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ID@Xbox bringing Below and 23 more games to EGX Rezzed

EGX Rezzed is being held at Tobacco Dock in London on 13th to 15th April and the ID@Xbox program have announced that they will be bringing 24 playable games to the show including the long, long awaited Below by Capybara.

“We’re excited to be back at EGX Rezzed with our biggest line-up ever. It’s incredibly humbling to see how the ID@Xbox programme has grown over the last five years to the point where there are now almost 800 games released from 477 studios around the world.”

“Over that time, gamers have spent more than 4 billion hours – more than 450,000 years of time – playing ID@Xbox games, and we can’t wait for players to come and try out some of the newest games at EGX Rezzed”, said Agostino Simonetta, ID@Xbox EMEA Regional Lead.

The total list of games are;

Below – Capybara Games – BELOW is a procedural terrarium filled with life, mystery and death. Explore. Survive. Discover.

Bomber Crew – Runner Duck Games & Curve Digital – Bomber Crew is a World War 2 strategic bombing sim, where completing the objective is just as important as keeping your crew alive, as death is permanent! Choose and train your crew, customize your Bomber, go chocks away and return victorious!

Children of Morta – Dead Mage & 11Bit Studios – Become a member of the Bergson family as you hack and slash your way through endless hordes of enemies in this procedurally generated, narrative driven roguelike either alone or cooperatively. Experience not only what it means to be a hero, but to be part of a family.

Descenders – RageSquid & No More Robots – Descenders is extreme downhill mountain biking for the modern era, with procedurally generated worlds, and where mistakes have real consequences. Will you lead your team to glory and become the next legendary Descender?

Flipping Death – Zoink Games – Possess the living, aid the dead and flip between the worlds of Flipping Death – a puzzling adventure platformer where you find yourself filling in for Death. Maybe your new powers will help you solve the mystery of your own demise?

Frostpunk – 11Bit Studios (Windows 10) – Frostpunk is the first game of society survival. In an ultimately frozen world, people develop steam-powered technology to oppose the overwhelming cold. The city ruler has to manage both the inhabitants and the infrastructure the citizens live in.

GRIP – Caged Element Inc. & Wired Productions – GRIP is a high octane, hardcore combat racer, packing ferocious speed and armed to the teeth with heavy weapons. Evolved from the age of street racing, the world of GRIP is brutal and cut-throat to the core. To win the race is never enough, greatness comes from the journey and the trail of merciless destruction you unleash upon your rivals along the way.

Harold Halibut – Slow Bros. – Harold Halibut is a modern adventure game about the daily routine on a spaceship stuck undersea. Slip into the tiny shoes of Harold and enjoy the stop-motion feeling in this world made entirely out of craft materials like wood, clay and metal.

Huntdown – Easy Trigger Games & Coffee Stains Studios – In the future, the police have lost control to the mighty gangs who now rule the streets. Where crime is king, the authorities put their trust in hired guns to solve the problem. A price is set on the gang leaders´ heads. It´s time for the Bounty Hunters — It´s time to hunt ´em down.

Insane Robots – Playniac – Card battling HACKED! A riotous robot rebellion fought with fiendish card battles in survival arenas. Can you defeat The Kernel and save robotkind? Play the deep single-player campaign or compete in intense local and online multiplayer in Insane Robots.

Jump Gunners – NerdRage – Jump Gunners is a 2D retro styled battle arena game for up to 4 players, matching fast paced hilarious recoil jumping mechanics, with tight arcade twin stick gameplay. Described as the beautiful child of Towerfall and Worms, Jump Gunners brings back the glory days of battling your friends around the TV! Featuring over 20 weapons, destructible environments and tons of hats, Jump Gunners is the definitive couch competitive game.

Kingdom: Two Crowns – Noio & Raw Fury – In Kingdom: Two Crowns, players take on the roles of two monarch working cooperatively to build their kingdom up from nothing and securing it from the returning threat of the Greed. Building upon the award-winning minimalist strategy of the Kingdom franchise, only by working together can you ensure a lasting peace for your loyal subjects!

