Formally known as Eurogamer, the HDIG team were lucky enough to attend the full 4 days of EGX 2014, and it was AWESOME! Let’s be honest here, HDIG has been very quiet recently and sure, that’s completely our fault, but I’m going to just blow over that fact and carry on as if nothing ever happened… cool?
So EGX 2014…
I don’t really know the best way of going about this post, but let’s start from the beginning.
So the first thing I noticed walking into EGX 2014 was the clear segregation between Xbox and Playstation with Nintendo somewhere near the front. As the day went on, it also became clear how competitive things got between the three console providers. With competitions going on throughout the day, there were sudden bursts of sound and cheering from each of the stands. It was pretty epic actually.
It’s difficult to say who won the show but I did end up spending most of my time around the Xbox stands, but that was for a good reason. As you may have seen in the image above, there are some cool trading cards – these were being given out by Xbox, but it was in exchange for something… not money, but PLAYING GAMES! What more could you want. Basically, you had to play eight games; Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Sunset Overdrive, Quantum Break (wasn’t playable – watched gameplay instead), Forza Horizon 2, Halo The Master Chief Collection, FIFA 15, Ori and the Blind Forest and Fable Legends. Anyway, to cut a long story short, by playing all of these games, you received the ‘Completionest’ card and if you’re lucky and MVP card. Once you have them all, you were entered into a prize draw to win the beautiful new white Xbox One (thought they were going to be for employees only!) Not bad eh?
So, the games – attempting not to be to Xbox biased, having spent so much of my time there, here are some of the games that I (and probably the team) would consider some of the highlights:
- Halo The Master Chief Collection (Xbox One) – For any Halo fans, this is an absolute must. We got to try the game and it is awesome. The graphics on the Xbox One just bring the games to life in the best way possible. The movement is so fluid and it just feels great. It’s the same great games but with a special touch for Xbox One. Coming in November (11th – US and 14th – UK)
- Super Smash Bros (Wii U & 3DS) – Already out on Nintendo 3DS and a Winter release for Wii U, Super Smash Bros seemed to still the show on the Nintendo stand. With daily competitions on the big screen, it looked like a lot of fun and a great game to play with friends. Don’t be too quick to shotgun Mewtwo as your character though, as unfortunately, he’s not due to make an appearance in the new game.
- Assassin’s Creed Unity (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – Coming to the UK on the 14th November, this is definitely a game worth getting excited about. Whilst the game wasn’t playable at EGX 2014, there was a trailer, a gameplay demo and a bit behind the scenes, and it looks great. It follows a new story and takes you to the romantic city of Paris where you can take to the top of Notre Dame and enjoy the view. The movement looks as fluid as ever and for me, the winner is that it remains back on land. I was never a fan of the sea warfare and would far rather be climbing buildings. For those of you now cursing me for not liking the ships and sea warfare, don’t fret as Assassin’s Creed Rogue is also coming out and this follows on from AC3 & 4, and yes, the sea warfare is still there!
I have purposely only picked 3 of the games featured but there are loads of great games coming our way between now and Christmas (yes, I mentioned the C-word, get over it!), and beyond that. But these are some of the games that got me excited. Others to consider include Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (out now!), Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (A lot of fun and plays well), Fable Legends (A different style to what you might be used to, but fun to play), The Evil Within (Very scary – not for the faint hearted), The Witcher 3, Alien Isolation etc etc etc.
EGX 2014 was a truly great experience and it was good to get a chance to play and see some of many games coming our way.