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.
Rock Band + Band in a Box = £80. Thank you GAME!
My brother and I are starting up a Tour under the clever name of “The B Sides”, starring myself as lead singer and him as top-notch drummer! Global domination is coming slowly but surely with the purchase of our Tour Bus and growing fan population! Rock Band has partially solved our many long and empty days.
Playing in a band is good fun.. but it’s only half the game. I started two solo careers; Guitar and Drums both on Hard thinking everyone knows the huge difference in difficulty between Rock Band and Guitar Hero (of which I can manage a Medium career), but playing through on Medium career on Rock Band is so painfully slow and dull. Unfortunately, Hard is still a huge step up on Rock Band and the orange button still continues to elude me. My hand just isn’t quick enough and gets all confused! I completed the first five songs or so.. and then decided it was time to revert back to Medium. The same happened with my Drum career. Ultimate fail. So I’m playing through on Medium. Which won’t get me those hardcore cool points but I’m having more fun with it. Sure, it’s really not that difficult but I have a clever plan.. complete career on Medium and then when I am super awesome at playing Guitar/Drums.. level up and play Hard!! Fool proof.