Moonlighter – Digital Sun & 11Bit studios – Moonlighter is an Action RPG with rogue-lite elements following the everyday routines of Will, an adventurous shopkeeper that dreams of becoming a hero.

My Time at Portia – Pathea Games & Team 17 – Start a new life in the enchanting town of Portia! Restore your Pa’s neglected workshop to its former glory, grow crops, raise animals, befriend the towns quirky inhabitants and uncover the mysteries this charming post-apocalyptic land has forgotten!

Nippon Marathon – Onion Soup Interactive & PQube – Nippon Marathon is a multiplayer-focused, physics-driven party racing game set in Japan. Supporting one-to-four players, contestants race across levels themed around different areas of Japan; or take part in gameshow-themed party games designed for two-to-eight players.

Nothing To Fear – Dlala Studios – Nothing To Fear is a trap-setting, scare-creating, object-mimicking, target-terrifying, puzzle-filled adventure game. Find creative ways to complete your missions and witness fear being restored as your victims share their spooky stories across social media. Take control of Mush, the heir to the Boogieman’s throne, as you scare your way across a hand drawn world featuring character designs by Mike Dietz (Earthworm Jim/The Neverhood).

PLANET ALPHA – Planet Alpha & Team 17 – PLANET ALPHA is an atmospheric side-scrolling platform adventure game. Combining fast platforming, creative puzzles, stealth mechanics and a unique art style to create an unforgettable experience.You awake on a strange alien world that is home to many mysterious, exotic flora and fauna. As you explore the world around you, you’ll uncover the ability to rotate and control the planet. Is this world really as tranquil and serene as it first appears and what more will you discover?

Robocraft Infinity – Freejam – Build, drive, fight! Create fully customisable robots block-by-block that can drive, hover, walk and fly in the multiplayer combat game, Robocraft Infinity. Equip weapons from the future and jump into the driving seat as you battle for supremacy in multiple 5 vs 5 game modes (Battle Arena and Team Deathmatch) against players from across the world.

Starbound – Chucklefish – In Starbound, you create your own story – there’s no wrong way to play! You may choose to save the universe from the forces that destroyed your home, uncovering greater galactic mysteries in the process, or you may wish to forego a heroic journey entirely in favor of colonizing uncharted planets.

Strange Brigade – Rebellion – Egypt, the 1930s. Erased from ancient history and buried in a nameless tomb for 4,000 years, Seteki the Witch Queen has risen once again. Only one troop of daring heroes can stand against the fearsome power of Seteki and her army of mummified monstrosities: The Strange Brigade! Explore remarkable ruins, solve perilous puzzles and uncover tantalising treasure while blasting your way through an array of undead enemies in thrilling third-person action that’s certain to bring out your inner adventurer!

TerraTech – Payload Studios – TerraTech is an open-world, sandbox adventure game, where you design and build your own creations through a mix of crafting, combat and discovery. Explore a hostile alien landscape, or design with creative freedom. The choice is yours.

Tormental – Gungrounds – Mental, destroyer of worlds, builds a powerful portal on Earth which he uses to manifest his deepest, most violent thoughts into the real world. Enter the portal and blast your way through the worlds of his mind inhabited by hordes of monsters that you’ll have to face off in order to reach and defeat his ego. Let the showdown begin!

Trailmakers – Flashbulb Games – Building a car, airplane, helicopter or walking robot in Trailmakers is as easy as playing with toy blocks. Take your machines on exciting expeditions, race them against your friends, or build the craziest contraptions you can imagine in our huge sandbox.

Wargroove – Chucklefish – Wargroove is a turn-based strategy game for up to 4 players. Each player takes control of an army and its commander unit to wage war on their enemies! Wargroove is extremely easy to pick up and very difficult to master, with deep gameplay mechanics that complement strategic play.

ONRUSH and Conan Exiles playable at EGX Rezzed

There are now over 100 games announced to be playable at EGX Rezzed in April, and that list now includes ONRUSH and Conan Exiles. Strange Brigade was previously announced as being playable, but the list keeps on growing!

