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EGX 2015 - What will I Play?

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EGX 2015

EGX 2015 is very big in the UK. We're straved as a gaming society of any events that celebrate gaming and tantilise future releases. That's why I'm going this year as a press member to choose which games I want to cover. I'm spoiled for choice and I know already I can't cover Playstation VR due to staggering demand. So what am I looking forward to getting my hands on? I'll play what I can but here are five I won't leave the event without playing even if it means queuing. Christ I hate queing.

1) Mighty No 9

Amidst all the recent, slightly dubious delays and what not, I still anticipate Mighty No 9 greatly. I want it to be the next best thing in action platforming. Holding it back for me at the moment are recent demo videos appearing on Youtube that the game's backers have been playing. It looks fast paced and fun but the visual style is bland and a bit Ben-10. Hopefully my time with it at EGX will shut down any doubts and Mega Man my appetite for more. 

2) Star Wars Battlefront 3

This had to make the list. Are you surprised? It's a new Battlefront game that looks jaw-dropping. Plus it's Star Wars and lest we forget this is all we're going to be hearing about in the coming months so get used to it. EA's reprehensible server issues will come under a stern test when this comes out. Battlefield 4's problems and The Sims 4 excremental performance means that anything less than good is going to come down on EA like an out of control A-Wing. EA, just deliver on this one. Please?

3) Mirror's Edge: Catalyst

A catalyst to what? Perhaps nothing, maybe that's just a fancy tagline to pretty up a 2. Mirror's Edge never had a memorable story but I didn't care. I fell in love with the beautifully sterile world and innovative gameplay. That same gameplay polished up with enchancements here and there should make the sequel hard to resist. It certainly looks exquisite and hopefully lives up to the hype created by some very die hard fans. Myself included. Get Solar Fields back too. Mirror's Edge's soundtrack was sex in my ears.

4) Star Fox Zero

With the recent delay announced, I'm now more anxious to play Star Fox Zero - if only to curb my disappointment at said delay. It may be that the game needs more work. I've read plenty of articles expressing concerns over the use of the Gamepad. Nintendo must feel they need to fix some issues but not before I have a go next week.

5) Rive

Rive was the best indie game I played at last year's EGX. I have a feeling it may be the same this year. I was blown away by the ferocity of the explosion filled shooter. You play as a crab like robot with a double jump battling enemy drones. So far so generic space shooter - a bit like Cybernator for SNES. But Rive has an ace up its sleeve. In it you have a scanner that lets you hack into drones to help you or aid you as a medic. These mechanics push Rive into new territory within the genre. I highly recommend keeping an eye on Rive. For what I've played so far it's superb.  

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About MRVarley64one of us since 6:36 AM on 09.19.2015

Mark Varley here. Freelance game Journalist and critic. I love indie games and now write words about how much I do. Journey started it but I haven't played anything better since (still waiting).

Currently residing in Wales with aspirations to fulfill my dream to write full time.

My history in gaming began way back in 1991 when I got the NES for the first time. Fast forward 24 years and I now have the sublime PS4 sat lovingly next to the Gamecube - the most underrated console of all time.

Favourite game(s) - Super Castlevania IV and Metroid Prime

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