Game on at New York Comic Con 2014

Last week, I got a chance to go to New York Comic Con 2014 to play some VIDJAGAMEZ. After last year and the giant presence Nintendo had at the convention, I was all set for more Wii U/3DS GOODNESS; but, sadly, Nintendo was a no-show this year. However, I did get a chance to play some titles from other developers, so my trip was not in vain. Here are some highlights:

Alien: Isolation

Oh Jesus, no

Oh Jesus, no

This was the first game I played at Con, and I crapped my pants so much, the people behind me complained of the smell. The Con actually turned out to be a good place to play this suspenseful title, because headphones. Playing Isolation was my first experience with a PS4 controller, and it was as comfy as a perfectly round booty. Isolation is a FPS, which stars Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen Ripley from the first Alien movie. Starting off, I was thrown into a corridor and I was supposed to be looking for something, but I was just panicking because there was a giant alien in the vents. I didn’t know how to use my motion tracker device at first, so I heard the alien behind me a little too late, as his tail pierced my stomach and he grabbed my face. Needless to say, I jumped out of my skin and nearly had a heart attack. My second playthrough lasted a little longer, as I made use of the motion device to track the alien and used a flamethrower to blast him in the face. However, this only served to make him a pissed off alien on fire, and he scurried into the vents and got me by surprise not too long after (this time he pierced my face with his little inner mouth instead of his tail, which was very thoughtful). Check this game out if you like the Alien franchise and want to be on prescription drugs for your blood pressure.

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2

Wakka wakka!

Wakka wakka!

Pac-Man is back in some adventure involving Pac friends that no one knows the names of. The game is in 3-D but you can’t change your camera perspective, so it is kinda poop. I especially hated jumping off to the sides without really seeing what platforms lied ahead. Know what would have helped that? Being able to switch the camera behind Pac-Man. When Pac-Man eats ghosts, done by hitting the “Eat Ghosts” button, you can jump automatically to the next one by continuously pressing it. This was kinda fun, until I realized that when the game requires you to do this over a bottomless pit to get to the other side, Pac-Man likes to overshoot his jump and always miss landing on a platform. This title could be fun for young kids or adults playing with their offspring, but otherwise avoid it, as its gameplay is as transparent as a ghost.

Project CARS

VROOOM!

VROOOM!

Normally, I am not much of a racer (unless it is Mario Kart 8), but I decided to give Project CARS a shot because it looked so gorgeous. The game is beautiful, especially when it starts to rain, and is fun to play. Unfortunately, I am not used to using the shoulder buttons as ways to accelerate and brake, and using the face buttons changed camera angles, so I went from 1st place to 16th in the span of 3 seconds. Also, I skidded out a lot because I was terrible at Gran Turismo when I was younger, and went backwards more than once trying to get myself back on track. Still, if you are a fan of more realistic racers like Gran Turismo than racers like F-Zero, Project CARS will satisfy your racing obsession.

Dark Souls II: The Crown of the Ivory King

Truer words were never spoken, game screen

Truer words were never spoken, game screen

This was my very first time playing a game in the Souls series. The difficulty of the game is legendary, and I watched as many people died trying to complete Dark Souls II‘s latest DLC. A lot of people tried to outfit their character with potions, armor, and weapons, only to die 5 minutes later. Knowing this, I just took my bulky knight and rushed straight through the door of mist, trying out my dodge roll before I fell into an arena of hell. After witnessing countless enemies come in to the arena, I started attacking and dodging, hoping that I wouldn’t incur much damage. Sadly, all of the enemies had giant swords and lances that they poked me with as I dodged away, and I was dead within seconds. Fun game!

Resident Evil: Revelations 2

Guys, guess what game I wasn't allowed to take photos of

Guys, guess what game I wasn’t allowed to take photos of

This was the title I waited on line to play the longest, and the most time I spent playing. Revelations 2 (or at least this demo of it) drops you off in prison as Claire Redfield, the most badass, non-steriod using member of the Redfield family, with Barry Burton’s daughter, Moira, as your companion. I needed to get keys to get to the next area, and I found them conveniently on a dead person hanging in midair. However, the keys (and body) fell when I reached over for them, and were not on the person’s body when I went downstairs to look him over (I did find a handgun for shooting things, though!). Moira had a flashlight, luckily, and you can switch to her to shine light on objects so Claire can see them. I found the keys on a rail and shot them down, when a green light came on and some baddies came in to nibble my giblets. I shot them in the face and moved on, grabbing herbs and ammo as I made my way to the locked door and went inside. Moira refused to use a firearm due to an earlier incident that the demo didn’t explain, so I got her a crowbar in the new room which helped move some planks out of the way of a door so I could advance. I found a shotgun in the hall once I advanced, shot some asshats that were waiting inside open jail cells to bite my face, ascended some stairs, and then a cutscene began. A mysterious voice over some speakers told me a bracelet I (and the zombie creatures whose heads I exploded) was wearing changes color based on fear, and then the demo ended. I was quite happy with my performance, not using an herb or dying once, but I was left with a lot of questions. Revelations 2 has my interest, though, so I am looking forward to its release sometime next year.

Shine bright like a diamond

Shine bright like a diamond

How to Train Your Dragon 2

OCCULUS

OCULUS

I waited on line for this VR game/experience on the Oculus Rift, and had to sign away my kidneys before I could play (or consent to being filmed and photographed, I forget which). I got to fly on Toothless and could ascend, descend, and shoot fireballs. My seat rumbled the whole time, and it was thrilling to dive towards the water before swooping back into the sky. It lasted a minute, and I believe the game was only showcased to promote the movie coming out on Blu-Ray, but I hope they make it into a full-fledged title. VR is a lot of fun, and I’d love to play that sheep game they played in the film!

Me looking hot and fly playing VR

Me looking hot and fly playing VR

Aw yeah, sexy dragon eyes

Aw yeah, sexy dragon eyes

All in all, I had some great times at this year’s New York Comic Con! There weren’t as many games as last year because Nintendo wasn’t attending, but I enjoyed what I got a chance to play. I only missed out on a few things: Lords of the Fallen, because the line was always ridiculous when I wanted to play (you could win a cool shirt if you didn’t die during the demo), and Sonic Boom, because Sega was hidden away in some corner of the convention none of the staff knew about, no matter who I asked. Hopefully Nintendo and more companies will be involved next year. Also, I thank my brother, Victor, for taking those steamy VR shots of me playing the Rift.

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