You find me in the capital again, dear friends, and it’s my pleasure to share with you the gleanings of the Eurogamer Expo 2008, the least nerdy videogames gathering I have so far experienced. Games going mainstream is all well and good, but what’s the point if I can’t every once in a while find loads of exceedingly special ultra-dorks wearing faded SNES t-shirts and talking about multithreading?
Anyway it doesn’t matter because there were some sick-up games on display including a couple of surprises, and here are the FACEOMETER CHOICE O’TH’ CROP CHOICES OO-ARR:
Jumpgate Evolution (PC) – EVE with the accessibility of Freelancer, this MMO looks like it will do exactly what it promised to and make space fun as well as enormous and ridiculous. The arcade factor has blended expertly with sections that are clearly a direct rip-off from every other space game ever, but assuming it gets the community to support it (I shed a single tear for The Ship, yet again) this will be a favourite of next year for me.
Mirror’s Edge (Everything) – This game doesn’t sound like much on paper – a ridiculous free-running sim – but having played it and even just watched other playing it I can tell you there’s something captivating about it. Especially when more levels are up and the time trial factor takes full effect I can imagine this being a really satisfying light choice for the end of your busy day. Definitely worth keeping an eye on.
Left for Dead (Everything) (Yes, I choose to spell it correctly) – There shouldn’t be too many surprises here because it’s Valve and we know they like to make incredibly good FPS titles incredibly well. I’d be nervous about their move to survival horror multiplayer if it wasn’t simply the logical extension of two of their previous endeavours, Team Fortress 2 and the Ravenholme level of Half-Life 2. I had to play this on a 360 and I’m reliably informed the PC version will be even more thrilling (no more splitscreen, for a start), so though I’m usually less into zombies than John “Zombie” Parkes, I decree this to be worth speculation, especially as it’s out in like ten minutes.
Crash Commando (PS3) – This was running on one screen off to the side and no-one was paying much attention to it, but if it finishes as good as it looks at the moment it’s almost a system-seller for me. I hate that it’s a PS3 exclusive – it looks and feels just perfect. It’s a standard platformy deathmatch thing with a jetpack aspect and, I suspect, a heck of a lot of subtlety which will make the online gaming indescribable. The right analog stick is game-breakingly sensitive at the moment but if they fix it this will become the second of two current reasons to head back to Sony (the first being whatever Team ICO is up to, naturally. Oh and littlebigplanet looks fun!).
And that’s my list! Nintendo phoned things in again and Fallout 3 looks okay but you didn’t need me to tell you that. There are some shit racing games which I’ve forgotten the name of, FIFA looks good if you’re into that sort of thing, I have no time for Gears of War 2, Street Fighter 4 makes me uneasy, and they wouldn’t let us play Dawn of War 2 so that can piss off (in fact the PC was horrendously under-represented).
What’s all this “…of War” stuff right now? GEARS OF DAWN