E For All 2008
Posted on Friday, October 10 @ 17:05:15 Eastern by dante_maddox
The Good, The Bad, and the Gamers
So E For All has come and gone folks and I’m here to report on what I saw and experienced. The event went for three days and was a lot of fun; well, at least most of it was fun. There's some that worked and some that didn’t, but there’s a lot to go through, so let's get to it.
The GoodThe highlight game of E For All was the brand new Gears of War 2. I never even got a chance to play it myself, the lines were so long, but I sat and watched for what seemed like forever. The game actually looks much better than the original, which is more than I think anyone was expecting.
Gamers got a chance to try out the new online co-op mode called Horde, where five players work together against wave after wave of enemies. Some of the cool new options were a completely maneuverable camera called 'ghost cam' that allows you to watch all of the action if your character gets killed off.
Another cool effect is that the weapons heat up, making its edges glow white-hot. The game has plenty of new action animations to go along with the traditional curb stomp and whatnot. There are also new weapons and enemies to fight against. The levels I saw where highly detailed and very colorful, something that the first game lacked.
EndWar, the new Tom Clancy game at the show is my personal favorite of the event. A real-time strategy game, it allows you to speak directly to your troops through a series of easy-to-use voice commands. The graphics are out of this world, and the action is intense. I found that this was the only game I didn’t completely suck at and (thus) was the most fun to play.
In the same booth was Far Cry 2, an awesome-looking first-person shooter that offers the player a ton of freedom of movement and plenty of weapons. The girl who helped me understand the controls had no problem letting me know how bad I sucked, as the enemy kept gunning me down before I could heal myself. That’s okay, because I did manage to crash my car into a car full of enemies and then shot them to death as they exited the vehicle. If only I hadn’t crashed all the other vehicles…
The amBX booth was very cool with their nifty peripherals. The amBX package offers ambient lighting effects for your PC to start, with a rumble pad and fans placed to give players an immersive gaming experience, especially when I played a little Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on it. Everything in the kit is USB-powered and runs from a central hub that sits quietly behind your monitor.
Another booth that stood out was the one featuring Beyond Protocol, an MMORTS that allows players to engage in massive space battles and planet wide offenses. While most RTS games focus on speed and quick button strokes, Beyond Protocol is about the long haul. Battles can take hours to complete, allowing for more strategy instead of winning through attrition and overwhelming forces.