Tuesday, September 2, 2014
PAX! PAX! PAX!
Following up on the last post which featured the games that caught my eye on days 1 & 2, here are the titles I found worth mentioning from days 3 & 4.
Toy Soldiers: War Chest (PS4/XBO/PC) The madmen over at Signal Studios have cooked up another installment of their active Tower Defense franchise Toy Soldiers (the first two were fantastic) and this time they’re shaking things up by including other toys besides the traditional little green army men -- unicorns, cupcakes and teddy bears join the fray, all in rainbow colors. There are also other armies that have not been announced yet, and word on the street is that there are some very famous properties being added to the mix at a later date… You didn't hear that from me, though.
Chariot (PS4/XBO/WiiU/PC) is a super-cute physics-based puzzler that features couch co-op. A princess and her companion must take the dead king’s ashes to his burial site, so they strapped the urn onto a couple of wheels and must work together to push, pull, tug and balance… It looks quite lighthearted and amusing. Pretty charming stuff.
Wander (PS4/PC) This one is a bit of an enigma. It's apparently a combat-free MMO where the point of the game is to unravel the lore of the land. Players wander from place to place collecting bits of information and can transform into different shapes by reaching checkpoints. The player I saw started out as a tree being, and later changed into a gryphon. There will be at least 2-3 more forms as well. I like the style and I like the idea of trying something new, but to be honest it seemed like the player was doing nothing but walking from place to place. I have doubts about how long that sort of experience can sustain someone, but I’m still quite curious about it.
Tales From The Borderlands (PS3/360/PS4/XBO/PC/iOS) I’m not the biggest Borderlands fan, but I do think the setting is rich with narrative potential, and Telltale clearly agrees. The demo followed the usual template that we’ve seen with Walking Dead and Wolf Among Us, but there was a slightly higher emphasis on action QTEs. However, the real hook is that the tale is split between the two main characters, Rhys and Fiona. After hearing what ‘he said’ as the first section of play, Fiona popped up for a session of ‘she said’ which put a different spin on things. It’s a great idea, and something we haven’t seen with Telltale before. Also of note: I found that I had a strong compulsion to play Rhys as a complete a*hole, quite unlike every other Telltale game… This is going to be an interesting ride.
… And there you have it, another year of combing the floor for new and interesting games. I hope you found something in my writeup that you hadn’t heard of before!
Also, although I had a great time at PAX, I've got to be honest -- the games are great, but the absolute best thing about the show is catching up with everybody who I know primarily via email or Twitter. In today’s world, everyone is so spread out and far apart that we often wish the friends we make electronically were a lot closer than they really are, and for a few days at PAX, that wish comes true. Of course, it’s impossible to meet up with everyone you wish you could (and apologies to everyone I missed, @Whamtan especially!) but it’s pretty amazing to just stop for a few minutes and chat with folks you’d otherwise never, ever see.
It’s the best.
Oh, and just for the hell of it, enjoy some pics that I took at random.
|This thing was massive.|
|SIGH... You guys again?!? Seriously??|
|An insider's peek at Undead Labs.|
|These dudes took a seriously wrong turn.|
|Pikachu's about to choose you!|
|One of Evolve's beasts. It was unbelievably massive and towered over the floor. Just heart-stopping.|
|The men's room sign at Undead Labs.|
|The infamous 'Escalator Of Incredible Delay'.|
|Had NO idea who this was until my son told me. Because... I'm old? >_>|
|Although I couldn't care less about AC, these costumes were quite impressive. SO detailed.|
|No clue how someone came up with the idea for this. Too much money at 2K?|
|It's a mechanical bull underneath the fearsome appearance.|
|Major props to this cosplay crew. Perfect outfits and accessories.|
|No idea. This time, my son didn't know either. I'm not so old after all! ^_^|
|This statue for The Order: 1886 was so lifelike it was creepy.|
|You never need a reason to have a robot statue at PAX.|
|New Vegas love!!|
|The Evil Within has an unhealthy obsession with brains and barbed wire.|
|My only regret of the show was not playing Alien: Isolation. The lines were just too long.|
|My son, checking out the staff part of the Insect Glaive weapon in MH4U.|
|Forget the glaive. This is WAY more his speed.|