Eurogamer Expo 2017 (EGX 2017) - Assassin's Creed Origins, Far Cry 5, Battlefront 2 oh and Dead Pixels 2
Eurogamer 2017 has finished and we are all returning back to reality after being graced with playing some of the best upcoming video games of 2017 and 2018. Video games that will don the PS4, Xbox One X and PC alike. EGX 2017 did not just serve up AAA titles though but we were blessed with a mighty EGX Rezzed section. Indie developers stole EGX 2017 for many with games like Bloody Zombies, Dead Cells, Raging Justice and more. Lets take at look at some of this years EGX highlights as I was fortunate enough to play more of the AAA sites across two days.
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Over the last few Assassin’s Creed games I’d lost interest. The franchise seemed to grow incredibly repetitive and stale with ever-growing similarities in the parkour and general gameplay mechanics. Queueing for Assassin’ Creed Origins took around two hours and was playable on the Xbox One X and PC. I played Assassin’s Creed Origins on the Xbox One X. Instantly I was hit at just how crisp and gorgeous the game looked. Despite being Alpha gameplay the textures, colours and details were on point. The Egyptian setting seemed attractive and a welcome change to the past Victorian, Colonial and Renaissance eras.
Assassin’s Creed Origins had some downsides. Camera angles seemed rigid and buggy but I don’t feel this is anything to be concerned about given the alpha demo gameplay. I’ve also never enjoyed the ridiculous amount of question marks on the compass and intricate menu systems. Assassin’s Creed Origin’s had way too much going on from that angle. I would have preferred a more streamlined compass system!
Far Cry 5
Most of us gamers have played a Far Cry game and most of gamers; I dare say have enjoyed a Far Cry game somewhere along the way. The question is: should you be excited for Far Cry 5? There’s no doubt in my mind that the new setting of fictional Hope County in Montana works great. Like Assassin’s Creed Origins; the new setting is a warm welcome. Putting aside the controversies and political ideologies from many critics I think Far Cry 5 is going to serve up a treat. Again, this game was an Alpha demo so it’s difficult to be too judgemental. Far Cry 5 looked just as stunning running the PS4 Pro than Assassin’s Creed Origins did on the Xbox One X. This particular demo had a lot of enemies in the town we played in. There were numerous ways to approach the town and numerous buildings to choose to navigate through. I feel that Far Cry 5 will place a lot of emphasis on stealth rather than all guns blazing given the amount of enemies dotted around.
I am so sorry! I did not enjoy Battlefront 2. I tried and I could not get in to it. We played a team deathmatch style game and after each wave our team would push forward in to a new area. The graphics seemed very much the same and I felt the map was underwhelming and suffocating. Pointless doorways, bland textures and no more than 2 levels to vault to. The final game will be no less than great I am sure. I will remain optimistic for Star Wars Battlefront 2
Detroit Become Human
It’s hard to imagine a dull experience from a game developed by Quantic Dreams. Heavy Rain was one of my most prominent experiences on the Playstation 3. Detroit Become Human was nothing short of great. Expect a slightly more complex control system than Heavy Rain but you can totally take your time to execute your final decision. That way you can get a good grasp to read early control instructions.
Expect high emotions in Detroit Become Human. For the 15 minutes of playtime there were some emotive times and raw clues to be found to help solve the clues.
Call of Duty WWII
Call of Duty WWII was quite possibly the surprise of the show. I went in to the booth with low expectations having not played the beta. WWII played remarkably well and reminded me of Call of Duty World at War. Boots on the ground had never felt so good. Now the beta has been dropping all over YouTube and other platforms so it’s not secret that Call of Duty WWII is going to be a welcomed game back to the franchise.
EGX 2017 had a packed Rezzed section in which some of the industries best indie developers were showcasing their games on all consoles. Somer of my persona highlights were Dead Cells, Bloody Zombies and Dead Pixels II Straight to Home Video. Dead Cells was a 16bit style action side scroller (oh how I love the SNES) reminiscent of Castlevania IV. Various weapons were available for collection and power ups. Be warned though Dead Cells was tricky and death meant you would be lunged back to the beginning of the level.
Bloody Zombies was another indie game that a lot of EGX goers were raving about. Think Streets of Rage meets Zombies and you have the basis for Bloody Zombies. Not only is Bloody Zombies available on PS4, Xbox One and PC but you can play with PSVR which amplified the environment around the TV. PSVR players were able to see additional features to the levels seen by non-psvr players. Pretty sweet.
Dead Pixels 2 Straight to Home Video is an awesome 8bit side randomly generated shooter in which players battle through deadly hoardes of zombies. Players can play on and offline with up to 4 players. Check out these awesome screens.
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