Monday, 2 November 2009

Eurogamer Leeds

This week i embarked on a trip to Eurogamer Expo at Leeds, this is the first time a Eurogamer Expo has been at Leeds. The event was more of a demo event of recent and upcoming games than your traditional expo with developer booths. The event was small but got quite packed in the mornings. There were a few games that have been out for a while (Need For Speed: Shift, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Uncharted 2 and Wet to name a few) but many of the games there were still unfinished. Some highlights of the event were the GDC Assassins Creed 2 demo which exceeded in expectation, the inventively controlled Heavy Rain which used QTE's effectively to portray multiple story lines and Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All Stars which although only available on the wii shows that 2D can be transferred to 3D/2.5D effectively and without loss of gameplay. A few points about the event though, the size of the of the TVs where inconsistent and uncalibrated. lode to the guy on the 32" uncalibrated Samsung sat next to a spot on 50" 1080p Sony. And then there's the "career fair" that resided in a small area of cubicles inhabited by 3 universities, Ubisoft and Team 17. Overall the event was, i feel was well worth the £6-a-day entry fee. It was enjoyable and there were some good games on show although the career fair was a bit of a wet biscuit it didn't spoil the day.