EGX 2017 was a place full of wonder and enjoyment. I spent four days roaming the halls and playing various games before retiring to the Fight Zone and drowning myself in Street Fighter. Below, I have listed my personal Show Picks. These are the games that stuck out for me, have serious potential and were easy to recall when thinking of this list.
1: Detroit Become Human
It’s easy to dismiss David Cage’s latest due to his somewhat, intriguing take on Video Games. While not the greatest of writers, Mr Cage does seem to be pulling out all the stops for Detroit: Become Human with the 2000 page script he has written. Given the game is all about choice, this seems promising and it was evident in the demo version I played at EGX. The trial had so much to do in such short time, I had to play it twice just to see how my choices effected the outcome.
And you know what? I quite enjoyed it.
It’s difficult to tell at this stage due to that nature of the conditions I played it in, but right there and then, I was interested and focused on what I was doing. Not bored, not annoyed by the narrative or game play. I liked it and I’m fully aware that’s an unpopular opinion. But quite frankly, I don’t care. Off the back of that, I’m willing to give David another shot.
Prior to attending EGX, I had no idea of Dandara’s existence. To my pleasant surprise, I was introduced to a charming Metroidvania like with innovative controls, beautiful pixel art and a wonderful soundtrack. I was even more enthralled when I discovered that the titular character was based upon a real person. Defender of Palmares during the colonial period of Brazil, Dandara fought alongside men and women to protect the safe haven they held sacred. This game is of course a fantasy take on the tale of Dandara’s history where players will jump from surface to surface, fighting enemies and restoring order to a world in chaos.
3: Star Wars Battlefront 2
Playing Battlefront 2 was a given and there was no doubt in my mind I was going to enjoy it. I played the multiplayer escort mission that was shown off during EA Play earlier on this year and of course it was a lot of fun. Laser shots whizzed past my ears as I ran head long into battle in a pitiful attempt to score some points, just so I could play as Darth Maul (my boy!). It wasn’t meant to be however as someone had already picked him, leaving me to wallow in my own self pity. I still had fun though and if it’s anything like it predecessor, it will be one of the best shooters released this year.
4: Hidden Agenda
Now here’s a fun little game, brought to you from the mind’s behind 2015’s Until Dawn. Supermassive Games raised the bar when it comes to choice in games so their next effort would have to impress. This time, they’ve employed the use of PlayLink to make choices even harder when pitted against friends. Being a lone gunman at EGX, I had to sit with 3 strangers while we progressed through the opening level, voting when choices came up, secretly trying to complete a Hidden Agenda (get it?). With these guys it was a good jaunt and I can only imagine the how much better it’s going to be when I can play with mates.
5: South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Oh boy now this was uncomfortable to play in a crowded room full of people. I cautiously peered over each of my shoulders as I proceeded to play the ‘Lap Dancing Mini Game’ which involves my characters (yes a child), grinding up against an old man for information about a dancer with a penis tattoo. Yes everybody, this is South Park. Matt Stone and Trey Parker created gold with The Stick of Truth. They didn’t pull any punches with the humour and this time they’ve dialled it up to eleven! The Fractured But Whole is going to be excellent and if you’re into the franchise, you would be mad to miss it. The easily offended should stay clear of this one.
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