With the Future Games showcase having just come and gone, let’s dive into the top 5 games that were displayed at the event.
5. The Last Faith
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch.
Release Date: 2022
Game Description: An ancient religion is ruling for centuries the world left to its fate. The once majestic capital and full of a glorious past, is now decadent and haunted by a fatal disease. Eric will have to subvert the words of the hidden prophecy and discover the truth behind the now corrupted and ravaged world.
Starting off the list with the game I am most personally excited about, which is brought to us by the talented folks over at Kumi Souls Games, The Last Faith. What began as a Kickstarter project quickly rose to prominence after raising over 466% of its funding goal. It became evidently clear that this game was going to be a special one, and for good reason.
The Last Faith is a Metroidvania-inspired Souls-like that thrives on merciless and precise combat. From melee weapons to arcane spells to even long-range firearms, The Last Faith has a number of ways for you to play and express yourself during your adventure. Because it is a Metroidvania-inspired title, The Last Faith strives for nonlinear exploration of its world, from snow-dusted mountains to blood-soaked streets. The Last Faith really invites you to explore and indulge in its bloody yet beautifully pixelated world.
From what we got to see from the reveal at future games and from other trailers, The Last Faith is definitely going to be a must-play title if you are interested in this genre of games. From the exquisitely crafted art style to the illustrious yet desolate world you get to explore and discover, The Last Faith, without a doubt, is going to be on many people’s radars.
To find out more, here’s a trailer for the game: The Last Faith
4. The Last Case of Benedict Fox
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.
Release Date: Spring 2023
Game Description: Take on The Last Case of Benedict Fox, and dive into a twisted world of secret organizations, forbidden rituals, and cold-blooded murders. Explore the memories of deceased victims as you search for clues, and fight demons in this fantastical Lovecraftian Metroidvania.
Brought to us by the talented team over at PlotTwist Studios, The Last Case of Benedict Fox looks like it’s going to be an exceptional game for a number of reasons. Firstly, diving into the premise of the game, The Last Case of Benedict Fox, will have you controlling a self-proclaimed detective who, for some unknown reason, has a strong connection to the demonic world. Using this said connection, you are therefore able to explore and gain more information about the case you have been assigned to.
A young woman has been murdered and a child has gone missing. It is now up to the player to use their detective skills and demonic devices to gain clues and information they normally wouldn’t be able to. However, it’s clear from the trailer that clue-searching isn’t the only thing that you will be doing during your time with the game.
Due to the demonic powers the protagonist has, the game allows you to enter the minds of the deceased and enter the world called LIMBO. The game has two worlds that are not only linked together but also help you progress further in each. In limbo, you have access to all sorts of powers and abilities. However, you are not the only one there, and you will have to fight your way through certain obstacles to find out the truth behind this case.
The Last Case of Benedict Fox is more than deserving of the hype and praise it is receiving, from a great gameplay loop and a unique idea, to an illustrious world and just brilliant visuals. The Last Case of Benedict Fox really looks like it could be a huge hit for Xbox. Furthermore, the game received an award for being the most anticipated Xbox game on the opening day of Gamescom. So it’s safe to say the game has a fair bit of hype and excitement surrounding it.
To find out more, here’s a trailer for the game: The Last Case Of Benedict Fox
Release Date: TBA (To Be Announced)
Game Description: Rooted is a post-apocalyptic survival game. Near the year 2100. You are one of the few survivors. You must progress and adapt through the ruins of the past civilization that collapsed due to global bacteriological warfare.
It must be said, currently, as of the time I am writing this entry, very little is known specifically about Rooted. However, I just had to include this game in the entry as it just had a brilliant vibe to it, and the game overall, from the reveal trailer, looked incredibly atmospheric and engaging.
You have to build, adapt, scavenge, and learn if you want to survive. From what we have seen shown to us by the team over at Headlight Studios, the world is going to be what tells the story here, which I’m sure many players love the sound of. Many people have stated just how fantastic the overall atmosphere is here for this type of survival game.
People are saying it has a Last of Us feel to it when mentioning the world, which I’m sure is an exaggeration, but based on the world we saw in the trailer, you can’t help but see the parallel. There is a combat system, which we didn’t get to see too much of, but we know there will be one as there were enemies to fight showcased in the trailer.
For good reason, many people are extremely eager to see how this title pans out. On top of it looking like a great solo game to get sucked into, you can also play it with friends. So potentially, we could be seeing a great new survival game to play with your friends here.
To find out more, here’s a trailer for the game: Rooted
2. Phantom Hellcat
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Series X|S.
Release Date: TBA (To Be Announced)
Game Description: Phantom Hellcat is a dynamic slasher-platformer with showy combos in a theatrical setting. When demons kidnap Jolene’s mother, the young woman must take the stage and save her—but in the world of plays and props, things are not always what they appear to be.
This was one of the shortest trailers showcased at the event, but it was also one of the most eye-catching. Phantom Hellcat is a Nier-aspired hack and slash that combines 2D and 3D visuals with a beautiful art style and a fantastic gameplay loop.
The fantastic visuals here really make this game stand out from so many others, without even talking about gameplay. The color palette the developers have chosen to go with here looks fantastic; bright, vibrant colors and effects that really hit you in the face, fitting perfectly with the tone of the game. When talking about gameplay, it’s clear from the get-go that this is a title heavily inspired by the Devil May Cry series and the Nier series, with their flashy and string-able combos. From the short yet brilliant trailer, we got to see a potentially brilliant game. However, the popping visuals and great-looking gameplay weren’t the most eye-catching things we got to see.
The artistic direction they’ve taken the game in is what makes it all look so unique and interesting. The trailer demonstrated that the game in certain areas will swap from a 3D aspect of fighting to a 2D aspect, which will change the game entirely. Not much more has been shown, but this has caught the attention of a lot of people, as the game just looked extremely polished and fun to play, with a unique style of direction.
To find out more, here’s a trailer for the game: Phantom Hellcat
1. Lightyear Frontier
Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X and Series S
Release Date: Spring 2023
Game Description: Lightyear Frontier is a peaceful open-world farming adventure on a planet at the far edge of the galaxy. Start your new home on a distant planet with up to three friends as you farm alien crops, build your own homestead, and explore the untamed wilderness of the world.
To round out the list, we have easily one of the most charming-looking games that were showcased at the event, Lightyear Frontier. A relaxing and charming game, where your sole goal is to farm and enjoy your time on a planet at the far edge of the galaxy. Lightyear Frontier looks like the perfect game to put on after a long and stressful day, or if you just want to kick back and relax. The game allows you to build, harvest, and explore a beautifully crafted planet.
Where the charm lies in this game is in the fact that you can do all this with up to three other friends. From building a gigantic base with your friends to just messing around and exploring the world, Lightyear Frontier looks like it’s going to be a great game to play on your own or with the company of your friends.
Furthermore, the game just has a great art style in its visuals. The fact that you are on an unknown planet really has allowed the developers to take the artistic direction they want and go all out in designing a world that is extremely charming in design.
Stellar visuals, great gameplay, a unique world to inhabit, and a fully customizable mech of your own! What more can we wish for?
To find out more, here’s a trailer for the game: Lightyear Frontier
That just about wraps up the top 5 best games that were showcased at the Future Games event at Gamescom. If you’re interested in any of the games mentioned today, there are links to trailers for all of them if you want to see more. Any games we missed, any games you’re excited about? Let us know!