Another year, another Gamescom. It’s hard to predict if anything substantial will emerge out of the biggest European games event every year, but that doesn’t stop us from tuning in to every press conference with eager eyes. Strap yourself in as we go on a roller-coaster of an adventure featuring press releases and buzzwords!

Mafia 3 No Longer In The Shadows

Perhaps the biggest game reveal to come out of Gamescom: Mafia 3. With a reveal trailer as well as gameplay, developers Hanger 13 were more than ready to show off their game.

Story-wise, Mafia 3 centers around Lincoln Clay building up his mob family from scratch after being betrayed by the Italian mob. Players are given a choice of gang leaders that they can bring into their family, but failure to give them enough of a cut can result in betrayal.

Some Mafia fans are not pleased with the trailer and gameplay demonstrations, feeling that there is too much action present as well as a switch in tonality. At least the soundtrack is banging.

Mafia 3 is due out 2016 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Mad Max Game Actually Looks Good

When I first heard that a Mad Max game was being developed, I wrote it off as a movie tie-in cash grab. But now that Mad Max: Fury Road has come and gone maybe it’s time to reevaluate my expectations with the latest gameplay demo of the Mad Max game.

A variety of different gameplay mechanics are present in this demo. Upgrading your car seems to be one of the main things in this game, as car combat and exploration with your car is a staple in the Mad Max series. Car combat seems to have you driving as Max while shooting from the back of your vehicle as Chumbucket, a new companion in the Mad Max series. The open world seems to be quite vast, I just hope that there’s a decent enough story to tie things together as story is usually light in the films.

Mad Max is out September 1st for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Blow Everything Up In Crackdown 3

While no new single player details were announced at Gamescom other than “There’s more guns/vehicles/orbs”, Crackdown 3 did show off some impressive destruction tech that would even make Battlefield jealous.

Crackdown 3 is able to have “20 times the processing power” by offloading processing details to the cloud, which seems like an incredible tech achievement. 100% destructible environments will only be in multiplayer however, as they may be too game-breaking in single player.

Multiplayer for Crackdown 3 is due out Summer 2016, with a single-player release date yet to be confirmed.

Pro Skater, Amateur Graphics?

After it’s debut at E3, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 came under scrutiny due to it’s graphics being sub-par. Developer Robomodo was obviously listening to complaints, as it announced an entirely different art style at Gamescom.

While a cell-shaded approached has worked well for games like Borderlands/Telltale’s The Walking Dead, it’s new turf for a game like Pro Skater. Even though they’ve changed the art style, people still seem to dislike it. Here’s hoping the gameplay makes up for it.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 is out 29th September on PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360. (With PS3/Xbox 360 lacking online features)