This past GDC was easily the best on yet, and I have Nikole and Chaunteuse to thank for such a great show. The show started for me on Wednesday when I headed out to the Deep Silver/Duke Nukem party where they were showing off Duke Nukem and Cursed Mountain. Both games looked good, but even though I am a huge Duke Nukem fan, I have to say that my favorite game there was Cursed Mountain, the new survival horror game coming to the Wii. Deep Silver also had the HipHopGamer perform who after the show asked for an interview.
The next day the girls both flew in together and after dropping their stuff off at my place we had to head straight to the convention center to get our badges and start the insane amount of meetings and demo’s we had scheduled. First up we had hands-on demo’s with Terminator: Salvation and Batman: Arkham Asylum. I did not expect too much from Terminator and that turned out to be a good thing. The Terminator game just didn’t excite me, there was nothing that really stood out or made me want to play it. Batman: Arkham Aslyum on the other hand I was very excited for, yet when we finally saw the demo I was disappointed. The stealth gameplay features were really cool, and I wish the whole game was played like that, even thought I am not a big stealth game fan. It was the other level we saw which felt uninspired, which was just a small room with doors that waves and waves of bad guys would come out of. I think, as gamers, we have moved on from just the basic monster closet of bad guys that appear in waves one right after another. Also, the lack of multiplayer or co-op in the new Batman game kind of caused the title to fall short for me. We will see, maybe the game a whole is amazing, I just didn’t see it.
Next we headed to EA to check out Sims 3, Boom Blox Party Bash and G.I. Joe. The Sims 3 was still just as awesome as when I previously saw it. Boom Blox Party Bash was a lot more fun than I expected. I have the first Boom Blox and even though I love it, I didn’t see what more they could add to make it feel like a new game. Well they added a lot, more mini-games, more gameplay mechanics and a lot more options on how to play the game. Needless to say, I was quite impressed and I am looking forward to Boom Blox Party Bash. G.I. Joe game was disappointing as well, I thought the game looked rather dull and would probably have done better as a XBLA game.
We also check out Wallace + Gromit Grand Adventures, which I know Nikole and Jes weren’t too impressed, but I am a huge Wallace and Gromit fan so I liked it and look forward to playing it. Later that night we went to the Capcom event and then we met up with Rob (theDCD), Varian, Rob Welkner and Hailey (Coin-Op tv), Mike Prasad, Ted Bracewell and Matt Myers for the DCD’s birthday party. It was a lot of fun and everyone seemed to have a good time. After the party we headed off to the Battlefield event and finished the night off by taking Nikole to her very first strip club.
The next day was by far the busiest, I had booked us a lot of appointment, maybe too many. First up was the Burn Zombie Burn event where they had zombies and brain jello molds. The game is a lot of fun, and well you know me, I love anything with zombies in it. After hanging out there for a bit we then headed over to Marc Ecko for a demo of the new Dexter iPhone game. This game was my favorite game of the show. Most TV or movie games are suck, but the Dexter game really impressed me. The attention to detail in that game was amazing and any fan of the TV show will find themselves completely in love with this iPhone game…but more on that later.
After Dexter we headed over to Hudson to check out Diner Dash, Water Warfare and Help Wanted. Water Warfare is this super cute and surprisingly fun kiddy-water gun FPS game for the Wii. We called it “Halo Training” yet I would rather play Water Warfare over Halo any day. Help Wanted will be for the Wii and was probably my second favorite game of the show; it’s a fast paced mini-game game where you do this silly jobs that you never think of as being real jobs. My favorite was the haunted house employee because for three years I did work in a haunted house and it was a lot of fun. They gave us a demo for Help Wanted and I have seriously already played it three or four times since getting home. Help Wanted is a definite buy for me.
Last up was Riot where they were showing off League of Legends. I like an occasional RPG-style game like Diablo or Champions of Norrath, but League of Legends just didn’t really impress me much. Honestly, we didn’t have a whole lot time with the game since we were running behind schedule, but from what i did see, I wasn’t too impressed. Check back on GameGirl for more on League of Legends from Chaunteuse later.
That night we took it a bit easy, we had a very hectic past few days and we still had one more day to go. So Jes, Nikole, Trina from GamingAngels.com and myself headed back to my place to watch LOST and America’s Next Top Model. Afterward we headed out to the Astro Gaming party, but I wasn’t feeling it so I left a bit early.
The last was much more laid back although we did split up for most of the day. I went to meet up with Mega64 to shoot something with them while Jes and Nikole headed to Activision. The guys from Mega64 and I ended up going down to Fisherman’s Wharf to check out the penny arcade and get some yummy food. I met back up with Nikole later that night and we went to a super sweaty bar for a karaoke party and drinks. After the party we headed back to the W to meet up with Jes, hung out at the hot tub for a bit with the guys again and then back to my place for some much needed sleep.
The show was so much fun and I loved seeing everyone! I can’t wait for E3, where we get to do all this over again!