This year sees an all new show arriving in London - the European Games Network - directly rivalling the long-established ECTS, and backed by the industry body ELSPA. There's also GameStars Live running alongside EGN, offering the public an opportunity to see forthcoming titles months before their release.


Earls Court and ExCeL in London


As ever with event previews, it's hard to be sure exactly what will be on show until the doors open - we've pieced together the clues and announcements to showcase some of the likely highlights from each event.

ECTS
Trade show, running September 1st to 3rd, at Earls Court in West London.

ECTS is looking as though it's going to be considerably smaller than recent years, with more of the big names making their way to ExCeL in the Docklands for the ELSPA-backed show. This does however still give the opportunity for some of the smaller companies to stand out from the crowd and show what they have to offer - particularly developer tools, games industry services such as disc repair systems and distributors.

Cyberium
Selection of "Family Friendly" Games
Dynamite X

Evilstorm Games
The Dragon's Children

Korea Game Institute
Korea is becoming a big name in gaming, and each year a selection of Korean developers and publishers showcase their best titles - often with a few gems which make their way over to Europe in the following months.
Khan
Shot online
Herrcot
Spell Mage
Heros of Three Kingdoms : Endless Battle
Field of Tactics
Queen's Cup Classic, Beat Board

Samsung World Cyber Games
UK finals of the World Cyber Games.

Tapwave
Tapwave Zodiac handheld gaming device
Selection of games for the device

GameStars Live
Public show, running September 1st to 5th, at ExCeL in London's Docklands.

Acclaim
Juiced

Activision
Doom III
Call of Duty
Shrek 2
Spiderman
Star Wars: Battlefront
Tony Hawks Underground 2
X-Men

Atari
Axis and Allies
Duel Masters: Colblat
Forgotten Reals: Demon Stone
Rollercoaster Tycoon 3
Shadow Ops: Red Mercury
Sid Meier's Pirates
Terminator 3: The Redemption

Eidos
Championship Manager 5
Crash n Burn
Get On Da Mic
Imperial Glory
Shellshock: Nam '67
Snowblind

Electronic Arts
Burnout 3: Takedown
Fifa Football 2005
GoldenEye: Rogue Agent
Madden NFL 2005
NBA Live 2005
NHL 2005
Tiger PGA Tour 2005
The Sims 2
The Urbz
Total Club Manager 2005
Timesplitters - Future Perfect

Gizmondo
Gizmondo handheld gaming device

Just Flight
C-130 Hercules
Traffic 2004
Trainz Railway Simulator 2004: Passenger Edition

Konami
Pro Evolution Soccer 4
Dancing Stage Fusion
Karaoke Stage

Microsoft
Halo 2
"Best of Xbox" area.

Nintendo
Animal Crossing
Donkey Konga
Mario vs Donkey Kong
Mario Golf Advance Tour
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
Paper Mario 2
Pikmin 2
Pokemon FireRed/LeafGreen
Super Mario Ball
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
GameBoy Advance SP - Tribal and Pink designs

Nokia N-Gage
Pocket Kingdom: Own the World
Pathway to Glory
The Elder Scrolls Travels: Shadowkey
SSX: Out of Bounds
Call of Duty
Colin McRae Rally 2005

Ubisoft
Brothers in Arms
EverQuest 2
Final Fantasy XI
Playboy: The Mansion
Prince of Persia 2
Rocky Legends
Star Ocean Till the End of Time
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory

VU Games
Men Of Valor
Fight Club
Chronicles of Riddick
Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude
Tribes: Vengeance
Spyro: A Hero's Tail
World of Warcraft

EGN at ExCeL
Trade show, running September 1st to 3rd, at ExCeL in London's Docklands.

The European Games Network is likely to mirror many of the products which are on show to the public in the GameStars Live show, but also sees a few more companies exhibiting and may well see other new games which are not yet on show to the public.

Digital Jesters
Chaos League
D-Day
Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Silver Earring
Trackmania Sunrise
Plus two other un-announced titles

Hip Interactive
Garfield
Pariah
Stolen

In2Games/Gametrak
Gametrak Controller
Dark Wind
Baseball
Basketball
Golf
Flying
Shooting

VU Games
Evil Genius
Half-Life 2
World of Warcraft

Zoo Digital
Monopoly
Smashing Drive
Dead to Rights
Racing Gears Advance
Payback

Coverage from all three shows
GamesPaper will be at all three shows during the week, and will have any breaking news on our Newswire which is on the front of the site, and full coverage from the shows will continue in to next week with our opinions on the best (and worst) games on show.

Our cameraphone-based GamesPaper direct service also makes a return this year, after proving highly successful at ECTS 2003, and will give viewers to the website a chance to see the show in pictures - all as it happens.