Eurogamer Expo 2012 was amazing. It was just as amazing as GAMEfest and the previous two Eurogamer expos I attended. Did anyone really think any different? Don’t be silly. I travelled to London the day before to attend the Women in Games Conference with a friend from work and stayed an extra day for the expo. It’s the first time I was let loose by myself to wander around (I admit it, I got so distracted by all the shiny games I forgot to meet up with my friend), which was an interesting experience. I’m normally a pretty shy person, so I would normally let other people do the talking or just sit and wait my turn. But I actually found being a lone girl wandering around that the people running the booths would come over and talk to me more whilst I waited and occasionally snuck me into queues (ZombiU WOO!!). I didn’t play everything because some of the queues were INSANE. I don’t even want to know how long the queue was for Black Ops 2, but let’s face it.. there was no point queuing for that when we all know it’s going to be pretty similar to the CoD before that.. and the CoD before that.. oh, and the CoD before that. But I played everything I wanted to. Here’s a run down of my top five games I played..
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.
Chantelle’s jumping on the bandwagon. And loving it. Everywhere I’ve looked all I’ve seen is The Beatles: Rock Band. And who can blame us.. it’s an awesome game!! I’m not completely familiar with the Beatles unfortunately. I have a few of their albums and have mostly heard them blaring out of my brother’s room or in friends’ cars. But I do enjoy them! So much in fact that I got really excited over the release of The Beatles: Rock Band.
Come release day my brother was probably GAME’s only customer before 10 am. He played the game as soon as he got home, and completed the story mode not long after. I had to wait a little while however after embarking on a very long adventure on a quest for microphone stands! Eventually we purchased some awesome stands (complete with genius xbox controller clip) and began! Of course the wait was worth it. Not only was I able to play guitar whilst singing through my newly standing microphone, it’s an awesome game. Both due to the Beatles talent and good songs, and the new improvements to the actual game.
Sony. I’m not a fan. Not because I think the PlayStation 3 is a less superior machine, but because I’m not impressed with their range of games, anorexic controllers, and general manner. In an effort to win one over on Microsoft they’re delayed the release of Ghostbusters on the 360 in Europe, therefore making it exclusive to the PS3 (at least till October).
Well Sony.. HOW COULD YOU!? Do you have no soul?! I’m not going to go out and buy a PS3!
Whatever. That doesn’t matter. I foiled their evil plan. I am lucky enough to know someone who bought a copy from abroad, meaning I was able to get my own grubby little hands on it too! And wow.. I am so glad. Ghostbusters is a fantastic game. It’s not a long game.. I inadvertently hardcored my way through it and managed to complete it in about 7-8 hours. But I thoroughly enjoyed it! I’m really looking forward to a second play through!
It finally happened! I was chosen to be in the Mob on 1 vs 100!
I almost had a heart attack doing so.. but I was in the MOB!! Unfortunately, I panicked and got a question wrong.. the same question the One got wrong and missed out on winning a free arcade game (Zuma) and 400 Microsoft Points! Grr!! Which I wasn’t too pleased about.
I don’t know how I did it to be honest. I wasn’t even aware I had been chosen. It kicked me out of a game I was in with a friend, so I thought it was freaking out what with it being beta and everything. So as I signed back in, it came up and was all “Darth Telle: MOB”. I literally screamed!! There was my avatar jumping around in the Mob!! The questions for once were quite difficult as well! It was just a shame it was when I was in the Mob!!
The fateful question was “Which is a bird?” I can’t remember the other options, but the correct answer was Mao.. which I had an inclination it was. Goodness knows why.. but it was the only one I recognised. Unfortunately I was too unsure and chose another option which was completely wrong. I’m absolutely gutted!! But there’s hope yet! If I’ve managed to get in, there’s huge chance everyone else can!!
I shall be trying again next week.. holding out hope that I can be in once more.. but hopefully with better results!! Fingers crossed!!
Well as you all know, August 11th marked the new 360 Dashboard update. We were promised many new shiny things such as Games on Demand, the avatar marketplace, an improved party system, user ratings.. and a whole bunch of other stuff. I was mildly excited.. I quite enjoy new updates. Unfortunately I haven’t noticed much of a change. A few things here and there have been a nice improvement, but overall it all seems a bit overrated. Maybe I just haven’t explored enough?
My first example being the avatar marketplace. Because I enjoy nothing more than dressing my virtual self up in pretty dresses or nothing but a raincoat, I was looking forward to the possibility of expanding my wardrobe. A lightsaber?! I can’t imagine anything better to complement Darth Telle’s attire! But wait.. 400 Microsoft Points? WHAT?? That’s half an arcade game! That’s £3.40 real money! For a lightsaber?! Well that’s disappointing. I’d rather spend my points on an arcade game. What makes a lightsaber (or Q-Tip (wtf btw)) for my avatar worth that much money? Will I be able to use it in a game? It won’t even show up on my Xbox.com profile page. So as far as I can tell, the new props are completely cool, and totally useless. The clothes and costumes as well, are incredibly cool (Splinter Cell outfit? Yes please!), but are all incredibly overpriced. I am fairly disappointed. Especially seen as no new free avatar clothing will be available.
I love you Valve. Everyone had their doubts.. but I had faith. That’s right, Valve have announced the first REAL DLC for Left 4 Dead (by real I mean hard-cash-paid-for-new-content-REAL)!! I am extremely excited. As much as I can’t wait for Left 4 Dead 2, I am not ready to give up on the original characters just yet. I have bonded after many hours of gameplay with Zoey, Francis, Louis and Bill.
So a little background; the new DLC is called “Crash Course” and is meant to bridge the gap between the campaigns ‘No Mercy’ and ‘Death Toll’. The main purpose is to give players an awesome Versus experience (which is a good game mode.. but not what I play for), and is also playable on Survival and Campaign mode (YAY)! Valve say it’s meant to be a straight up 30 minutes game play and the AI director has been tinkered with. Well it’s available in September and it’s going to cost 560 MSP, or £4.76 in human currency.