ONRUSH is the latest action racing game from UK based racing experts Codemasters and is coming to both PS4 and Xbox One on July 5th 2018. There will also be an open-beta in May, so gamers can check it out before release. ONRUSH is developed by Evolution Studios, the creators of Driveclub, who were purchased by Codemasters, and is the game that F1 Creative Director Lee Mather hinted at in our interview back in 2017.

Conan Exiles is an open-world survival game, in the brutal lands of Conan The Barbarian. You are an exile, one of thousands cast out to fend for themselves in a barbaric wasteland swept by terrible sandstorms and besieged on every side by Enemies. Here you must fight to survive, build and dominate. It has been available for a few months on Xbox Game Preview and Steam Early Access.

Playstation have also announced that four indie titles will be playable, including the sequel to the awesome Guacamelee!

The Swords of Ditto – The Swords of Ditto is a compact action RPG that creates a unique adventure for each new hero of legend in the relentless fight against the evil Mormo. Explore a delightful but dangerous overworld, brave menacing dungeons, and improve your hero in a charming village, during your quest to overcome the evil that plagues the island. Unleash the mystical Sword of Ditto and grab a co-op friend for an unforgettable adventure filled with delightful characters, extraordinary loot, and heroic battles!

Guacamelee! 2 – Seven years after defeating Carlos Calaca, Juan Aguacate is forced to don his luchador mask again to face a new threat — this time to the very fabric of space and time. Punch your way through a whole new action exploration-style world and try to save the Mexiverse!

Heaven’s Vault – From the creators of the multi-award winning 80 Days and the Sorcery! series comes an archaeological science fiction adventure game. Uncover a forgotten past and decipher a lost language in this narrative archaeological science-fiction adventure. The search for a missing roboticist leads archaeologist Aliya Elasra and her sidekick Six into the depths of the Nebula where they live, and to the ruins of a lost age – and a discovery that will change things forever.

The Adventure Pals – An epic adventure fuelled by imagination. Enter a beautiful world in a game about friendship, exploration and riding giraffes.

For full details of all 100 games check out the official Rezzed website.

EGX Rezzed adds Strange Brigade and more to its Playable line-up

EGX Rezzed is being held at Tobacco Dock in London on April 13th to 15th and the organisers have just announced loads more playable games to its line up, including the awesome Strange Brigade from Rebellion. Also announced this week are Immortal: Unchained, Mothergunship, Tracks and Kenshi.

TiX will be attending Rezzed for the first time so keep reading for our verdict on the show and the games that caught our eye. I’m excited to play both Strange Brigade and the amazing Dead Cells.

Kenshi – With over 3600 ‘Very Positive’ Steam Early Access reviews, free-roaming squad based RPG Kenshi is not to be missed. In this 870 sq km open-ended sandbox world become a trader, a thief, a rebel, a warlord, an adventurer, a farmer, a slave, or just food for the cannibals. Ahead of its launch this summer, play the game and meet the developers at EGX Rezzed. See why Kenshi has won a legion of fans.

Strange Brigade – There are remote corners of the British Empire where the shadows linger at their deepest. The servants of The Crown know about these places and the supernatural being that sometimes lurk there. Introducing the fearless and unflinching Strange Brigade. Embark on an exotic safari into danger where few dare go and fewer return! Encounter fantastic and forgotten civilizations shrouded in mystery! Uncover treacherous tombs and unfathomable evil, never-before-seen by any human now living. This pulse-pounding adventure will rivet you to your game controller. Don’t fail to play: Strange Brigade!

Immortal: Unchained – You are a living weapon. Unwillingly unchained by the Warden, the player’s skills are put to the test, given only the instruction that they must stop the end of the world. With a story the player must piece together themselves, the central character sets off with no memory of their past. Other characters in the game may shed light on the situation, but the reality is not always clear, as characters are always operating on their own agendas. Use your diverse arsenal of ranged and melee weapons to clear your path as you explore dark sci-fi interconnected worlds in your quest for truth and salvation.

