Last Friday, 18 Post 16 students travelled London to go to EGX, the biggest games show in the UK. Held in Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre, the event started on the Thursday and ended on Sunday, and included a variety of games, from unreleased triple-A blockbuster titles like Alien: Isolation to retro titles like Quake and Duck Hunt, and everything in between. The expo also included cosplay of various video game characters, high-level competitive tournaments and even board games.
Between the group, we managed to play a number of unreleased and recently released games, including The Crew, Alien: Isolation, Mortal Kombat X, FIFA 15, Battlefield Hardline and Destiny. We found that The Crew was enjoyable with a few people playing at the same time. Those that played it found Alien: Isolation a good experience with some high-tension scary sections.
A large part of the show floor was taken up by retro gaming booths featuring obsolete games and consoles from the Amstrad CPC to the PS2 and covered every angle and genre of retro games. There were 8 PCs playing head to head on Counter Strike 1.6 and there were 4 consoles playing various rally games playing split screen races so that friends could play head to head to head in a test of skill.
There were a number of people dressed up as their favourite characters, it wasn’t uncommon to run into Mario or Luigi or Ezio or a man covered in duct tape as you perused the stalls and booths at the well-attended event.
Overall, the event was very enjoyable, and all who attended had a great day, and if the opportunity arises, we recommend that people attend in future years.
Richard Sixsmith and Harley Curnow