PLAY EXPO – REPLAY, COSPLAY, NOW PLAY, PRO PLAY
Date 13th/14th October 2012
I could have bought so much here especially for Christmas gifts I mean doesn’t every man need Koopa slippers from Mario for Christmas!
My eldest son headed straight to the HALO 4 gaming section, This is one area of Play Expo that was always going to get a huge amount of attention. It was the first opportunity to play one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the year, Most people playing the game then running to rejoin the queue proved this on many occasions throughout the event.
My son along with other gamers absolutely loved this game it has amazing the graphics and gameplay which have taken such a huge leap forward yet the game keeps the original quality of previous releases. It has been 5 years since Halo 3 and 343 industries had a massive job in hand to keep up and improve the franchise.The first thing that strikes you about this game is sound so clear and crisp and totally gets you right in the zone you actually feel like a spartan. My son instantly compared the gameplay much closer to COD and he was amazingly impressed by the quality of the product.Another major thing about this game is that you can actually sprint which comes as standard, This helps players like me who run away frequently. The Guns have been revamped and the level of detail in the entire game is brilliant, I was not always a big fan of the original HALO series myself as the graphics have always seemed too blocky and gameplay sluggish for my liking and this kinda spoilt the gameplay for me at least.
However now 343 industries have got their hands on the product it shows instantly what a new approach can do to a game because I would now play this 24/7.
Halo 4 is the start of a new trilogy and in my opinion this game has been brought right up to date with current gaming and fans of Halo will not be disappointed. After playing this even, I can’t wait until the game is actually released so I can have a go with my kids of course.
The Halo stand also gave away prizes including a limited edition gamepad to one very lucky gamer, who you just know went home with a massive smile on his face.
Well done 343 Industries
United Kingdom Release Date 6th November 2012
The gameplay of New Super Mario Bros. U is very similar to that of past New Super Mario Bros. games, mostly similar to Super Mario World, with similar features and designs, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii, with the return of the 4-player multiplayer. Though this time, players can play as their Miis, including the first player, who can also choose whoever to play as. A fifth player can join as well, though he/she will use the Wii U GamePad to assist the players, in a mode known as Boost Mode. This mode allows the fifth player to create blocks to either assist or annoy the other players, simply by touching the GamePad screen. The player operating Boost Mode can also stun enemies.
Power-ups, like the Fire Flower, Ice Flower and the Mini Mushroom, are returning. The game also features a new power-up, the Super Acorn, which gives Mario and co a Flying Squirrel Suit, which lets them glide and grab on to walls.
Luigi and friends have to capture the ghost before the time runs out – or before they run out by being captured themselves. What follows is a fun mixture of Pac-Man and hide and seek. Players on the TV screen can see the ghost for brief moments, when the lights flash on or the torch falls on his path and so quick reactions to capture-or-be-captured are a must!
Metal Gear Rising Revengeance
As you can see from the image below the EGL took centre stage at the event Play EXPO.
This event was showcased on a stage as we entered the venue and instantly you found yourself looking say “That’s a Gear’s of war costume or look it’s RYU from street fighter”. My kids wanted pictures with all of them and to be honest I did too. This shows that we are all kids at heart and really want to get a picture alongside icons we grew up with or have seen in many games.
Play EXPO they had so many competitions running for COS.PLAY that certainly attracted not only included people taking part in the events but drew large crowds to the area and I think you make up your own mind who you want to win because as I said you become fond of the characters they have dressed up as throughout the years.
Sonic All-star Racing Transformed
Jake Asking a question below Video Response
Mike Montgomery Developer
The Question & Answer session was a huge success with Mike answering questions honestly and freely and I soon had learnt about the life in the Gaming industry back in the day. If you ever get chance to listen to him i do seriously suggest you go.