Today was the first of four for me at EGX 2015, over the next four days I will be reporting back with what I’ve played on the day along with anything else at the event.
The first place I headed was to the PlayStation booth where I managed to get on Street Fighter V relatively quickly. I had played a bit of the BETA beforehand, this build had a few more character’s unlocked over the BETA but I stuck to Cammy, my opponent went for Ken who still seems odd with his new look.
The game then started and was over rather quickly, the first round I got destroyed the second was closer but still wasn’t good enough to take to round 3. I like the game but not sure due to my lack of skill on it, if it’s something I will pick up but certainly a great edition to the PS4 for fighting fans whom can pull of a hadoken with ease.
I then moved on to a remake but not one these simple HD re-releases people confuse with a remake but a proper one in Ratchet & Clank which is a remake of the first game as well as being based on the film coming.
There was two level options, I went for the first which was which on a train and pretty much heading to the front of it but as someone who’s never really played a R&C game, I was pleasantly surprised how good the platforming is also it’s stunning to look at. It’s gone from something that I might of picked up to a must buy now.
Rest of the PlayStation mainly consisted of games already out like Destiny yet this had to be one the longest queues but I think you could win some sort of DLC, Tearaway Unfolded, Until Dawn or the other big things there like COD: Black Ops III or Star Wars: Battlefront the queues seemed to go on for miles and seeing I played the COD: Black Ops III BETA and Star Wars getting one next month I decided not to check them out for now.
I did get to checkout an actual HD re-releases whilst I was there in Uncharted: The Nathan Drake collection which had a section of Uncharted 2 playable which was also playable on a PS3 in the 20th anniversary zone that you could have compared there and then what a upgrade there is. Uncharted 2 looked decent enough and was still fun to play.
One game I was looking forward to play at PlayStation was The Tomorrow Children but the screen for it was over, hopefully I can go back & see if it’s up & running.
My last thing there was to try PlayStation VR formerly Project Morpheus, this was a little different then the other things at the show as you had to book a slot to have a go, thankfully there was a no show that I got to have a go with a random game. I got to play Battlezone which is a sort of reboot of the Atari original from Rebellion, in the game you’re basically driving a tank with you sat in it with the VR headset giving a first person view out of the tank, along with an instrument panel in front. The games played with the DualShock 4 with fairly standard controls, it was decent enough to show what the PlayStation VR can do, which has an adjustable movement with a press of a button. Only thing is I did have one issue it took for the picture to focus for me once it did, I had no issues. I would like to check out the games there which include Capcoms The Kitchen which I’ve only heard great things about.
The next booth & the only other one I went to part from the merchandise stands was the Xbox ONE booth which I spent a lot of time in due to queues and a completion.
I headed first to the indie section which had a decent amount of games there including The Flame in the Flood which I didn’t notice until I was waiting to try the new elite controller. The one I played at the indie section was Cuphead which looks fantastic in its 1930 cartoon style but I’m not sure about it as an actual game as its just boss rush, yeah fighting a giant carrot is cool but it does seem to be more style over substance.
After that I tried the new elite controller coming as I was fascinated as how any controller can be £119.99 especially to someone who doesn’t like the Xbox One controller . I was shown all the parts and what you can do with them like map certain buttons to the paddles at the back and even adjust the triggers that if you were playing a shooter you could fire of a clip quicker this sounded good but what about in practice. The game demoed with the elite controller was Forza Motorsport 6 where the paddles on the back acted like flappy paddle gears in a car and as someone who is terrible at racing games that I always play using an automatic in game. So I was a bit iffy how I would get on and what the controller would be like, the short answer excellent the paddles worked how they should, I managed to change gear easily when I should and adjust the left trigger/brake to only needed to be touched to brake more heavily than normal. I still sucked at the game but I did really like the controller not £119.99 like it but I would consider buying one in a sale.
After playing those two games I got some cards and if I got all 6 of them, I would be entered into a draw to win one of those elite controller’s that I stuck around and queued for what seemed like 2 hours to play Halo 5: Guardians which was amazing. It was the warzone mode which will be how I will be playing multiplayer in Halo 5 as it has competitive & cooperative elements at the same time. The match started off with the red team which I was in capturing a base which had Prometheans in to take out after we did that, our base was set-up and we had objectives like take out this enemy or capture this point but so did the blue team.
That’s where the competitiveness comes in as red team we want to beat the blue team and capture the bases and kill the enemies which was both Prometheans & Covenant also in the warzone. I went off to kill one of the high value enemies and so did someone from the blue team, at the brief moment we worked together to kill the enemies before we turned on each other.
Doing these things also gives you points which level you up then you request supplies such as a new gun or vehicle, I managed to get to level 8 (I have no idea if this is good or bad) to call in a mech which was rather handy in taking out the blue team along with a legendary enemy worth 200 points.
We won the match, I enjoyed it so much that I would of said this was the best game I played all day in till, I went to checkout game number 4 at the Xbox booth in Rise of The Tomb Raider which only had a hours wait to play it.
But was it worth it! It was cinematic marvel just in those 20 odd minutes at the most with clever puzzles in an actual tomb which might be story driven instead of a side distraction like in Tomb Raider, just a shame it comes out on the same day as highly anticipated title that it’s likely to be overshadowed even if it does what it did in 20 minutes over 12 hours or so.
The remaining 2 cards were for RARE Replay which I already own & FIFA 16 which I’ve been playing via EA access, I didn’t stick around on RARE for too long but did play a half against someone on FIFA who was only there to get there 6th card.
That was my first day at EGX, tomorrow I plan to checkout Nintendo and the Rezzed Zone with its indie offerings.