Published on November 11th, 2016 | by Kingy
PAX Australia 2016 Highlights!
PAX Australia 2016 has officially ended, and boy was it a fantastic event. Not only for the triple A space, but for all the amazing independent developers from all across Australia.
I had the privilege to attend all 3 days of the convention as well as interview a few developers during my time there. This article is to summarize what I saw at the show for those who were unable to attend.
PAX is always a bombastic convention, it really takes you more then a day to really absorb everything that goes on at this convention. Day One was packed to the brim with cosplayers, developers and everyone who played games in some form or another.
Dawn of War III
Release Date: 2017
The Dawn of War series has been a long running franchise with a loyal fan base. Dawn of War II was one of my favorite strategy games of that generation, so getting hands on with the sequel was exciting. The game now has three playable campaigns from launch, the Orcs, the Eldar and the awesome space marines. Will be exciting to see more news be released in the coming months.
Release Date: February 14, 2017
For Honor is a MOBA style 3 vs 3 action game. Pitting Samurai’s, Vikings and Knights in a bloody battle royale fight to the death. With a focus on individual duels between players and Dynasty Warriors style of gameplay against NPC characters, For Honor is an intense multiplayer experience with an emphasis on battlefield positioning and swordplay. Definitely keep your eye out for this one, early next year.
Day Two is always the most jam packed of all three days. Opportunities to get hands on time with major titles were slim due to long lines, however. This provided an opportunity to see the many indie titles on display.
The Artful Escape of Francis Vendetti
Release Date: TBD
Developed by Beethoven and Dinosaur, the story of Francis Vendetti is about a a man trying to find his musical persona on a galactic journey through space and encountering all kinds of beings and playing all kinds of music. The Artful Escape of Francis Vendetti is being helmed by Johnny Galvatron and there will be a seperate article talking about his project.
Tonight We Riot
Release Date: 2017
Published by New Blood Interactive, Tonight We Riot is a 2D side-scrolling beat em up, where you play as the mob taking down the establishment. Hell yeah! It allows to take over buildings to gather more followers to your cause, allowing you to deal more damage to enemies such as riot police and tanks. Once you make it to the end of the stage you have conquered that district. It’s an explosive title with a cool albeit familiar 8 bit aesthetic.
Release Date: TBD
A fighting game with a twist; developed by Hojo Studios. You play as inflatable flailing balloon men; like the ones outside car dealerships. And you heard right, you are fighting inflatable characters to the death in all their wibbly wobbly fashion.
As the final day of PAX Aus loomed things started to definitely slow down, I did have one objective that I definitely had to check off before it all ended.
Horizon Zero Dawn
Release Date: February 27th, 2017
Horizon Zero Dawn, developed by Guerrilla games. This title has been on my most anticipated list for a while and boy was it worth the wait. I was able to get some hands on time with the game and play through a section that placed me about a third of the way into the games main story. In this demo I was able to hunt the various machines and I even managed to hack one of the machine mounts and ride around the game world which was a exhilarating experience. Combat as well as movement is fluid and extremely responsive. Allowing for highly intense combat scenarios as well as making you feel like a warrior bad ass. Definitely grabbing this one day one when it finally comes out, the wait will have been worth it.
Thats All He Wrote…
PAX Aus is a crazy convention where the community and developers come together to celebrate the thing that is video games. It’s almost to cover everything at the show due to things like lines and the fact that I’m human and need sleep to function. If you haven’t given PAX Aus a try I highly recommended it, even if just for the people you’ll meet and the cosplay you’ll get to witness. And most importantly it’s the games that keep me coming back and as always, looking forward to next year.