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Top 5 Games MIA from the EB Expo 2011

Top 5 Games MIA from the EB Expo 2011

by: dkpatriarch

©2011 David Hilton

This is where we get a little greedy and wish a few of the upcoming titles we are looking forward to made an appearance.

We aren’t saying they should have been there for us to play, but certainly these have all got in-game footage that has been seen on the net, so a live demonstration of playable code would have been interesting, even if only for Media and VIPs.

After all, Mass Effect 3, also due next year, was there to be played.

5. Spec Ops: The Line

While there was some video footage running high on a wall for this game, I still had to wonder, how long before we get to see more than just video.

We were keen to see some playable sequences of the destruction in Dubai, an interesting choice of location. This game certainly been in development a long time.

The squad-based mechanics should make it differ from Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 enough to stand out, if the gameplay is up there to match.

4. Max Payne 3

There’s been a lot of discussion about this game lately, especially surrounding the concern that by going bald and going to Brazil Max has become less Max Payne and more Denzil Washington in the film Man On Fire.

As a big fan of the film noire series and certainly not opposed to him leaving the overdone New York location, I would have loved to see the in-game action in person and made up my own mind if it still seemed Max Payne enough.

3. Hitman: Absolution

We’ve seen the library level where different aspects of the game including stealth, action, and disguise have been used, so obviously a playable code exists.

It would have been fantastic to see a live demo where different choices and paths were taken than the video on the net demonstrates. It looked pretty polished there to me, so I don’t think they would have had to worry too much about emphasizing that “this is not the final version of the game”.

On the other hand, with the way gamers have been jumping down developer’s throats lately during Betas, I’m not surprised publishers are weary about showing unfinished gameplay.

2. Tomb Raider

It was demonstrated at E3 in video form, and even a small taste of the in-game play they showed then being demonstrated for me live would have excited me.

It looked nothing short of spectacular, and surely with a few more months of development under its belt the Lara Croft meets Lost gameplay would be ready for some form of live exhibition of play?

It really looked to be an exciting reboot of the series and a different approach to adventure gameplay now that Uncharted has stolen its throne.

1. Bioshock Infinite

The number one title I was hoping to play or even see played was Bioshock Infinite. I loved Bioshock, but admit that the second visit to Rapture just couldn’t recapture my interest.

This new one, taking place in a city in the sky, had me thinking skeptical thoughts until I saw the footage. The beauty of their imagined world, and the almost partially cell-shaded look of their colourful characters really looked more than impressive.

In an ocean of realistic dark, destructive shooters, this stands out strongly without seeming to change its focus like, say, The Darkness, has.

A bit of in game demonstration would have been amazing and made the expo even more memorable.

More EB Expo 2011 Coverage

  • EB GAMES EXPO: OXCGN’s exclusive first interview Here

  • Coverage Hub Here

  • Which Game is Lord of the Dance?  Here

  • Diary of a Wimpy Gamer, Part 1 Here

  • EB EXPO 2011 Review Part 1: The best and the worst Here

  • OXCGN’s EB Expo 2011 Awards Update 2.0 Here

  • OXCGN’s EB Expo Huge Photo Gallery Here

  • Halo: Anniversary Hands-on Here

  • Impressions of Upcoming Games: SkyrimBattlefield 3Mass Effect 3 And More! Here

  • EA’s Peter Moore Faces Rude Australian Crowd Here

  • EA’s Peter Moore: “We Unite The World Through Play” Here

  • Diary of A Wimpy Gamer, Part 2 Here

  • Top games announced for EB Expo 2011 Here

©2011 David Hilton


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2 Comments on Top 5 Games MIA from the EB Expo 2011

  1. From my own experience of the event, I think the media was a very secondary thought really. As to be honest, there was very little ‘gamoing media’ representation there even on Saturday, and they weren’t there that long.

    Nor did they spend time discussing stuff with the various exhibitors. When I approached many, they seemed really keen to talk (vendors/exhibitors) and hadn’t been approached much by other sites etc.

    My ‘personal opinion’ is that many sites simply thought the event a EB Games propaganda event, that it would be some sort of simple store on the Gold Coast, and not a ‘real’ gaming expo.

    I got that ‘sense form a few conversations with one or two other gaming site reps that were there. Almost as if they couldn’t be bothered being there.

    Which to me is just sad – big time. It also shows a lack of real journalist endeavours. As if you’re really committed to the ‘game’ (gaming journalism), then every event, no matter how big or small is worth the effort, especially if it’s in ‘your own back yard’.

    Aussie gaming journalism needs to pick up its boots, or it’ll find itself without a real voice. To be honest, there only a few real genuine gaming jurmos in Australia worth following, and one actually run EB’s in-house publication, Game-Informer Australia, Chris Stead.

    His passion is evedent in all his editorials, and doesn’t stoop to crude journalism or shock tactics to gain readership. Just solid, honest and factual writing.

    There’s a few like that – still . . I just wish there were more.

    What do others think?

  2. Miistadonziie // 19 October, 2011 at 2:51 pm // Reply

    what about MGS Rizing? We beebn waiting 2 years for info!

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