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Previews & Impressions

Square Enix Vancouver Showcase

This past week we had the opportunity to head down to a local event put on by the PR team behind all Square Enix’s recent and upcoming releases. We only had a short time to play through everything (2 hours) but we went hands-on with as much as humanly possible!

Below are some shots of the event, along with thoughts (previews) of the titles that were available to us and we had the most time (and fun!) with:

Flame x Blaze (MOBA)

The Nintendo Switch’s Revitalization of Social Gaming

A couple of days ago, we finally received information regarding the launch of the Switch, including the official date, the price, and details on how the console (and its corresponding controllers the "Joy Cons") would function. Since then there's been all matter of discussion regarding Nintendo's statement on the future of gaming; some see it as a giant leap forward, others as a step backward, and most just see it as far too costly a product with far too few titles at launch.

X16 Preview: Halo Wars 2 Campaign

Halo Wars 2’s campaign will be the perfect chance for new players to jump into the franchise, according to 343 Industries’ studio head.

 

X16 Preview: Halo Wars 2 Multiplayer

I was pretty excited when I found out Halo Wars 2 would be playable at X16.

 

X16 Preview: Flinthook

One of the gems at X16 was roguelike action platformer Flinthook.

 

X16 Preview: Dead Rising 4

It’s been a long time since I’ve delved into the world of zombie mayhem, but with a steady mix of the undead and Christmas, Dead Rising 4 is sure to be the game that brings me back.

X16 Preview: Cuphead

Like any great run and gun action franchise, Cuphead challenges players to die, jump and die again to learn how the many creatures in the game work.

 

I was excited to see Cuphead on the showroom floor at X16 in Toronto. Last year, I only briefly got a chance to play it, so I was determined to take another stab.

Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo 2016 : New Feel, New Venue!

This year represented a transition year for the Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo. For years it's operated in a very similar structure and location. Primarily as a venue for vendors to pedal their wares of the old-timey video game variety, and out of New West's historic Columbia. Now the convention "Beta Tests" it's fit with the new Anvil Centre (recently built) to define the next generation of the convention and it's crowd.

Year Walk on WiiU

There is still a general malaise towards mobile gaming among the 'hardcore' audience - and who can blame them? The mobile market is filled to the brim with unfiltered garbage meant to cheat you out of a buck through deceptive branding or to slowly bleed you dry by capitalizing on the same instincts as gambling.

It's a predatory marketplace, but there is hope.

Brain Teasers, A New Geek-Themed Variety Show

The Vancouver nerd-community seems divided into two halves, if the conversations I have with friends (who identify as nerd) are any indication. There seems to be one group that is completely unaware of the bustling hive of nerd-activity that Vancouver is, and a second half that feels overwhelmed by the amount of options we have for nerdy night outs.

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