So it took me a while to find the time to write a short recap of my Gamescom and Fanfest experience… but here it is.
As you know I was invited to the Xbox Fanfest which took place from August 4th to 5th. Either you were invited by Xbox or you could get in line in front of the Gloria Theatre on Tuesday morning to get a ticket for the 2 day event. I think they gave away 500 tickets.
On the evening of Tuesday, Xbox invited all fans to a very fancy location here in cologne. It’s a big place where concerts and other events are held. They decorated it pretty nice and had showcased some cool stuff.
I arrived late (baby girl at home) and rushed directly to the area where Xbox had a screening of some unseen clips from the Rise of the Tomb Raider campaign. It looks very promising. I was laughing with Nicole, a fellow Halo fan girl I met there, about the fact that when Lara is making her incredibly dangerous and not human like jumps, nearly every third time the wall or pillar collapses, leaving her dangling close to death. The scenes we saw were so action packed it leaves you breathless just by watching.
I hope I find enough time in November to play it. But the competitor is huge…
Then we saw a hilarious demonstration on how big of a boys game Crackdown 3 is going to be. The creators of Crackdown showed us what you can do if all you can think about is: MUST DESTROY EVERYTHING. It was the complete and utter destruction of a skyscraper. Haha, everytime something collapsed the whole crowd went crazy and they roared in animalistic manner when the skyscraper finally collapsed. I was amused.
After all this watching we were sent out to explore the location and plaaaaay some Halo 5. That was all I wanted so Nicole and I went….walked fast….ok we jogged to the Halo 5 room.
Needless to say, I was so hyped. But when I saw that Andy Dudynsky aka Bravo was sitting next to me I was like WHAAAAAT?! The match had already started and we were in the lead. The first minute I ran around the map headless and totally confused. I had seen the gameplay from IGN before, so I knew what we had to do, but playing it for real is something different. I tried to find my teammates and stick to them. But they were running around rather headless themselves. I think this game type requires the comeback of the mic. It’s essential to be able to communicate with your team. But I love this new game type! It’s massive! Sadly we lost our match…Bravo couldn’t save us.
I also played We happy few, a very weird but funny game. It’s totally different than any other game I played, so that’s reason enough to buy and play it. Weird is always good. Another game I played was Homefront: The Revolution. I started in the middle of the game and objective so it’s hard to form an opinion. Game play felt not as good as I imagined it. The picture below is a little dark, but you can see all the games that were available to play.
All in all it was a cool evening. Just being outside without my girl was exciting enough. On the event Xbox announced to the fans, that everyone would get free access to Gamescom on Wednesday, the next day. That day is not open to the public but for media only. Imagine my excitement as I knew that the lines at the booths wouldn’t be long at all and all I could think of was Halo 5! Again!