The 5 Best Games from Gamescom 2017

Gamescom, one of the world’s largest video game conventions, took place in Cologne, Germany from Aug. 22 to 26, giving the gaming the world its first glimpse of upcoming titles.

Hundreds of titles were showcased across the multiple halls at the event. A few familiar games featuring mustachioed plumbers and monster hunters and assassins were some of the outstanding performers at this year’s event.

Here are some of the games we enjoyed most amidst all the queues and chaos.

Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo)

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch

Release: Oct. 27 2017

Winner of five awards at gamescom and one of this year’s hotly anticipated games, Super Mario Odyssey needs to be played to understand just how fun it really is.

The next generation Mario game is a return to the formula used by Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine, tasking players with collecting hundreds of collectables around multiple worlds in order to save Princess Peach.

Monster Hunter World (Capcom)

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release: 2018

The next edition in the beast-slaying fantasy series is full of epic moments in a huge, frantic, and lively world. Giant monsters litter the island for players to search out and kill to create new armor and weapons that can aid them in their next quest.

With a variety of new weapons, satisfying combat, and drop-in co-op gameplay on the horizon, Monster Hunter World is shaping up to be a huge blockbuster title.

Sea of Thieves (Rare)

Platform(s): Xbox One, PC

Release: 2018

Rare have made some of gaming’s greatest titles: Banjo Kazooie, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, and Donkey Kong Country. In recent years, however, the company has been focusing on Kinect titles and have failed to create a new game to capture the magic the company once had—until now.

Sea of Thieves captures the very essence of being a pirate. Sail seas online, keep your eyes out for other pirate crews, find sunken treasure, and fight over booty. The game forces players to be alert at all times, watch their surroundings, and work as a team to be the best pirate crew the world has ever seen.

Assassin’s Creed Origins (Ubisoft)

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release: Oct. 31 2017

After a two-year hiatus, gamers will soon be able to return to their favorite history changing-game series. The latest installment has focused more on narrative and a brand new combat system to make it stand out from the rest.

Ancient Egypt looks fantastic, but the game still needs a bit more polish from its gamescom build to be a masterpiece. UI problems are still very distracting with multiple icons littering the map, making it hard for players to see pathways or routes without turning them all off in the options menu.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War (Warner Bros.)

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release: Oct. 10 2017

The hit sequel to Shadow of Mordor tasks players with creating an army to take on Sauron. The abilities that were in the original game have been updated and refined, all while adding new mechanics, creatures, and enemies to make the game feel like a true sequel, bursting with content.