So, the blogging from Germany didn’t really work out. Quite apart from being booked up from 9am to 6pm every day I was there, with no lunch breaks and only pretzels for sustenance (I like pretzels, but really!?), the internet connection situation left much to be desired. The important thing though is that I survived and returned home in something that resembled a single piece. However, none of this is of any concern to you. What you want to know about is games and so you should because there were plenty.
Fallout 3 and Mirror’s Edge sat high on my to-do list and both were excellent. Fallout is a vast game as you would expect from the makers of Elder Scrolls and at first I was a little daunted by what sat in front of me. As it was I headed for the nearest town from the Vault and had a chat with some locals. To cut a long story short a guy shot the sheriff, I shot the killer and I walked away with all their clothes… which was nice. Mirror’s Edge is a game I can see myself playing a lot, if only to perfect my technique. Speed runners are going to love it as working your way through the levels via different routes is its bread and butter. The controls take a little getting used to, but much like Skate, they eventually become second nature. Really good stuff.
MS wise I was booked in to see Lips, Banjo and Halo Wars. The Wars appointment got messed up by Microsoft, so I missed out on that for now, but I hope to rectify that soon. Lips is exactly what you would expect really. If you like SingStar or just doing vocals on Rock Band, this will be for you. It’s interesting that the songs play on regardless of whether you’re singing so it’s more like a jukebox for parties that you can play if you like. Banjo was excellent, which was a relief to me because I was a big fan back in the day. I can’t wait to get my hands on that vehicle editor.
However, the best game I saw was Bayonetta, which absolutely blew my mind. It was just so slick and action packed. Sure, it’s similar to Devil May Cry and if you’re not into that game you probably won’t like Miss B, but seriously this game is top draw. It’s still a long way off too, which was hard to imagine from what I saw. Surprise of the show though was Dungeon Hero, which is kind of a satirical dungeon exploration game that makes the goblins the good guys and you the invading monster. It goes a little deeper than that, but with solid hack ‘n’ slash combat and Fable style humour it could be a winner.
So that was the ‘Zig basically. You can read plenty more about it in our upcoming issues.