What a day. Day 2 of, EGX is done, complete and secure and we are knackered. We are another day closer to what has been an absolutely fantastic event. From testing out AAA titles to ID titles to testing out PSVR to watching some awesome twitch hostesses and gamers, we have had a great time so far and we have one day left of the madness and fun to go. But, Day 2 is over, so what have AbsoluteGaming taken out in their 2nd day out?
First up as soon as doors were opened was to head to the Gears of War stand and have a go at the new Horde 3.0 mode on Gears of War 4. Upon arriving, we were buzzing and thrilled with excitement, and hoped it lived up to the hype and success that some of our members had yesterday with the single player element. However, our immediate go at surviving waves and waves of enemies was going to be longed, as we ended up waiting over 2 and half hours for a go at Horde. None the less, that wasn’t going to spoil our fun, and it`s great. Gameplay wise Horde mode feels no different to horde mode from the previous gears, but there are some pretty neat little additions to the game this year, including the fabrication box, which is a box that enables you to build your traps and forts anywhere on the map, and upgrade them as of when. It`s a good little feature and addition of the series, and one that`ll be hugely successfully received by fans.
After heading from Gears of War, we headed to another new ID title that was making its UK debut. Little Nightmares by Bandai is a cracking little game and from playing the demo, you take the role of a small girl, who is running away from a monster like chef who`s out to cause problems. It`s a new title to the market and is one that I very, very liked the look of. I can`t wait to see more of this in the next few weeks ahead of next year`s release. It felt very stylistic and similar to Unravel in terms of gameplay. It`s a game that I already have a feeling is going to do incredibly well.
The next stop for us was an exclusive hands-on with Wizdish ROVR, who have successfully launched a kick-starter program to launch a VR treadmill. It`s a fantastic and great idea, and combined with a VR game, the experience is absolutely unreal. I was given the Oculus Rift headset, and thrown into a game of Fallout VR. Oh my word. What a game and experience VR is, and combined with ROVRs treadmill, it really made for a fantastic and great experience. I was thrown into the opening part of Fallout and had to run from our house to the Vault before disaster hits the town. You`ll use the treadmill to walk around, and it`s truly a fantastic experience. I`d love to see VR hit it big time, and especially with ROVR, it`s a fantastic and great piece of equipment, and with a VR headset, you could be onto something very fun and enjoyable.
After a hands on experience, I was then given the opportunity to try out some new Turtle Beach headsets for Xbox One. They are the Ear Force Stealth 420x+ and they are very comfortable, offering crisp sound and quality, and like other top end turtle beaches, are not cheap, and are currently on the market at roughly £129.99. But for a headset with crisp sound and an overall sound experience, then these are very good. But if you can`t bring yourself to spend that kind of money on headsets, then there will be a number of other headsets that will do the exact same thing.
Next, I was given the opportunity to trial and have a go at the new PSVR. PlayStation are launching their VR headset in the next few months, and I was given the opportunity to trial Drive club VR, and being an absolute newbie to VR, I didn’t know what to expect. I`d heard so many good things about VR, and after trying the Oculus Rift headset with Fallout earlier, I was hoping for a good experience, and boy was I about to get it. What an experience VR is. I was thrown into the cockpit of a BAC Mono and took 3 laps around a circuit, and what an experience it is. Being able to look around 360 degrees and the game will follow you, and looking ahead and around, it was just fantastic. If you haven’t yet had the chance to try VR, then you are truly missing out. I really am looking forward to seeing what VR takes off in the next few years. With PlayStation VR coming in the next few months and Microsoft revealing that Project Scorpio will be supporting VR (Although they haven’t said which headset yet, although with the partnership you`d be expecting them to launch it with Oculus Rift) it`s an experience that is truly worth paying attention too.
Last trip of the day, was to one of our favourite all-time games, and is a game that is released next week and for EA Access members is already available to them through a trial, and that is FIFA 17. We go into a trailer like arena where several screens and games of FIFA are occurring. Goals are flying in, tackles are lunging everywhere, and we`re in for the last game of the day. It`s City V United and we`re off. The game feels a lot different to the last one, and for those who were speed merchants of Ultimate team and before, then you`re going to be out of luck this game. The build-up play is a lot, lot slower and the game also feels one of the better FIFA games of the last few years. Of course, with the full release coming next week you won`t have long to before you get the full game. And we`re very close to seeing how it actually fares.
After that it was time to head off back to our hotel and to draw a close for another day of fantastic action. We`re off for a Chinese tonight, but we`re back tomorrow at EGX for Day 3 and our last day of coverage at EGX. We`ll be heading to games such as Dishonored 2, Final Fantasy and Hitman tomorrow, aswell as having an exclusive hands-on and interview with Rebellion games, who are behind the new Sniper Elite 4. But we`ve had a cracking time, and as a day draw goes to a close, we`ll see you again tomorrow.