I know…I know….I am waaaaaaaaayyyyyy late on this review, things happened, lives changed, my excuses mean nothing to you, so my sincerest apologies for my tardiness and with that I will quit wasting your attention span and move onto the shiny :)
PAX Prime 2014, what a magical time. Being my first time to a PAX convention I had many hopes and dreams that this would be an incredible, awe-inspiring ordeal. I pictured game booths right and left, cosplay actors abound and the pungent musk of unwashed keyboard commando’s (myself included). I was never at one point let down, we arrived at the convention center looking like modern day hobbits hiking to Mordor, backpacks, note books, camera’s and poster tubes in tow our destiny with fate had arrived. After a bit of a wait in line (which was more like a multilane corral) the doors for media opened and we were off to Narnia. Now usually when you picture walking into a convention you envision booths and a massive plethora of signs and banners. Instead we were welcomed by this….
Wow, what a sight to behold! I was truly awe-struck by the enormity of the piece. To the point where the crew of the Evolve booth noticed us and invited us to try out the Alpha. What a treat I must say, the game was incredible, but sadly before I spring into a savage nerdgasm rant about how phenomenal of a game it was I must move on. Next was a look at the new Aliens Isolation booth which stood out with a massive egg.
Sadly though time had taken its toll and by the time we rounded the corner the flood gates had opened and the stampede of people had begun, within moments we were shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of other people and at that point any plans on how we were going to experience PAX was out of the window. So after a brisk walk through the ever dynamic maze and a pit stop at a rest room we decided to wander the outer edge of the main room and spiral in. Which surprisingly worked until we wanted to play something. The lines, the LINES!! Had grown to immense proportions and for us to play test anything it would involve a massive portion of the day standing in line. So opting for a classic media approach we watched as others played and eavesdropped on conversations to get the grit on gameplay, graphics and sounds.
Moving on we checked out titles like World of Tanks, Planes and Ships which we were lucky enough to try our hand at. Let me say this, don’t ever let me drive a battle ship without proper supervision….nuff said. After testing the ramming capabilities of 50,000 tons of steel we wandered into the Indie section and looked at all of the amazing soon to devour your time digital and analogue creations. Stopped at a few booths and checked out titles such as Habitat and Shovel Knight to name a few, leaving the area we ventured out for lunch, which brings up a good piece of advice, BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH. Otherwise by the time you actually get your food you might have died of starvation, or at most passed out. We walked around for a few more hours and checked out the swag booths (It used to mean booty or plunder!).
The second day was the same, although this time media did not get an hour’s head start so as soon as we walked in it was shoulder to shoulder. The third day however we made it a point to go on an epic quest to find the Motiga booth to chat with the developers about Gigantic. However finding it was in itself almost impossible, it was only after most of the day was spent and a few dead ends we figured out that the booth and the developers were in two different locations and neither of them were in the same building. However one of my fellow wanderers had the pleasure of trying it out and it looks like an incredibly fun game. It was getting towards the end of the day so we made one more pass at the loot stands and called it a day. While taking the subway home I pondered and reminisced on what an incredible journey we had. The sights, the sounds….and of course the smells…. (Insert angry owl or SpongeBob smelling odor meme) It was an incredible venture and I got to see an amazing amount of content from games that truly interested me. If I could say anything I would say everyone needs to make the trek to a PAX at least once in their life. Granted huge crowds may not be your thing but it’s worth the Neurosis.