A Dark, Souls-Like Game with a Smell of Bloodborne
The dark Pinocchio retelling-inspired Souls-like game Lies of P debuted brand-new gameplay, new environments and adversaries, and the inclusion of additional characters. In one scene, Pinocchio is confronted by a man who addresses him as “son.”
This man is probably Geppetto, the man who created Pinocchio, but given the twisted nature of the game, it seems more menacing than it should be. A potential appearance by Jiminy Cricket is also hinted at, and given that the jovial cricket has previously only been seen in Disney’s adaptation of the tale, we’re interested to see how that would go.