At an ungodly hour in the morning, I’ll be making my way once again to the NEC Birmingham for all the gaming goodness that EGX has to offer this year. Advertised as ‘the UK’s biggest video games event’, attendees can will have the opportunity to play upcoming video games before they’re released and watch presentations from by developers from world-renowned studios.
With the exception of Rezzed, the other gaming events I’ve attended in 2018 so far have left me feeling slightly disappointed. Last month’s PLAY Expo London was too retro for my personal taste and highlighted the issue of dedicating a show to classics; and while Insomnia63 was better, there were far too many instances of Fortnite. This has left me even more hyped than usual for EGX and I’m looking forward to getting the opportunity to add some new games to my wishlist.
After some deliberation, my other-half and I have decided to attend only on the Thursday this time. It’s generally the quietest day of the show so there’s more freedom when it comes to moving around the exhibition hall and in previous years, we’ve managed to play everything we’ve had our eye on during the first day so our second has almost gone to waste. Saying that though, there are a lot of titles I’ve added to my to-do list already along with several developer sessions – so the pressure is on!
In terms of the big-budget stuff, I’m looking forward to checking out the Man of Medan episode of The Dark Pictures Anthology by Supermassive Games. This is ‘a series of intense, standalone horror games’ with the first bringing ‘ghostly horror to the South Pacific’, and if it’s anywhere as good as Until Dawn we’ll be in for a treat. My other-half however is getting himself all worked up over Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 by Massive. Not my cup of tea, but seeing how he didn’t get the opportunity to play it at Insomnia63 last month I’ve promised him it’s the first title we’ll queue up for.
My list of indie games is far longer, with the first being point-and-click 3 Minutes to Midnight by Scarecrow Studio after receiving a tip from nufafitc from Emotional Multimedia Ride recently. I’m also looking forward to puzzler The Gardens Between by The Voxel Agents; this one has been on my radar since the beginning of the year because it looks so pretty. And then we have The Bradwell Conspiracy by A Brave Plan – a narrative-driven first-person adventure that seems as though it’s going to be exactly my cup of tea.
There are also a couple of developer sessions I’d like to see, including that from Dream Reality Interactive entitled The State of VR in 2018 where they’re going to be discussing what’s next for the medium. I’m also hoping to get a seat at the session being presented by DONTNOD Entertainment about their upcoming mystery-thriller Twin Mirror, as it seems like yet another game I need to add to my library – give the announcement trailer a watch if you haven’t already because it looks amazing.
If you’re going to be at EGX tomorrow, please do let me know in the comments below so we can keep an eye out for you and say hello! If I manage to recover in time, I’ll be spending the weekend writing about what we got up to and bringing you several posts about the event next week.