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Gaming

Our 2 Days at EGX 2016

 

We got home last night. The post EGX blues are real, we miss it already and have spent most of our time reminiscing and watching vloggers experiences on YouTube. God, it was good. Cannot wait for next year already. We had two amazing days that we’re not going to forget. The show might be over for us but it’s still going on today and there are a few tickets left for tomorrow. What are you waiting for? GO! 

Highlights & Lowlights of EGX 2016

The atmosphere alone makes the ticket prices worthwhile. If you arrive about 10.30 on a Thursday or Friday you basically miss the queues lining up to go in – obviously not too much of a problem on your second day but a tip worth remembering for the first day you arrive. If you go on a Saturday you can expect a lot more waiting time though as it gets packed.

Waiting Times

Waiting for Call of Duty Infinite Warfare EGX

Last year we didn’t get to go on any of the games as the queues were all 3+ hours long and we just had the one day. This year was so much better. We hopped straight into the Call of Duty Infinity Warfare and Modern Warfare remastered queue and I’m so glad we did. We spent about 2 hours here but it wasn’t too painful and well worth the wait (will go into more detail in the next post!). Horizon Zero Dawn was booking in time slots – a super idea and something I hope other games copy for next year. We managed to squeeze in for 5.30. We arrived 10 minutes early and were about 4th in line. 10 minutes later we were in. We waited about half an hour for Final Fantasy XV and Little Nightmares and the rest were pretty much a matter of minutes, on day one. On day two we had an hour wait for Gears of War and about the same for Titanfall 2. There were games with 2 hour waiting times like Dishonored 2 and South Park but we decided not to wait as time was running out.   Go and play Dishonored 2 though as you get an awesome T-shirt along with the hands on experience!

PlayStation Ruled EGX

Nintendo isn’t there this year and Xbox is only really there for Gears of War, although they had a few consoles dotted around for Forza and a few other titles. They had no Xbox area and this was disappointing. Last year both Nintendo and Xbox had a ‘zone’ and they were full of energy, different titles, events and freebies. Both were greatly missed but it was certainly a good thing for PlayStation as they definitely dominated the show.  They had plenty of games, a lively stage where they were holding shows, comps and throwing freebies out to the crowd. You could hear ‘PlayStation’ being chanted as you walked around the floor. It really was all theirs for the taking.

Room to Play

Yooka-Laylee EGX

Last year, the exhibition floor was very small and you could cover the entire area in no time at all. This year there was so much room. There were chilled out areas for people to sit, eat and watch what was happening. There was a large retro area packed full of old tvs and classic consoles – shockingly the Wii was in there – is that retro already?! God, I’m so damn old.  There was also a large area with the original Xbox and Xbox 360 and a games library for you to choose what you played.

The Rezzed zone was large and there were some really cool games there, along with a few that just didn’t appeal to our senses. Had a lot more choice when it came to food too, a few eating areas with burger vans, Subway, Cornish Bakery and a sweet van. Last year the food was limited to what NEC had to offer, so this was a vast improvement. The larger show was greatly needed and a welcome addition – hoping next year will be even bigger with Nintendo and Xbox in attendance.

There was a large area with the original Xbox and Xbox 360 and a games library for you to choose what you played.  The Rezzed zone was large and there were some really cool games there, along with a few that just didn’t appeal to our senses. A few chances to try VR if you didn’t managed to book in for the PlayStation experience too. This year had a lot more choice when it came to food too, a few eating areas with burger vans, Subway, Cornish Bakery and a sweet van. Last year the food was limited to what NEC had to offer, so this was a vast improvement. The larger show was greatly needed and a welcome addition – hoping next year will be even bigger with Nintendo and Xbox in attendance.

This year had a lot more choice when it came to food too, a few eating areas with burger vans, Subway, Cornish Bakery and a sweet van. Last year the food was limited to what NEC had to offer, so this was a vast improvement. The larger show was greatly needed and a welcome addition – hoping next year will be even bigger with Nintendo and Xbox in attendance.

No Major Wow Factors

Chocobo Final Fantasy EGX

The TIE Fighter was an impressive feature last year and the Mad Max too. This year there really wasn’t any wow factor. You could take a photo with the leg of Trico from The Last Guardian, there were some bright green tentacles and the best thing was the Chocobo’s – but they didn’t show up too often and we only really got to see them once.  The Cosplay stage should be awesome this weekend – Cosplay is something that is pretty lacking on a Thursday and Friday, but there are a few cosplayer’s wandering around on these days and some events on the stage too.

I hope you managed to go this year and if you still don’t have your tickets for tomorrow, it’s not too late!!!  Go, have fun, you won’t regret it.

Now it’s time to look through my footage and work on a video. I’ll be back with my thoughts on the games I played, there were a few surprises…

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