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Eurogamer 2009

Posted by TurtleGirl On November - 2 - 2009

Whether you’re into first person shooters, speeding cars or hack n slash games, you know that this year’s Eurogamer in London had something for everyone. With over 40 games to choose from, it’s hard to know what to play first. Simply everything is under one roof for all your gaming delights.

 
Heading over to Nintendo’s stand I had to go and play the ‘New Super Mario Bros‘ on the Wii. It had raised my attention and the speculation around the game made even more curious to know about it. The new ‘Super Mario Bros‘ is a retro 2d classic platformer with the new addition to multiplayer action. There were some new additions added to this game which included the propeller suit, which allowed me to fly over the other characters I was playing with. At first it seemed a bit tricky, but after a few failed attempts I seemed to master it a little better. Visually it’s still a stunning and polished game, it still has that great feel of it like the old skool mario games. The fact that they’ve added new additions to this title such as the penguin suit which allows you to fling snowballs at your enemy makes it even more appealing. There is an instant love for this game in which I feel it will be a big seller for Nintendo and I will be tempted to get this one.

 
SUPER MARIO BROS 2

SUPER MARIO BROS

 
Slowly making my way around the Expo, after being knocked a few times along ther way I found something that caught my attention very quickly. From the corner of my eye I could see a huge tv set up with ‘James Cameron’s Avatar‘ game on the Xbox 360. Ubisoft announced that they would be releasing the game on the 4th December 2009 to co inside with the release of the movie on the 14th December.

 
AVATAR

 
With some good hands on time with this title you can see straight away that this game has a good feel about it. In first person view I made my way across the grassy landscapes, fully aware that I was being hunter down by the monsters of the jungle. During game play you have the added option of seeing details of each creature with the selected button, this enables to discover the type of species it is. Useful if you need to blast this creature to kingdom come. Although the controls felt a bit clumsy at times, I tried to make my way round and soon discovered various pulse pods that when activated will simply destroy creatures within that vicinity. Visually the game was very appealing and with the added bonus that you can use 3d glasses to make you’re experience even more satisfying. The ideal requirement with this game is that you have to really need a 1080p output and HDMI cable to really get the full effects. It’s stunning when you look at it through the 3d glasses and it’s a truly incredible experience to be honest. Had trouble flying the helicopter at one point, but I guess that’s just a learning curve. I’m seriously looking forward to this game and the movie.

 
AVATAR

 
With Ubisoft in mind still I headed over to the much anticipated game ‘Rabbids Go Home‘ on the Wii. A very hilarious game that I had the chance to play for a little while. What don’t we love about the Rabbids, because to me they are highly amusing as they made their way the streets collecting junk so they can go to the moon. This is also the first time that Ubisoft have dropped the Rayman as well, so that was a little strange but I think it was a good move. Moving my rabbid screeching around what seemed a supermarket I could see straightaway this game is going to be a huge hit for Ubisoft. I’ve loved all the rabbids game and this one you have the opportunity to run over the public and watch as they run away terrified with only their underwear to keep them warm. Harmless fun, but great fun nevertheless. You also have the chance to throw water bombs at spiky cactus plants and unsuspecting characters which was highly entertaining.

 
RABBIDS 1

RABBIDS 2

 
Gathering the odd bit of junk from the streets slightly reminded of Katamari to some degree as I piled it up high on my trolley. Your pile of junk gets higher and higher making it a little hard to control at times. The humor is still there and that’s always what seems paramount with this title. You come away feeling like you’ve had a good giggle at the expense of the Rabbids. I loved the game and this will certainly be on my wishlist this year.

 
A V P

 
Cruising around the expo I caught sight of ‘Aliens V Predator‘ even though I never got an official hands on time with it. The concept remains the same. Aliens, a Predator and a large number of Colonial Marines in which you can play each faction. It has a Call of Duty style feel about it, switching between perspectives after each level. Graphically it’s pretty astounding and that’s what caught my attention first of all. As for game play it looked straightforward. The Predator has several visual modes including infrared and alien vision, but the most useful is his Focus Mode. In this visual mode, the Predator gets all of his necessary information about his surroundings and his prey. Objectives and important items are highlighted in red and landing points are also shown. You have to be careful moving around just incase you attract the predator’s attention.Another one of  SEGA’s titles was ‘Bayonetta‘ which is an action shooter Set in a fictional city in Europe, the game centers on its title character Bayonetta, who can wield four handguns—among other weapons—and perform magical attacks to defeat various enemies. The game has five difficulty settings; its two easiest ones contain a game mode playable with only one button, similar to a mode Kamiya used in Devil May Cry. Its characters were designed with modern style and fashion in mind, while its music is largely upbeat and feminine. Another amazing looking game, even though I had no hands on time with this one.

 
THE BEATLES ROCK BAND

 
To be honest most of the games I had already played, so there was little I wanted to actually play myself. I did however want to look at the new developments with ‘Brink’ in the developer session which I unfortunately missed. To me that looks like a terrific game. Down in the basement there were opportunities to play ‘Professor Layton and Pandora’s box’ on the Nintendo DS and other games such as ‘Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s inside story.

 
They had Rock Band on stage which was set up to play the Beatles Rock band game which I thought was brilliant. I had a brief glimpse in the Indie games section in which they had a vast selection of PC games. To be honest, none of them really caught my attention. Loads of free stuff was given out, but I missed out that too. Probably being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I didn’t have much time to get even close to the Left 4 Dead 2 stand due to the high volume of people attending the expo. MAG looked sensational and graphically astounding. I reckon that’s a game I’m going to enjoy playing. Like I said before many of the games I had played before with the exception of Heavy Rain, Assassin’s Creed 2 and a few others. Being that Girl Gamers UK plays all platforms, we have already had a huge choice of games to play with. All in all the Eurogamer was a brilliant event bringing developers and the gaming community together.

 
Here is a full rundown list of the games at the Eurogamer.

 
Army of Two: The 40th Day

 
Assassin’s Creed 2

 
Avatar

 
Aliens Vs Predator

 
Bad Company 2

 
Bayonetta

 
Brutal Legend

 
Dragon Age Origins

 
Fairytale Fights

 
FIFA 10

 
Forza Motorsport 3

 
Global Agenda

 
God of War 3

 
Halo 3: ODST

 
Left 4 Dead 2

 
Lost Planet 2

 
MAG

 
Mass Effect 2

 
Need For Speed: Shift

 
New Super Mario Bros

 
Rabbids Go Home

 
Ratchet & Clank 2

 
Red Steel 2

 
Rogue Warrior

 
Star Trek Online

 
Uncharted 2

 
WET

 
Batman Arkham Asylum

 
Beatles Rock Band

 
Blue Toad Murder Files

 
Borderlands

 
Dante’s Inferno

 
Dark Void

 
Medieval Games

 
Metroid Trilogy

 
Monster Hunter Tri

 
Need For Speed: Nitro

 
Saboteur

 
SAW

 
Split/Second

 
Tatsunoko vs Capcom

 
Tekken 6

 
Wheelspin

 
Thank you to Eurogamer that allowed us to use their Press Room.

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  2. James Joell-Ireland Said,

    Our report got written today, i kind of focused more on the event and whether it’s worth the entrance fee and what got shown there. As i’d simply be going on for hours if i was to speak about all the games aswell.

    Well, that’s pretty much it for the UK scene until next year I guess. In some respects it’s nice that the hectic 7 days are over, but in other ways it’s sad that there isn’t much else going on.

    Just a quote from are article going up tonight which you may have noticed from being there;

    “One more thing, filming of games was a real problem, something happened on the Saturday which had both EA and Nintendo Europe completely blackballing press from getting any footage. Surely NDA’s (Non-disclosure Agreements) could have been sorted, perhaps if notices such as ‘No Filming’ on desired stands would of saved the confusion for others. It was an unfortunate aspect of the show, which only really affected the press industry and arguably left some of us desperately trying to remember things for their write ups”

    It was cool to have that whole blogging community transition over from the GJA to the Eurogamer, that was pretty cool!

    Posted on November 2nd, 2009 at 6:32 pm

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