Tobacco Dock was the setting for this year’s EGX Rezzed. The Victorian East London venue certainly is a unique building and it delivered a perfect EGX experience. An airy and more intimate affair, Tobacco Dock showcased all the latest upcoming releases. Here’s a quick look at some of the PS4 and PS Vita highlights you definitely need to keep on your radar.
Kicking off the day’s first surprise was Team17 showing off their upcoming PS4 release Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark. Schrödinger’s Cat is a frenetic, wacky and colourful puzzle laden platform game, set in a unique and quirky quantum physics world. Creator Kevin Beimers kindly ran through the game and showed us what to expect in this Rayman/Lemmings platformer. AJ LoCascio, who portrayed the voice of Marty McFly in Telltales Games’ adaptation of Back To the Future has done all the ten voiceovers for this game.
Team17 also let us loose on Overruled by independent game studio Dlala Studios. Overruled is a 2D multiplayer brawler like no other where the players change the rules as they play, directly influencing the dynamics and direction of combat. A game we quickly got to grips with, check the trailer out below:
BAFTA winners Roll7 were there in force with hardcore, comedy pixel-shooter NOT A HERO and quite rightly got all the attention. All eyes were glued to the rows of TV screens that were tossing out this fine dynamic mix of run-and-gun gameplay. A 2¼D cover-based indie shooter that is set to rock PlayStation 4 and PS Vita real soon. Check it out below:
From creators of indie hit Stick It to The Man comes a new co-op 4 player stab-you-in-the-gut-a-thon adventure written by comedic genius Zach Weinersmith. Being such huge fans of Stick it to The Man, meeting up with Mikael Forslind from Zoink was a pleasure. Hacking and slashing enemies in this unique looking brawler had our full attention. The art style screams Stick It; this is definitely one to keep an eye out for.
German developers Black Forest Games kindly took time out to show us their latest upcoming release Giana Sisters: Dreamrunners and Dieselstormers. Mischa and Stefan let us loose on Dreamrunners which is a highly addictive running and racing game, and it looks absolutely knock-out too. Climbing hills, jumping from steep ledges and wading though pools of crystal clear waters, all while taking on 3 other players was a blast. Black Forest Games have a hit on their hands and are releasing Giana Sisters: Dreamrunners on PS4 this summer. We’ll be grabbing more news on this one for sure!
On our travels we bumped into Jey Kezi, Jey was responsible for the sound track on Eiconic Games hit Final Horizon. Since Final Horizon he’s been busy. We’ll bring you big news on the main man’s upcoming projects soon.
There were many stand-out games on show, but one that really excited us was Beyond Flesh and Blood. Pixelbomb Games were there showing off this rather awesome looking experience. Manchester has been blown to pieces, but as developer Lee and Philip explained many of Manchester’s icon landmarks like The Hilton are still clearly visible. Earth is left in ruins after a global war, and you take charge of a Tactical Combat Frame and battle through the streets of Manchester restoring signal uplinks.
Beyond Flesh and Blood came as unexpected highlight and one we would have loved to lose an afternoon on. Get set for a PlayStation 4 release later this year.
Super Exploding Zoo showed of its latest build. Rounding-up herds of exploding animals and rampaging around 80 destructible levels was looking sharper than ever. We’ve been following this one for a while now and we’re pleased to know Super Exploding Zoo is coming to PS4 as well as PS Vita. Awesome.
Coatsink Software’s SuperGlad was an unexpected little gem we came across. In SuperGlad you take control of a girl called Ruby and her bear Lloyd, and navigate an intricate dream world of their own creation. The game looks unbelievably cute with gameplay centring on puzzle-solving and exploration. The trailer below does not reflect the final game quality that we saw, but here it is anyway:
Danny Hayes, Jack Odell and Matt Weekes make up UK based Delve Interactive. Poncho is an open-world puzzler in multiple dimensions. Jack kindly walked us through the workings of this intriguing title. There are no levels in Poncho. You wake up in the centre of the game and it’s up to you which way you want to go. Poncho releases soon on PS4 and Vita.
Carmageddon: Reincarnation blasted out its twisted mix of automotive killing. The race is about wrecking motors, pummelling into pedestrians and ploughing into cows. The game features both vehicles from the original game and updated and improved ones. The PS4 release date remains unknown.
EGX Rezzed delivered an excellent viewing platform to get hands on with all the upcoming games and meet the people behind the screen. Stock up on those gaming snacks, people, 2015 is looking to be a busy year.