You can really get a feel for the people’s passion when visiting EGX Rezzed. Both from those excited to play the games on show as well as the talented creators developing them. It’s a show where the two sides get to meet and break bread, where online negativity is left in the forum threads to instead celebrate the smaller treats that the months ahead have in store. This year’s event in London was, of course, no different. IGCritic were there, and here’s our top five picks!
Breaking any new ground within a tried and tested game genre seems like a huge mountain to climb. Despite this Winter Hall, the new walking sim from developer Lost Forest Games, looks like it’s going to do just that, blending a strong sense of historical accuracy while sprinkling in light horror elements. The game sees you play as an honest archaeologist unearthing the remnants of the titular Winter Hall. Piece things together sees you transported to the time of the Black Death, to the site of Winter Hall before it crumbled away to time. What you do in the past will affect the area in the future, rewarding those who are inspired to uncover the historical site’s mystery while confronting death head-on along the way.
The first Guacamelee! was one of the last console generation’s indie gems, taking heavy inspiration from South American culture and Mexican wrestling to have you hop, fight, and climb your way to the girl as a cursed luchadore. The sequel, Guacamelee! 2 might be a classic case of ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ but it’s showing at EGX Rezzed indicates that certain mechanics are being satisfyingly iterated upon. Turning into a chicken, for example, is no longer just a means to fit into tight corners, now giving you greater freedom of movement around stages with its own set of fighting moves. We can’t wait to continue Juan’s wacky adventures!
State of Mind
Transhumanism isn’t a topic that many games explore. In fact, I don’t think I’d even came across the subject in the medium before playing last year’s brilliant Observer. State of Mind is the new futuristic thriller that uses this as its core conceit, doing away with any horror elements that would otherwise detract those interested in what it means to transfer consciousness. Gameplay is primarily about interacting with the world and speaking to people in the hope of solving puzzles. Fairly standard stuff, but State of Mind’s unique polygonal aesthetic makes the world a fun one to poke around in.
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes
It’s be easy to hate on Travis Strikes Again for all the things it isn’t. It isn’t, for example, a proper sequel to the cult classic No More Heroes series. It Isn’t a strict hack ‘n’ slash game, instead resembling that of a mini-game collection which sees snarky protagonist Travis Touchdown transported from arcade game to arcade game. The demo at EGX Rezzed took place in one of these arcade games, being just as fast, vibrant, and frenetic as feels right for this zany off-shoot. Very promising and right at home on the Switch.
Anyone who’s ever wondered what would happen if you took the weirdly alluring ugly art-style of Stick it to the Man! with the world of Grim Fandango will find their answer with Flipping Death. Developed by the same team who gave us the former, Flipping Death is one of the most unique adventure platformers not least due to a mechanic which sees the entire world flip right before your eyes. As the newly-appointed Grim Reaper Penny, you’ll need to do this in order to possess humans key to resolving the problems had by the ghosts in your world. It’s all wrapped in a knowingly tongue and cheek black humour which is rarely seen anywhere else.