MOTHERGUNSHIP
MOTHERGUNSHIP mixes bullet-hell intensity with the FPS genre, and promises you one of the largest gun customization options seen in video games. It’s up to you to equip your over-the-top arsenal and defeat a robotic alien armada that has conquered Earth. Craft gun monstrosities that no reasonable person could ever lift, play together with your friends, fight gigantic bosses and experience randomized mayhem as you battle your way to the heart of the fleet to destroy the MOTHERGUNSHIP!

Tracks – The Train Set Game
Jump aboard the nostalgia-train! Tracks is the ultimate wooden train game. Construct train sets without rules and transport commuting passengers. Build an elaborate railway system and then ride it in first person, from the train cab.

TiX @ EGX – Day 3 Review

Before we start on the final day of my adventures at EGX, I want to just cover off the final two hours of Day Two. The crowds seemed to dissipate at around 4pm, and all of a sudden the queues were becoming barren. I took this opportunity to jump onto Star Wars Battlefront 2. The booth had 40 screens with a 20 v 20 battle going on. Set on Naboo, it saw a rebel troop ship heading towards the palace which had to be stopped. Four different classes of Stormtroopers were available to pick and when enough points were earned, the option opened up to pick a special character or to take to the skies in a fighter.

It certainly felt like a huge improvement over it’s predecessor but was also very reminiscent of Battlefield 1 albeit with a Star Wars skin. Our match also saw Han Solo facing off against Darth Maul, which you won’t see happen in many places!

Then, as I was about to leave the show I noticed that the queue for Far Cry 5 was non-existent, so I quickly jumped into it! Now, I have never really been a huge Far Cry fan so it’s difficult to compare, but in the 15 minute demo I was shooting bad guys, giving orders to my attack dog and flying a seaplane in order to drop bombs on silos. If the rest of the game is as diverse and interesting as this snippet then it looks like it will be well received. Oh, and the dude implanted in the queue with the scary eyes was a genius move! That’s him in the picture below on the right.

So, onto the final day and I felt like I had already played what I wanted to play, but there were still a few surprises in-store. First up was a quick game of Destiny 2 crucible, just because I was having withdrawal symptoms! A nice free T-Shirt was earned before moving on to South Park: The Fractured But Whole.

In all my years at EGX I don’t think I have played a demo quite like this. I can’t go into too many details but it was set in a Gentleman’s Club and involved dancing and breaking wind in a minigame. It was highly inappropriate but also extremely funny! I hadn’t played a lot of the first game as I am not a huge fan of turn-based combat, but the humour in here may make it something I can overlook.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOZf8MjbQu0

I then spent the afternoon watching three of the developer sessions in the EGX theatre, first up was Shadow Of War, with Bob Roberts from developer Monolith taking to the stage to talk through the improved Nemesis system and Ellie from Monolith showing us how good she is at playing it! As you can see from the video it was all quite “Tasty”

Then up was a panel from Rebellion studios of their upcoming game Strange Brigade. This was my surprise game of the show. I knew nothing about it before this weekend, and as you will see from the video it is a “boys-own” inspired co-op shooter, set in the 1950’s ish era. Unfortunately time ran out so I was unable to play it myself, but this does look and feel really special!

And then finally, the moment everyone was waiting for. Bungie. The queue for this 3pm panel started about 2 hours previous! The four guys from the Destiny 2 developer discussed how they designed the new locations within the game, and also took many questions from members of the audience. The theatre was packed full to get a chance to see the guys from Bungie and it was a great end to the show from me!

So, that was it for me, apart from purchasing the obligatory swag before heading home. It was, as usual, a fun but tiring 3 days, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and am already looking forward to 2018!

TiX @ EGX – Day 2 Review

I had a decision to make when the doors opened on day two of EGX. I knew the queues would be longer on a Friday. The decision was what to go for first. The longest queues on Day One were for Shadow Of War and Battlefront 2, but the former was decided upon as I think everyone else went for Battlefront 2!
Even though I went straight there when the doors opened the queue was still 90 minutes long!
But I persevered, took ownership of another months free Game Pass and had a nice chat with Nas (who was manning the adjacent Super Lucky’s Tale booth) who is not a gamer, so working at the show raised a lot of questions about the industry.

