Need for Speed – Most Wanted
Need for Speed is one of those games series where I felt a little let down after playing it for a few hours, it all started to feel a little repetitive. Most Wanted is the latest title in the long running series and after spending some time on it my faith is somewhat restored. It felt more like a spiritual successor to Burnout Paradise which still remains my favourite racer in recent years. Lets hope the full game can live up to the demo.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
I did not personally play Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance but I watched two friends spent some time on the lengthy demo. Gone are the days of hiding in a cardboard box, the demo was all out action and plenty of it. I kind of lost interest in the series after Metal Gear Solid 2 but after seeing Revengeance in action it changed my opinion. If you completed the demo fast enough you received a very cool looking hologram poster, otherwise you got a plain but still very nice poster.
The Wii U was available to try in the Nintendo area to the Expo. I spent some time trying out the new handheld/console and was less than impressed to be honest. For me the Wii U is a gimmick that will probably end up in the cupboard after two weeks of buying it, my friends all seemed to agree. Maybe it is our gaming style or we have all been let down by the Wii and its mostly cash-in games. Moving swiftly on….
Hotline Miami was one of the hidden gems of the show and I hope that plenty of people played the game instead of judging it on the retro style graphics. It is a top-down view action game which sees you control a hitman who does what he does best, kill! The levels are fairly small which makes it perfect for a quick pick up and play if you have a few minutes spare. The aim of the game is to kill the target and make it back to your car in one piece. Weapons found on bodies and you can even use doors to kill them, very cool! As well as playing myself, I watched a few people play and I noticed that the game almost turned into a puzzle style game, with people repeating right choices and altering their paths after death. The specially made Eurogamer Expo level was very cool, if only…. 🙂 Find out more about Hotline Miami at hotlinemiami.com.
Prison Architect is a sim style building game in which you must build and maintain a prison. It’s inspired from classic games such as Dungeon Keeper and allows you to get down to the base level of building with water pipes and electricity cables to place. I mention Dungeon Keeper because you can build an execution chamber! Everything seems to be in the game from guards patrolling areas, workmen building your choices and of course the prisoners. Sending them to their death brings up a profile of their crimes which was interesting and very dark. We hope to spend more time on this game as playing it at the expo was a little rushed. Definitely one to keep an eye out for! You can find out more information about Prison Architect at introversion.co.uk/prisonarchitect/.
Dust 514 on PlayStation 3 is an ambitious project to integrate the PC only title Eve Online. Eve Online players stay in space, while Dust 514 players keep their feet on the ground in an open world first-person shooter fighting for control of the planets. The game itself played well, but I am more interested to see just how integrated the two games will be. The possibilities are great, for example winning a battle on the ground could reward your Eve Online account with bonuses. I can’t wait to see where Dust 514 goes!