If you were in the UK between the 21st-24th September 2017, and like gaming, then you really should have been at the Eurogamer Expo 2017. Filled with hundreds of games, with offerings from the smallest of micro studios, right up to the biggest blockbusting publishing houses, there was pretty much a game for everyone.
But with Nintendo dominating the show, and Xbox and Playstation holding their own with smaller stands, the real stars were the games themselves with all manner of titles on display. But what were the best games of the entire show? Which titles stood out from the rest? These are the 5 most incredible games I had the pleasure of going hands-on with at EGX 2017.
Yoku’s Island Express
Whilst I found myself playing many games over the four days of EGX 2017, the one I kept going back to, and the one that I wanted to play over and over again, was Yoku’s Island Express.
The creation of Swedish developer Villa Gorilla, and now having been picked up by the Team17 label, Yoku’s Island Express tells the delightful story of Yoku, a small dung beetle – a dung beetle who needs help in delivering the post, with all the action being played out via a pinball style adventure. Flippers and all.
Still with me?
Good, because you’ll want to have this one at the very forefront of your gaming radar. You see, Yoku’s postal adventure isn’t just going to be a simple case of having to rock up, drop off some goodies and then head off home for a relaxing time. Oh no. Instead you’ll need to help him traverse the tropical paradise he finds himself on, flipping and bumping the little guy to every corner of the hand painted island. Along the way you’ll pick up fruit, which in turn will unlock special tools that will help Yoku on his quest.
With absolutely beautiful visuals, a lovely little protagonist and a world that really is like no other, Yoku’s Island Express quite easily won the Game of the Show award in my eyes. I can’t wait for the chance to check it out on Xbox One, PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch in early 2018.
Forza Motorsport 7
If Xbox are in town, then it’s pretty much odds on that some Forza title will be in attendance. And EGX 2017 coincided rather well with the upcoming release of Forza Motorsport 7.
And my god it’s a bit of a beauty.
Whilst the demo was restricted to just three cars, it’s plain to see already that Forza 7 is going to be a bit special. The visuals are stunning, the audio is great and the handling of the vehicles, as I got the chance to put them through their paces, was pretty much spot on.
To be honest, as long as it’s got good looking cars, plenty of tracks and multiplayer opportunities like any of the previous Forza titles, it’s going to be a bit of a hit. And the hands-on at EGX just proved that to be the case.
Assassin’s Creed Origins
My time with AC Origins was limited to just 20 minutes. But whilst the same time spent with Far Cry 5 was decent, those spent harnessing the power of Bayek were absolutely brilliant.
From the Assassin’s Creed parkouring systems, to diving deep into the ocean and then flying high as Senu, Bayek’s trusty Eagle companion, everything about Origins looked and felt brilliant. The fighting mechanics worked well (as well as mashing a button or two whilst I tried in vain to work out exactly the best course of action), and I fully expect it to run as smooth as a knife through enemy flesh come release. The visuals stood out as amongst the best at the entire show, the audio was top notch and the Leap of Faith, after synchronising with the huge world, was as iconic as always.
It must be said that I heard grumblings from the PC brigade with regards to a consistency in the frames per second, but having settled on the Xbox One X version of the game running at the show, I had absolutely no issues. And was left pretty amazed by how smooth everything was.
After a little time away, Assassin’s Creed is looking like it’ll be hitting back with a vengeance. And Bayek will be behind it all!
At first glance, Figment is a game for kids. It’s a game in which you’ll do nothing but move a strange character around an even stranger world. But first glances can sometimes be wrong. And it certainly was for me.
I sat down with Figment expecting to find a delightful little game that would be hugely enjoyed by my kids, whilst I was left wanting more. Half an hour later, after discovering the utter joy that the magical musical world of Figment delivered, I was indeed left wanting more. More and more and more of Figment.
Just released on PC (with the launch party taking place at the show), Figment sees you taking charge of Dusty and his friend, Piper, as they head through a strange world set within the human mind. It’s a world that is full of thoughts, urges and memories, with many voices and musical oddities found in every corner.
With Dusty found heading through the different sides of the mind, solving puzzles as he did so, I have to admit to being amazed by what was offered. Every step was met with a new musical accompaniment, as Figment delivered short tunes that got the feet tapping and urged me to sit and listen some more.
If I was a PC player, I’d be all over Figment as I type this. But as it stands, it seems like I’ll need to wait until the game releases on Xbox One and PS4 in a couple of months time. I shall await with bated breath.
Remember Q.U.B.E.? Whether you do or you don’t, you’ll not want to miss Q.U.B.E. 2.
Q.U.B.E. 2 will see you placed into the shoes of Amelia Cross, an archaeologist who awakes on an alien planet. It’ll be up to you to help Amelia make her way through the challenging puzzles that await, as you attempt to beat the sentient monolithic structure that controls the game. Expect to find puzzles to test the mind, as you pull and push blocks, editing their properties to ensure some fling you through the air, whilst others begin to work as platforms.
The demo at the show was a great example of the puzzles that are to be expected, and the story which will bring it all together, ensuring that any player lucky enough to sit down with the game at EGX will be looking to see how things follow up and progress in the months ahead.
After loving the original Q.U.B.E., the sequel is looking set to amaze gamers once more.
So there we have it, the 5 stand out games that were among the most incredible offerings at EGX 2017. Did you attend the show? How does our list compare to yours? Let us know in the comments below, via the usual social media channels or by hitting up our forums.