PAX Prime. Gaming mecca. Hordes of nerds descending on the unsuspecting inhabitants of Seattle.
Having never been to a convention so large, I didn't know what to expect. I did expect it to be fun.
It was awesome.
A 20-minute hands-on demo of Rage, a Bethesda post-apocalyptic fps. Someone at the booth mentioned it being the result of if "if Fallout and Oblivion had hot nasty sex." You're rescued from some cryogenic capsule and quickly sent to kill some bandits. Amed with a trusty pistol, you venture into a cave and begin working your way through these mutilated thugs. Shoot one in the arm and he grabs his arm; shoot a leg and they limp; shoot them a few times and they fall to the ground, shooting back from there. The other cool mechanic? When you loose all your life, you go through a little minigame to get back up and shock anyone nearby. Careful though, cause you can only use it every once in a while.
Wizards of the Coast had a fun little booth, promoting Neverwinter. You walk in to an area with ruins of broken walls. After choosing a character (pulling from staples like the fighter, the wizard, and the rogue), you and a few other are led to a small room where you play through a small scenario. Rescue the damsel in distress guarded by the mighty dragon? But the best bit? Rolling a giant die a foot across to see what happens!
Next stop, a look at the new Joe Danger game by the folks from Hello Games, based in the UK. They had several stations set up to demo their game; they even shipped a 60" monitor with their luggage across the pond. Incredibly nice folks and a very fun game, a sidescrolling vehicle extravaganza. Race through in several different modes, disarming missiles, doing double backflips, and dodging traffic.
Lastly, a long wait for Uncharted 3 where you got to try some multiplayer and then watch a 10 minute demo behind closed doors. Mulitplayer is a nice thing to add but nothing special; it plays similarly to that in Uncharted 2. The single player demo was a blast though. If you thought the action was over the top in the first two games, the third trumps them both. It has all the ludicrous scenes one would want from an Indiana Jones movie: infiltrate a landing strip, boarding a plane as it zooms down a runway, avoiding falling out of the back of a plane while fighting off goons, and making your way through a plane as it falls out of the sky. Classic.
Those were all the demos there was time to try. In one day, there wasn't enough time to hit the other big name games (Borderlands 2, Guild Wars 2, and The Old Republic to name a few) or stop and try out any board or miniature games.
Next year, a 3-day pass. Definitely.