I know that PAX East in Boston, MA was a little while ago (this past March), but I didn’t get a chance to write about my wonderful experience there. Until now. As a whole, PAX East 2013 was one of the best PAX East events I’ve ever attended. I met a lot of great people, saw some great games, and most of all, I have memories that will last me a lifetime. Since my blog is all about video game reviews, I thought it would be a good idea to share my experiences of game demos at PAX East 2013. Below is the list of games/technology I demoed:
•Metro: Last Light
•Gears of War: Judgment
•NVIDIA: Project Shield
•Rise of the Triad (2013)
Warframe is a F2P (free to play) third-person action game for the PC made by Digital Extremes. This demo was at the NVIDIA booth and for a free to play game, I was blown away. Graphically Warframe is built very well and the environment has great visuals all around the player, which most importantly, works very well with the open gameplay. The game is in a sci-fi setting and the player has several options of planets to choose from to battle others. The character I played as was equipped with a sword, pistol, and special abilities. The gameplay was impressive in the third-person view and I didn’t feel overwhelmed by the combat. Overall, Warframe is a great multiplayer game for you and a group of friends to hop on a server and destroy the enemy team. I’ll be looking forward to playing Warframe again when it is out of beta.
Daylight is a first-person horror survival game made by Zombie Studios, powered by the Unreal 4 Engine. This demo was at the ASTRO Gaming booth as it was showcasing the actual game and audio from the game on the ASTRO headsets. What I like about Daylight is that is not your typical first-person game. The player does not run around to find weapons and shoot things. This is a game where the only things you have at the start are a flashlight/phone and compass. You as the player have to figure out where to go and where that path will take you, as the whole environment around you is pitch black. Oh and that horror survival part of the game? Yeah, ghosts pop out of nowhere randomly to scare the bejesus out of you. The other element I really like about Daylight is that the game is always changing to give the player a different experience every time they play. The game definitely has inspiration from Amnesia but it has its own game mechanics to make it unique. I’ll definitely be looking out for Daylight when it drops on Steam.
Metro: Last Light is a first-person shooter developed by 4A Games, published by Deep Silver, and is the sequel to 2010’s Metro 2033. I never played Metro 2033, but I was very impressed how Metro: Last Light was presented. This game was also at the NVIDIA booth and looked great on their PC’s. I probably only played 45 minutes of the game but I was instantly pulled in by the rich story and thrilling gameplay. You play as Artyom, a soldier placed beneath the ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow, in the tunnels of Metro. The remnants of humankind are hanging by a thread and Artyom is the “Last Light” of hope. Metro‘s cinematics were also very visually stunning. I cannot wait when it releases.
Gears of War: Judgment is, obviously, another Gears of War game developed by Epic Games as well as People Can Fly. I’ve never played any of the previous Gears of War games, but I had a lot of fun playing the multiplayer. Judgment is mainly a multiplayer game, but I was able to catch on quickly of how the game is laid out. Graphically, the games looks similar, if not the same, as the previous Gears of War games. The demo was a multiplayer FFA (free-for-all) match and combat was straight forward, to the point. I bet all of my Xbox friends have a copy of Gears of War: Judgment or are thinking about purchasing it.
NVIDIA’s Project Shield was a very impressive piece of technology. Project Shield features portable handheld PC gaming with NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processor, Android Jelly Bean operating system, wi-fi, and HD video and audio. Other than PAX East, NVIDIA has Project Shield on the down low. I spoke with an NVIDIA rep at their booth and he said more info on the Shield will be released Q2 of this year, especially the price point and how much storage it will have.
Rise of the Triad is a first-person shooter for the PC, developed by Interceptor Entertainment, and an update of the 1994 classic. It has a lot of similar elements to Quake, as the game is very fast paced, is an arena shooter, and can be very competitive. The game originally was supposed to be the sequel to Wolfenstein 3D, but it still retains the setting of Nazi Germany (I think). Rise of the Triad will be coming soon to Steam this year.
Remember Me is a third-person action adventure game developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Capcom. You play as Nilin, a “memory hunter”, who was betrayed and must recover her lost memory of why her former employer wants her dead. I was very impressed with the gameplay from Remember Me and it probably was one of the best demos I played at PAX East. What I like about it is that the game is not an average third-person action game like you would expect, aka button mashers. The combat system makes the player think as opposed to giving them the option to button mash to produce random moves and combos. The game has very strong visuals and the player must figure out where to go in the environment, using abstract clues and Nilin’s free-running skills. I see Remember Me kind of like Mirror’s Edge with the free-running options but in a third-person setting. I think Remember Me will be another strong female lead game of 2013 in addition to Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite. I definitely will be picking up Remember Me when it drops in June.
Well that’s all for now, but I leave you with an inspiring message (hopefully): If you like video games, you have to attend PAX. (PAX East is the best!) Until next time.