The lights are on
Gamescom is now behind us, with the announcements, previews, and that first schnitzel fading into memory. One thing we won’t quickly forget is just how packed the Kölnmesse was once again.
The Gamescom organizers announced that attendance was down ever so slightly this year. 335,000 individuals (down from 340,000 last year) from 88 countries attended during the show’s four public days.
Evolve came away with five awards at the show, repeating its success from E3. Turtle Rock’s “4v1” online multiplayer shooter won another Best in Show award.
Here is the complete list of award winners:
Best of Gamescom AwardEvolve (Take-Two Interactive GmbH/2K)
Most Wanted Consumer AwardSuper Smash Bros. (Nintendo)
Best Console Game Sony PlayStationThe Evil Within (Bethesda Softworks/ZeniMax Germany GmbH)
Best Console Game Microsoft XboxEvolve (Take-Two Interactive GmbH/2K)
Best Console Game Nintendo Wii USplatoon (Nintendo)
Best Role Playing GameRisen 3 (Deep Silver / Koch Media GmbH)
Best Action GameEvolve (Take-Two Interactive GmbH/2K)
Best Simulation GameTheatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call (Square Enix GmbH)
Best Sports GamePES 2015 (Konami Digital Entertainment B.V.)
Best Family GameLittleBigPlanet 3 (Sony Computer Entertainment Deutschland GmbH)
Best PC GameEvolve (Take-Two Interactive GmbH/2K)
Best Mobile GameSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo)
Best Social / Casual / Online GameLittleBigPlanet 3 (Sony Computer Entertainment Deutschland GmbH)
Best Online Multiplayer GameEvolve (Take-Two Interactive GmbH/2K)
Best Hardware (incl. peripherals)Oculus Rift DK2 (Oculus VR)
[Source: Gamescom (1), (2)]
Our TakeGamescom is an enormous show that is garnering more attention from publishers each year. After last year’s huge platform showing from Microsoft and Sony, we wondered if this year might be a bit more muted. If you watched the press briefings, you know that there was a ton to keep us busy.
Gamescom is like no other show I’ve ever covered. It’s awe-inspiring to see the masses of fans, but if you’ve got a meeting to get to, it’s best to admire from a distance.
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