This year saw the popular EGX event sponsored by Virgin Media move from its old home of London’s Earl’s Court that is now sadly no longer with us, to its new home at Birmingham’s NEC. With games a plenty on show and a strong showing from the cosplay community it proved to be another success with many thousands of dedicated fans turning up to brave the queues hoping to see some of their favourite upcoming titles as well as some old classics and some imaginative indie developers showing off their wares. JoypadAndMe were there again to find out just what was going on as well as to meet and enjoy the gaming community.
EGX moving home from London’s Earls Court to Birmingham’s NEC. Same sponsors and plenty of banners and advertising to make sure you knew where you were!
It was really hard not to notice the huge great beast of a Tie Fighter sitting in the middle of the arena. Would have loved to have able to go inside but I wouldn’t have got back out and therefore played no games!
Nintendo were there again showing off their titles along with there ever popular Street Pass zone. A good place to hang out and enjoy a chat and a game with fellow fans.
A firm favourite of the event was Just Cause 3. It wasn’t hard to see why it was popular, the staff tag line for the game was “Blow Sh*t Up! And that is exactly what we did.
In Just Cause 3 you really can blow anything up and cause impressive amounts of chaos. Sandbox destruction will always be a strong seller.
Although already released, Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain was on display to gain more fans along with cosplayers to help promote the game.
We found Xur! Did he have anything useful for sale? No, but I’m sure if you asked him he could get an energy drink or two for you.
It seemed as though Ubisoft had a few issues with Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Seige. We returned a couple of times and we saw more of the loading screens and the Xbox One logo more than we did the game.
Xbox fans weren’t overly happy at the amount of times that Rainbow 6 siege crashed during gameplay. It did seem that the issues were more event based than actual game based however.
The Cosplayers were out in force again this year with the event providing competitions as well as many discussions on different aspects of cosplaying and design.
A whole host of different cosplayers turned up to support the event and to hang out with other like minded individuals.
Nintendo’s StarFox Zero was on display. With a displayed release date of Q1 2016 they were very vague on further details of when it will finally be out.
The Nissan GTR was the display showpiece for the Need For Speed booth. You had plenty of time to admire it with queue times heading over 3 hours for almost the entire event!
The security was a bit overboard for Ubisoft’s The Division this year!
Photo time with one of the great representatives and staff from Ubisoft. Checking out The Division was certainly a highlight of the event and so were their staff.
Samus even took some alien busting time out to show up at EGX. A great cosplay creation.
Gareth couldn’t help but smile as he went through the Nintendo stands. It was difficult to stop him jumping down one of the pipes though.
Imperial forces were on hand to keep an eye on any rebel scum trying to play EA’s big release for this year, Star Wars Battlefront which was a clear fan favourite this year.
Super Mario Maker, a game where you take one of the most loved video game franchises and lets you lovingly create any level you can imagine. Pure Nintendo Perfection!
Master Chief. Always a classic cosplay choice. I’m sure he will be putting down the rifle and picking up the controller once Halo 5 Guardians is released.
Someone we featured on this website a while back was on hand cosplaying a popular choice with the release of Metal Gear Solid V Pantom Pain. Aurore Dimopoulos cosplaying Quiet. Great to be able to catch up finally.
When Gaz said he liked strong women I don’t think he meant the Alien Queen! Still, I think she knew how to handle him…..by the throat!
Did you attend EGX this year? We would loved to hear from you and find out what you had to say about the new location? What did you think of the games on show? Did any stand out to you? What did you think of this years queues? Tell us your thoughts and comments below and we will use some of them in our upcoming podcast episode as we discuss the 2015 EGX at Birmingham’s NEC.