And the 90 minute queue was worth it. Shadow of War was running on the Xbox One X and looked awesome. Let’s face it, every game on the new machine looks awesome! I was struck by how many characters were on screen at once as the demo had me attacking a fortress with my army. I died, as it’s always a struggle jumping into a demo as it doesn’t take into consideration your lack of familiarity with the controls. However, the depth of enemy personality is still present, like its predecessor and I witnessed such lines as “I’m gonna put your insides on the outside!”, with a nice cockney accent! The demo lasted 20 minutes, and I had some time just running around the open world, climbing towers and taking out orcs with my bow. Overall, this has just cemented my decision that this will be a purchase or (hopefully) a review copy!

After a quick drink break it was onto Assassins Creed Origins, again on the Xbox One X. Yes, you guessed it, the game looks amazing in 4K! It had a Black Flag vibe to it, with the demo set in a small town on the coast. It required you to find two golden statues, one in a shipwreck and one being guarded on a ship. After sneaking onto the ship the game crashed, and the staff had to reboot and fix the dev kit, although I then was given the opportunity to take part in the next play session meaning I had about 35 minutes in the world. No crashes on the next session and I was able to infiltrate the ship and steal back the statue.

It’s an Assassins Creed game in name and nature. It does have the new eagle game mechanic which allows you to scout the location for enemies and loot before you head into battle. Fans of Assassins Creed will be delighted although I’m not convinced Origins will attract the doubters back over.

After lunch I had a prebooked PSVR appointment and once again I was failed to be impressed. Whether it’s just my eyes (as I am a glasses wearer), but games always feel blurred with a real lack of clarity. The game I played was a cutesy puzzle game called Moss. In Moss you take control of a mouse called Quill and have to guide him around the world using the PS4 controller. The VR element comes into play when you manually manipulate elements in the scenery to open new paths. Enemies can also be manipulated, for example, to stand on switches that open the path for Quill to proceed. Like with other VR demos I’ve played there didn’t seem to be any need to have this game in VR. It would have been just as good an experience as a standard PS4 game.

One game that’s the “In” thing at the moment is Player Unknowns Battlegrounds which was also being shown on the Xbox booth. I queued for an hour and was severely underwhelmed.
During the ten minute snippet of gameplay I encountered no enemies and saw no action. I collected a weapon, found a car and as I was on my way to a designated point on the map the time was called to move on. A very strange experience indeed. There really could have been a better way to demonstrate the game. But I am sure it will sell by the bucketload anyway! It was also running on PC, but apparently it is the Xbox build thats running on those PC’s.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0Tnp-3W3z4

Project Cars 2 had a PC Demo that ran on Samsung C49HG90 Curved monitors that were a bit special. Running in cockpit view allowed a width of vision unlike I’ve ever seen. The game looked and sounded phenomenal, but it’s doubtful I’ll ever have £1500 to spend on one of these monitors! It’ll be interesting to see how well Project Cars 2 does against Forza 7 on release.

Day 2 ended with Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Far Cry 5 demos, which I will cover off on the Day 3 review, as time is pushing on and I need to take down a full english before heading back to the NEC!

 

Tix @ EGX 2017 – Day 1 review

Thursday 21st September saw EGX open it’s doors to the masses, and with Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo all coming to the party with the biggest stands I have seen in my 5 years attending, it looks like being a great show. I was lucky enough to be able to let my teenage son come with me, but this year saw a strict focus on age related restrictions, so he was unable to play the majority of the AAA games on show that were rated 16. I suppose it was understandable as the VSC Rating Board and games trade body Ukie have today announced a renewed partnership in the form of their newly refreshed AskAboutGames site, which launched at EGX. Having this kicked off whilst allowing children to play (potentially) inappropriate games at the show was probably not the best policy!

