HCF’s Gamescom round-up

This week saw Europe’s answer to E3, Gamescom, taking place in Cologne, Germany, and while a lot of what has been shown already is nothing new announcement wise, there have been a lot of new images and gameplay videos released. What follows is Horror Cult Films’ favourites so far, from blockbusters like Uncharted 3 to the lesser known titles like the bizarre Japanese school girl zombie slaying of Lollipop Chainsaw. Take a look at what you should be playing in the next few months.

First of all we thought we’d have a look at the forthcoming Resident Evil Revelations, a brand new RE game exclusive to the 3DS. All we have seen of this up to now is Jill on board an abandoned cruise liner. This goes to show there will be more to the games locations than just sea based nastiness.

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Expected to be out for the Christmas rush, this is a must have for anyone with a 3DS.

In keeping with the undead theme, Sega have several new images from their first person Kinect survival horror, Rise of Nightmares. Looking all the more creepy, this should be great fun, although some of what I’ve seen so far does remind me of Deadly Premonition. Not a bad thing, I assure you!

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Another Sega title due for release early next year is the hugely anticipated, Aliens: Colonial Marines for PS3 and 360. These new screen shots should really whet your appetite and I for one cannot wait to get my hands on this game. After being delayed for so long it is a welcome sight to see more screen shots and info being released on this title. Expect to see this hit the shelves Q1 2012.

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Another game we knew was coming but had little information on was LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7 (all formats). As well as some great new screen shots, we have been treated to a new gameplay trailer of Harry in action in what appears to be Godric’s Hollow, as featured in HP7 part 1 (one of my favourite parts in the film, in fact!). I’m a bog fan of the LEGO screen to game adaptations, as should you be(!), so this is another that I look to with bated breath.


Released later this year, LEGO Harry Potter 2 will prove a magical addition to anyone’s game collection.

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Onto another kind of blockbuster, we bring you some more images from the upcoming PS3 exclusive, Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception. Anyone who has played the previous game will tell you that taking control of Nathan Drake is as close as you’re going to get to being Indiana Jones or John McLean, with part two being a fantastic cinematic thrill ride. Hopefully the quality has been retained for Drakes third outing, which is shaping up to be the best one yet.

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Metro: Last Light (PC/PS3/360/WiiU), the sequel to last years brilliant, but tough as nails Metro 2033, is looking superb. The first was a fantastic supernatural thriller, set in the post apocalyptic Metro’s ofMoscow. Picking up from the ‘bad’ ending of 2033, set in the following year, the protagonist, Artyom is in search of the mysterious ‘Prisoner’, the supposed salvation of those living in the Metro’s towns. Judging by the screen shots, we can expect more of the same, only with even greater visuals than the previous game.

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Konami are giving us a triple dose Silent Hill in the coming months, with Silent Hill: Book Of Memories (PSVita), HD Collection (PS3 and now to be released on 360!) and Downpour (PS3/360). While not much has been revealed about Book of Memories, it has been let on that co-op gameplay will be featured. The HD collection, which was originally announced as a PS3 exclusive, is an upgrade of the very creepy psychological horror games Silent Hill 2 and 3. As well as improved visuals, the voice over work and score has been re-recorded for a clearer sound.

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Silent Hill Downpour is hopefully going to be a return to form after the somewhat disappointing, Homecoming.  Due for release Q4 this year, the plot follows new character Murphy Pendleton, a prisoner who is stranded in Silent Hill after the prison transport vehicle he is being transported runs off the road.

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Have you ever thought that there was a lack of zombie games featuring a chainsaw wielding school-girl protagonist? Well then you’re in luck, as the brilliantly titled Lollipop Chainsaw will be released by Warner, next year, on PS3 and 360. Developed by Grasshopper Studio, under supervision of Suda 51, the genius behind No More Hero’s and Shadows of the Damned, we see young cheerleader, Juliet Starling, fighting hordes of the undead at San Romero high school (see what they did there?). Juliet is assisted by her family and boyfriend (a disembodied head), as she takes on the zombie minions of the Zombie Rock n Roll Lords. This should be on anyone’s must buy list!

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Finally, completing HCF’s Gamescom favourites isArkhamCity. We’ve covered this several times already but now another character has been revealed. Hinted at in 2009’s Arkham Asylum, Mr. Freeze will be making an appearance to try and put a stopper in the Dark Knights plans. Due for release in October, we are getting closer and closer to what will more than likely be game of the year.

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For more on these upcoming games, make sure you keep an eye on HCF.

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