As of right now, it is 73 days until the 2012 Eurogamer Expo. Held at Earl’s Court exhibition centre in London, it’s currently the UK’s biggest games event with last year attracting over 34,000 people.
I attended for two days last year as a bit of a last-minute jaunt and was actually blown away by how much fun it was. Sure, there’s a lot of waiting in line (An hour’s wait for a 10-minute blast on a PS Vita, anyone?) but that’s to be expected. The atmosphere was great, I got a chance to play some massive titles and attended some genuinely interesting developer sessions. Oh, and I left with a ton of freebies including an OnLive console that has been turned on a grand total of once and a bunch of t-shirts that I’ve ruined with hair dye.
Because of that, I’m going again this year for all four days and my four-day Super Pass hotel and travel are all booked. All that’s left is to wait and see what games and developer sessions are planned. The line-up’s looking great so far with titles like Metal Gear Rising getting me more than a little excited, but I thought I’d have a look at the games I’m hoping are announced over the next couple of months.
Let’s face it, Halo 4 is bound to be at Eurogamer, considering it’s due for release just five weeks after the expo. I’ve always been a fan of the Halo games, but I haven’t played one since 3 as ODST and Reach just looked too gimmicky. The impression that I got from Halo 4’s E3 gameplay demo is that it’s going back to the fast, fun and simple gameplay that I loved; I can’t wait to play it to see if this is the case.
Again, I’d be very surprised if the Wii U wasn’t on show and playable, but if it is then I am expecting fairly massive queues to get to play with it. As it stands, I’m really not convinced by the Wii U. I mean, that controller looks like it’ll be horribly uncomfortable after more than an hour or so, looking from your TV to its screen is going to be nothing other than a pain and most of its software is just old games with silly features added to them. I’m willing to give it a chance though, so I hope that Eurogamer will be my opportunity to do just that.
South Park: The Stick of Truth
I love South Park, I love fantasy RPG’s and I love the rhythm gameplay of the Paper Mario games. The Stick of Truth combines all of those as well as the chance to kill goth kids and hippies, so let’s just say that I’m a bit excited to play it. Also, the fact that’s it’s a full release, not an XBLA or PSN-only title, has me very intrigued to see how deep or involved the gameplay is. At the absolute least, it can’t be any worse than the N64 South Park game, can it?
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
As someone who practically grew up on JRPGs, I’ve really fallen out of love with the genre recently (I blame Final Fantasy XIII). I’ve been craving a title that I can spend hours and hours on; grinding levels well into the wee hours while meticulously tinkering with my team’s gear and getting completely absorbed into the story and world. You know what? I really think that Ni No Kuni will be that game. I’d just love to be able to confirm that before I drop £70 on the stunning collector’s edition.
Dance Central 3
Yes. Really. Although, if it doesn’t show its face, there’s always Just Dance 4. On a disco bus. Just don’t expect me to actually play either of them unless I bring a hipflask of tequila with me.
As you can imagine, I’m following the Eurogamer Expo Twitter account pretty closely to keep up with any announcements. Regardless of what games are shown, I can guarantee that it is going to be a fantastic few days. If you’re in two minds about going, I really can’t recommend it enough.