So, my day one at EGX was not spent playing the newest AAA games, but I did unearth some gems within the Rezzed section.

We started off on the Xbox stand as the Xbox One X was powering most of their games. Both Forza Motorsport 7 and Super Lucky’s Tale looked amazing, and the latter really impressed me with its fun gameplay, and reminded me a lot of Banjo Kazooie. Cuphead also impressed but this is definitely looking like a controller throwing beast of a platform/shooter! The staff on the Xbox stand are also giving away 1 month Game Pass codes, so that’s well worth a look!

We then took a good look around the rest of the show floor, taking in the most wonderful merchandise available, mainly on the official Destiny 2 merchandise stand, which had the LOUDEST music playing EVER.! Thanks also to the chaps manning the Destiny 2/Virgin Fibre stand for letting my boy go home with posters, T-shirt and an inflatable Titan shield. That went a long way to improving his day!

Next was the Rezzed area, and the highlights of that section from day one is as follows.

Huntdown from Easy Trigger games is a very retro inspired, co-op 2D shooter where you play as bounty hunters tasked with taking down the gangs who control the streets. We played a demo on the Nintendo Switch but this is also coming out on Xbox and PS4 later in 2017. The Official Huntdown Website is here!

Guns, Gore and Cannoli 2 continues with the story of Vinnie the gangster from the original game. Its a hand drawn side scrolling shooter, which played extremely smoothly. I had never played the first one, but will definitely be checking this out! Check out the official website here.

Shift Quantum was a really fun puzzle game, where you switch the background from light to dark in order to escape a maze. My son is not a huge puzzle game fan but this was one he raved about afterwards! Developed by Fishing Cactus, Shift Quantum is currently only available on Steam, so check out the website here!

Dead Cells was one of my favorites from the Rezzed section. It is an upcoming roguelike-Metroidvania hybrid video game being developed by Motion Twin. Again, currently only on Steam but is being brought to consoles at a later date. Check out their website here! 

Check out the site for an update on Day 2, same time tomorrow!

 

EGX 2017 reveals show floor map and announce Destiny 2 developer session

It’s less than a week away so what better time for EGX to reveal the final line-up and show floor map. As discussed previously Sony have their largest stand ever, Xbox are also returning with the playable Xbox One X, and there are also showfloor stands for Ubisoft and Nintendo. TiX will be there over the four days and there will be daily updates on the site!

If you are thinking of attending then the EGX mobile app is the best way to find your way around, with all the maps and all the content available at your fingertips.

The developer sessions are also fully confirmed, with one of the latest additions being Bungie. Giving a keynote talk in the EGX Theatre on the theme of ’Building Better Worlds in Destiny’, Community Manager David ‘Deej’ Dague will host a panel discussion featuring artists from Bungie, who’ll outline how the worlds of Destiny are built from the ground up to reflect an artistic vision. In this behind the scenes look at the game, the audience will learn how Concept Artists and Environment Artists work hand in hand to create the places your heroes explore in search of action and glory, with the opportunity to see some of the earliest visions of the worlds you’ve come to know.

Virgin Media will again have a dedicated Destiny 2 area complete with props and costumes recreating those that appear in the game. Guardians can play either Crucible or Strike gameplay modes on almost 50 PlayStation 4 Pro stations. The top performing teams battling out each day will win incredible Destiny 2 prizes. On Saturday, Virgin Fibre will be joined by special guests from Bungie along with YouTube star and Destiny 2 player, Ali A who will compete against gamers on the stand in rounds of the game.

Square Enix Collective will also have a large presence, and will be showing a huge range of independent titles.

