With every gaming event that takes place, there are ups and downs. Those moments that made you cringe, and those that caused you to break into a hot sweat of excitement. Here are my personal favourite and least favourite moments of Gamescom 2015:

The Best

Scalebound Gameplay

I have been watching Scalebound since its debut back in 2013, and to finally see some gameplay just made my day. We got to see a sword fight take place on a beautiful terrain next to your massive dragon. Then a huge creature jumped from the cliff above and shook the ground. An intense battle resumed as the player transformed into a half-dragon half-human creature, and dealt the final blow. The trailer then ended with a c4 player co-op teaser which showed  players with different looking dragons.

Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 looks fun

As a huge Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare fan, to see three brand new playable plants with all their abilities in all their pretty plant form was really a show-stealer for me. EA also announced that the game will have a solo mode, so gone is the online-only mechanic that we had to stick to on the original game. The presentation gave us a look at the BackYard Battleground where players all around the world will meet up and socialise, undertake missions, and even forms parties before heading into a match.

Xbox One Backward Compatibility

When Microsoft announced the Xbox One Backward Compatibility back at E3 it broke the internet, but at Gamescom they finally gave us a date to when the public would be playing their Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One. Microsoft revealed that come November, over 100 titles will be playable on the Xbox One, and everyone will have access to the program. To add the cherry on top, they also revealed that starting in November, every Xbox 360 Games with Gold title will be supported on the Xbox One, so Xbox Gold members will get all 4 titles instead of two.

Quantum Break Release Date

April 5, that is when you will be able to get your hands on Quantum Break. The game has been quiet for some time now with its initial reveal back on the Xbox 360. It was great to see a full fledged gameplay trailer and finally get a solid release date for one of Microsoft’s biggest exclusives.

The Worst

The Sims 4 on Stage Fiesta

We know the Sims is a great causal game. You can do whatever you want, party, drink, sleep around, be random, but that does not mean that you need to bring the game into real life. During the EA conference, right after the announcement of the Sims 4 expansion pack, The Sims 4: Get Together, a party broke out on stage that saw a dozen people dancing around like complete lunatics. There is a time and place for that, it may be never, and nowhere, but it was extremely unnecessary.

Halo 5 Commentary

Having two eSport commenters come on stage during a press event and commentary to a video clip that was probably recorded two weeks prior to the press event was just sad. We know that eSports is a huge thing, and we know that Halo 5 will be a huge eSports game, but it all came across as extremely cheap. We have gone from pre-recorded “live” sessions on stage, to re-recorded “live” sessions on stage with cheesy commentary.