GAMEfest Day 1 Report – Sky 3D on Nintendo 3DS, Super Pokémon Rumble and Zelda 25th Anniversary Cosplay details

GAMEfest – NEC, Birmingham, UK – Day 1, 16 Sep 11

Today saw the first public day of a brand new gaming convention setup and run by the Game chain of stores.  The event was open yesterday, but only for managers of Game stores.

My first point of call when the event opened for press was obviously the Nintendo Unleashed gaming area, who unfortunately weren’t completely set up, so I moved on to my next priority, Skyrim, which also wasn’t open.  So I was forced to make a call between what I foresaw would be the largest queues later on.  Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3 and Gears of War 3.  I decided on Modern Warfare 3 as MW2 smashed all kinds of sales records, I figured it would probably be a good call.

The playable demo that Activision has on is a co-op survival mode where you and a partner battle through rounds of enemies who slowly increase in number and difficulty.  I was so drawn in to this and with no time limit during the press access; I stayed on a little longer than I should (nearly the whole time in fact).  I’m a big FPS fan, but not a serious COD online gamer, but from what I can tell with MW3 it’s pretty slick with very crisp graphics.  The AI lacked sometimes during the rounds, but overall I enjoyed what I played.

After I left and I toured the Nintendo Unleashed area, and as reported yesterday the following games are on show:

3DS Stand

  • Super Mario 3D Land
  • Mario Kart 7
  • Super Pokémon Rumble
  • Resident Evil Revelations
  • Kid Icarus Uprising
  • Metal Gear Solid 3D – Snake Eater
  • Driver Renegade

Unleashed Stand – Zelda Takeover

  • Zelda Skyward Sword (Wii)
  • Zelda Ocarina of Time (3DS)

All but Driver Renegade and Super Pokémon Rumble have been reported on by members of Nintendo Scene in different recent events articles, so I won’t repeat those.  I will report fully on both Driver and Pokémon in the final event report for GAMEfest later on.  I’ve never played a Pokémon game before, so I don’t feel qualified to comment other than say I enjoyed it.  The graphics worked and it entertained me, but further than that will have to wait until I’ve played it some more tomorrow.

I also viewed the Sky 3D demo that several 3DS systems at the stand hand running.  The demo showed some sporting and movie clips, two of which stood out for me are the Avatar the Last Airbender live action and the David Haye fight, both of which, if were of the same quality, I would happily watch on my 3ds.

The Nintendo presentation at the Game Hub was a run through of The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword demo that’s been available for a while at conventions.  It was nice to watch someone who knew what they were doing play it and I picked up a few tips that I then tried out on my next bash on it.

Other highlights for me were:

  • 20 min demo of Skyrim – Which looks epic visually, engine wise as well and in scope.
  • Rage playable demo – Only 10 mins, but I got to blast through an arena, a race and the start of a small mission. Requires a longer play to get in to.
  • Batman Arkham City – More of the same winning formula.  Some of the cut sequences are genius, as with Asylum, you can tell it’s written by a proper comic writer.
  • Renegade Ops – An upcoming arcade game on PSN, only stopped to test it out, ended up playing it for as long as MW3.
  • Soul Calibur V – Apart from visually, I couldn’t see any difference from SCIV.  There were a few moves I didn’t recognise and it still feels slow to me, but visually its genius.

My favourite game of GAMEfest is Resident Evil Operation Racoon City.  I’m a huge fan of the original Resident Evil games and the last few have drifted too far away from what I loved about them.  Racoon City, although a new direction, is going the right way for me.  Interlocking with the storyline of Resident Evil 2, the demo sees a 4 player co-op through the initial part of the game.  The Racoon City player characters are dark, oh so dark and this to me just fits.  It’s a stop I’m definitely going to make a stop at again tomorrow.

Queue wise, the longest I queued was an hour.  The demos are a suitable length to reduce queue times whilst still giving you a feel for the games.  Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 players later on in the day will be in for a longer wait, but for a majority of gamers I don’t think they’ll mind.  Day 2 and 3 are guaranteed to be busier than Day 1 as both days of the weekend are sold out.  I would suggest making a call on your favourite big game as you enter and going there first, then touring the smaller games between longer queues.  Today though, whilst queuing for Rage I did hear about one fella who had spent his whole day queuing and playing MW3, he’d leave and join the queue again.

I also got to meet the peeps behind the @GameDigital twitter account and declare my satisfaction with Resident Evil Operation Racoon City on film.

In summary for my GAMEfest prelim report, it’s a very polished convention.  Obviously the gaming companies on site have a huge amount of experience in running their side of the operations, but to my knowledge customers were processed quickly for entry and everyone I spoke to inside enjoyed themselves.

Oh yeah, and more Streetpass hits than you will know what to do with.

Tomorrow and Sunday, at around 14:00 to 15:00 there will be a Zelda gathering around the Nintendo Unleashed stand, with I’m told prizes for anyone related cosplay.  So if you’re a Zelda or Nintendo fan and you’re at GAMEfest tomorrow or Sunday, you owe it to yourself to show your support and be at the stand.

Did you go to GAMEfest today?  Are you going tomorrow?  What games were your favourite or are you looking forward to playing?

2 Responses to “GAMEfest Day 1 Report – Sky 3D on Nintendo 3DS, Super Pokémon Rumble and Zelda 25th Anniversary Cosplay details”
  1. Wow great report. Looks like things are happening back home, just as much as there are here at the Tokyo Game Show. Impressed and wish I were there too.


  2. Paul says:

    Went to GameFest on Sat 17th.

    Be prepared for over 2 hour waits to play/See any of the following games, Also these games are in closed booths and are not viewable without the extremely long wait.

    Battlefield 3
    Saints Row 3
    Batman AC

    Think the problem is the publishers etc couldnt be bothered to set up proper stands like in the us E3/PAX for instance the Batman stand only had 3 seperate setups to play and thousands of people that want to play.

    In my oppinion this was a waste of my time, it took me 3 hours to drive to the NEC vs not seeing the games I wanted to considering its open for 8 hours there is not enough time to see everything.

    On a Plus Nintendo stands were fully playable/viewable

    Very Very dissapointed


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