For those that don’t know, for the last 3 days the gaming world took over the NEC Birmingham bringing all manner of video games, board games, developers, press and gamers together. There was everything from the release date for Alien: Isolation being announced (7th October 2014 – in case you missed it!) to Killer Instinct tournaments in the fight zone, as well as 2 playable Occulus Rift games, a Titanfall presence, and of course, a wealth of indy houses showing off their wares.
While I clean the background audio of the interviews we held with some of them, including John Ribbins creator of OlliOlli and Not a Hero, here’s a brief look back on what impressed most during the show.
Clearly the big player at Rezzed, and for good reason too. Set in a dark atmospheric ship, much like the original film, you take the role of Amanda Ripley (Sigourney’s daughter). Throughout the 20 minute demo that was available the setting is dark, gritty, and keeps you on the edge of the seat. At the beginning of it, you are introduced to the concept that the alien is hunting you, and it is not possible to kill it. You just have to survive! – This makes a welcome change to the more recent attempts at bringing the aliens to the gaming worlds, where aliens were fairly straight forward to dispose of, and is shaping up to be a true survival horror game in the best sense. Roll on October!
If you played Velocity Ultra on the PlayStation Vita, then this sequel needs no introduction. If you didn’t then now maybe’s the time to jump in try 2X. A 2D vertical scrolling space shooter of the finest calibre, has just got better. Where before you had at your disposal bombs, guns, and the ability to boost and teleport (yes, I said teleport!) you now have a second platform game built in where you have to depart your ship to unlock gates barring your way. Velocity Ultra was one of the best indy games on the vita, and 2X is looking better. It’s also going to be available for the PlayStation 4 so now there’s no excuse!
A 2D action platformer, best played in co-op. I came across this game a little while ago and the sheer idea of it drew me in. Instead of a film tie-in, this is a game tie-in. Think pixelated Expendables. You play the game as a variety of action heroes, all with their own ability. Arnie has a massive gun, blade has his, well, blade to name just two. Fear not, as Indiana Jones, BA, Chuck Norris , and John McClane from Die Hard have all come to play too as well as as a few more. The premise is simple, “Get to the chopper” at the end of the level, but the simplicity and familiarity with the characters make this game one to keep an eye on.
Whilst the name sounds silly, the game is, well, very silly, but amazing fun! Set in a variety of rooms with dangers in plain sight, you drunkenly brawl with others and try to throw or knock them in to those dangers. Spinning blades included! – The characters are faceless colourful human-esque blobs which just adds to the charm. Definitely one for those that enjoy playing against friends for bragging rights, or to settle arguments! – I may have described this as WWE Royale Rumble meets Morph! Excellent fun.
There are other games that caught my eye at Rezzed, such as the irresistible dungeon crawler TinyKeep, where no py through is ever the same, OlliOlli on the big screen with a PS4, and some very interesting information out of the Wat Thunder camps, however, you’ll need to check back in a couple of days to be able to watch the dev interviews they gave us! Until then, be sure to check out Danny’s impression of Friday, and Steve’s impressions of Dream with Occulus Rift Support plus others.
So that’s it, from kicking ass at Street Fighter, to relaxing with a Pokemon card battle, and onto virtual reality and back via some awesome indy games Rezzed had it all. Until next year, that’s it. Rezzed. Wrapped up!
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