Eyes-On A Whole Bunch of Games At Fan Expo 2013

Besides the handful of games I got to play at Fan Expo 2013, I saw a lot of other titles on current and next gen platforms. Some of these were live demos that us common folk were playing, while others were part of a sizzle reel. I didn’t get to experience enough of them to formalize a post, though I’ll throw in a quick word based on what I saw. Enjoy!

Knack (Buy Now)

Amazingly unremarkable. Saw a lot of people play this and it looked like a generic platformer. The character’s power to fall apart and come back together didn’t really lend itself towards much in the way of interesting gameplay. I know that this isn’t final, though the framerate was inconsistent.

Ryse (Buy Now)

Looked better in 1080p HD than in a compressed online video. Multiplayer was on display. That game clearly wasn’t made with multiplayer in mind and the game’s combat looked boring because of it.

Forza Mortorsport 5 (Buy Now)

Not my scene. Looked like a current gen driving simulator that’s slightly more high-res. Looked better overall than Driveclub.

Titanfall (Buy Now)

From a strictly visual fidelity perspective, I was a bit underwhelmed by what was on display. This could be because I was seeing video rather than live gameplay. Still hope it looks as awesome as it appears to play.

Call of Duty: Ghosts (Buy Now)

Now with slightly higher-res visuals!

Beyond: Two Souls (Buy Now)

Looks gorgeous. Appeared to play like Heavy Rain with some sort of purple trail to indicate jumping into different bodies. Still excited for this one!

Batman: Arkham Origins (Buy Now)

I adore the last two Arkham games, but this really looks like more of the same. Hoping to be proven wrong.

Scribblenauts Unmasked (Buy Now)

The only Wii U game on display. There were lines for every game except this one. People did not to touch the Wii U Gamepad with a 10-foot pole. Even with many opportunities to play it, I didn’t, so I won’t say anything about the overall quality of the game. Still, it’s disheartening to see the Wii U get crushed like this.

2 thoughts on “Eyes-On A Whole Bunch of Games At Fan Expo 2013

  1. Josh September 1, 2013 / 7:37 PM

    I think you’re not being fair on poor Knack, it looks so charming and fun but the actual platforming does seem to be almost absent which is a shame seeing as how it’s trying to emulate J&D and Crash which were both platformers first and action brawlers second.

    As for Ryse, that game has quite a bit of pop-in textures from what I’ve heard. And the actual design does not look anywhere near as interesting as the games it takes inspiration from. But it’s biggest problem for me is without a doubt how criminally beautiful it looks when it’s at its best. Often times it looks so good that you can see how terrible the acting is.

    I want to get into this but I don’t want to come across as someone who adopts a new FPS IP because so many people already have. By the by, I don’t think it’s that much of a ‘next-gen’ shooter perse but it more than makes up for that with sheer creativity.

    Agreed. David Cage and his team are without a doubt the ones to watch in the coming decades, they’re literally giving the medium a piggyback ride into artistic merit.

    Oh give us a break Jett, more Arkham is good Arkham.

    • Jett September 1, 2013 / 9:35 PM

      Hi Josh,

      Long time no see! Glad to see you’re still around.

      Regarding Knack, admittedly I did not play it. However, I saw the entire demo played multiple times and did not look like anything interesting to me regardless of its platforming/brawler mix. The people who did play it did not seem overly enthused by it, either. The final product may be better, but what I saw of Knack was not wowing anyone.

      Ryse at its best does look great, but the multiplayer is not worth holding your breath for. I’m apparently not alone in this sentiment too.


      As for Batman, I’m a fan of the last two and hope for the best, though from my vantage point, there was nothing to differentiate it from the others, which could go either way. Just because it’s based on a good thing doesn’t necessarily make it more of a good thing, though I’m hopeful that it pans out.

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