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Top Ten Tuesdays | The Biggest Surprises Of Gamescom 2013 (So Far)

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Top Ten Tuesdays | The Biggest Surprises Of Gamescom 2013 (So Far)

The first day of Gamescom is at an end. The press conferences are over, the headlines are typed up and both Matt and Carl are currently crushing a whole bunch of next-gen games to bring you hands-on impressions from the bleeding edge.

However, now that's all done and dusted, it's time to pick apart the biggest headlines of the day and discuss some of the most genuinely surprising revelations we learned over the last 24 hours. Even though Sony's press conference was more sedate that we expected, there were still a fair few megatons to drop...

10: Peggle 2 Is Xbox One Timed Exclusive

Top Ten Tuesdays | The Biggest Surprises Of Gamescom 2013 (So Far)

PopCap plans to push the limits of next-generation hardware with their upcoming sequel, which has surprisingly chosen Xbox One as lead platform. As opposed to, say, iOS.

It's an odd state of affairs, but hey, we've got a fever. An extreme fever. And the only prescription is... well, you know.

9: Fable Legends Will Let Us Play The Villain

Top Ten Tuesdays | The Biggest Surprises Of Gamescom 2013 (So Far)

The fact that a Fable game is coming to Xbox One is about as surprising as... well... an unsurprising thing. It's been a long day. Don't judge me. However, the fact that we'll be able to play as a villanous commander who can control a horde of creatures and set up dangerous dungeons will be a refreshing change of pace for the stagnant series, along with its prequel setting and 4-player co-op.

8: Where Was God Of War IV & Uncharted 4?

Top Ten Tuesdays | The Biggest Surprises Of Gamescom 2013 (So Far)

Answers on a postcard.

Actually, no, because everyone will write "waiting to be announced shortly before the PS4 launches for one last publicity push. Hopefully."

7: Terminators: The Video Game Announced

Top Ten Tuesdays | The Biggest Surprises Of Gamescom 2013 (So Far)

Oh yes! Oh God no. Oh... yes?

Reef will have to deliver with Rambo: The Video Game before we trust them with this license. No pressure.

6: Tom Clancy's The Division Is Headed To PC After All

Top Ten Tuesdays | The Biggest Surprises Of Gamescom 2013 (So Far)

You all wanted it. You're all getting it. Though The Division was originally only announced for PS4 and Xbox One, it's clear that the home of RPGs more than deserves its own version.

Interestingly, though, the Xbox One will get some exclusive content, despite Massive previously saying that all platforms were created equal. I can use a mouse on PC, though, so I don't particularly care.

5: Crackdown 3 MIA

Top Ten Tuesdays | The Biggest Surprises Of Gamescom 2013 (So Far)

We were all rather expecting Microsoft to reveal a Crackdown sequel during their Gamescom showcase, what with all the rumours and teases flying about. More to the point, since Dead Rising 2 was added to Games For Gold to hype up the incoming Dead Rising 3, we hoped that the original Crackdown was featured for the very same reason.

No such luck. What are you working on, Ruffian?

4: Borderlands 2 & Minecraft Are Coming To Vita

Top Ten Tuesdays | The Biggest Surprises Of Gamescom 2013 (So Far)

There ain't no rest for the wicked. Even if you're on the bus.

In other news, Microsoft's Minecraft Monopoly Melted Magnificently. I wish I'd thought of that headline earlier.

3: Shadow Of The Beast Gets An Overhaul

Top Ten Tuesdays | The Biggest Surprises Of Gamescom 2013 (So Far)

As Amiga fan(boys) to a man, we were chuffed to learn that Shadow Of The Beast is getting re-imagined, remade, gussied up and shoved out on PS4.

Please be great. Please.

2: Free FIFA 14 With Xbox One Pre-Orders

Top Ten Tuesdays | The Biggest Surprises Of Gamescom 2013 (So Far)

We like nice surprises.

1: Sony Locked Down Their Release Dates...

Top Ten Tuesdays | The Biggest Surprises Of Gamescom 2013 (So Far)

"Hang on," I hear you interrupt - somewhat rudely I might add. "Sure, the PS4 launches on November 29th. That's great news, but surely it didn't surprise anyone on the planet? We knew it would release before Christmas."

You're right, of course, but you've got to let me finish. Sony may have locked down their release dates...

...But Microsoft Didn't

This puts the battle for next-gen into an exciting state of flux. At any time, Microsoft could be poised to steal a march on Sony by holding a major press event and hurrying their entertainment system out of the door before the PS4 can react. Conversely, though, they might still be so busy retrofitting the OS at the last minute that they literally have no idea what they're doing.

Either way, it'll be fun finding out.

Stay tuned to Dealspwn.com for the latest news from Gamescom and our elite ground team, who'll be bringing you hands-on and video coverage throughout the next few days.

Add a comment5 comments
Late  Aug. 20, 2013 at 20:44

I have high hopes but incredibly low expectations for Terminators.

I expect Microsoft will now announce a release date a week or two before Sony's. Two weeks is nothing compared to the seven years or so we've been waiting, but a lot of people who are on the fence about which machine to get will be swayed by a fortnight's wait.

Realhoneyman  Aug. 20, 2013 at 21:49

I have high hopes but incredibly low expectations for Terminators.

I expect Microsoft will now announce a release date a week or two before Sony's. Two weeks is nothing compared to the seven years or so we've been waiting, but a lot of people who are on the fence about which machine to get will be swayed by a fortnight's wait.


If its a handful of months then sure the audience can be swayed towards one console over the other. A couple of weeks though? Surely that makes it even more difficult for consumers to commit to which console they want to pick up based on their respective release dates? I'd expect that brand loyalty, expectations and upcoming software will be more essential deciding factors for those with the disposable income to drop come the launch days of the PS4 & Xbox One.

DrTrouserPlank  Aug. 21, 2013 at 07:37

I'm going to be getting a PS4, but I must say that unless I have missed something announced at Gamescon, the launch lineup for the PS4 is pretty naff. I'm amazed they haven't announced some better titles at this event.

monkey13  Aug. 21, 2013 at 08:20

Shadow Of The Beast gets "re-imagined". I'd be looking forward to that if "re-imagined" didn't mean "raped to death but we're keeping some odds and ends of an old IP".

Tsung  Aug. 21, 2013 at 08:27

Wasn't just me then?. I watched a bit of the Sony announcement and the games I saw wouldn't look out of place on my Amiga. Some 4 player cannon fodder shooter? Hellhole or something it was called that is how much I care. Also whoever they hired to do the live stream "camera work" should be fired (or never hired again).

I wanted to see the games, not the crowd. But the feed kept cutting back to a "crowd" shot slowly zooming in (or flying over). Over and over again, it was super frustrating couldn't really see anything on the big screen behind.

Oh well.. lets see what happens next.

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