Written by Brett Hill

Written by @Brett_SevenDaze

Welcome to EGX 2019!

It’s Friday 18th October and my alarm goes off at 9 am, all refreshed and ready for the day. EGX doesn’t start till 10 am so I don’t need to leave the house till 9:45 am and would still get there with plenty of time. I was excited to get my hands on the latest titles Nintendo and Indie developers had to offer. The unimaginable thing happened, I won every Switch title ever released and a new switch lite. Whilst heading towards the stage to collect my prize a deafening ringing echoed the hall, I jolted up in my bed with the sweats at the ungodly hour of 4:30 am. I realised it was all a dream and EGX was no longer in Birmingham.

EGX had returned to London for 2019 at the ExCeL Centre and after a long commute, I and our very own Chelly arrived at gaming Mecca but before we could enter we had to leave all weapons behind that meant we had to begrudgingly give up our master sword, BFG 9000 and Golden Gun. EGX 2019 is an opportunity for the big guys in the industry to showcase new games and for us the consumer to get some hands-on time with yet to be released titles. It is also a great chance for the smaller indie developers to show off their creations. These guys were located in the Rezzed section of the Expo. To be honest this was where we spent most of our day.

My personal highlights were Streets Of Rage 4, New Super Lucky Tails, No Time to Relax, Bookbound Brigade, Override: Mech City Brawl, Christales and Beyond Blue.

Streets Of Rage 4

Streets Of Rage 4 was instantly recognisable but with the decision to go down the hand-drawn graphics route the game looked modern and relevant. The time I had with the side-scrolling beat-em-up there was a sense of nostalgia and excitement. Like most people, I chose to play with Axel, one of the main protagonists well know from the series. The gameplay was solid and felt familiar making it easy to pick up and play. Unfortunately, there is still no release date set in stone yet other than it will arrive in 2020. Streets Of Rage 4 is being developed by Lizardcube, Guard Crush Games, and Dotemu.

No Time To Relax

No Time To Relax was described as a competitive life simulation brought to you by the talented guys over at Porcelain Fortress. Compete against friends by trying to excel in 4 areas; education, happiness, health and wealth. The winner is crowned after completing tasks over a set amount of weeks. How will you survive the weekend in this wacky, hilarious take on the game of life? No Time To Relax is set for release on the Switch early 2020.

Bookbound Brigade

Bookbound Brigade a 2D side-scrolling Metroidvania style game containing characters from folklore and historical literature. Control a team of well-known protagonists to solve puzzles and destroy hordes of monsters, Set for release at the end of 2019. Override: Mech City Brawl an arena-style fighting game with oversized robots. The poor citizens won’t know what’s hit them as your only objective is to destroy your opponent with no concern about the buildings and infrastructure around you.

Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue, an underwater exploration game inspired by the BBC’s critically acclaimed documentary Blue Planet. Unlock the mysteries of the ocean as you take your crew on an unforgettable expedition. Cris Tales a turn-based strategy game inspired by JRPG’S. The art style was beautifully executed reminding me of the Moomins. Can you foil the plans of the evil empress and unlock the true ending to the story as you simultaneously travel between the past, present and future. Reshape the world and alter outcomes in the story depending on the choices you make on your adventure. Beyond Blue is set for release in 2020 by Modus Games.

After stocking up on cans of Monster and Coke Zero we went to check out what the Big N had to offer. A plethora of games were available to play; Ring Fit Adventure, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Pokemon Sword and shield, Super Mario Maker 2, Zelda: Link’s Awakening and many more. Team 17 also had a huge presence at this years EGX giving fans the opportunity to play some of their most popular titles from Overcooked 2, Blasphemous, Moving Out and the recently released Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair.

Wrap Up

After finishing up at EGX we had a couple of hours spare before the train journey back to sunny Brummageham so we took a quick tube ride to the Westfield Center in Shephards Bush to check out the Pokemon Center pop up store unfortunately due to the store opening that day we were unable to get in due to stupidly long queues and time restraints.

The next 12 months is set to be an exciting and important time for the Nintendo Switch, As it goes into its 3rd year there is no sign of the hybrid console slowing down. As I walked around the show floor at EGX 2019 There was nothing but love and support for Nintendo whether its the big AAA developers or university students working tirelessly creating games for their portfolio like Dino Party. It is evident that the Nintendo Switch is here to stay for many years to come. Bring on 2020.

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