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.
Well as it happens, I seem to be getting a lot of hits with people trying to research Left 4 Dead: Crash Course. So I thought I’d try and answer some of the questions. My source of intel are various bits and pieces I’ve read all over the internet and heard through the distant chatter of Xbox Live.
1) Initially I was told Crash Course was coming out the beginning of September by the Valve twitter. No such luck. According to multiple sources AND Valve twitter.. it’s the 29th September. Fingers crossed it doesn’t fall through! I don’t know if it’s official.. but word must have come from somewhere!
2) Yes. I do believe there will be achievements coming with it as well. Unfortunately I only know what one of them (possibly) is; attain a gold medal on survival mode. That means last 10 minutes against waves and waves of zombies. Yes.. I’ve had to tackle two Tanks, Hunters, Smokers and millions of common infected all at once in survival mode. I screamed and was thrown into a wall. Bad times. It’s not easy. I don’t think I’ve even made it to silver before. That beast better be worth some hardcore G.
3) And in other zombie-related news.. come October 27th Valve are releasing a Left 4 Dead 2 demo!! I’m really excited about this as it’s going to be demonstrating the new melee system! I may have squealed when I heard about it!!
And there we go. Three small bits of information I hope keep you going for the next week. Mmm.. zombie killing.
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.
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.
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.