Sunday, 28 September 2014

EGX 2014... it's not E3.

EGX 2014 was this weekend and i went with some friends. A good day out. It greatly helped that we knew before hand that the Ealing Half Marathon was on the same day and that we hand plenty of time the days leading up to EGX to make new travel plans. unlike last year were we did not know and could not get to the station to get to Earls Court... Lucky that did not happen this year and so it was an easy journey there.



So What was there... Well a lot and at the same time not really much at all. I mean while there was lots of games from Destiny and Call of Duty to Batman Arkham Knight and The Witcher 3 and everything in between... But a lot of the games on show were out already or coming out in the next few weeks.... I was hoping to see something new and more of the things that will be out next year. Instead i was faced with games i can buy at the end of next week.... I was more than a little disappointed. And i really do not like the idea of having to wait up to one and a half hours just to see or play 10 minutes of a game. I would of liked to have taken my picture on the Destiny speeder bike but there was an hour que for that as well. The ground floor of the convention center was packed with people.


The biggist problem i had with this years EGX was the lack of new games. I want to get the downsides out of the way first so this does not become an negative review because i did and repeat DID enjoy myself...


Cons
I and already stated above that there was a lot of game and many of them were game that were out already or coming out in the next couple of weeks. So there was Destiny, Sacred 3 and Infamous First Light that is already out but then things like Mindcraft or Dota 2 and League of Legends... Ok those three i can kind of give a free pass to if there was something special happening around them like E-sports or something but i was not sure if there was or not. I think thee was something like that happening for League but not the others. I could be and probably am wrong but if i am then i am sorry. But my point is Destiny is already out and they had it there but they were not showing the new DLC (...downloadable content...) this just seemed to be a waste. And yes i understand why some may games are being shown that i can buy in less than seven days after the trade show but i just wanted to see more of what i can get at Christmas or in 2015. So when i had the the chance to see these game i just carried an walking. They had Halo the Master Chef Collection there but why not Halo 5... But that only made up a small part of the overall day. I must remember this is a small convention or trade show.... Nowhere near the size of E3 or PAX let alone Gamescon in Germany... 


Pros
So lets get to the good stuff. There was a lot to get excited about and thing i ned to add to the list of games i need to get. Halo the Master Chef collection looks like it's going to be all kinds of fun and though the Halo 2 Anniversary Edition Looks like a up-scaled Xbox 360 game i still can not wait to play it the lines were long so i didn't play it but just watching people play the multiplayer got me excited so that comes out in November so if i don't get it on day of release then it's going no my list for Santa.  Also There was Elite Dangerous that looked amazing... I guess i am going to have to upgrade the old PC for that game. Also Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD was playable and i really want that game the first HD game was done really well and i need to sit down and just play it so when the 2.5 HD comes out i and start playing that one... Evolve looks very interesting with its three on one combat. Another game that looks interesting but i need to look more into was Transformers Universe. A MMO Transformers games... could be good and it looks like fun but after the unimpressive and downright disappointing Transformers Rise of the Dark Spark I may give this a miss. I also saw a new trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles. I am very excited for this as i have been a fan of the Xeno games since Xenogears and Xenosaga. Then there was the Retro Games... Just like last year i spent most of the time there... Always a good selection of old school games and systems for us to play. Brings back happy memories of when i was a kid. in the 1980/90's.


SO in conclusion It was a good day we were there longer than last year. So there was a lot to see and do. Looking forward to next year and hoping that maybe they will have some new games... 
As for now i have a crazy October ahead and i will write about that next time as i really need to get that off my chest as i am not sure what i was thinking and how my wallet is going to cope....