After playing Sony’s, Microsoft’s and Nintendo’s games on Day One & Two, on Day Three I checked out the Third Party along with what could be the future of gaming, ohh and I meet some guy called Shuhei Yoshida.
The first game I played on Day Three was Destiny: The Taken King which I wasn’t going to play as the queues have been very long and it’s out but when I passed it at about 10.15am they were short of people to make up the team for the strike.
So I thought why not play it as I could win DLC & a T-Shirt if on the winning team, and I was on the winning team. What I was surprised about after not playing Destiny for ages and when I did, I started to get bored of it but I really enjoyed what I played that I might even go back to Destiny and play the first two expansion packs.
I then wondered towards the 18+ section but just outside it was Dragon Quest Heroes The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below which I’m looking forward to after playing Hyrule Warriors last year, to play more of the Musou games genre but the well-known Dynasty Warriors which DQ & HW are based of haven’t really applied to me.
When I got to DQ: H no one was playing it which does make me a bit sad as allegedly we have to buy DQ: H to get other Dragon Quest games over here in the west, that if no one wants to play it at games show which everything else has a line, will anyone want to buy it soon.
On the actual game it was very similar to Hyrule Warriors but with more team aspects as you can witch characters on the fly, I played both levels available as I had plenty of time to check it out.
The boss fight in it had a time limit which I didn’t realize in till the last 30secs and I missed out on getting the kill by about 5secs as my last power attack didn’t quite hit in time.
As you might be able tell, I enjoyed my time with it. I moved on from there into the 18+ section where I got to play Homefront: The Revolution as it was the shortest queue and not game I think many will be hyped for unlike the other games in the 18+ section.
The Homefront demo was the same one shown at E3 but you could tell this was an early build with the occasional freezing, texture issues and the sort of leader of the resistance hair going from brunette to ginger whilst you moved her head.
Also it wasn’t that special to play, just head to checkpoint kill dudes then go to any checkout you wish and drive a motorbike whilst doing it.
Talking of shooters whilst some of you at home playing the BETA of Rainbow Six: Siege, I was as well and this was great as got to play a best out five, but we actually won 3-0. I can’t wait to play more of the BETA with a group of people I know.
Straight after Rainbow Six, I got a text saying it was my time to go checkout the HTC Vive VR at the Nvidia stand as it was easier to get an appointment with them over Steam.
When I got there I was invited into a room which had the Vive in the middle, a headset and two PlayStation Move or Wiimote type things. I put the Vive on then the headset, then Natalie the lady that I was booked in with voice came over the headset and explained what was going to happen, the screen on the Vive went all black then suddenly went to a white room which I could then see by looking at the floor the two Move type things which I was told to pick up. After I did, I could make a balloon with and the other to whack it; this was pretty basic stuff and not the impressive after doing that for a minute or two. The screen black again then loaded up a shipwrecked under the sea which I could walk around on, look over the edge to the dark abyss of the sea and fish passing me by. Then suddenly came swimming from the distance something moving towards me on the boat a blue whale who swam up pretty close then of into the distance. Again the black after this which loaded up a painting demo where in my left hand was a sort of box and with my right I could pick what type of brush I was going to use then just paint in front of me, this like the balloon was okay.
Then came what on paper sounds rather boring a real life kitchen (well it was more cartoon style) but this was sort of the most interactive as I had to walk about the kitchen to make the meal, I was instructed to make by walking to the fridge putting out either hand and opening the door, picking up the eggs then walking over to the pan I had to use to cook the meal to put in the oven which again I had to open slide the meal in. Once I did that the black screen came again and loaded a sort of office, which then over the headset came announcement within the demonstration that I had to open some draws. I opened them up one by one being told I picked the wrong one each time, then a message came over that I had to repair something. I had to walk over to this lever to lent in this damaged robot from Portal which I had then repair by opening its front and pulling parts of it to try to find the fix which I couldn’t of course find then the sides of the room fell down, that I was now in this open space which I could look down and it seemed a long way but GLaDOS was there to reassure me.
That was it as Natalie came over the headset saying time was up and came and took the headset, Vive of me. I found this be amazing and could be the future of gaming and the nearest we can get to the Holodeck from Star Trek as that was what it was almost part from you have to wear all this stuff and you’ll be limited to the amount of room you can walk around in, if at home.
My next stop was what now seemed boring VR with The Assembly which was using the Oculus Rift which I just sat down and was taken through the level as my character in game was strapped down and lot of the VR stuff I’ve played & it’s quite a few things now have been more experiences then games. Something like Battlezone which I played on day one made sense as a game as I’m driving a tank and I need a controller to steer the rank and shoot over tanks but would I want to play The Assembly with a controller if I do it might be fully walking sim which you don’t actually do any walking just watch it all.
After all that fun I went to my one and only Developer Sessions in which Shuhei Yoshida the President of Worldwide Studios SCE who did 20 years of PlayStation Q&A with one of the guys from Eurogamer and the Audience which one lucky guy won a 20th Anniversary PS4.
Shu was amazing, and I’ve included here the video of it all and you can see for yourself how funny & passionate he is:
But he didn’t stop there as he did a meet & great at the PlayStation booth in which he signed one item, in which I got a Destiny poster signed as that’s all I had on me remotely PlayStation but a few others also had the same issue but someone got there PlayStation 1 signed also I got this photo and a cupcake.
The last game I played of Day Three was Star Wars Battlefront which I played at the PlayStation booth as one of the guys in the queue needed a partner as it was splitsceen CO-OP of the Horde type mode which was fine but it’s been done so many times now and with more than 2 Players which I think it just is even in what will be the full retail game.
As I played it I got a stamp on a card saying I played the CO-OP now if I go play the proper Multiplayer at EA and get a stamp for that I could enter into a prize draw to win Star Wars PS4, so I thought why the hell not as it sort of been the day of shooters.
Well it was good but like Horde mode it felt like it had been done before and the only cool thing was it was Star Wars and that was about it as otherwise it just felt like any other shooter.
As Day Three was on a Saturday, there was a after party which we, yes we as Luke “Buskalilly” Summerhayes made appearance but more on this in our special EGX Podcast coming soon.