EGX or Eurogamer Expo started in 2008 as part of the London Games festival in the Old Truman Brewery London and was attended by about 4000 people. Five years later the 2013 Expo closed its doors (now based in Earls Court) having seen over 70,000 attendees across the four day event.
Judging by the queues at the Saturday event that record is likely to be beaten.
The big draw is, of course, the games and 2014’s roster was particularly dribble inducing.
Banishing memories of the abysmal Aliens: Colonial Marines, Isolation feels like the Alien game we’ve been waiting for.
Set 15 years after the first film Alien: Isolation casts the player as the daughter of Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver’s film character) Amanda.
The game, developed by Creative Assembly, takes its cue from the first films haunted house in space atmosphere and basically attempts to scare the crap out of you by building a world of badly lit corridors, creaking vents and hissing steam pipes.
Playing the game on the VR headset Oculus Rift ups the tension tenfold by placing you right in the nightmare. Watching yourself being speared by the alien’s razor sharp tail on a big screen is bad enough but actually looking down to see a gaping hole in your chest is a totally unnerving experience.
Other big draws at the event included space adventure Elite: Dangerous which boasts a procedurally generated galaxy of 400 billion star systems, all of which you can explore!
The monster mashing multiplayer Evolve from the guys who brought the obscenely good fun Left 4 Dead games. Take on the role of four monster hunter characters each with its own specialisations or, perhaps more interestingly, the monster itself for a bit of hunter stomping.
As the monster you have to survive long enough to gobble up some of the local wildlife in order to, as the title suggests, evolve into a bigger, badder behemoth. Think Pokemon, huge man-eating Pokemon.
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, a 2D farming simulator for the Wii U. Okay it’s not any of those things but what it actually is, is bloody great fun.
Like a combination of Assassin’s Creed with the combat elements of Rocksteady’s Batman games and a pixel perfect recreation of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings landscapes, Shadow of Mordor may actually be the one LOTR game to rule them all….
Moving swiftly on.
Man shooting juggernaut Call of Duty goes all futuristic in Advanced Warfare. Selling roughly a zillion billion copies of various CoD titles over 11 years the format really needed a shake up and Advanced Warfare promises to do that by giving you, amongst other things, access to a jet pack and a ability enhancing exo-suit, sort of like the one worn by Matt Damon’s character in the 2013 sci-fi action flick Elysium. If nothing else flinging yourself around with the jet pack should be fun in the always enjoyable multiplayer mode.
Dying Light was created by Techland, the guys behind the original Dead Island before moving on to create a game about crafting melee weapons to take on zombies in an openworld environment…wait, what? Okay not the most original game to shuffle from the crypt but Dying Light is still enjoyably gore filled.
Dead Island is a similar deal but with emphasis on multiplayer. Join teams of up to eight players to tackle objectives before going your separate ways if you like to complete story missions.
More open world madness is to be had in Far Cry 4 which lets you lose in Nepal to liberate bases, complete side missions and take part in the occasional trip to the dream world of Shangri-la for a bit of hunting with your pet tiger.
To call this small selection the tip of the digital iceberg at EGX would be an understatement. The popularity of EGX has grown year on year bringing together gamers, developers, programmers and journalists all to celebrate and enjoy our passion. The sheer amount of quality games available at the Expo and the palpable atmosphere of shared enjoyment makes all that queuing worth it.