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Here are Destructoid's top ten games from gamescom photo
Here are Destructoid's top ten games from gamescom
by Brett Makedonski

Gamescom is the largest videogame trade show in the world. Sound like a big deal? It absolutely is. Hundreds of thousands of people cram together in a convention center that's massive, but doesn't feel even close to huge enough. Need a frame of reference? This is the crowd in the main hall on Thursday -- what's supposedly the least busy of the three days it's open to the public.

Reciprocating the scale of the event is the size of the games that publishers have on display. That was the theme at gamescom 2014: Big. All the biggest titles are here, and given how close we are to the holiday launch season, they're looking the most polished that we've seen them yet.

In no particular order, these were Destructoid's top ten games of gamescom 2014, as explained by Dale North and myself.

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Play Garden Warfare, Kingdoms of Amalur for free on Origin for a limited time photo
Play Garden Warfare, Kingdoms of Amalur for free on Origin for a limited time
by Jordan Devore

Through Origin's Game Time program, it's currently possible to play Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning for free -- for a limited time, of course. Simply download either game and, once you launch it, the clock will begin counting down.

For Garden Warfare, which I cannot recommend enough -- seriously, now's your chance! -- Origin users are getting unlimited access for 72 hours, while Kingdoms of Amalur is restricted to 48 hours of free play. It's unclear how long these offers will remain valid, so I wouldn't wait too long if you're interested. Something to play over the weekend, perhaps.

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1:30 PM on 08.15.2014

Ether One is coming to the PS4

Ether One looks like a pretty intriguing game -- I just haven't had time to get to it yet. That may change when it comes to the PS4, as developer White Paper Games has just announced that it will be coming "soon" to the ...

Chris Carter





1:00 PM on 08.15.2014

Dreamfall Chapters is now a timed PS4 'console exclusive'

Dreamfall Chapters is the latest project to arrive in, well, a chapter-like format. It will consist of five episodes, which will launch on the PC first later this year. But developer Red Thread Games has some news in reg...

Chris Carter

12:30 PM on 08.15.2014

Milkstone's dungeon-crawling FPS Ziggurat now available on Steam Early Access

Milkstone Studio's gorgeous but frenetic-looking Ziggurat is a first-person shooter with roguelike elements that's now available on Steam Early Access. Inspired by the classics Hexen and Heretic, Ziggurat is a dungeon-crawli...

Rob Morrow

9:00 AM on 08.15.2014

EverQuest II's 11th expansion, Altar of Malice, brings new playable race

EverQuest II is approaching its 10th anniversary. It originally released in 2004, the same year that Kanye West's genius debut College Dropout dropped. Altar of Malice brings with it a new playable race, the Areakyn. They off...

Steven Hansen

8:30 AM on 08.15.2014

EverQuest's 21st expansion is The Darkened Sea

EverQuest has been going strong since 1999. That's when the Slim Shady LP and "Thong Song" released. Or, much better, Black on Both Sides. It will be getting its 21st expansion, The Darkened Sea, on October 28 for All-Access ...

Steven Hansen

8:00 AM on 08.15.2014

You'll be playing PlanetSide 2 on PS4 before the end of 2014

The wait for PlanetSide 2 on PS4, since delayed from early 2014, will end late 2014. Details from SOE Live 2014 remain similar to what we learned last SOE Live. PlanetSide 2 on PS4 is equivalent to the PC version on Ultra se...

Steven Hansen

7:00 PM on 08.14.2014

Far Cry 4's take on Shangri-La sure is stunning

As someone who tended to stick with the bow as the weapon of choice in Far Cry 3 -- and especially in Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon -- I like the look of the mythical Shangri-La in Far Cry 4. In these levels, you'll fight against ...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 08.14.2014

Super Time Force Ultra hits Steam this month with lots of new content

Capy Games is bringing its previously Xbox-exclusive Super Time Force to PC on August 25, according to Joystiq, and this is far from a mere port. Extra content for this Ultra version of the time-traveling run-and-gun game was...

Jordan Devore

4:00 PM on 08.14.2014

Here's a full look at one of Assassin's Creed Unity's open-ended missions

With Assassin's Creed Unity, Ubisoft is promising missions that feature multiple ways to complete a given objective. Hamza talked about this "black box" design in his recent preview, and here's a look at one of the ways an e...

Jordan Devore

2:45 PM on 08.14.2014

Invisible, Inc.'s tactical espionage action hits Early Access August 19

Invisible, Inc. is going to be one of my obsessions this year. Enough that I am actually going to play a game while it's in Steam Early Access (PC, Mac) rather than waiting for the hard launch. Plus, it will be priced at $16 while in Early Access before bumping up to $20 at launch.

Steven Hansen

1:45 PM on 08.14.2014

Set aside five minutes for this Witcher 3 footage

An evil force is causing the villagers of Downwarren to sleepwalk into a nearby forest, never to come back, and it's up to Geralt to figure out what's going on. Yesterday's images looked as good as ever but there's no compar...

Jordan Devore

12:45 PM on 08.14.2014

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor launches November 13

Blizzard has announced a November 13, 2014 release date for its next World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor, which features customizable garrisons, better-looking player character models, and, uh, time travel. I know so very little about WoW, but damn do I love me some Blizzard cinematics.

Jordan Devore





11:45 AM on 08.14.2014

Face your mortality in the latest Shadowgate trailer

Playing through the NES port of Shadowgate is one of my fondest memories of gaming during the late eighties. In fact, Shadowgate was my very first exposure to the point-and-click genre. Coming from a family of die-...

Rob Morrow



Ori and the Blind Forest is a lot more than just a beautiful game photo
Ori and the Blind Forest is a lot more than just a beautiful game
by Brett Makedonski

One glance at Moon Studios' Ori and the Blind Forest is enough to be immediately enamored by the game's visuals. Actually, it's almost an inevitability. Every piece of media that Microsoft releases for Ori draws attention to the glistening colors and stunning backdrops. Not as if that can be helped, mind you; it's a part of the design that just tends to precede everything else.

At its press demos at gamescom 2014, Moon Studios was almost sheepish about the fact. It was well aware of the recognition that the game has gotten for its looks thus far. Now, it wanted to show that Ori's brilliance is rooted in something deeper.

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