EGX Rezzed 2018 Highlights

I cannot believe it’s been a whole year since the last EGX Rezzed event and since my last blog of it. Seems like only yesterday. Well I guess I better let you know what it’s all about and how it went.

For those of you who still haven’t managed to pop down and experience Rezzed for yourself, it is basically a gaming event that shows off mostly indie developers projects. Some are out, some are still being tried and tested. You can come along, check it all out and even have a play yourself if you fancy it. There is a Leftfield collection which shows off some out-there, think outside the box type games. There are also more “well known/mainstream” games available on various platforms too. All in all a lot of fun! You can come and support BAFTA young game designers displaying their games as well. All of this takes place at the London Tobacco Docks, so word of warning, depending on weather it may be a little chilly to walk between rooms as the venue is quite open.

There’s also merchandise if you are inclined to treat yourself a little to the game related goodies that await. Noms are also available at the venue as it is stated not to bring your own food unfortunately and obviously coffee is also there which I found a must. 😛

The nice thing about Rezzed is that it is a small and intimate gaming event. It doesn’t have the chaos, hectic feel and overall bustle and body count that other gaming events do. So if you prefer that, this is for you.

Highlights

Time for some highlights:

So as I said there’s merch. Feel free to have a look, spend a little (or a lot) it’s entirely up to you. There are hoodies, bags, plushies, funko pop figures, games, collectables, light up balaclavas and even Viking horns (whatever tickles your fancy). I may or may not have left with a Horizon Zero Dawn hoodie >_<. Moving on to the food side of things there is some delicious hot food at the event but not a massive option if I’m honest. The various stands both sold the same items.

However, in the merch section there was a stand with really delicious fudge in all sorts of flavours AND I tried my very first snowy cone (I know, I haven’t lived). It was so delicious! Oh and obviously I went large with it as one should. 😛

Amazon were promoting their app store app and those who showed they had downloaded it on their android devices could jump into a big ball pit (my inner child was already screaming with excitement and impatience) and have 20 seconds to find a ball with a shimmery star on it to win a prize, which included games and tablets along with much more. Plus, you could go back and try as many times as you wanted. I had a couple goes but unfortunately I wasn’t that lucky. Oh well. All good fun still.
(May I just add the Amazon announcer/hype woman has very good taste as she stated how awesome a certain someone’s leggings were lol. Thank you. Oh, and yes the space buns were out in force again). 😀

Game Highlights

Time for the game highlights which I’m sure you are waiting for. Now Andy and I didn’t get to try out every single game of course but we did give a few a go and managed to sneak a peek at some more. SO here goes:

GRIP

A futuristic combat racer inspired by the Rollcage games from 1999/2000.

This game I found really easy to play if you don’t want fussy, complex controls. You can’t really go wrong! It’s super fun. I loved it. Online multiplayer game with 20 tracks plus x2 DLC tracks. There is a solo campaign mode too if you prefer. Really great spectator game as well. Currently Steam early access. (Andy is very much looking forward to this one!)

ONRUSH

Racing on the edge of control and risking everything in an effort to take the victory for your team.

In a nutshell that is the game. Just as much fun as GRIP but without the Rollcage aspect set in a more realistic environment. Both games are fun, fast paced, manic and exciting racing games. ONRUSH has the team based aspect as well and being the first to pass the finish line does not guarantee top on the leader board. Available June 5th 2018 on PS4 and Xbox One.

FRACTURED MINDS

Story/puzzle game that exposes struggles of people living with anxiety & other (often misunderstood) mental health issues.

This was a very intriguing game to play and not one I’ve stumbled across before if I’m honest due to its contents. I hadn’t managed to play through the whole demo but I am definitely curious to find out more regarding this game. It has a very simplistic look and feel and you are playing in a first person perspective. The game is designed by 18 year old Emily Mitchell who should be very proud as is has been signed by a Publisher and will be released later this year on all formats.

AVA AIRBORNE

A side scrolling flying game designed around staying in flight as long as possible in a variety of different ways.

Really fun mobile game! Can be never ending if you are that good and are up for a challenge. Good one to take on holiday or on a commute. I had no idea my game was being shown on the big screen at the booth and I’m glad I didn’t as I think the pressure would’ve gotten to me. (Also I became really embarrassed afterwards as I wasn’t playing particularly well lol). Oh well, it’s that sort of game for good fun. Andy on the other hand went into serious mode (he told me not to distract him) and managed to make it on the leader board on that day. The game is available on iOS and soon on Android.

HOMO MACHINA

A 2D exploration mobile game, inspired by Dr. Fritz Kahn’s medical illustrations. Journey through the human body which becomes a gigantic mechanized factory.

Although it wasn’t always entirely clear or obvious as to what to do next, the concept was still very interesting and something I hadn’t come across before. Having to instruct workers to help parts of the body function properly and efficiently, from breathing to eating. It’s a game where you need quite some time to play as it is involved and patience is required. But I wouldn’t mind sitting down and having a proper go. It will be out Spring 2018 on Android and iOS.

VANDALS

An infiltration game that will transport you to the most emblematic cities of street art. In this turn-based game, the aim is to sneak around police surveillance and spray walls that grow harder and harder to access.

From the same team behind Homo Machina comes Vandals. Now I only got to have a glance at this game, not actually play it. It’s presentation is quite atmospheric with pops of colour and neon traits that do make it quite eye-catching. Available on Steam.

HAMSTERDAM

“Combat is a mix of reactive, precisely timed attacks and good old-fashioned button mashing. Fight by carefully timing taps and swipes to charge up powerful knockout strikes, perform devastating combos, and counter enemy attacks.”

