EGX London 2019
Another year and another EGX done! Every year I prepare myself mentally and physically and somehow I still cannot comprehend how quickly it comes and goes. This year may possibly even be my most enjoyable EGX experience to date. Most balanced, well rounded, fun, immersive experience and met so many wonderful people once again. This year it took place a little later than normal, October, and it returned to London which seems ideal as it is such an easy location to travel to. This time it was at the Excel Centre which is where Comic Con normally takes place and as a venue it was perfect. Despite being told it was a similar size to previous EGX events it seemed much simpler to navigate and walk through so that gets a huge thumbs up from me (and Andy).
Time to dive into games and experiences which Andy and I either got to try out or definitely caught our attention.
CyberPunk 2077 Experience
This was something new that I absolutely loved at EGX. It was a 45 minute live demo and talk of a section within the game. To take part in this, you grab yourself a wristband for a specific time slot of the 45 minute demo so you don’t have to waste time queuing up for hours. You just turn up a few minutes beforehand to your chosen time slot to then get let in. This works out far better when trying to plan the day and allow time to fit things in beforehand but not miss out on this experience. And I’m going to be 100% honest. I know there is so much hype with this game. And yes it looks incredible, sounds amazing and hello, Keanu friggin’ Reeves is in it!!!! What’s not to love. But despite all of this I wasn’t crazy about playing it straight away on release. It was something maybe to consider down the line as for me it did seem potentially slow and very involved. Well this experience changed my mind completely. I now cannot wait at all to get my hands all over this game and play it!! It is crazy all the detail regarding this game and how unique an experience it can be and the story has me hooked. I still cannot get over the aesthetics, the realistic and reactive look and vast world. The music is awesome and there is character customisation plus their class background and choices throughout the game play a huge part with your playthrough experience. I initially thought the fact that is seems so involved is a bit of a con, but now it is on the pro list for me. Want!!!
RELEASE DATE 16th April 2020
PLATFORM PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia, Microsoft Windows
Death Stranding Experience
Not quite the same impression as with the CyberPunk experience. What was slightly better was the organising of it, as all you had to do was download the Playstation app and pick a slot which meant you skip the middle man of grabbing a wristband first to sort that out. In regards to the actual experience it wasn’t the most comfortable and not the easiest to follow as it was a small, overheated room, with seats in rows. Andy and I were sat right at the back and as it wasn’t ascending we struggled to see the subtitles which were completely relevant as the voiceover was in a foreign language. So from my own experience, initially confusion, slightly lost interest, monotonous but did pick up a bit towards the end in regards to interesting story and gameplay. But I do feel as someone who would’ve liked to have learned more from this demo experience, it didn’t intrigue me enough and I left with more questions and uncertainty on getting the game. That’s not to say of course the game is no good. Just wasn’t the best portrayal and experience.
RELEASE DATE 8th November 2019
PLATFORM PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
Couldn’t resist sitting down and giving this one a go as soon as I saw it. Think of surgeon simulator, but in this instance you are a hand going on dates and depending on what you do or do not achieve will determine the outcome of the date. It also slightly reminded me of Overcooked as you get goals that pop up that you need to get done within a set time before they run out. It is such a fun and funny idea and game. My experience, I ended up having a very expensive date as I had to reorder many things to complete my tasks, and I don’t even think I got to eat anything as I was too busy hand feeding my date. I did get 3 out of 3 stars though! I must’ve done something right with my table etiquette. Really good idea of potentially disastrous first dates and even stream worthy so keep an eye out for this on our live streams and see how good we are as a dating hand. There are multiple levels or “dates” and therefore many different scenarios. Dynamics change as well depending on location, which adds another level of difficulty to the date (e.g. set on a boat which rocks making it tricky to pick up items). You can customise your hands as well as an added touch. Super enjoyable and a real good laugh!
RELEASE DATE Early 2020
This game was a lot of fun to play with Andy. Twin stick coop that took 3 months to make. You definitely need to work as a team to defeat the enemies as they need to be in the light to take damage, but you cannot use the flashlight and shoot at the same time so need to switch roles when one is reloading or the other is out of battery. As of yet no plans for release but hopeful to catch it again in the future.
RELEASE DATE N/A
This game I had caught glimpses of before EGX so this was one I had to check out. Something about it definitely drew me to it. It may be the beautiful art style and world, cute idea and concept, easy to pick up and play. Whatever it is, I have it on my list as future games I would like to own. Lovely for young gamers too. It is essentially an action-adventure game set in such a visually captivating world where you play as Ash, a young bullied teenager who discovers his ability to turn his bleak, polluted surroundings into a vibrant, colourful place brought to life.
RELEASE DATE 8th October 2019
PLATFORM PlayStation 4
Gave this a little go. I was obviously rubbish at it as it nods back to old (retro) side scrolling, platform-adventure games such as Castlevania (but with slightly more detailed graphics). This was right up Andy’s street so he played it for quite a bit longer and made it look so easy. Fun enough game. Nostalgic yet modern. It is at its core a metroidvania action-platformer with aspects of hack-n-slash along with a strong narrative and creepily horrific aesthetic will keep you interested.
