We give a run down of some of the cool games on display.
Fan Expo is back and for those of us who can’t afford to take a trip to E3 or GamesCom or PAX, this will be the largest gaming-related show we can attend and try out some new, upcoming games.
Whether you’re only attending one day of this annual extravaganza, or are there for the 4-day haul, there are a bunch of awesome games to check out. Here are a bunch I’m looking to play in the Fan Expo EB Gamer Zone:
Assassin’s Creed Unity (Ubisoft Booth)
*UPDATE* – Turns out that AC:Unity is not playable after all.
Hard to believe how far the Assassin’s Creed universe has come, yet the core game mechanics remain relatively unchanged. Fans of the series will probably love this game, which is the first to be developed solely for next gen systems. More backstabbing, more circling around with a group of enemies while parrying, and more parkouring – but this time, with co-op friends!
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox Booth)
Whether you like it, love it, can’t live without it, or absolutely hate it, Call of Duty is back. This time around, a third studio – Sledgehammer Games – is at the helm with a futuristic spin on the franchise. It’s almost very Titanfall-like in presentation from the looks of it. Will this be the COD that breathes new life into this formulaic shooter? Maybe or maybe not… but it’ll be a hell of a ride anyway.
The Crew (Ubisoft Booth)
Don’t ask me about realistic driving simulations, as I don’t even know how to drive stick. But The Crew – an open-world driving game – doesn’t seem like a game that’s going after completely realistic driving situations. Instead, it’s a co-op, mission-based game where you and a crew of your friends complete races and other missions like takedowns, escapes, etc. Graphically not as awe-inspiring as Forza or DriveClub, but the concept is cool.
Destiny (Sony Booth)
I wrote about how the Destiny beta changed my opinion of the game, but if you’re one of the few who still hasn’t tried it and is still unconvinced, now’s your chance to experience the game that will unseat Borderlands as THE co-op FPS/RPGLite experience. I’m guessing we’ll also see the white PS4 console in action.
Dying Light (WB Games Booth)
Who doesn’t like zombies? Who doesn’t like parkour? This game is basically Mirror’s Edge (Awesome!) meets Dead Island (kinda awesome!). Run, jump and bash your way through the undead hordes without having to get all sweaty and bloody! And for wimps like me, it’s less scary than The Evil Within.
Evolve (2K Booth)
It’s 4 vs 1 in a monster hunting extravaganza. Play as the evolving monster and wreak havoc on hapless humans, or opt to be one of four uniquely-skilled hunters out to claim your prize. Work together in this man (and robot) vs nature romp! This critically-acclaimed game has been delayed til next year, so don’t miss out or you’ll be waiting a while to bag and tag your prey.
The Evil Within (Bethesda booth)
This is part of a new breed of survival horror games I like to refer to as “pant-shitting simulators”. And nothing gets the bowels moving and blood pumping like a murderous maniacal mass murderer on your tail armed with a chainsaw, ready to slice you limb from limb. And that’s just the prologue of this damn game. If you’re into terror and heart attacks, you’ll definitely want to check it out.
Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft Booth)
Far Cry 3 was a surprise hit for me and in hindsight should have been my GOTY in 2012. An open world FPS with stealth mechanics, vehicles, light RPG elements, and lots of exploration. Far Cry 4 puts you in control of a different character and takes place in an entirely different setting – the Himalayas – and verticality plays a large part to your adventures. But the concept is the same, and I expect it to be just as ridiculously fun and engrossing as the last one.
Forza Horizon 2 (Xbox Booth)
You can’t deny that the folks at Turn 10 know a thing or two when it comes to gorgeous driving simulators, despite whatever you think about the game or its competitor. Forza Horizon 2 is back and the open world is your playground. Blaze through beautiful locales, but don’t let the pretty graphics fool you, as there’s a pretty deep sim under the hood. This is a definite buy for racing fans.
Halo: Master Chief Collection (Xbox Booth)
If you’re already a Halo fan, is there even a point to talking about this? If you’ve never played a Halo game before, you can at least say that you now know what people are raving about. Learn the art of the melee, master the energy sword, fear the power of the Battle Rifle, and witness the nuances of a well-timed teabag.
Killer Instinct 2 (Xbox Booth)
Last year’s Killer Instinct was a fun reboot of the wacky, comborific fighting game from a time before twin analog sticks were a thing in console gaming. And as much as I sucked at it, it was still a fun experience. Season 2 is a natural evolution, with new fighters, new levels, but the same c-c-c-combo breaking, button mashing fun.
Little Big Planet 3 (Sony Booth)
Despite the cutesy graphics and characters, the LBP series has been a serious innovative force in gaming, allowing gamers to unlock their creativity by designing levels and even other game variations. While this iteration may seem like the same old thing, it’s got a few new tricks up its sock…er… sleeve. Thanks to new characters with different abilities, level designers can build even larger, more complex playgrounds to test people’s skills and smarts.
Mortal Kombat X (WB Games Booth)
Holy shit, can you believe we’ve had 9 previous Mortal Kombats already, and only 4 Street Fighters? I kid, I kid… No matter – the game has evolved well over the years, and after great showings with MK9 and Injustice, the team at NetherRealm seems to be on top of their game again. MK is back… again, and it’s probably going to be good… again.
The Order 1886 (Sony Booth)
Industrial age steampunk London meets monster hunting in this 3rd person shooter exclusive to the PS4. This oft-delayed game won’t see the light of day until 2015, but here’s your chance to get your hands on what Sony is promising to be a cinematic action experience.
Shadow of Mordor (WB Games Booth)
This game showed so much promise when it was first revealed early this year. A hack-and-slash type of open world game, where you have the ability to use enemy characters to your advantage. I’ve noticed that the reception has been pretty lukewarm, partly due to the fact that it’s a LOTR spinoff – and have you actually played good LOTR games that weren’t Lego? Still, it’s a different take on the universe, with a cool concept, and you owe it to yourself to at least check it out. Might be a surprise hit this year.
Sunset Overdrive (Xbox Booth)
Someone recently asked me about a brightly-lit game that lets you slide along roller coaster tracks and electric wires on your feet while killing monsters with ridiculous weapons. And while I knew immediately that he was talking about Sunset Overdrive, I can’t for the life of me tell you what the game is all about. But if you’re a fan of high-octane, balls-to-the-wall fun, this is your ticket. Like PS4, Xbox One is also releasing in a white console version tied to Sunset Overdrive. I’m guessing we might see it here too.
Fan Expo starts today and runs until Sunday. For more info on the games featured in the EB Gamer Zone, as well as a schedule of gaming events, click here.
We’ll be back after the expo to give an overview of what we liked, what we didn’t like, surprises and disappointments.
Til then, leave a comment below and let us know what games you’re really looking forward to.