Today I stood in line for 90 minutes to play God of War: Ascension, accompanied by Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and the noise of a thousand screaming Germans. Gamescom is a huge and insane assault on the senses. Incredibly tiring but oh so much fun, and did I mention it was huge? No actually scratch that, its MASSIVE! As in 4 main halls packed with games and cosplayers and several more side halls just when you think you have seen everything there is to see.
Let’s start at the beginning though. I arrived at Cologne train station about 10am German time, after getting a flight at an ungodly hour from London. I figured on having a cup of coffee to set me up for the day and made my first mistake. Germans like their coffee without milk, so if you don’t ask for it you don’t get it.
Having decided to chalk that one down to experience I made my way to Koelne Messe, where Gamescom take place. After a lovely time crossing the bridge in the hot sun I soon saw a throng of the most people I have ever seen in one place. Of course that leads to queues and Gamescom certainly didn’t disappoint in that area. At one point, booth babes were notifying gamers of a 4 hour wait in line to play Assassin’s Creed 3.
I opted out of that one today but I did wait for 90 minutes each to play ZombiU and Sony’s offerings however. I have to say my first impression of the Wii U wasn’t great, with a bulky controller and somewhat muddy graphics, but I will go into more detail on that later. The big disappointment for me however was that The Last of Us isn’t playable at the show, it’s just there in the form of a viewable demonstration. The games that I did play however like AC3 and God of War: Ascension m0re than made up for it.
I have loads more to tell you guys and pictures to share with you, so look forward to a more in-depth post with plenty of pictures as soon as I get back if I can tear myself away from Poison Ivy that is!