WORST IN SHOW
EA fails to offer the lineup to repair its damaged reputation
Not everyone got the memo that Gamescom matters: EA limped through its conference with overlong looks at its coming slate. Dragon Age: Inquisition looked pretty, intricate and quite dull; FIFA lead producer David Rutter did his best to sell the latest raft of tweaks; and while there’s plenty to like about The Sims 4, a stage is not the place to show it off. With just one new announcement in BioWare’s Shadow Realms, the show ended with Battlefield Hardline, recently delayed to 2015. Without the barrage of CG teasers and concept pieces that just about rescued its E3, EA painted a picture of a company with little to shout about.
Attendees are a world apart from E3’s industry crowd, and while cosplay is welcomed, it’s far less prevalent than at the likes of PAX. People come here to play games
FIFA15 (right) featured heavily in Microsoft’s and EA’s conferences, and on the show floor. The game matters every year, but it took on even greater import after Germany’s World Cup success
Consoles may have stolen most of the Gamescom headlines, but Germany has a rich history of PC games. Crytek forgot about its financial problems and showed off free-to-play MOBA ArenaOfFate