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Published on November 6th, 2015 | by Kingy

Gamebug’s PAX 2015 Adventures!

Hi guys, Kingy here! PAX 2015 was my very first video game convention, so you could say I was a little excited.

Okay, who am I kidding, really? I was bloody excited, and wasn’t disappointed in the least!

For those of you who couldn’t attend, I can can relate to that and have done my best over the three days of PAX to get you as much coverage of all the games present at the show, as well as some forthcoming interviews.


DAY ONE

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Day 1 at PAX 2015

I took a wander around the show floor trying to absorb everything that was there, and even after three full days, I still think I didn’t see everything. Here’s some of the games I got to play:

Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
Release Date: February 4th, 2016

It being the first day of the convention, it was pretty full on in term’s of long lines to play games. So when I walked passed an open space for the new Naruto game I couldn’t really say no. Having played the first two games in the series and a massive fan of the TV show I was excited to play the latest game, and by all accounts it seemed similar in mechanics but with a fresh coat of paint and updated character roster’s. If your a fan of the games or series definitely give this one a shot.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Release Date: Available Now

I’ve personally been a fan of the Halo games and universe forever and Halo: Combat Evolved was the reason I saved my pocket money for a full year so I could afford an Xbox. Having chosen to buy a PS4 this generation, I’ve been missing out on all the Xbox One exclusive titles.
The Halo: Master Chief Collection in-game menu is pretty sweet. The game has been out for a while and did have some serious issues regarding online, but if you haven’t got an Xbox One and haven’t played a Halo before this is a good incentive to start saving like I once did.

Total War: Warhammer
Release Date: TBC, 2016

I was never really good at the tabletop gaming and painting miniatures and found it a tedious exercise. But it’s cool to see the developers of the Total War series step away from real history into something where there’s magic and monsters involved.

I played as a dwarven army and battled against goblins in an underground highway, where I was severely outnumbered. To make matter’s worse I was attacked from behind by trolls. I intercepted them with my “Berzerker unit” – a team of wild dwarves who specialize in taking down big units like trolls and giants. It made for some really fun fighting animations, and the dwarven beards look marvelous.

They’ve also included new ‘Hero’ units which feature prominent character’s from the Warhammer lore, allowing you to see renowned characters fight it out on the battlefield alongside large armies. I’m just going to wait ’til some incorporates a Lord of the Rings mod.

Star Wars: Battlefront
Release Date: November 17th, 2015

I missed out on playing the BETA (I know, I’m an idiot) but I finally got my hands on the co-op demo set on the Tattoine map. Unfortunately, I was paired with some guy played like he’d never held a controller in his life. We managed to make it to wave 5 of 6 as I took on all the enemies and he was blankly shooting the sky.
I had a partly-bad demo experience but the gameplay is smooth, polished and a really well-rounded shooter. Also, those jet packs are awesome.


DAY TWO

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Day 2 at PAX 2015

The second day proved to be more challenging than I thought; due to all the incredible amounts of walking my body was feeling the strain towards the end of the second day. I was however able to see more games, however, Saturday was the busiest day of the convention which made it quite difficult to move around. I was able to check out these games though:

Rise of the Tomb Raider
Release Date: November 1oth, 2015

Crystal Dynamics, the studio behind the reboot franchise of Tomb Raider (2013) have been doing a fantastic job with the franchise and I really enjoyed their first game with the iconic character, Lara Croft. This sequel, an Xbox One exclusive, is looking great and seems to have improved on the original design.

I was only allowed a short time with the game but already I could see the game looks great. I tackled a few puzzles using a water and weight system to open doors, and found some interesting artifacts with detailed inscriptions. Oh and all those gruesome death animations are back and I had to look away a few times.

Rise of the Tomb Raider builds upon the previous story and adds new mechanics and improvements to things like crafting and more tombs. We’ll have the full game review for you shortly.

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
Release Date: Available Now

Assassin’s Creed has changed over the years, now set in London and having two lead characters: Jacob and Evie Frye. You can play as either character, which adds some interesting banter and character perspectives.

The combat is more “brawler-like” when playing as Jacob; breaking shoulders and snapping necks in an extremely agile fashion. Using canes and knuckle dusters while wearing a stylish top hat makes combat fun to play.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to play as Evie during the demo, but through brief cutscenes, she already seems like the more interesting of the two twins. For those who are still holding out for this game due to the poor reception of Assassin’s Creed: Unity last year, fear not. This looks to be an interesting change of pace for the series.

Unravel
Release Date: Early 2016

This game was hidden behind the humongous Star Wars: Battlefront booth, but I spotted it and was able to have a go. The story is extremely cute and is told like a fairy tale, starting as a ball or yarn now unraveling on an adventure through the wilderness. But don’t let the aesthetic fool you, the game is actually fairly difficult and requires the player to think hard about how to solve each puzzle to progress. I had to time my jumps and swings and when I ran out of yarn I had to find more or stand there helpless. It looks to be a very well-rounded story with unexpected challenges.


DAY THREE

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Day 3 at PAX 2015

By the final day of PAX and I’d officially become a zombie. Halloween was the night before and after some late parties and little sleep, I was feeling the pinch. But onward and upward as there were still more great games to play!

Halo 5: Guardians
Release Date: Available Now

It doesn’t hurt if you get this just for multiplayer alone. Never in my gaming life have I felt this level of adrenaline and pure fun when I was playing Slayer. In my opinion, it’s the best FPS multiplayer out there, it’s so much fun.
I was also using the new Xbox Elite controller with customization options. It has a weight to it and feels metallic allowing it to be less slippery when exposed to long play sessions. At the current price (AU$199.95) it’s a bit steep, but look for the chance of a price drop and definitely consider this controller.

Just Cause 3
Release Date: December 1st, 2015

The Just Cause series has always been: If you can see something, chances are you can blow it up! This upcoming sequel improves on this philosophy ten fold, and I was having a ‘blast’ playing it. Blowing up petrol stations and watching the fire plume sky high was an exhilarating experience like nothing I’ve experienced in an open-world game before. The graphics are full of bright colours as well, making the explosions even more gorgeous to look at.

Tom Clancy’s: The Division
Release Date: March 8th, 2016

This was probably the most popular game on the show floor which is why I had to get a hands on before the show ended.

I was in a three-man team and we were about to enter the PvP zone in the game known as the ‘Dark Zone’. In this area, different teams can either work together to acquire loot or betray one another. According to the developer, it almost always ends in betrayal, which inevitably happened on my turn too.
It’s an intense third-person shooter, where you must rely on your team mates and never get caught out in the open. Flanking in this game is also a possibility, and if it happens to you, you’re pretty much a goner.
It’s looking more and more intriguing each time I see it and now that I’ve played I’m more then ready for the full experience come the release next year.


 

And there we have it…

PAX Australia 2015 is a truly awesome convention and if any local Aussie’s get the chance to go they should definitely give it a shot. I tried to see as much as possible for you guys but I am just one man… a very tired man! I’m definitely looking forward to next year’s PAX and can’t wait to play all these games in full.

– Kingy

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