The games that caught our eye at EGX London2022

The games that caught our eye at EGX London2022

ReedPop, the owner of Eurogamer, is running the EGX.

This weekend, EGX London was a positive experience, with people returning together fairly unintentionally frustrated by the epidemic and participating in games. Many of us were there, walking the halls, organizing quizzes (thank you if you came to one), and playing games.

What games were there: big ones, small ones, old ones, and new ones. One of the most eye-catching examples was a pool table with an enormously warped corner, which made playing it completely different to normal. What one simple transformation can do.

Fortunately, a number of other games swooped us. And here, in no particular order, they are.

LakeSide, PC

I have accepted that any pixel art game will turn my head, and I also realize that I am very interested in city-builders. However, LakeSide is one of the most powerful solutions available on the market, implying that it can build only in two dimensions in, and therefore, as you''re on an island, this drastically restricts your space. It acts a bit like a survival game with a turbo-charged clock, which allows you to progress quickly if you don''t have housing or food or

Depending on your goals - ''build X'' - and make certain that people have already reached milestones, you should get rid of the building you need to move forward.

I think the test will take place when you run out of space, which wasn''t before the demo ran out for me. Fortunately, LakeSide was introduced to Steam Early Access this week, so now is more time to get started.

Bertie

Wildfrost, PC

I purchased this book as a Slay The Spire-like. I like it for me some fun deck-building and Rogue-like gameplay. I feel like Wildfrost introduces the finest parts of Monster Train and adds some fresh twists. I really enjoyed the emphasis on card placement on the battlefield and the freedom to move any unit cards around at any point. I also appreciate being able to recall any unit other than your leader to heal them before returning them to the battlefield.

The other big difference Wildfrost makes to gameplay is the counter system. Instead of energy costs to play cards, only one card per round can be played. Each unit has its own set of actions it can make once its counter hits zero, after which it''ll return to its original value. This gives me a chance to change my mind.

I''m really looking forward to playing this when it comes out. I''m not waiting to learn about the many clans, abilities, and charms that I''ll be able to experiment with. Snoof will certainly be my companion whenever possible because he is the best snow doggo.

A shout-out would be issued to the member of staff at the booth that told me to wear headphones; the music was astounding! Thank you for sharing the concept art for the instruments with me!

Liv Ngan

I played Wildfrost once more (Bertie here again) but was enrout in a similar way to Liv, as well as from various advice from EGX people. Wildfrost seemed to be a source of buzz, although I''d also chuck Magic: The Gathering, owing to the fact that you may play creatures as well as abilities.

It took me a while to get my head around, especially as I missed the tutorial. A lot of Wildfrost looks and feels really familiar to those other games, but it''s not, quite. In the event that your play cards are linked, the percentage timers, and this means that when you play one, it ticks down one. So there''s a lot of planning involved in it.

Familiar and yet not so familiar, and it''s absolutely stunning, with the kind of bright and exaggerated presentation that HearthStone would use for the game when Wildfrost will arrive next year. One thing to keep an eye on.

Bertie

Street Fighter 6

Capcom''s big hitter had a fairly low-key presence on the EGX showfloor, but the most important thing was that there were plenty of demo pods to jump on - and for four days, a small part of the ExCel Centre felt something like a modern day arcade where dozens of people were rapt by this iconic fighting game.

What happens to the possibility of making Street Fighter 6 special? Part of it is how it folds in all of the recent features, such as 3''s parry and 4''s focus, into something more approachable thanks to the (optional) automated control system that takes away Smash Bros. and allows you to get specials with a single directional input. In part, this is a product of a Capcom that has returned to the Resident Evil series and has finally broken the west.

Because this is one of the most powerful, challenging games that can transcend game''s traditional boundaries and bring people together, as the bustle around Street Fighter 6 on the EGX show floor demonstrates. I''m already counting down the days until I can play it again.

Martin

Tiny Book Shop, PC

My ''To Read'' pile is over 25 volumes high and growing, therefore Tiny Bookshop quickly caught my attention at EGX and I''m so grateful it did. A relaxing management sim, Tiny Bookshop sees you travel around a seaside town on the noble quest of selling books out of a wooden wagon, which, yes, you can customize.

Despite the modest appearance, organising your bookshop may turn you into a bargain-winner. Do you fill your shelves with what''s popular or you create a sensible genre balance to attract more visitors at the risk of losing profits?

During my playthrough, I brought boxes of crime novels from someone''s room, but my desire of them becoming best sellers was drained by customers deciding they preferred the classic. Luckily, I still made the money to purchase fairy lights to decorate the caravan with!

Tiny Book Shop is in early development with a planned release date for spring 2024, but I''m glad I''ll return to the little shop by the sea.

Lottie

Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, PS5

I wish I had been able to spend more time with this demo. I had just beaten the big tiger monster before I died (again), and my short time with Wo Long was up. Speaking to others who''ve played the demo on console, I''ve learned that there was a boss at the end that I never expected!

As a Soulsborne-like game, I knew it would be difficult, therefore I decided to spend less time contemplating Wo Long''s depth and more time contemplating how the subject unfolded. Although I did not do well, considering I missed the second half of the demo.

I''m always up for the difficult challenge of From Software''s games, but Wo Long has grabbed my attention since it was announced. I liked the combat and the right timing, but wish I had been able to explore the martial arts more.

One of the key features that genuinely stands out in my mind is the dynamic that vertical movement adds. You can jump and scale walls, adding another dimension to exploration and combat. The combination of that fluidity and the martial arts is something I''m really looking forward to playing when the game comes out, and I''m free to spend as much time as I need to git gud.

Morse, PC

So, one of the other games with slightly wacky controls, or at least those that you''ll do a double-take when you see, is Morse. No, it''s not an Inspector Morse game, because that would be, I don''t know, boring? Or maybe amazing? It''s a Morse Code game. It''s a bit like Battleships, in that you enact certain squares and then launch bombs at them.

The game is available on Steam, but you can use it at home today, but you can''t quite recreate the experience of playing it on a replica Morse Code machine during the EGX show. Even though you know it is a prop, the wooden-boxed machine adds a sense of belonging to these war games to your enjoyment. (though I think it was quite quite simple).

Bertie

Secrets of Soil, PC

When I say I played this, because it was my partner who played it, but I was watching so I''ll continue to claim it all the same. Secrets of Soil is an educational voyage, although it''s a fascinating one: a literal journey into the soil and all of the connected, underground networks that are so vital to the world we live in, and a list of them all as you fly through.

Right now, Secrets of Soil is available on Steam for free.

Telusfax, PC

At events, I tend to be concerned with other controllers, and my highlight was a faithful creation of Teletext from this year''s Leftfield Collection.

Telusfax is a detective game in which you click through colourful listings to create a list of individuals on a sheet of paper. This simple setup is an effective way to remember how Teletext operated - from having to return to previous pages when you''ve made a mistake, to the disturbing sight of numbers walking through the top of the screen while you wait for your query to load.

The highlight of the game was the presentation beyond the game itself, with a bulky CRT humming away and a remote control to play it with, along with an endearing note requesting participants to put the power cable on the machine if inputs aren''t registering. I suspect that half of the magic is playing on original hardware.

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