Another year and another EGX Rezzed has come and gone and I must say I enjoyed it even more than the year before. Despite the early morning wake up call and then spending nearly 4 hours traveling, the event its self makes it all worth it.
The event based at London’s Tobacco Dock and often referred to as the little sister of the main EGX event which is held later in the year featured a wide variety of games from indie games to bigger name console games, the Leftfield Collection, board games, career fairs and much much more. There was so much at the event on show that I could write about but below is a few highlights from my day spent at EGX Rezzed 2017.
The first place I headed to after getting into the event its self was Paradox Interactive. They were showcasing Stellaris: Utopia, Steel Division: Normandy 44 and Cities: Skylines Xbox One Edition. While both Stellaris: Utopia and Steel Division: Normandy 44 had a lot of people playing I spent some just watching others play both of the games. After a while, I stuck my head round the corner and found an empty station for Cities: Skylines.
To be truly honest when I saw that Cities: Skylines Xbox One Edition had been announced I was a bit skeptical as to how a city building game would work on a console. I have to say my opinion has changed now that I have tried the game out myself. It was so easy to pick up and play. The controls are easy to understand and navigating around the game is as easy as it is on the PC version. What I played was only a snapshot of the game to come and luckily the wait for the full game to come out isn’t long.
Paradox Interactive also live-streamed some of the games while at EGX Rezzed including the upcoming expansion for the PC version of the Cities: Skylines game Mass Transit.
While I was in the ID@Xbox area I had a look around but one game that surely got my attention was Songbringer. I instantly got the retro Legend of Zelda feel for this game but at the same time, it is far from The Legend of Zelda. I’m pretty excited to play this game in full when it is released later this year!
Songbringer is a sci-fi action RPG with swords, secrets, dungeons, bosses and stuff.
You play the role of protagonist and accidental hero, Roq Epimetheos. With a propensity for partying and making music, he cruises the galaxy with his skybot Jib aboard the ship Songbringer, searching for verdant planets absent the presence of galactic police.
When Roq finds the nanosword hidden in a cave on Ekzerra, he unwittingly awakens an ancient evil. The sword is pretty fraggin’ sweet though. It… hums.
Nintendo had a small area downstairs in Tobacco Dock where they had several Nintendo Switch consoles set up each with a different Nindie game you could play Fast RMX, Flipping Death, GoNNER, Overcooked, Pocket Rumble, Snipperclips and Steamworld 2. I watched a few people play Steamworld 2 which looked really interesting and a game I would grab on Nintendo Switch.
Now I’ve seen loads of gameplay of Overcooked on Twitch streams and on Youtube but this was the first time I got to play the game myself. Having not used a Switch before it was easy to jump in and play. I’d like to say that I did okay for the handful of games that I played. The game is lots of fun and I had a good laugh with the people I was playing with.
I didn’t go into the Indie Room until later on in the day after I had stopped for some lunch. There were so many games in this one room alone. Some games were easier to get to than others but that was expected as it was the last day of the event. I had a look at De Mambo, INOPS, The Siege and the Sandfox and Wargroove. Each of the four games that I spent time with just watching and had a little play of some of the games. Most of the games had me intrigued. I wanted to know what happened next. How game play brought the story to life. There was many questions and still so many that need answering. With so many games there I made an effort to stop and look at as many as possible and I must say there are a lot of amazing looking upcoming indie games for 2017.
I also spent some time over at Special Effect and finding out a bit more about who they are and what they do. They are a wonderful organization based in the UK who help make video games accessible for people of all ages. Definitely worth checking them out!
I bought a couple of things from Insert Coin Clothing. The team specializes in video game inspired clothing from games & franchises like Destiny, Mass Effect Andromeda, Pokemon and Borderlands to name a few. As well as having a variety of t-shirts, hoodies and accessories on sale they also had two different ‘lucky dip’ bags that you could get a random product whether it was a new design or a rare design. I loved this idea and grabbed one of each of the two different options they had.
There was a selection of stalls based in the Indie Room all of which were selling a variety of different products from accessories, t-shirts, hoodies, socks, figurines, books, pop vinyls and so much more. I also stopped by Teeturtle and picked up one of their Space Cats tees.
Overall I had an amazing time at EGX Rezzed 2017 and I’m looking forward to going back next year. There is so much to see and do there and everyone there from developers, staff and the attendees are all so friendly and ultimately we are all there for the same reasons.
If you were at EGX Rezzed this year then let us know what you thought of the event in the comments below.