September 13, 2012

What’s on at Eurogamer Expo 2012

This year’s Eurogamer Expo, running from the 27th – 30th September in London, is the second major trade fair in Europe since Gamescom back in August. Although it doesn’t draw as large an attendance figure over the 4-day event, which last year drew 34,500 visitors, the organizers are proud to welcome some of the world’s most talented developers and feature some of the most anticipated games which are coming up for release this year and into 2013.

There is plenty to see and do on the show floor and this year gives you the chance to play a range of games including:

Assassins Creed III
Borderlands 2
Call of Duty Black Ops
Crysis 3
Dead or Alive 5
Dead Space 3
Doom 3
Halo 4
Resident Evil 6
Metal Gear Rising Revengeance
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Tomb Raider

There is a full list of all the games being featured at Eurogamer 2012 on their website.

There are also developer sessions which span the entire event, these sessions kick off on Thursday 27th September with Frank O’Connor, 343 Industries Creative Director, talking about Halo 4. You will get a chance to hear exclusive updates and also raise your own questions to the faces behind the games.

If that’s not enough you can also check out the games industry fair which takes a look at how you can get develop a career in gaming, play in the indie games arcade, or attend one or more of the various social events that are going on over the 4 day event – whether you want tournaments, meet-ups or cosplay there is something for you at Eurogamer 2012.

If anyone happens to be going along do let us know, I should be there on Friday 28th September. Anyone who follows me on Twitter will know that I booked Eurogamer and then my sister asked me to go to a wedding fair on the same day. But it turns out that both are happening at Earls Court (different exhibition halls)… I’m taking this as a sign!

August 20, 2012

Highlights of Gamescom 2012

Last week marked the 4th Gamescom to be held in Cologne, Germany, the world’s biggest trade fair and event highlight for interactive entertainment attracting more than 275,000 visitors. If you’ve been following the news coming out of the convention this year and want to be part of the action, the next Gamescom will be held from the 21st to the 25th August 2013. But before we start thinking ahead lets look back at just some of the highlights from last week.

Announcements and Reveals

  • The opening cinematic for Mists of Pandaria was presented at Gamescom setting the scene for the expansion release on 25th September 2012.
  • Russian League of Legends team Moscow 5 defeated SK Gaming winning a best of three series 2-0. This win means that they pick up $30,000 in prize money and will be guaranteed a place in the League of Legends World Championships alongside Raidcall who have also qualified.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified gameplay was revealed during Sony’s press event, as was Black Ops 2’s multiplayer gameplay during the week.
  • Hitman: Absolution revealed a new online challenge mode called ‘Contracts’ which enables the player to set targets to be assassinated for themselves and their friends.
  • Sony revealed a number of titles during its press conference including: Rain (a PSN exclusive), Tearaway (PS Vita) and Puppeteer (Sony Japan).
  • EA revealed that upcoming Command & Conquer Generals 2 has become the new Frostbite 2 engine-powered Command & Conquer, new and F2P.
  • Revengeance is the first brand new entry in the Metal Gear series since Metal Gear Solid: Peacwalker was released for the PSP in 2010.
  • Capcom were up first on gamescom press conference duty and unveiled details and a trailer of cyberpunk action game ‘Remember Me’.
  • Capcom unveiled more details of the first person alien shooter that will run on the Unreal Engine 3, Lost Planet 3.
  • EA revealed Crysis 3’s multiplayer hunter mode.
  • Sony announced its ‘Cross-Buy’ platform that means if you purchase the PS3 version of a game you will get the Vita version for free.
  • Sony announced that its PlayStation Mobile platform is landing on more devices including the Wikipad 3D.

Games we want to play now

Remember Me
You control Nilin, an amnesiac ‘memory hunter’, through the streets of Neo-Paris in the year 2084. Nilin’s former employer, Memoryeyes, erases her memories to neutralize her, she must discover why and how to restore them.

Assassins Creed III
Set in Colonial America, the Assassin-Templar has become involved in the American Revolution. You are Connor Kenway, drawn into the fight against tyranny when your home is attacked by colonists.

Hitman Absolution
The fifth in the Hitman game series, 47 is betrayed by those he once trusted and now hunted by the police, he finds himself at the center of a dark conspiracy and must embark on a personal journey through a corrupt and twisted world, in his search for the truth.

Medal of Honor: Warfighter
The game is the direct sequel to Medal of Honor. Players will continue to control Tier 1 Operators through various scenarios, including rescuing hostages in Abu Sayyaf’s stronghold in the Philippines, and assaulting Al-Shabaab’s Pirate Town on the Somali Coast.

Call of Duty Black Ops 2
The protagonist of Black Ops, Alex Mason returns as the protagonist in the Cold War section, where he will be fighting in proxy wars for the United States in the Cold War. Known locations for this section of the game include multiple sites in Central America, Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion and Angola.

Gamescom was seriously huge, I have only covered a tiny fraction here. If you were following let us know your highlights and what you want to play right now.

August 17, 2012

Day 2 for TK at Gamescom

The temperature is up and so are the number of gamers at Gamescom on my second day. After arriving at the convention center, we are now expert level public transport users by the way, we were ready to hit the exhibitors once again after a quick stop to attempt some sort of wifi access. If I’ve had one issue with Gamescom it’s been the lack of wifi for the normal visitors, that did surprise me as it is such a huge center catering for on average 80 trade shows and 2000 conferences every year. We did eventually get sparse access, I looked on the bright side however and decided that some access was definitely better than none. We noticed quite quickly that some more exhibitors had arrived last night and set up, explaining the few empty spots we saw yesterday. We dropped by the LG trailer cinema which was fantastic and a big plus to the event and LG also presented their range of 3D TVs, the clarity was outstanding, and their In-Plane Switching monitors. But today sticks in my mind for two things, firstly wherever I seemed to turn I ran into a new kind of war game, wargaming.net were very prevalent with World of War Planes and World of Tanks, there was also Arma from Gamestar.de, and two new games from Nexon: Navy Field 2 and Shadow Company. Secondly, you only had to walk across to the next stand and you would most likely hear someone yelling loudly from a stage about free t-shirts, ‘do you want a free t-shirt’, ‘scream if you want a free t-shirt’, ‘come up on the stage for your chance to win a free t-shirt’… You get the picture, but it was all good fun and you could definitely come away with plenty of t-shirts!

I’ll be flying home tomorrow, but I’ll be keeping an eye on any new happenings here in Germany, probably more effectively as I won’t be quite as distracted. To be honest I’m itchy to get a bit of gaming done, there are now so many games I really want to play that I never thought I would before Gamescom. This trip has been amazing, thanks for having me Germany!

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