RELEASE DATE 10th September 2019
PLATFORM PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Linux, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh operating systems
For sure had to go check this out as Andy and I have not only played and live streamed the first game but absolutely loved it! And they’ve managed to make another game of it but better!! You now get to play together in coop and they included support for SUBPACs (https://subpac.com/) during the demo which definitely elevated the whole experience. Not to mention of course the team were absolutely wonderful and so lovely to chat to. One member even remembered us from our stream of their first game which was such a personal and lovely feeling to meet them in person and chat about that. The only downside, it isn’t quite ready, and obviously you don’t want to rush something just for the sake of churning it out quick. So the team have said they will be working hard on it to create a complete package. YES, YES, YES guys, get on it and let us know when it is out as we will be all over that! Final note: I dare you to try and not bob your head as you play either Aaero game.
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So this happened to be “the game” for me from the Leftfield collection. So much so that I spent absolutely ages playing it and had to pretty much force myself to stop (ok it was closing time lol). No surprise Andy and I own it already as it is that kind of game to enjoy chilling out on an evening, or bringing on holiday, or pass the time commuting. It’s a wonderful puzzle based game where you need to get a blob from the start of the puzzle to the end but of course there are certain moves that need to be done in order to do so and that’s where the brain power comes in. I love a puzzle game that can challenge me and I love to have one amongst my collection of other games to mix things up a bit. Absolute little gem in Leftfield, which goes to show you never know what you might find in the smaller, “less popular” sections of EGX. Don’t overlook it.
RELEASE DATE 10th October 2019 on iOS, (early 2020 on Steam & Android)
PLATFORM Microsoft Windows, mobile Android & iOS
Zombie Army 4: Dead War
Fantastic fun! Got to try this one out with Andy and as soon as I heard Strange Brigade it peaked my interest as that is a game I love. So same as with that game, work together to fight the hordes of zombies, choose your weapons wisely and witness some super cool slow mo damage shots. 1-4 player campaign set in 1940s Europe. The teams behind Strange Brigade and Sniper Elite came together to create this game so it has elements of both that cater to those of us who love good sniper tactics (Andy) and those of us who just run in blind guns ablazin’ hoping the shotgun we have equipped will be all we need (yes 200% me) which to be honest makes the best kind of team as it allows one to draw out the zombies while the other can sit from a safe distance and take them out, bringing out the best qualities in the team. Perfect! Don’t worry though you can revive your downed teammates just in case one goes a little too far with their boldness and bravery in the thick of it. But if it is too late there are checkpoints so you don’t miss out on too much fun. Not only is this a great game to play with friends but it has such a great look and feel to it. Who doesn’t like a good zombie shooting, butt kicking coop game!
RELEASE DATE 4th February 2020
PLATFORM PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Initially wasn’t quite too sure what was going on but by the time I finished the demo it made me curious enough to want to know more. A 2D exploration horror game, use your “third eye” ability in the vicinity to reveal things hidden in the mental world. At the end of the demo I wanted to find out more and put the pieces together.
RELEASE DATE 30th September 2019
PLATFORM Microsoft Windows
Once in a while it is a refreshing relief to just play a game that doesn’t take anything too seriously and is just meant to be fun and get people together to have a laugh. This game has that. Great with friends and family, this game you can choose to be the weirdest, wackiest characters riding down slopes on even weirder things like a bath tab, or a giant whale. Yep that’s right! And all whilst having a plunger, traffic cone or even (I believe) a turd on your head because why not. That alone made me laugh. What’s nice is it is a simple enough game that you can come up and just play without having to grasp much. The ragdoll physics always gets a fun reaction. And there are various terrains in which you have to ride down slopes to the finishing line. One thing I need to point out is that this game has in fact been made by a family. Each has their own role in creating the finishing product and actually they started from scratch after testing it out to the public last year and building it back up from all the feedback they got, which is amazing! Solo, or multiplayer, this game will be out next year on PS, Xbox and Nintendo.
RELEASE DATE 2020
PLATFORM PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
No Time to Relax
This game isn’t one Andy and I actually got to play but after watching some of it and getting to chat with the team it had to go on this list for sure. This life simulation game is the ultimate game of life where up to 4 players compete online or locally to have the most successful life. It took 18 months to make but the finished product has already received such positive feedback from the public and well established streamers too! There are various lengths of gameplay depending on how long you wish to invest timewise in it in any one sitting, but do be mindful it doesn’t save! You need to make wise choices in order to survive at what essentially is mundane life. A job, earning money, spending money etc. You learn what would be a wise decision and what may not necessarily help you in the long run. Currently in early access. For those of you who wish to give life choices another go and see how far you get, definitely give this a try!
