Here at Vulture Hound we aren’t renowned for our video games coverage, but we’ve done our fair share of comic-cons. So when the chance to explore and review EGX, the UK’s biggest gaming expo came up we were hardly going to turn it down were we?! Taking place between 24th and 27th September at the NEC, we headed down to EGX on the Saturday to see what all the fuss was about.
On arriving at the NEC a little later than planned, we realised just how big a deal EGX is with hundreds of people queuing to get in for the 11.00 start time (there were some that had paid extra for 10.00 entry). As we finally got inside, the scope of the site was apparent with Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony all investing in huge stands with giant screens and games galore.
However, our first port of call wasn’t to see all the new shiny games that were on display but to instead visit the retro area of the expo, and roll back the years. With consoles such as the NES, SNES, Playstation One and even Spectrum on display, the retro zone showed that things were just as fun twenty years ago as they are today.
Wandering through the arena we got to see people playing the latest releases such as Star Wars: Battlefront, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and Rock Band 4 and even got to try our hand at Lego Dimensions which is sure to be a hit (and constant money spinner). Competitive gaming is a big thing at these kinds of expo, and EGX is no different with Virgin Media even putting £5000 on the line for one lucky team.
The Rezzed and Leftfield areas were where the really interesting things were happening with the smaller and more independent developers putting their lifes work on display. Some of the more interesting games included Unbox, a fun multiplayer game in which you play as… a box. There were also low key returns for classic games such as Worms and Oddworld (the one with the weird guy you could make burp and fart).
EGX isn’t all about your big name X-Box’s and Playstation’s- new technologies such as mobile and virtual reality gaming were on display with developers trying to plug into the huge markets that are soon to be opening up with devices such as Oculus Rift rearing to change gaming as we know it.
The gaming world is a huge part of the world we now live in, and is arguably soon to become (if not already) bigger than Hollywood. Shows like EGX are perfect for both hardcore gamers and those who like to take things steady, with literally a game for everyone.