I was first greeted by these two cosplayers when I first walked in to the expo. Pikmin on the Gamecube was one of the first games I got for that console, and I loved it. It appeared that morph-suits were an essential cosplay piece for many convention-goers on that Saturday, but these guys Pikmin made me smile.
Next up was the Ninja Gaiden 3 Demo and Q&A over on the Gamespot stage. The presentation ended with a fans tournament, where the winner won a bunch of game related prizes. I wrote this up for MCM BUZZ, which you can read here.
Myself, Fiancé and friend then gave Dynasty Warriors 7 XL a go. Being a fan of the series, I enjoyed spending ten minutes smashing through the usual hoard of enemies. You can read my hands-on here.
A bit of a Nintendo-fest insued next for a while. As well as meeting Nintendo's favourite moustached plumber, I picked up a free Zelda ocarina (after answering a Ocarina of Time question correctly), and sampled a few of the Nintendo demos.
|Yay! I got an Ocarina!|
|Me meeting Mario!|
One of the highlights of the day was sitting through the Saints Row: The Third demo and Q&A session over on the Gamespot stage. Not only were the audience in hysterics for the most part, I was also highly impressed with what this next Saints Row instalment has to offer. I was even treated to a Professor Genki groin thrust in my face at one point during the presentation, before he walked off 70s dancing his way to another participant. Feel free to read my write-up about this here.
After my third demo/Q&A presentation of the day, it was time to get some more gaming in. I managed to grab a go on The Darkness II which I really enjoyed (check out my hands-on review here).
After much talk about Dark Souls being one of the "hardest games ever", I thought I'd give it a go. You can check out my hands-on review for that here.
I also managed to catch up with my buddy Jess Bradley, (who you may recall me interviewing back in the early days of 8-Bit Girl) who was manning her own stall over at the Comic Village section of the expo. The lovely lady gave me a bunch of free Zelda related goodies too! I interviewed her and her co-conspirators, John-Paul Bove and James Stayte, all fellow gaming nerds, for MCM Buzz.
As well as all the gaming excitement, I also managed to check out what the stalls had to offer. Yes, I went away with some Pocky at the end of it all...
I also interviewed Donna M Evans, an artist who I found on deviantART a year or so back. She tends to draw a lot of Zelda and Tim Burton fan-art, two of my loves, so I just had to grab an interview, and buy some Tim Burton related art too (my framed print of Vincent is awesome)!
Unlike previous times at the expo, I didn't really get a chance to snap a lot of cosplayers, but I managed to grab this final shot before I exited the venue, and headed straight for chinese food with my Fiancé and friends.
No doubt I shall be attending again in May of next year, with hopefully plenty more to contribute towards the event on 8-Bit Girl!