I went to the Eurogamer Expo at Earl’s Court on Saturday. It was good. I got to play a few games that haven’t come out yet. I played a song on Rock Band 3, The Killing Moon by Echo and the Bunnymen, but I think I could have chosen any of the songs in the game. I could have tried the new pro guitar controller, but I thought I’d look like an idiot fumbling around with that, so stuck with the regular one. I did play on expert though, I’m pretty good at Rock Band. I was always going to get the game anyway, but playing it has made me a little bit more excited about it.
I also got the chance to play the new Medal of Honor (It hurts me to spell it like that, but that’s the way it’s spelt in the title) game. They had it set up on 16 networked PS3s, so you could try out the multiplayer in an 8 vs. 8 match. One wasn’t working though, so it was 8 vs. 7. The game didn’t leave much of an impression on me, I don’t think it’s going to be able to take on Call of Duty and Battlefield and become a really popular multiplayer game. Because it was on PS3 I spent the first couple of minutes of the match trying to get my head round the controls. I’ve been using the Xbox 360 for almost 4 years now, and I’ve become accustomed to the way the controls are on there, particularly the way the left trigger is used for aiming and the right for firing. On PS3 the equivalent buttons are L2 and R2, but L1 and R1 are the ones used for aiming and firing respectively. This confused me a little bit as I played. I also hate the analog sticks on the PS3 controller, they feel a bit loose compared to the 360 equivalents. I’m very set in my ways. Once I’d got my head round using a different controller for the first time in years, the game was fun, but it really wasn’t anything special.
I had a quick go on the new Donkey Kong game on the Wii, it was pretty good. I did a couple of puzzles on the new Professor Layton game too. That’s more of the same really, but that’s not a bad thing. Nintendo definitely had a smaller presence at the Expo than Microsoft and Sony, which was a bit of a let down as I’m a Nintendo fanboy at heart.
I tried out Gran Turismo 5, but was left disappointed. The game took an absolute age to load, and when it did, just after the race started, most of the track disappeared! After driving on an invisible road for about a minute it reappeared. It was a very weird bug considering the limited content in the demo I played. For some reason it was limited to two minutes, regardless of which car and track was picked, and I only played it once, so didn’t get much chance to experience the game. I saw someone trying the Rally mode on it and I thought it was terrible. There were invisible barriers, very close to the edges of the course, so you couldn’t really go off the proper route at all. Compared to something like Dirt, where you could mess up a corner and end up crashing into rocks and trees and things, it was very sterile.
I played a few other games as well, which I may talk about in a later post. Overall it was a good day out.