EGX 2018: The Best Games from This Year’s Show

EGX 2018: The Best Games from This Year’s Show

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Most of us avid gamers have EGX marked on our calendars. For the uninitiated, EGX is the biggest gaming event held annually in the UK. It is a great chance for gamers to get their hands on the hottest titles and learn about the most anticipated ones before they are released.

The first thing we noticed this year was that there were less playable games but they all had playable demos. Don’t get us wrong though. There were titles like Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, The Division 2, Kingdom Hearts 3, Pokémon: Let’s Go and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. These monumental titles were quite enough to give any die-hard gaming fan a stroke!

Let’s recreate some of the magic at EGX 2018 by going through some of the biggest and newsworthy titles at the event.

Kingdom Hearts 3

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It’s been years in the making but we finally got to play Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts 3. We just couldn’t wait to see the new generation of Keyblade in action. Fortunately, what we saw didn’t disappoint us one bit! There was some skepticism from our side since there hasn’t been a new game in the series since Kingdom Hearts II for PS2, save for the remastered releases. However, the new game makes good use of modern consoles’ capabilities

To give gamers a taste of what the game would be like, Square Enix brought with them 2 demos from the game. One was a boss battle with Lythos, the rock titan from Disney’s Hercules. This fight was incredible for two reasons. During the fight, we were able to maneuver the character using the wall-running mechanic avoiding all the large boulders that were being thrown at it. Secondly, it was our first time using the Disney Ride attack; a ride from the actual theme park is summoned for your character’ rescue. The Ride came equipped with firework cannons that we could defeat the enemy with!

The next demo at the event was called ‘Toy Box’. Set in the Toy Story universe, this demo featured all the big characters from the animated movie. It involved Sora, the main protagonist, meeting the toys for the first time. Both these demos have increased our excitement for Kingdom Hearts 3 by many folds. We can’t wait for its release in January next year.

The Division 2

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It would be remiss of us if we didn’t mention this upcoming title among those that deserve the hype. In terms of gameplay, The Division 2 is a breath of fresh air. We will even go as far as saying this was our favorite game from this year’s EGX. This title has taken the best things from the previous installment and taken them to the next level. As per our experience, we found the game’s multiplayer experience highly enjoyable. Teamwork and communication during matches made the game even better.

The demo for the game at EGX 2018 had different units that your team could choose from like the sniper, assaulter, cross bower or grenadier. The cross bower was allowed the use of a drone that could gain sight of the whole battlefield or cause distractions. These battlefields included Washington DC in the summer and New York in the winter. Enroute to these points we found that there were some armed thugs that were executing their hostages. In response to this, our team reached some vantage points and fired in unison to beat the mission.

In our whole experience, it was quite clear that the game wasn’t made for a solo experience. This may seem like a disadvantage, but we mean the exact opposite. You just need to get your team ready till March 2019, so you can get a great experience.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

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Playing the new Call of Duty title at the event was a great experience. Considering that we are die-hards who have spent most of our nights playing the previous games in this series, we considered the presence of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 at the event a major highlight. The new game’s mechanics have advanced quite a bit, making the gameplay exhilarating. Good news for those who found the double jump and wall running features of the game annoying; they are gone for good!

What’s left of the game is a brilliant and very realistic first-person shooter. The demo we played succeeded at reminding us how ferociously accurate the gameplay is. The demo we played at the expo offered a standard multiplayer mode. Sadly, the Black Out Battle Mode of the game wasn’t ready for the event.

In the multiplayer mode of this game, players will have two points on the whole map to capture which they have to hold for 60 seconds while opponents attack. At the end of this round, players will be given the choice of resetting the counter and then either defending or attaching the same points. The mode was also a best of three with each game lasting for around five minutes, even though the counter was set at 10 minutes.

All in all, the demo has gotten us really excited about playing this game. Expect a new Black Out mode when the game releases. The developers understand how Battle Royale modes are popular among gamers these days, and how much Call of Duty fans want to be part of this trend.

Some Honorable Mentions

While we can’t cover all the demos we played in this event, there were some titles that we were sad about not mentioning. We had a great time playing the new Smash Bros. and Diablo 3 on Switch. Final Fantasy XV was also a lot better than we expected it to be while Life is Strange 2 is something we are personally looking forward to.

Finally, how is it possible to talk about gaming conventions without any word about Fortnite? This behemoth of a game has taken over the gaming universe and was featured at the convention very prominently by Sony, who had setup over 30 consoles running the game for visitors.

We also met other gamers and game developers which led to some exciting discussions about gaming. All we have to say now is that we can’t wait for next year and would really hope to meet all of you there.

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Marc Busby

Long time gamer with a passion for all games. For me, it's all about the experience a game delivers.

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