Freaks, Geeks, and Furries: Fan Expo 2012
Fan Expo has come to an end and now it’s time to discuss the adventure!
Well, now that I have had some time to recover from the crazy weekend that was Fan Expo Canada I can finally share my incredible experience with you lovely folks! The weekend was an overall success as I was able to demo some great titles, meet some incredible people, and I did laugh at those who were playing Just Dance 4.
I was lucky enough to play Assassin’s Creed III, single player, on the weekend and I have to say that I was impressed. I traded in my land legs as I captained the ship in the naval battle demo. The demo is nothing new, as it was the play through that was shown at E3 this year, but it was exciting to take the helm and sink some battleships. The gameplay was great; the ship was fairly easy to navigate and the weapons had a good level of destruction. I probably spent more time ramming my boat into others than firing the cannons because it was way more fun. I did find the demo a tiny bit tricky, but that is also what made it so enjoyable. The environment played a huge role in your ability to steer your ship and aim your weapons, which added a dimension of realism to the game. I am really looking forward to this title and I would love to see what the rest of the game has in store.
I also tried my hand at Dishonored, which I have been super stoked for. I generally have a love for Bethesda games, even if they don’t tend to love my PS3, but I am not nearly as excited for this game after I played the demo. The demo was the same as E3, but I was still excited to try it out. Now, I am still holding out for it to be an amazingly outstanding game, but I just don’t know if it will. I love the premise and plot of the game and I love the steampunk-esque environment that it is promoting. I am just not sure that it has been pulled together successfully. The game did not seem intuitive and it felt a bit clunky, however this could be because I was only getting a snippet of the game. Plus, my pack of rats attacked me… jerks.
Elias Toufexis (Deus Ex, Splinter Cell: Blacklist) hosted a panel for video game voice actors that included Michelle Boback (Deus Ex), Shawn Biachoo (Assassin’s Creed), Amber Goldfarb (Assassin’s Creed), Neil Napier (Assassin’s Creed), Paula Jean Hixson (Assassin’s Creed, Dues Ex), and Michael Mando (Far Cry 3). The panel’s discussion focuses on the artistic advancements of video games. It was incredible listening to the actor’s discuss the depth that they put into their characters and how much more they are able to connect through technology. By using motion capturing, the actors stated that they are able to interact with each other to allow for a completely immersive and cinematic experience, which is translated to the gamer. As technology increases, the unanimous thought is that the experience will become even more seamless and realistic. Another major point of focus was the increasing presence of females in the gaming industry as Michelle, Amber, and Paula Jean were so passionate about this hot topic. Hopefully I will be able to put something together with these ladies soon! Who knows, we may have some more guests for future podcasts!
Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to meet with David Hayter as he had to cancel his appearance at Fan Expo Canada. If you are going through withdrawal, I would suggest listening to the podcast again. His voice is quite lovely.
Although the venue was incredibly packed, the con was a success. EB Games did a great job of hosting the event, ensuring that gamers were well represented. There were some outstanding cosplayers, awesome merchandise and fantastic guests.
Was anyone else at Fan Expo this weekend? What did you think?