Eurogamer Expo 2009 (Leeds) was our first venture out into the world of gaming shows and we were both quite impressed with what was on offer, so here’s a quick review about what we saw.
There were a few games that I was dying to play and some that I was mightily surprised with once I had some hands on time with them. Upon our arrival we were shocked to see the size of the queue that surrounded the building. Luckily we managed to take advantage of our press passes and jump straight through without having to wait for hours to get in.
Once we received our passes we walked into the first of two rooms with an abundance of HDTV’s and rows of games. The main room had the majority of games in with another room which had the indie games, careers fair and a selection of other games. Both rooms had an 18’s only section which had some of the best games on show which included Heavy Rain, Left 4 Dead 2 and God of War III. The picture below was taken as soon as we got into the venue, this was quietest it would be all day – within 30 minutes, the whole place was packed with people!
Unfortunately I didn’t have chance to play on everything but I did get my hands on Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time, Red Steel 2, Need for Speed: Shift (normal and with Nvidia 3D gaming glasses), Alien Breed and God of War III. There were a few that I didn’t play on, but either have them as they’ve been released (FIFA 10 and Halo 3: ODST) or I’ve played the demo (Brutal Legend). The other games I didn’t have time to play, I did stay around have a nosy at how they played, looked and other people’s response to them. The reason why we couldn’t play them all was because the queues for certain games were 3 deep and most people played for around 10-20 minutes each.
There were also a few talks from some of the industry’s professionals, which again, we didn’t have time to go to as we wanted to get around everything we wanted to see. There was a talk from Team 17 which I wanted to see, but that was on the Wednesday which was the day I couldn’t go!! But I did manage to speak to a couple of the producers from Team 17 who were at the Alien Breed demo and found out a bit of information about Alien Breed and some hint on where they’re going to be heading in the future. But I’ll explain some more of that in a later post.
Being a great big games nerd myself, I loved my day out of my parents’ basement, although the sunlight wasn’t so good on my pasty skin, but it was great to play on the biggest games out/to be released. Keep your eyes open for a deeper look into the games that I played at Eurogamer Expo (Leeds) and what I thought. It was great to spend a day just walking around and playing different games. I’ve got my first taste and would love to go one step further and get myself to GamesCon or possibly even the E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles in the not so distant future – if you want to check out when those upcoming games shows are being held, you can find that information all in one place over at Conference Calendar’s Gaming Expos page!
UPDATE: You can also read about Zath’s thoughts of the other venue (which was attended by Christian) by reading our Eurogamer Expo 2009 (London) review.
Find out more about the games that we got ot play on during our day at Eurogamer by taking a look at our games reviews: