I have to admit to being a bit of a cheat here- in addition to the brief 15 mins spent playing BF4 at Eurogamer, I have enjoyed the opportunity to play the early access open beta at home for a couple of evenings too.
As the global gaming community is all too aware, we are in a new console year. Eurogamer Expo was completely sold out this time around, and anticipation for the new hardware was obviously at fever pitch across the show floor. For the big manufacturers and publishers then, it was a key opportunity to tout their wares, and Sony were undoubtedly one of the most dominant players on the floor. From their classy stand design through to the well-balanced variety of games on display, Sony delivered where others seemed lacklustre in comparison. Continue reading
After the relative disappointment of Assassin’s Creed III, the last main line offering in Ubisoft’s parkour/assassination historical series, a lot is riding on this next adventure. Taking the naval elements from AC3 and running with them, going full bore pirate in the process, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag could either rejuvenate the franchise or send it further into gaming ignominy. Continue reading
Gravelly voiced slightly gothic hero? Check. Maniacal super villain with Janet Street-Porter’s teeth? Check. Improbably over-muscled bemasked super villain? Check. Belt laden with enough unlikely gadgets to make Sam Fisher cry with the unfairness of it all? Check.
So first up to run the E3 conference gauntlet this year was Microsoft. Their first showing was from Konami with a gameplay video of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Showing the impressive Fox Engine off, it showed the new open world with Snake traversing the land on horseback. Real time weather effects looked impressive and hold the potential to open up new gameplay avenues. Looks like both the CQC and stealth techniques have been improved greatly, appearing to make this new entry smoother to play than Metal Gear of the past. It’s a fantastic start to this year’s show; let’s hope it continues at this level.
At Eurogamer 2012, I went hands-on Bethesda’s upcoming dark revenge title Dishonored. The game is a welcome throwback to the glory days of Deus Ex and Thief, mixing aspects from the stealth, FPS and survival horror genres in this steam punk dystopia. Continue reading
After what feels like an eternity of waiting, I finally got my hands on Xcom: Enemy unknown and I were impressed. Now as per usual I’m not going to give away any of the storyline but I will give a look into the mechanics of the game. Continue reading
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This game was a surprise edition to Eurogamer for me, having heard nothing of it before hand I felt intrigued and compelled to see what it was all about. Continue reading
Halo 4 was my first point of call at Eurogamer, as much a result of my own anticipation as the desire to maximise the early access ticket and beat the inevitable queues. Teasers, screenshots and videos have long since been available from the 343 studios marketing machine, building up a feverish expectation concerning the new Halo offering – a new enemy, a new story and new weapons (toys!) to flesh out a fresh game starring the coolest gravelly voiced protagonist since Solid Snake. Continue reading