I had the opportunity to go to PAX East and play a lot of really awesome video games and, try out a few new pieces of hardware. Today I present you with a list of games and hardware you should be excited about.
The Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch is Nintendo’s brand new console, which released on March 3rd. The Nintendo Switch is a handheld/console hybrid that does an excellent job at being both a console and a portable device. It’s much lighter than it looks. I was really amazed by how comfortable it felt in my hands. The transition from handheld to dock/TV and vice versa is as seamless as the videos made it. I had the opportunity to move it to and from the dock while playing Zelda. I was amazed how fast it was. The regular controller that you house the two joysticks in is solid, but their pro controller (which is a traditional controller) is far more comfortable and is better suited for longer play sessions. Nintendo so far has done an excellent job of introducing a multitude of play styles with as few accessories as possible. It is possible to do co op/two players out of the box, something that hasn’t been possible since the 90s. The system has a lot of promise and, I definitely plan on buying one when I have money available. I was already pretty hyped about the system when it was first revealed. That hype has now skyrocketed thanks to the time I got to spend with it in person.
The game Lawbreakers is a brand new arena shooter that will launch on PC sometime this year. The game is a fast pace version of games like Quake and Unreal Tournament. I played a demo which puts you in a 5v5 domination style game where you’re taking checkpoints. The game allows you to create anti-gravity zones that allow you to stay airborne for longer which creates for some awesome air based combat. I loved how fast paced the game it and I can’t wait to play some more when it is released.
Chasm is an indie game in the style of older Castlevania and Metroid games of the day. The game has the hero exploring a procedurally generated mine looking for the source of monster outbreak that has plagued a small town. I loved the art style and music as it reminded me of games from my childhood.
Blind is a virtual reality game that has you playing as a girl who has lost her sight as the result of an accident. In this game you’ll navigate her house to look for clues that will help her piece together all of the events leading up to the accident. The main character can only see so far so, you’ll use a cane that allows you to illuminate a larger radius as you navigate the mansion. The game has you solving various puzzles that will yield clues that will aid you for your search for the truth. I had a lot of fun with this game and, it was pretty immersive. VR technology has improved greatly over the years and will only get better.
Lucid Sound Gaming Headsets/Headphones
Lucid Sound is a new hardware developer that makes audio headsets for gamers looking for high fidelity sound. The headsets come in three flavors with their best one being a surround sound headset. The headset simulates the style off surround sound that is used in home theaters in order to create an immersive environment that really draws you into the game without the need for an expensive speaker setup. I found the sound to be really crisp and, I hope to get a pair soon.
Zelda Breath of the Wild
Nintendo has truly reinvented the Zelda franchise by creating an open world in the style of Skyrim. The game has you visiting various shrines and dungeons in search of treasures and, other tools that will aid you in saving the world. I really enjoyed how massive the world was and the sheer amount going on around me. I also enjoyed how good it plays when the Nintendo Switch is in portable mode. Nintendo did an excellent job of providing a game that can be played both on the road and, at home on the couch.
I had an excellent weekend at the show and, I can’t wait for next year.
Flemmings Beaubrun is an avid gamer and lover of music. When not working, Flemmings likes to spend his time whipping up dank beats for the masses. He also spends his weekends thrift shopping for rare video games and obscure electronics. Other times he’s in front of a TV with a giant bowl of cereal enjoying shows from the 90s.