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Black Ops II, PS Vita… Gamescom 2012 highlights

Gamescom, Europe’s biggest gaming exhibition and one of the key events in the gaming calendar, came to an end yesterday.

Now in its fourth year, the games expo held over four days in Cologne, Germany, was bigger and better than ever. More than 275,000 visitors attended Gamescom 2012, 8% more than last year, making it the most popular so far.

There may have been a couple of noticeable absences at this year’s event, from the likes of Nintendo and Microsoft, but attendees did not leave disappointed.

There may have not been a lot of hardware on show this year, but with new games unveiled and some hands-on demos of exciting upcoming titles, there was plenty on offer. So what were the highlights of Gamescom 2012?

Call of Duty: Black Ops II hands-on

Announced earlier this year, Black Ops II is one of the most anticipated games of the year – as with all Call of Duty titles.

We’ve had little information to go on so far, but a hands-on demo of multiplayer mode has given us some exciting new details.

It seems that customisation is the name of the game for Black Ops II, with big changes to the class creation system.

Sony focus on PS Vita

After neglecting its latest handheld at E3 earlier this summer, Sony tried to make amends by centring its press conference on the PS Vita.

Giving us more details of LittleBigPlanet and Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale for the Vita, as well the LittleBigPlanet-esque Tearaway, Sony was keen to show it hadn’t forgotten about the Vita.

The big news came in the form of an announcement of a software update for the Vita, which will bring PS One support, PS3 cross-controller functionality and improved web browsing to the handheld.


Just a working title at the moment, Rain will be an adventure game that’s heavy on artistic design and abstract notions.

Rain has been developed by Sony’s Japan studios, and will tell the story of a young boy who is invisible except for when walking through the rain.

The trailer was a beautiful highlight of Gamescom, exciting and intriguing gaming journalists from around the world.

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