After the amazing evening at the Xbox Fanfest, Wednesday came and so did the excitement. I was going to play Halo 5 again. How fortunate! I only had to figure out who would look after my little daughter while I was inside. Children under the age of 3 aren’t allowed at the convention. Luckily my mother loves her grandchild so much that she was willing to come to cologne and watch her. But still, I only had a small window of 2-3 hours. And that was the time when Yoda appeared to me and said: Use your time wisely padawan.
And so I rushed to the convention and fought my way through the endless halls that were amazingly empty. I only know Gamescom fully packed when it’s hard to find your way through the crowd, let alone get in line to play a game. Waiting over 2 hours is absolutely normal and with most games it’s even longer. Being there at this day when usually only media is allowed inside, was perfect. I was going to meet Nicole, whom I had met the evening before, at the Halo booth.
As you can see on the photo above, the line was tiny. We got in and while waiting we saw this beauty:
To reveal Halo 5’s biggest Warzone map, 343 hired Megabloks to build it out of 89.500 bloks. They first showcased it at san Diego Comic Con. It’s name is already legendary to me: Raid on Apex 7. It’s a spiritual successor to „The Silent Cartographer“ and therefor amazing. Who doesn’t love this campaign level?
So as you can see we were well entertained during our short wait. Inside the booth Nicole and I did really well at our Warzone match. We won and I had so much fun. Playing it for the second time, I knew a lot more and could play smarter. October were are you?
Since I had not much time left I just strolled through the halls and took in the sweet convention feeling. Next year I definitely be there longer. My daughter will be older and won’t be needing me every 2 hours. I’m really glad Xbox invited me to this well organized and exciting Fanfest. And I hope they will be hosting another next year, because on Wednesday evening everyone who had the Fanfest wristband was also invited to a boat ride on river Rhine. I couldn’t go but heard it was a blast. So next year I wanna be there too.
To conclude this small recap here are some pictures I took at the Halo 5 booth: