PAX Prime 2012 was an absolute blast! I was able to check out the show floor before anyone else and get some true, uninterrupted hand’s on time with just about every game at PAX. I had an Exhibitor’s badge and I used it to the fullest. I went to PAX Prime this year dead set on keeping business away from simply enjoying the show. I wanted to keep my gamer eyes on more so than my “gotta do this for the site” eyes. I played some hits and misses and I’m here to tell you about them. Welcome to the Surprises and Disappointments of PAX Prime 2012.
I won’t go into much detail on them as I’ll have a few in depth features on some of the titles soon. But I’ll give you boys and girls a general reason as to why I liked or disliked each thing on the list.
Medal of Honor Warfighter- I can’t tell you the main reason why this is a surprise because of an embargo but what I can tell you is that the multiplayer is MUCH improved over the 2010 Medal of Honor. Fire teams bring a new element to the franchise.
Zombie U and Wii U – If you don’t know by now, you never will know that I’ve been as skeptical about all things WiiU as anyone. But I played Zombie U and it was quite a trippy experience. The gameplay will take a lot of getting used to with the way you need to use the WiiU controller with it but it was fun.
Hitman Absolution – Agent 47 is back in what looks like his most efficient and effective Hitman game to date. It looks friggin’ amazing and it plays great! I can’t wait for this.
Tomb Raider – Wow. The entire Square Enix booth was just a bunch of wow and Tomb Raider was near the top of the wow. This game will be a beautiful Lara experience. One thing I will point out is that they need to allow you to kill a deer with more than just an arrow to the head. Perhaps an arrow to the knee? Okay but seriously .. I shot a deer at least ten times with an arrow to the body but I guess for that particular mission it needed to be an arrow to the head.
Metal Gear Rising Revengeance – I sliced a guy into what seemed like a thousand pieces for an ultimate hit combo thing. Any game that allows me to slice a guy into dust like that is a win in my book. I was surprised by Konami’s take on this. It’s an action game that gives you a license to slice.
DmC – You can count this one as possibly the biggest surprise of my gameplay journey. The game is wicked and the control scheme that switches from Dante’s angel side to demon side is brilliant. Devil May Cry fans won’t be disappointed.
Taptiles – This is a Windows 8 game and it’s basically a 3D Mahjong that’s addictive. You can manipulate the tile table any way you want and just go into a frenzy matching tiles together. It’s a cute little game that stood its own against the big boys I thought.
Splinter Cell Blacklist – I’ve been a Sam Fisher fan since the game debuted on the original Xbox. When Blacklist was announced and that announcement came without Michael Ironside, I’ll admit a little of me died. But when I sat in on the Blacklist demo at PAX, I became confident rather quickly that this just might be the best Splinter Cell to date … even better than Conviction.
Dishonored – Wow. Thank you Bethesda for giving me an exclusive hour to play Dishonored. There was a definite BioShock influence that I felt and it made the game even more pleasing to play. I was thrown into it well within the story so I didn’t get to live out the reasons behind the mask. I’m excited about being the man behind the mask with all of his powers. And I have a score to settle with a dude in a giant rabbit mask!
LocoCycle – Twisted Pixel’s first game under Microsoft and not being “independent” is really mind bottling. I don’t know what the hell the game is. It’s a motorcycle that fights and transforms with Pablo hanging from the back of it the whole time apparently. I have no idea how the superb minds behind Comic Jumper, Splosion Man etc came up with this. Is it the big studio curse?
Assassin’s Creed III – I haven’t played any game in the series but I’ve kept a close eye on the franchise for years. I sat in on a game demo and although it’s very brutal, the game mechanics just didn’t seem to flow properly. The AI wasn’t impressive at all … they just stood there refusing to attack while a guy chops their friend into pieces with a tomahawk. I’m not sure what footage it was (alpha, beta, whatever) but it looked like it needed a lot of work.
Gears of War Judgment – Who’s a bigger Gears of War fan than me? Probably no one right? So when I tell you that Judgment was disappointing, you know that it must be for a good reason. We played the free-for-all mode and there just wasn’t anything special about it. I noticed a few new weapons but it just didn’t bring anything new to the series. I “judged” it alright and it was guilty of being nothing special. It’ll likely be the first Gears of War game that I don’t get if things don’t get better.
Epic Mickey 2 – Poor Mickey Mouse. I’m not sure what I was expecting but I was expecting at least a little bit of fun. I grew up loving Mickey Mouse in all forms but this one was just a bland experience.
I have a few more to add to the list so keep your F5 key handy over the next few days. I was all over PAX Prime trying to get hands on time with every game I could. Where do the likes of Sacred 3, God of War Ascension, HALO 4, Far Cry 3 and others rank?