So therapeutic! A good game to relieve some stress any time of the day. If you’ve had a long day at work, and don’t really have time or fancy booting up your console, just grab your mobile device and get tapping and swiping! Good fun and a game you can really get into without realising.

Of course it has to be said again that a certain familiar face was there, ready, energetic and passionate to present this game (yes I am talking about you Wendy :D). Felt like I had my own little cheerleading squad wrapped up in one individual (yep, that much excitement) and it was brilliant! Release date yet TBC.

Super Cane Magic ZERO: Legend of the Cane Cane

“Super Cane Magic ZERO is a comedy action RPG. Pick up everything, throw everything and eat everything, exploring the large, handcrafted game world full of secrets to explore, randomly generated dungeons and local PVP arenas. “

(http://www.supercanemagic.com/)

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Cute, fun, easy, enjoyable pretty much sums up this game! Loved the look of it as well as the ease to play. Again a game to get carried away. Currently early access on Steam.

Raji: An Ancient Epic

“an action adventure game set in ancient India. Raji, a young girl is chosen by the gods, to stand against the demonic invasion of the human realm. Her destiny to rescue her younger brother and face the demon lord Mahabalasura.”

(https://store.steampowered.com/app/730390/Raji_An_Ancient_Epic/)

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Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to sit down and get hands on with this game but the game design looks really good and the feel and story have my attention. One I’ve added to my list of games to play in the future. Shame about the wait. Will be available on Steam, May 2019.

Cerebros

“First-Person Shooter/PUZZLE. Sprint. Shoot. Switch. Identical color states/objects absorb each other; opposite color states/objects, destroy. You switch between the two as the situation, environment and enemy dictates.”

(https://www.cerebrosgames.com/)

Another I didn’t get to play but I can totally see me either owning it or panicking, the likelihood being the latter. Having to be tactful and switch between black and white quick enough to progress and survive attacks. Release date and platforms TBC.

Big Crown: Showdown

“sees friends become foes as they compete in 4-player local and online multiplayer combat, set over 3 wacky worlds full of medieval shenanigans. Avoid perilous hazards and engage in frantic fights as you attempt to knock your opponents off 15 crazy courses in the ultimate royal battle!”

(https://store.steampowered.com/app/793360/Big_Crown_Showdown/)

Now this was entertaining! Such a good laugh and quite competitive. Both Andy and I got to play this together along with some of the team behind it (and I still deeply apologise for my unbelievable lack of gaming ability at this point. I honestly don’t know what happened to me lol). Great look, colours and funs promised with this game. Play with friends and family and find out what you’re made of. Can you be King? Coming soon on PC, Xbox One and PS4.

Phogs

“takes you and a friend on a double-ended physics dog adventure in a vibrant and colourful world filled with puzzles to solve and strange creatures to help. Cooperate and coordinate as you each use half of a controller to control one end of the dog, stretching and grabbing to grow jumpkins, herd munchlets and feed the hungry world worms.”

(http://bitloomgames.com/)

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Now this is a blend of having a good laugh and having a go at your coop buddy as you play this game and control half of the controller. Communication and cooperation is key as you work together to get through the levels. If you prefer you can play as single player too (if the heat gets too much lol). Coming 2019.

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Another Sight

“a surreal fantasy adventure with steampunk elements set in 1899 towards the end of the Victoria era, in London…ANOTHER SIGHT brings to life our two leading characters: Kit, a refreshingly bold teenager, who loses her sight after the under-construction London Underground tunnel she was exploring collapses, and Hodge – a mysterious red-furred cat – she meets in darkness. Together, they team up for an adventure through the unexpected, with Hodge an essential companion upon whom Kit will come to rely on. Kit and Hodge explore a surreal fantasy world both together and apart, using each of their unique talents to tackle environments and solve intriguing puzzles.”

(http://www.nerdly.co.uk/2018/03/09/surreal-fantasy-game-another-sight-coming-in-2018/)

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This happened to be the very last game I tried and instantly took a liking to it. I love the concept, the art work, the art inspiration, the story and basically the amalgamation of many things that tickle my fancy. Time period, steam punk, Alice in Wonderland inspo, art, fantasy. Bit of history with a bit of magic and mystery. Love it! Set to launch on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in 2018.

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The People

As if I could write a blog and not include the lovely people we meet.

Few familiar faces. Matt Lees, Al Hibberd, Azwah aka Aaron Cooper and Wendy Fritscher who is still as excitable as last year (don’t ever change!). Always an absolute pleasure to bump into each of you and always look forward to hopefully seeing you at future events (which I’m sure we will) :D!

Matt Lees
Twitter: @jam_sponge
Wendy Fritscher
Twitter: @purrsneakitty

Along with them though it is so nice to make new acquaintances so hello to all the new friendly faces we saw! Who knows, may end up seeing you guys again too ?.

That’s another nice aspect of Rezzed, you can take a moment to chill and chat with the game developers and team members. Get a better insight into the company and the games. You’ll soon see the passion behind the project. And of course you are surrounded by people with the same interest as you.

Best Part

Very tough every time but if I had to choose I would say the game I am most intrigued to play is Another Sight. The art style and artist inspiration (Monet), as well as the overall look and feel of the game has got me wanting to play more. The fact that it has a steam punk inspired Alice in Wonderland feel intrigues me and makes me want to delve into the story and discover the outcome.

Overall

Love it as I do every year and can’t wait until next time! One to definitely check out especially if you prefer smaller gaming events.

Find out more here:

https://www.egx.net/egx

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