Last weekend I went along to my second PC Gamer Weekender and I was not disappointed. Considering that the event is much smaller than others, there was plenty of games, talks, career advice and more.
Here’s a quick roundup of some of the games I got to play
This was my first experience of a Vermintide title, but I was highly recommended this game by friends. The game plays with a Left 4 Dead style co-op, featuring a range of classes and weapon types to suit your playstyle. I got to play around with the elf using a spear as my main and a ranged bow. I’ve since started playing on the closed beta and I have to say that I’m really enjoying it so far – roll on pre-order release!
Having seen trailers for this game prior to the show, I was looking forward to playing. The character creation is incredibly in-depth and I was soon running around with green fur and pink moustache. The gameplay was interesting as on the surface it seems like simple hack and slash, but with narrative choices. By that I mean, en route to the quest location, there were a serious of choices with values tied to each one, positive for heroic actions and negative for more selfish ones. While its still unclear what overall impact these choices will have, Biomutant is a game I’ll be keeping an eye on.
DRG Initiative is a fresh and interesting take on the saturated multiplayer shooter genre. Play on a team of 3 and pick two classes that you can interchange throughout the game by walking through a door. Unlike games such as Overwatch and Destiny 2, players only have 2 lives, making games that much more intense. The most interesting part of DRG was how they have included Twitch as a core mechanic. A forth player will act as a broadcaster, controlling cameras and loot drops. Twitch viewers can vote on whether or not a team should be granted lot, akin to the hunger games. Players also have to worry about AI creatures attacking them, which can make things like snipe camping slightly more challenging. Shooting also brings your location to the enemies attention, so you have to be careful about how you approach the situation. While this game is still in early access, it’s definitely one to check out if you are looking for a new multiplayer experience.
SpellForce is an RTS game with RPG elements that plays something like a cross between Diablo, AOE and Warhammer. Players must build and maintain their base and economy, but with added quests and character development. There is a campaign mode, which is available as both single player and co-op, as well as a multiplayer mode. When playing co-op, players control the same base but can have separate control over the various army units. This is an interesting take on RTS co-op and was fun to play on the demo, especially since my partner was much better at economy management, it meant I could focus on the fun stuff – like fighting!