Eurogamer Expo 2012: The Fallout

So, here I am back in Stoke-on-Trent.

I’d like to start things out by apologising for the lack of articles over the weekend that would detail Eurogamer Expo. A combination of broken technology and awful wi-fi connections left me in a state unable to actually get any writing work done.

We’ve got a lot of coverage coming over the next few days though, and we’re going to space it out and break things down into a wide variety of feature pieces and write-ups of as many of the games at Eurogamer Expo 2012 as we possibly can.

Today’s article centers on Eurogamer Expo 2012 itself, filling in for the daily blogs I had to miss out on.

Adressing my fears from my Day Zero blog;

Everything went fantastic. Sure I was nervous from day one to day four, but other than my camera breaking we managed to get everything done without a single hitch. A lack of pictures and such wasn’t going to stop me anytime soon and I managed to do everything I set out for.

The various interviews we picked up are in the process of being transcribed still and shall be online within a few days. I’d like to say a massive thank you to all the developers who I interviewed with for putting up with me.

I recall saying that I was worried about the actual size of the expo and as anyone who’s been to Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre before could have told me; that fear was unfounded.

The place was gigantic. It easily accommodated the 100+ games and 50,000+ attendees who showed up over the weekend. In fact, all of my fears were unfounded. The only problem I ran into all weekend was finding time to queue for some of the bigger hits.

The guys from Eurogamer were really accommodating for the press staff attending, I have to say. We got a decent area to sit down and actually take notes in as well as areas in which to conduct interviews in privacy. It’s great being able to get work done in a less public space.

Full livestreaming of the majority of the developer sessions was handy, especially as they were broadcast to TVs in the expo meaning that I didn’t have to spend two hours in every developer session queue.

The games showcased at Eurogamer Expo were immense. I was irked by some of the queues, as I couldn’t afford to sit in a queue for an hour when I had an interview coming up. With over 50,000 attendees though, I could hardly expect them to accommodate for the press at a public event.

It meant missing out on a couple of games, but I managed to get some coverage anyway. From what I did get to play, I’ve compiled a list of my top five games:

1. Company of Heroes 2 was definitely my game of the show. A brilliant demo that gave you plenty to do but without spoiling any of the game. A great feel for mechanics and missions, and to top it off we managed to score a brilliant interview with one of the developers from Relic.

2. Strike Suit Zero, which was my game of the show at Rezzed made an appearance again with an updated demo. As above, they were fantastic to interview with some great details on the final version of the game that they’re planning. The showfloor demo was fantastic as well, with the new leaderboards. Shame I couldn’t play well enough to get a gold ranking.

3. DmC from Capcom. There’s been a lot of hate for the new reboot title, but I don’t see why. It’s the same gameplay, the same feel to the world, the same action but with a completely redesigned protagonist who still fits. The demo was great to finally get hands-on with and really showed off what it could do.

4. Halo 4 was out in force with various different multiplayer demos running as well as an appearance from Master Chief himself. I managed to draw every game I played though 🙁

5. GRID 2 was easily the best racing game I’ve ever played. Another interview gleamed me some more in-depth details about the game that got my nerd-heart all aflutter.

There were so many other titles that I’ll definitely be talking about in other articles, so please look forward to yet more coverage coming your way. Definitely worth mentioning are Dishonored, Tomb Raider and Dead or Alive 5 as brilliant titles with great demos.

If you missed out on Eurogamer Expo then I highly advise trying to make next year’s show, which we got confirmation of already.

Happening at Earl’s Court Exhibition Center once again next September on the 26th-29th. You can definitely expect to see me there again!