Updated 18 May, 2013, 1:46 pm IST
5 best original IPs of Gamescom 2012
| by Nachiket Mhatre
The recently-concluded Gamescom event in Germany hasn't been the platform of choice for big launches, so it was no surprise when the big two made no announcements regarding their next-gen consoles. What was disappointing, however, is the fact that Sony didn't launch the PS3 4000, the last update to the ageing console. Despite the absence of Microsoft and Nintendo, Sony regaled the 275,000-strong turnout with a barrage of new games for the PS3 and PS Vita.
In addition to the new instalments to established franchises already revealed in E3, Gamescom 2012 hosted a fair chunk of new IPs. The incremental updates to popular video game franchises have already been showcased to death earlier this year at E3, but it takes a certain amount of pluck and gumption from a studio to put its money on a brand new idea. It only makes sense then to take a quick gander at the best new IPs the event had to offer.
The buzz across town is the rise of free-to-play model that's touted to be the future of video games. If that hypothetical future looks anything like Hawken, I'm game for it. Developed by a small independent studio called Adhesive Games, this online-only vehicular FPS combat game looks gorgeous enough to put most AAA titles to shame. Being free-to-play isn't the only thing going on for it though, because Hawken heralds the resurgence of the long-dead, but incredibly awesome Mech genre. The idea is to customise and arm your mecha to the teeth, pitting it against your friends in online multiplayer arenas. There isn't much that compares with controlling a hundred-tonne hunk of armour and missile pods. Don't take my word for it; just watch the mind-boggling gameplay videos.
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