  • Throughline Games’ beautiful 2D cinematic anime adventure Forgotton Anne, where players take on the role of Anne as she tries to escape the Forgotton Lands and return to the real world
  • Fear Effect Sedna from Sushee, the first new game in this legendary series for more than 15 years
  • Sand Sailor Studio’s head-scratching puzzler Black The Fall, which casts players into a dark and oppressive world ruled by Communism
  • Recently announced vertical action adventure Octahedron from Switzerland-based Demimonde
  • Multiplayer masterstroke Oh My Godheads, where players fight for control of ancient stone heads in ridiculously fast and frenetic action
  • Psychological horror Tokyo Dark, which puts a new spin on point-and-click play thanks to a multi-branching story rife with melancholic undertones
  • World War II FPS Battalion 1944, which tasks players with taking on some gloriously old-school multiplayer mayhem
  • Bullet-dodging 3D brawler Deadbeat Heroes, which brilliantly taps into all the best tropes from classic 90s beat-em-ups in a 60s superhero parody
  • First-person puzzler The Turing Test from Bulkhead Interactive
  • Square Enix Collective’s first ever release, puzzle-orientated point-and-click adventure Goetia
  • Children of Zodiarcs, a tactical RPG with dice and deck elements and filled with beautiful visuals

For all the information on what’s at the show please visit the EGX website here – https://www.egx.net/egx/2017.

Ubisoft unveil their EGX line-up

Ubisoft have unveiled what they have in store for EGX attendees, which is being held at Birmingham’s NEC between 21-24 September.

As you would expect, Assassin’s Creed Origins will be at the show and available to play on Xbox One and PC. Far Cry 5 and South Park: The Fractured but Whole will also be playable, but the platform hasn’t been confirmed although if I was a gambling man I would place my money on PS4 for Far Cry 5. Naturally, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will be demoed on Nintendo Switch while an enormous Rabbid Kong statue looks over those wanting to bag the odd selfie or two.

Rainbow Six Siege makes a return to the NEC with ESL on September 22 for the semi-finals and final of the Rainbow Six UK Invitational where there is a prize pool of £4,250 up for grabs. Ubisoft are also sponsoring Saturday’s EGX Cosplay Championship, which includes a special Assassin’s Creed category.

Additionally the Ubisoft stand will be dishing out plenty of swag and prizes for various competitions that will be run throughout the event.

EGX 2017 to have playable Monster Hunter World & Detroit: Become Human

Only two weeks to go until EGX 2017 and the list of games playable at the event keeps getting bigger! Sony have now announced the games that are playable on their stand, which is the largest they have ever had at the event. Included in this is Monster Hunter World which I know has a lot of gamers excited!

So, deep breath for the full list!

Call of Duty: WWII, Detroit: Become Human, Everybody’s Golf, FIFA 18, Gran Turismo Sport, Hidden Agenda, Knack II, Knowledge is Power, LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2, LEGO The Ninjago Movie: Videogame, Monster Hunter World, NBA 2K18, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, Star Wars Battlefront II, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, WWE 2K18.

This joins the list of games already released by Xbox, with the Xbox One X being playable for the first time in the UK;

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (PC), Assassins Creed Origins, Away: Journey to the Unexpected, Cuphead, Disneyland Adventures, Forza Motorsport 7, Huntdown, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Minecraft, Robocraft, Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure, Sea of Thieves, Super Lucky’s Tale, Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PC), Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection.

For the full list of all 200 plus games at the show, please visit the official EGX Website at https://www.egx.net/egx/2017/show-floor

Ni No Kuni 2 will be playable at EGX 2017

Bandai Namco UK have announced that attendees at EGX 2017 will be the first in the UK to play Ni No Kuni 2.

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is a follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, created by developer Level-5 in collaboration with Studio Ghibli-veteran animator Yoshiyuki Momose,

After a coup forces him and his fellow cat-folk into exile, King Evan must draw on the support of his friends and the mysterious power of the Higgledies to found a new kingdom and unite the world once more.

Journey to the realm of Ding Dong Dell, a rich and resplendent kingdom where – under the gentle rule of a boy King – cats, mice and human beings live alongside one another in perfect harmony.

However, after sinister forces move against him and banish him from his own kingdom, the world falls into peril. Only with the help of his trusted companions and the power of mysterious beings known the Higgledies can Evan face the perilous battles that lie ahead of him.

Ni No Kuni 2 is currently planned for release in January 2018.