Who’d have thought sitting all day playing games would be so exhausting? I sure didn’t. And I don’t mean a normal gamerwhore session. I’m talking about the Eurogamer Expo 2009!! Nine hours of playing pre-release and new-release games and chatting up developers and reps. It was alot of fun. Let me explain..
It was the second day of the Leeds expo. We’d queued for maybe only half an hour. And we were let loose into a room full of Xbox and Wii pods and giant TVs with that other console attached to. We played games such as Avatar, AvP, Rabbids go Home, MAG and Blue Toad Murder Files. We also went to a Splash Damage talk on their new game Brink and made friends with some guys who work at Ubisoft over paninis. Unfortunately I had a full-on geek attack in front of them, but they seemed to like us anyway. Being a games programmer wannabe too, I talked to some guys from Ubisoft Reflections on getting placements in the industry and they were wonderful and lovely and helpful! It was a lovely and exciting experience!
Chantelle’s Top 5 Eurogamer Expo Games
1) Assassin’s Creed 2
Apparently the demo we were playing was a few months old, so our new Ubisoft friends didn’t think it was as awesome as what the final build is (yeah they’ve already been playing it). But after waiting for ages to play it I totally loved it! The free-running was very similar to AC1, but there was absolutely nothing wrong with that! The fighting followed the same principle, but the new weapons and disarming ideas were fantastic! I saw Ezio disarm a guard with an axe and then planted it straight in his balls. Awesome. Then I managed to break it. Ezio fell through a patio and kept falling, and falling.. and falling. Whoops. But I got to have a second play through because of it!
I also got shouted at for taking a picture of it. Tee-hee.
I received Assassin’s Creed two years ago for Christmas. I had fallen in love with it before it was even released so I set the standard pretty high. I wasn’t disappointed. At the time I was writing an A Level History essay on the Third Crusade as well, which added to my excitement. I remember spending all day playing it.. I even missed playing in the snow for Altair. But after I completed it I never picked it up again. Until now!
With the release of Assassin’s Creed 2 constantly on my mind I decided to replay through the storyline. And in the process collect all the flags and kill all the Templar’s. No small task when there’s 420 flags and 60 Templar’s. Well those little flags have become exceptionally tedious to me. But after three days game play and completion I’ve only got 100 flags and 30 Templar’s left to find in the Kingdom. I’m going to save that for a little while.. I’m seeing flags in my sleep.