Adventures at EGX Rezzed 2018

How do I describe my time at this years EGX Rezzed? Well, it was amazing, awesome and so much fun! After a three hour journey to London and navigating the Underground, walking up to the venue the excitement really set in. After grabbing my wristband I made my way into the event and just started to wander through the venue and taking everything in and looking at the vast variety of games there were to try out and talk about.

I didn’t know where to start first but soon I found myself sat where Coatsink were based and trying out their insanely cute and funny game PHOGS! Now you might be thinking “what in the world is PHOGS?”

 

In PHOGS! you play as a duo of dogs, connected via an elastic, gelatinous mid-section, on an adventure where you combine your imagination with the unique characteristics of your PHOG to solve puzzles and overcome obstacles in unusual and adorable ways.

PHOGS! contains 30 diverse levels set across multiple worlds using ‘Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons’ style controls to play alone or stretch your co-operative abilities with a friend as you learn to work together to advance along your adventure and discover more of the Phoggyverse. –Coatsink

I played the game alongside another player and we shared one controller to play the game. The controls are really simple and neither of us could stop laughing. The game itself is beautifully made, full of colour and just so eye-catching that you will want to play. The levels of the game are fun, interesting and really do get you thinking about how to progress through to the next stage. I can’t wait to play the full game when it is released.

Just across the room from PHOGS! was the Double Fine game Ooblets. I first heard about this game when I was watching E3 last year and instantly I was hooked. I’ve been following the development of the game ever since. I didn’t get a chance to play the game myself as there was a lot of people waiting to play but I stuck around for a while and watched other people play and it was great to see the game in person. The game has come so far since I first found out about it and I love how the team behind the game have been keeping fans updated through their Devlogs!

Next up I made my way over to where ID@Xbox we situated. Although it was early in the day the room was packed with people trying out the games they had on show and just moving around and watching other people play. One game that I did get to try out was Jump Gunners which is due for release this year. The fast paced 2D combat game which is perfect to play with up to four people and will defiently provide lots of laughs. I didn’t do too well in the game and won two out of the five rounds that I played but I still had fun. While I was in the ID@Xbox room I managed to get a look at My Time At Portia as well which looks like great fun to play too. It was quite a popular game to watch as there was a big group of us all watching the one screen.

After spending some time at ID@Xbox I had a quick look at the Numskull room, played Overwatch with the Argos team, watched someone search for prizes in Amazon’s giant ball pit and also hung out in the Tentacle Collective room. I made for a detour to see what was happening downstairs at EGX Rezzed and was able to check out Nintendo’s stand and played Faster Than Light, DOOM and Rollercoaster Tycoon in the Retro room. There was a selection of Indie games downstairs and I had a look at All-Star Fruit Racing and Nippon Marathon. Both very fun games! I also stumbled across the Leftfield room and checked out some of the board games.

I headed back upstairs to where the main Indie and merchandise room was greeted with such a wide variety of games. I first headed to the back where the merchandise was and had a look around. I grabbed a hoodie from the EGX stand then got talking with the guys from Super Rare games. They ended up getting me playing Human Fall Flat on the Nintendo Switch and watched me fail epically at trying to climb up onto ledges multiple times. I did pick up a copy of the physical game too as there are only 5,000 made and I’ve managed to play a little bit of the game last night.

With merchandise bought and my bank account feeling a little bit lighter I made my way around the games. There were so many eye catching and intruiging games. I didn’t play many but I enjoyed watching the games being played and just chatting to the teams behind the games as well. I managed to played a few games including Tracks – The Train Set Game (which gave me loads of memories of my childhood), HamsterDam, ShoppeKeep 2 and Super Cane Magic Zero. All were insanely fun and great to get a chance to try out.

I had one last wander around the event before having to start making my way back to Waterloo to get my train. As the queue to play OnRush was pretty short I decided it was a good time to check it out.

Now OnRush is not your average racing game. In fact OnRush is rewriting the rules of racing games and is bringing back what makes a truly fun game that gives you an adrenaline rush. I was teamed with five other players who faced another team. Our aim ultimately was to win but also we had to not run out of time before the other team. As long as we kept driving through the gates we could also wreck our opponents as well and as the team behind OnRush say “Race, Wreck, Repeat.”

With OnRush being my last stop of the day I had enough time before my train to make a quick stop/detour via Forbidden Planet near Shaftsbury Avenue and picked up a few Overwatch goodies and a birthday present for a family member and made my way back to Waterloo to spend another two and a half hours on a crowded train back home.

Overall this years EGX Rezzed was packed full of amazing, awesome and incredible games as always. There were so many laughs and moments that I won’t forget and it makes me even more excited to go back next year. Especially thankful to be able to play the games showcased and to also talk with those who have worked so hard on the games as well. Hopefully I’ll be able to do more than one day next year as well as there is so much to see and do that it is tough to try and fit it in to just one day!

If you were at EGX Rezzed this year let me know what you thought of this years event!

Special thank you also goes to The Sims Community. I had great fun representing the site at the event yesterday too!

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