RELEASE DATE 28th February 2019 (February 2020 on Nintendo Switch, March/April 2020 on Xbox One)
PLATFORM Microsoft Windows, Macintosh operating systems
Side-scrolling dungeon brawler is exactly how this game was sold to us and it is. Good fun, lovely graphics and from the short demo Andy and I got to play coop together it was quite enjoyable. Up to 18 characters are planned to be unlockable, each with their own distinct abilities. Currently on Steam wishlist and will be released on Steam in 2020.
RELEASE DATE 2020
PLATFORM Microsoft Windows
Now this caught my eye walking past and I felt the urge to jump on and see what this is all about. My only negative right now to be honest is that I found the cutscenes to be a tad too long for my liking but despite this I couldn’t bring myself to skip them as it is all story progression and my curiosity got the better of me. I did not want to put this one down and it is on my list of games to get. Classed as a third person action-adventure video game, it focuses on the Federal Bureau of Control, a secret U.S. government agency. Unearth what’s really been going on regarding phenomena that contravene the laws of reality as we know it. The game is intriguing, enough to get me on edge, confusing enough to get me thinking and I just want more. I want to know more, I want to play more and I want to experience more. So they got me hooked.
RELEASE DATE 27th August 2019
PLATFORM PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
10 Miles to Safety
Sit down and enjoy! Don’t panic, stay calm and figure out how to get to safety whilst surviving a zombie apocalypse. Ok so maybe I did a little more panicking than Andy (he obviously had no problems whatsoever lol) but this is truly a fun find. Recently released on Steam, top down “Diablo” controls, this 4 player online coop sees you wake up and have to find your way to the safety zone however it isn’t that simple, you need to not only survive the wandering dead but also find useful loot, ammo and harvest materials in order to build defences to give yourself any chance of making it 10 miles to safety. Not only that but at night time things get more interesting when the hunters come out to play. Due to the game scaling the more players in your merry band means more enemies so pick your team mates wisely. I already feel sorry for Andy. There are 6 environments/zones and also different class systems to choose from. This game was absolutely a lot of fun to play and I did get carried away but I couldn’t help but want to improve and do better every time I played. It is one of those games that’s great with friends but also just real good fun to play solo if you wish. Andy and I did get to chat quite a bit with the absolutely lovely team and get to know them and all I can say is well done guys, great achievement! Feel free to check out the game and be sure to catch me and Andy play this on a live stream in the not too distant future!!
RELEASE DATE 21st October 2019
PLATFORM Microsoft Windows, Steam
Found in the Rezzed section which is as you may know by now my favourite section to run around, this graduating piece sees you use kinetic powers in order to get through the puzzles and levels. It is a puzzle platformer that unfortunately neither Andy nor myself got to try out as we did run out of time, but it looks like a good “memory taxing” game. On top of that, it has to be said, that these games which take on average 6 months to put together (which already is a massive feat) due to unforeseen circumstances this particular game only got 3-4 months which makes it all the more incredible and an achievement in itself.
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Third person hack-slash boss battle type of game, I got Andy to sit down and play as I knew this was right up his alley, whilst I sat down to play Regression which I will get into shortly. In a fictional setting of a moon you fight dark souls and furies. On top of that, you get to explore which is an element not typically featured in boss battle games, so was included here to prove a point that it is feasible. It has received great feedback and Andy himself has stated that he thoroughly enjoyed it and wouldn’t mind seeing it as a full release one day.
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The final game I got to play at EGX and it definitely was a great one to end on! Completely my sort of game. Psychological thriller with brilliant atmospheric surroundings and a lovely balance of story and narrative, intrigue, creepiness and puzzles. Think Shutter Island, Stranger Things, Silent Hills sort of vibes. Already the look and feel of the game is great in the 7-8 months it took to make but it is still early and unfinished as it is currently a showcase piece. Regardless of this my brain couldn’t resist attempting to piece together all the clues and try to determine the outcome and ending already. I spoke with the wonderful team and have strictly told them to complete it and release a finished product as I would 100% get this and play it. Chances are most likely stream it too as who doesn’t love a good jump scare at my expense. Keep at it guys! I’ll be waiting.
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Food, Merch, Cosplay and more…
That’s it in regards to the games Andy and I got to experience. Some really great finds that have made the list. But believe it or not games aren’t the only attraction you’ll find at EGX. Cosplayers, merchandise, food stalls and much more. We got to witness some absolutely stunning and at times breath-taking cosplayers, especially during the competitions. On top of that meet some truly amazing people in the cosplay world, such as the cosplay duo from Ireland Team Emerald Cosplay (@teamemeraldcos) as well as the entertaining and super talented professional makeup artist and costume designer Lucky Grim (@luckygrim)! Absolute brilliant experience getting to have a good chinwag with them all and look forward to seeing them at future events for sure!! Another display that I dragged Andy to was the Geekesque (geekesque.co.uk) Fashion Show which I loved! Live DJ and a chance to see the merch they sell on models was a fun experience. I did leave buying some leggings :D.
Overall, an undeniably diverse and fantastic experience from start to finish with what EGX had to offer this year and we cannot wait for next time!