Just got back, and I',m currently in one of those cool japanse manga cafes (cyber cafes) where you can drink unlimited soft drinks. Oishiii!,
The show was pretty cool with lots of top games on show, I',ll tell you right now that my tastes don',t really match most peoples though. For instance, I didn',t look at Halo 2 or the new RE for instance, but anyway, I digress...
First of all the PSP!, It was real cool, and I never fancied it before. Its not the brick that you think it is and fits in your hands and (big) pocket quite nicely I think. The analogue button switch thingy is a bit weird though. On the 3D action game I played it was real rubbish, but that just may have been the game. Puyo Puyo fever was real nice to play on the ordinary D pad. Cant help but think that if someone hacks this machine it',ll be great (ala xbox). Watching media and playing emus and so on would really be great on this machine, its really quite nice.
Conspicous by its absence was the DS. Only three DS games were shown and all of them were videos with no hardware on display.
Xbox Monkey Ball. It was great!, Lovely to see some new levels for such a classic game. The xbox pad is definitely not as good as the GC one so the game does suffer a little but its still great nonetheless. Also, either the controls are a little forgiving or I',m bloody good at the game (despite never really having used an xbox pad before. The lack of ",grooves", in the pad (MB fans will know what I',m taking about) does make it harder, but I did great anyway. Time will tell wether its me being ace or whether they',ve made things more forgiving to counter for the the more difficult controller.
PSO Episode IV (Blue Burst on PC). This was awesome to play, entirely new weapons, monsters etc. great fun. High resolution PSO is a joy to see and the gameplay is as fun as ever. However, the gameplay is exactly the same as it was and unless your a fan of this series the sense of deja vu may put you off a little. Still, I',d get it if I had decent PC.
Rez sequel thingy (forget the name, sorry) this looked real cool and I',ll be playing it tomorrow, I',ll tell you about it later!,
Sega Superstars, this game was fun. Everyone was a tad shy when it came to playing this, so the booth staff were all but pleadin me to play, so I got to have as many goes as I wanted - ace!, Seeing me kick ass in expert mode Monkey Ball (which was adjacent to eyetoy) the staff started me off on the eyetoy version of this. Difficult, but great fun. Nothing new at all really just new (incredibly easy) levels of MB with the easyness offset by having to use the eye toy as a controller (each hand/arm controlling the left or right axis and degree of momentum. Great fun and quite hilarious, especially when you just can',t quite manage the level of precision needed to get yourself in the end of level exit.
Being a huge fan of the DC versions I tried Space Channel 5 next. This was qutie predictable, matching the up down left and right of Ulala with some diagonals added to represent ",shoot", and ",hey",. The general coolness of SC5 made this a great laugh but I did notice that the timing of the your responses was very, very forgiving (unlike the super harsh original versions). The difficulty was in pulling off the physical movements and remembering the sequence rather than the trademark rythmic precision of the earlier games. Still, maybe this was just easy mode...
Overall, great fun, and I',ll report back on the goodies they gave me after I get back home to my cozy apartment in Kobe.