Day One at Eurogamer - Hands-on thoughts...
Day one at Eurogamer in Earls Court London and all the titles of the upcoming silly season are here. I managed to get some hands-on for most if these (the queues were monstrous later on).
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - 360
I had to head here first. Oblivion being possibly my favourite game of all time, and Morrowind not far behind, this series has a lot to live up to.
I am pleased to report that Skyrim keeps all of the series' trademarks and adds beautiful graphics, an elegant UI and a very neat two handed weapon system.
Despite my system crashing when I tried to read the journal, I had a lot of fun. However Skyrim is not something you can fully grasp in 20 minutes, so it feels unfair to judge it on just this experience.
Rage - 360
This was the surprise of the show for me. It plays like a more gratuitous borderlands, minus the RPG elements. And it feels like an even more psychotic Bioshock. Then it throws in novelty racing and crazy tournaments for good measure. I think this game could be the highlight of the year, and I've never had a more satisfying killing experience in a game than boomeranging a mutant's head off!
Battlefield 3 - PS3
I've never got on with the Battlefield series. I seem to have a disease that instantly kills me a soon as I stick my head out of cover. It looks amazing, but I just didn't enjoy the actual gameplay. This probably wasn't helped by the ridiculous set up which had a foot long cable for the controller so I was so close to the screen, without a seat, that I was having to turn my head just to view the sides of the screen. Back pain almost made me stop playing!
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier - 360
I struggled to get to grips with the third person movement and first person aiming of Ghost Recon. It just didn't feel natural. However overcoming this I found that the marking of enemies for your team to take out, along with the some of the more fun gadgets quite enjoyable.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - 360
It's back. While I still think that Black Ops was a bit of a leper in the COD world, MW2 was truly brilliant. We played a horde style, stay alive as long as you can mission. It was great fun and while not remarkably different in terms of feel to the second it was still a whole lot of fun.
Lord of the Rings: War in the North - 360
Having not heard much about this, I was unsure what to expect. The section I played involved fending off trolls as they invaded your castle. The fighting seemed a bit simplistic with the power move almost to slow to be able to use and the tactic of quick stab and roll away a bit too over powered. That said, I can see this being a lot of fun split screen co-op for lord of the rings and fantasy gamers alike.
Counter Strike Global - PS3
While in the queue I noticed something familiar about the map being played. De_dust was one of my favourites from the original and sitting down to play it with better graphics and models was a pleasure. I'm not entirely sure that after 10 years it was much of an update though! Still being able to play this classic on a console may just be worth it.
I also sat down to play several other games (including End of Nations for which I conducted an interview to appear next week), but these are the ones that really caught my eye. My greatest regret is not joining the immeasurably long queue for the OnLive subscriptions which could have netted me a free TV box, or perhaps braving the queues for Batman: Arkham City because I imagined that the overall feel of the game would not have changed too much.