As the weekend drew to an end, EGX was about to host it’s final day. As we were leaving Birmingham too, we decided to head over to the expo a little later. We packed our bags and arrived around 10am. Sadly there were a few bad apples within the staff that I’d come across that weekend. This was made apparent once again when I asked a member of staff how to get to the cloakroom – I was rudely spoken too, belittled and totally left with a bad taste in my mouth after speaking to him. This occurred a few times over the weekend by staff from not just the NEC but from EGX staff too. I’m not going to go into it to much, but he wasn’t the first member of staff that had a horrible attitude.
Moving on from that we got into the event and started taking some footage. The event doesn’t open it’s doors publicly until 11am, Super Pass holders and early access members are allowed into the event an hour earlier, then once the public enters prepare to feel as if you are part of a sardine tin. The event easily could have been doubled in size and it would still have aptly held all attendees. Even though the event was a lot bigger than when it was held at Earls Court, it was still crammed full, hopefully next year all of the problems with staff, queuing organisation and event capacity gets resolved.
If you took your picture with Vaultboy at a certain time of day you were given Vaultboy masks for free! – Here you can see my missus doing just that.
We’d heard that you were able to get hold of a vault boy mask if you took a picture with him at 11am. This was definitely on the agenda. We hung around in the retro section and got to play some NES and Sega Mega Drive, while waiting, which was a lot of fun. Once we’d picked up the masks it was time to head on over to play The Division.
Back to my roots – playing Super Mario on the NES.
Once we got to the start of the queue we were greeted with a sign that no one wants to see; “3 hours wait from here” this was in fact true, even though I thought it may have been done to avoid congestion in the public walk ways. I was in fact proved wrong. This was the last main game I wanted to play and one of my most anticipated, so I figured the wait had to be endured. After three long hours we finally got on to to play. First impressions were not so good – due to the crazy queue that snaked half way around the event itself, but the game definitely lived up to the hype, my only problem with it is that I just wanted to see more of it, the vehicle and environment art was fantastic and visually it looked photogenic. I wished they’d focused more on the survival element, but I suppose in such a short demo that wasn’t really an option. The game is still six month away though, so I’m sure we’ll see a lot more before release. I can’t wait to get my hands on the final game and it’ll more than likely become a staple throughout the blog when it released next year.
The Division at EGX – Look out for an article from me on the game coming really soon.
Before queuing to play The Division I’d put my name down again to play PlayStation VR, very luckily I got a text notifying me that there was a space available just as I’d left the over 18’s area. After around a 20 minute wait I was able to have a second look at PlayStation VR, I got to play EVE Valkyrie this time, I’m not going to go into too much detail, as this is something I’ll be covering in it’s own article at a later date, I just have to say, it was incredible.
I managed to get to experience PlayStation VR twice at EGX.
Seeing as though we’d spent the majority of the morning and early afternoon queuing, we decided to break for lunch. Afterwards I spent an hour or so capturing extra video footage while I had a moment. After lunch we joined the queue for Rainbow Six Siege, while standing we were handed some free beta keys to play the game once we got home. The queue itself was taking longer than normal to reduce down, I remembered that IO Interactive were doing a gameplay presentation on the new Hitman game. I decided it’d be best to make the most of the time left and go and see that presentation, rather than waiting in line to play the game when I could just play the beta once I got home.
The new Hitman gameplay presentation was amazing.
The decision was a positive one as Hitman looked fantastic on the PS4. The game overall seemed a lot bigger than previous versions, there was a lot more choice to be made and many more paths to take when trying to execute your target.
Overall the weekend was fantastic, I thoroughly enjoyed it, even if there were a few underlying problems with the event itself. There will obviously be a few more articles to come, involving EGX – My thoughts on Star Wars Battlefront, PlayStation VR, The Division and much more. Most of these updates may be shown on my Youtube channel so head over there and subscribe in order to keep up to date once they drop.