EGX 2018 vs the UKIP conference

Quite how I ended up going to EGX with Count Dankula (best known for teaching his dog how to do a Nazi salute) is a story for a different blog. He was in town for the UKIP conference, and I was in town for EGX: both of us being gamers, it just kinda made sense.

The Birmingham NEC is by far the best venue for EGX. In terms of transport connections and ease of access for people all over the country, it puts London to shame. Not one underground train needed, simply get off at Birmingham Internaional, and walk through.

Our favorite games this year

Obviously Inappropriate Content (Shane Hou)

This was a winner all round. Censoring content? Following government directives on WRONGTHINK? You mean the way Google, Twitter and Facebook do? COUNT US IN! We laughed all the way, a wonderful showcase from a student’s final project.

Away: Journey to the Unexpected (Playdius)

This plays like an Edward Packard novel reads. A colourful first-person adventure game that combines action, negotiation and rogue-lite elements. Progress through the levels and the story, choose your path, but above all, recruit allies. All the strange characters you meet in-game can be played in first person, and it’s up to you to find the right answers to get them to join your team! Idiotic workmen, mystery from outer space, oddball friends, and fast combat await.

The Ubisoft Offering

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, The Division 2 and Metro: Exodus were all on show from Ubisoft. The queues were as to be expected. We were particularly taken by The Division 2 demo, and went round twice for that.

The Nintendo Offering

Nintendo inspires the retro in us without actually going retro. Super Smash Bros Ultimate was a ton of fun to play, and Super Mario Party brings back the old feel arcade games that we knew and loved as kids.

Personal highlight:  Just Cause 4 (Square Enix)

Featuring new weather effects… indeed who doesn’t want to control the weather? A landmark entry to the Just Cause series with all the chic you expect from a Square Enix title.

The afterparty

The afterparty experience was not so hot. There were interactive games that simply didn’t seem to work, aside from the polls..one of which involved whether the UK should leave the EU, which given my guest, turned into quite the debate.

Dank got asked for selfies approximately once every 10 minutes. Eventually we left to head back into town, to the Wetherspoons, where we spent a surprisingly entertaining evening with the UKIP delegates.

Stranger things have happened, I hear.

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