At a polar opposite to our first Indie highlight (Montagues Mount) we find Warframe. Created by Canadian developer Digital extremes, made up by experienced heads in the world of game development.
We first mentioned this title back in June when it was first announced to be coming to the PS4 from its PC home.
All I can now say is I am very pleased Sony actively sought this game out. It played like a dream on the PS4 and is by far the best F2P (Free to play) title I tried on the show floor.
The visuals and mechanics show what the system can do and even at this early stage why next gen may be the way to go.
The game is playable in the PS4 over 18 zone and its well worth the wait to take your place as a Space Ninja.
Its Ubisoft versus Electronic Arts in the open world car racing game championship of the world. Both games were offering a next gen showing but which would take the lead and leave the other trailing in their wake.
On the realism front The Crew brings you to real world locations, in this case Miami Beach filled with people and you are allowed to mow these people down with gay abandon. It sounds odd but in most Car games people are not on screen but thankfully The has left them on the street. Unfortunately the game felt a little flat to me and the open world tasks were not that engaging meaning the game did not win me over.
The game felt very reminiscent of Hot Pursuit with the cops versus crooks gameplay. If the game can deliver on its promise of seemless transition from single to multiplayer then it will be the game to have in this genre.
Obviously we will have to wait and see on that front but for now I'm a Rivals fan.
This is how I want to play a football game (and indeed all other sport titles) with no pauses while on the pitch no matter how minimal.
The PC is apparently comparable to the next gen sytems and if this is true then I think I will not even bother with the PS3 version, as the look and feel of the game feel sluggish when compared to the version I played.
The big question now is do I go for FIFA on the PS4 or do I upgrade my PC and play the game the way I experienced it today.
Below are some Screenshots to help show the graphics of the PC version and how they really are a setup on the visual front.
To say I need a nap is a bit of an understatement. The barrage of sights and sounds (and occasional smells) was a deluge of information that now on the train in my way home I can try to sort through.
Firstly the site floor is filled with most of my hotly anticipated games for the coming year, but its a real shame that Destiny only managed to muster up a model to pose with and the E3 trailer.
The Big two in microsoft and Sony take up the majority of the real estate in the centre of the floor. It was refreshing to see the 360 and PS3 still getting a lot of attention hopefully both consoles will have a lively if not totally full future.
The Vita was somewhat on the periphery of the Sony main stand this year, this was obvious with the PS4 just around the corner but I felt it was not being shown to its full potential. Just a little tip if your going to be jumping on a Vita at the show bring some headphones as none are supplied at the show. Normal earplugs work brilliantly and it really will make the experience of games like Batman Origins Blackgate that much better.
The retro scene was really well represented as were the indie titles. I'll be highlighting some of my picks of these and the AAA titles a bit later but for now all that's left for me to do is nap until the train pulls in at tonbridge.
Hands on with the latest games
Its not often we will paste a full press release and sit back, however this release from Special Effect is one of the times where my shortened description would not really be good enough to convey the full message. So please take a look and do two things past the post on and think about supporting this great charity.
Backwards Compatible team
SpecialEffect, the charity that enables people with disabilities to play games through adapted technology, have today appealed to all gamers to support their first ever crowdfunding project, codenamed PLAYING WITH YOUR EYES.
Respawn entertainment are bringing their new shooter to Earls Court in September.
Hopefully the game will live up to expectations and the team will be able to give you some heads up information from the show floor. Until then we will just have to make do with some awesome screenshots like the one to the right.
The strength of the UK gaming scene has been demonstrated by Eurogamer selling out its 70,000 tickets for this years show.
It may be the next gen console that are drawing crowds but one thing is for sure this years show is looking to be Epic.
The Backwards compatible team will be present in some capacity all through the show so look out for early impressions and articles straight from the show floor as well as some community based shenanigans.
One of the highlights of the 2012 Expo (At least for me) was the showcasing of smaller developers and publishers work. The Rezzed area is worth checking out because there is a lot more to gaming then just AAA. The list of confirmed titles is below on the read more tab.
In that spirit SEGA will again be sponsoring the Indie Games Arcade again this year, allowing even more exposure for Independent games.
Games currently confirmed for the Rezzed area are: