It’s that time of year once again: convention season is almost upon us. March 12 marks the first day of EGX Rezzed, one of the first gaming conventions of the year. There’s a lot to look forward to – it comes hot on the heels of GDC, and it’ll be the first chance many developers get to show off their products in the UK.
With developer panels, a careers fair and the usual raft of playable titles, it can all get a bit overwhelming. Fear not, however; we’re here to get you through it. Without further ado, here’s our pick of the top things to look out for at EGX Rezzed 2015.
Thomas Was Alone was sublime, but creator Mike Bithell’s latest game, Volume, looks like it might just be better. Volume is a futuristic Robin Hood-esque Stealth-Em-Up, featuring a stellar voice cast including Danny Wallace, Jim Sterling and Charlie McDonnell. It’s also got an inbuilt level editor for community-created content.
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
The sequel to 2012’s best batshit-crazy murder simulator, Hotline Miami 2 has the unenviable position of having to fill the shoes of an unexpected success. Whether or not it succeeds, brutally dispatching legions of ’80s henchmen is still sure to be just as much fun as it was last time round.
Valve Developer Panel
Set your alarms, people: this’ll be the big one, and you don’t want to miss out on a a seat. Valve’s Chet Faliszek talks SteamVR, Vive and what the company have learned from working on the system’s upcoming games. You never know, you might even be there to see Half-Life 3 announced.
Imagine Hotline Miami set ten years earlier, but you’re on the other side of the law, and you’ve got L.A. Cops. A top-down shooter that’s dripping with ’70s cop show nostalgia, from its bell-bottoms to moustache-tips, and it looks amazing. If you’ve ever imagined yourself as Starsky and/or Hutch, this is your game.
Guild of Dungeoneering
A similar premise to Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale in that you approach a well-worn genre from the opposite side. An old-school dungeon crawler, but it’s you who constructs the dungeons, places traps, fills it with enemies and scatters loot around the place. If the trailer is anything to go by, there’ll be lashings of humour throughout.
Blues and Bullets
This black-and-white noir crime title looks like Sin City had a baby with L.A. Noire and named Booker DeWitt as the godfather; which is to say it’s dark, seedy and edgily glamorous. Blue and Bullets has a fantastic, atmospheric look to it, and what seems like a reasonably engaging story. One to watch.
From the developers of Dark Souls and Demons Souls, Bloodborne is another suffer-em-up with a similarly brutal difficulty curve. After playing an early demo at MCM last year, I can attest that this will lead to more than a few rage-quits and broken controllers. The Victorian Gothic ‘plague-doctor’ aesthetic is gorgeous though.
I’ve got a soft spot for this particular one (its spin-off The Expendabros was the first thing I reviewed for PUG). A side-scrolling Contra-style shooter with a dizzying roster of fictional action heroes like Rambro, Brobocop and Bronan the Brobarian, it is indescribably fun to play, especially the local co-op.
Gratuitous Space Battles 2
The clue’s in the title with this one. Build and customise a fleet of starships, draw up a battle plan, and then watch as your armada blows the opposition’s ships to Proxima Centauri. Basically, it’s all the good bits of FTL: Faster Than Light cranked up to 11, and then tripled in scale.
Honourable Mention: Taphobos
If this co-op experience about being buried alive isn’t the weirdest thing at the show, we’ll eat our own legs. Definitely unique.
Power Up Gaming will be on hand to provide the biggest and best stories from EGX Rezzed, so be sure to check out our coverage from March 12 onwards.
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