We can’t end our coverage of EGX 2015 here at Tanuki Bridge without assigning some awards, can we now? We played quite a few Wii U and 3DS games this year, but we have chosen the best for each platform as well as the overall Game of the Show. So now, Demelza and I are going to talk your through our choices and why we chose them.
“Coming away from EGX it’s pretty clear that graphically Xenoblade Chronicles X is perhaps one of the finest games the Wii U has (and one the trailers have not done justice to by any means) but I think it’s also fair to say it’s probably going to be a really strong JRPG offering as well. It seems to have kept the magic that Xenoblade Chronicles had, and if the game continues to look and play as smoothly as it did in the demo then I think Nintendo are onto a winner.” (full article here) – Demelza Ward
“Massive is a fitting word to use to describe Xenoblade Chronicles X. Seriously, the sense of scale was evident immediately once I started playing, with the stunning scenery stretching on past the area you are in for what seems like miles. Said stunning scenery is indeed stunning, too, with the alien-looking natural constructions both fascinating and unsettling me as I observe them. I want to go get closer to it, though, and that’s the main thing; you want to explore this game and see what lies out there.” (full article here) – William Robinson
“I believe The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes deserves the title best game of EGX 2015 because out of all the 3DS titles on show it’s the one that will breath new life into the console the most. The reality is that Tri Force Heroes isn’t really doing anything brand new, but the multiplayer aspect of it is something we don’t see all that often these days especially in a cooperative way. The release of this game means more 3DS owners will be coming together to play this game and it’s such an intelligent and well built game that there is a lot of fun to be had. It’s perhaps not the best game the 3DS has to offer but out of what is to come I think it’s something quite special.” – Demelza Ward
“… the early signs are indeed promising. The section of the game we played was a series of traditional dungeon areas with a climactic boss fight at the end, and that final boss fight was just as rewarding as you would want. The boss in question was on roughly the same height level as us to begin with, so those of us equipped with bombs threw them towards the centre of the enemy to damage his weak point and expose him. Sounds easy, right? Well as you damage this boss, it adds another height level, forcing you to pick each other up to be able to get at the middle of the enemy. This was no easy boss fight – the resident employee told us few at EGX got this far – but when we finally emerged victorious the sense of teamwork and accomplishment was evident.” (full article here) – William Robinson
“My opinion is probably a bit tainted by the fact I love JRPG’s, but I think the fact I was never that interested in Xenoblade Chronicles X before playing it at EGX balances out my thoughts fairly well. I think the Wii U has a great catalogue of games right now but I don’t think many have been as ambitious as Xenoblade Chronicles X has been in the massive world it deliveries. The thing is regardless of anything else the graphics and the world it gives us are some of the best the Wii U has to offer and even as far as JRPG’s go I think it’s a pretty impressive accomplishment. Once this game hits I think we’ll be so lost in this world that there will be 1,000s of hours put into this title fighting monsters or doing quests and that is why it’s the best game Nintendo had on show this year.” – Demelza Ward
“I’ll be frank; in terms of games, Nintendo’s showing wasn’t as good as it has been the last two years. But there was a particular highlight at the event, in the form of Monolith Soft’s Xenoblade Chronicles X. This game is fittingly massive considering Nintendo’s sparse release schedule in 2015. The world is huge, with amazing creatures that tower above you and can easily crush you when you’re at a low level. The combat is similar to Wii’s Xenoblade Chronicles, but that isn’t a bad thing considering how well it works. There seems to be a focus on guns in battle now, which is a different approach but I can see working. Seriously though, the scale of this game is what really stood out to me. The world and the fascinating scenery around me is just asking to be explored, and I am excited to discover what lies in the distance. That excitement and sense of awe is why Xenoblade Chronicles X is my Game of the Show.” – William Robinson
Did you go to EGX 2015? If so, let us know what your highlights were in the comments!