Operation Backlog Completion 2024
Aug 252021

Gamescom 2021 is in progress now, and this afternoon was the Gamescom Opening Night live stream.

I went into it with more curiosity than ever about the whole Blue Box/Abandoned conspiracy theory, because after following it out of amusement for a while, the latest phone antics made me wonder if there’s really something to it.

But in general, I just hoped to see some good games, preferably some surprises.

So let’s go through the highlights (highlights for me, that is, since some big-name games don’t interest me).

There was a short pre-show ahead of the main show, and it included some jokes that actually made me laugh, like the instruction to criticize any streamer who doesn’t talk over the boring parts.

House of Ashes and Dolmen both look nice and creepy. Dolmen in particular has had my attention for a while since it’s supposed to be cosmic horror.

DrinkBox’s new game, Nobody Saves the World, looks like it could be fun. A mysterious new game called Dream Cycle was also announced from the creator of the original Tomb Raider games, and even though they barely showed anything from it, I’m interested in learning more. (Update: It’s inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s Dream Cycle, but apparently it’s a sandbox game.)

Halo Infinite got a new trailer for its multiplayer, as well as a December 8 release date.

Then there was a game that looks both very cute and very dark called Cult of the Lamb.

A new character for Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania had been teased, and it turned out to be Morgana from Persona 5, who will be available as DLC.

They showed a new trailer for The Outlast Trials, although it was delayed to 2022, and a game called DokeV that looked pretty cute and entertaining, but it’s an open world MMO, so I doubt I’ll play it.

Now, I’m usually not thrilled when there’s a musical performance during one of these events, but this time it was Lindsey Stirling performing music from Tales of Arise (dressed as Shionne, no less), so I enjoyed that. And then they said Arise wasn’t the only Tales news they had and announced a new…… Tales mobile game.

Tales of Luminaria will be the newest Tales mobile game, and I have to admit I was disappointed since I keep hoping they’ll port/remaster some of the older games. Lost Judgment also got highlighted briefly.

Finally, it closed with a new trailer for Death Stranding: Director’s Cut. I never got around to getting Death Stranding, so I’ll probably pick up the Director’s Cut eventually. (And it was just a Death Stranding trailer, so people are searching for connections while I’m firmly back on Team Confused.)

Those were the highlights for me from Gamescom’s opening night show! What games stood out the most to you?

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