Wednesday 19 December 2018

What’s at PlayersXpo 2017? Games, games and more games

Whether you’re hoping to compete, find out more about the latest titles before you buy or take a trip back in time, PlayersXpo has you covered.

Multiplay is bringingto PLayersXpo a selection of the newest and most popular games so attendees can decide what they want for Christmas or see why League of Legends and Minecraft are the global phenomena that they are.

Multiplay bringing fresh titles to PlayersXpo

The PlayersXpo floor has a selection of over contemporary 20 titles for you to try including the fresh-off-the-presses Super Mario Odyssey. Racing fans have bleeding edge titles Forza Motorsport 7, Project Cars 2, F1 2017 and Gran Turismo Sport but also party favourite Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Explorers can roam Hyrule with Link in the latest Zelda series adventure, Breath of the Wilds for Nintendo Switch, realise how difficult older games are in infuriating remake Crash Bandicoot: N’Sane Trilogy or tackle the cinematic Drake-free Uncharted: The Lost Legacy on PS4.

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Armchair athletes can test their skills at FIFA 18, NBA 2K18 and WWE 2K18. The competitive team-players can bandy up in eSports staples, Rocket League, Overwatch and the aforementioned current competitive champion, League of Legends.

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For many, the opportunity to decide on which games to ask Santy for will be a godsend but we can aid you right now with our five highest rated games at PlayersXpo as reviewed by the Irish Independent’s trusted reviewer, Ronan Price:

            ∙ Crash N’Sane Trilogy (PS4)

            ∙ Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (PS4)

            ∙ Forza Motorsport 7 (Xbox One)

            ∙ Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)

            ∙ FIFA 18 (Multi-platform)

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With the top three tied at a maximum score of five stars, playing them at PlayersXpo might just be only way to decide.

The competitive edge

‘Turn up and play’ is a system of free-entry competitions organised by our helpful admin staff. With top-level competitive games like FIFA, Rocket League, League of Legends and more to add some fiery contests to the fun. Competitive Minecraft, Mario Kart and Ninjago Nindroids are also available for gentler competitors more interested in merriment than merit badges.

As the name suggests, turning up to the Multiplay area at whichever game you fancy a shot at and asking the staff is the process of entry for this set of competitions.

However, there is one more hellish nightmare of a contest for morning/afternoon attendees to enjoy on both Saturday and Sunday. The 4-Player Doom Deathmatch tournament with John Romero is going to be one of the highlights of PlayersXpo and simply purchase tickets for the early session and check your inbox for a crack at Doom’s true final boss.

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Retro revival or memory jolt - the Retro Zone at PlayerXpo

#PX2017 promises to have the definitive line-up to celebrate the 40 year history of home video game consoles. With dozens of playable titles across 18 retro systems, players can explore the story of the world’s hobby for themselves. Perennial favourites Mario, Sonic, Zelda and Donkey Kong are joined by more obscure titles that may not roll off the tongue nowadays but are important steps on the journey to 2017.

The oldest console on show is the Atari 2600, an underpowered skeleton of a machine that was seemingly fueled by the creativity of the developers and the imagination of players rather than pure processing power.

The Japanese Famicom is the next oldest, dating from 1983. The Famicom and its western variant, the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System, 1985) arguably had the greatest impact of all the systems on show. It was the first system to sell more than 50 million units (going on to sell 60 million), single-handedly resurrected the North American video games industry and launched some of the biggest names in gaming history. Japan leapt miles ahead in the console manufacturing industry and wouldn’t be so much as challenged in that spot for two decades. Super Mario Bros., Zelda, Kirby, Metroid, Castlevania and Final Fantasy were just a few franchises to debút on Nintendo’s first home consoles.

The 16-bit wars was one of consumer electronics’ most fiercely contested format battles, pitting Euro and Brazilian favourite Sega’s Mega Drive against reigning world champion Nintendo’s Super NES. On one hand, the Mega Drive had a versatile architecture with a fast CPU to brute-force anything it needed to while the SNES had a CPU/GPU that excelled at 2D rendering with complex background effects built-in.

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The Mega Drive had Sonic, Phantasy Star and arcade conversions like Super Hang-On, Golden Axe and Ghouls & Ghosts to draw sales. Super Nintendo boasted some of the greatest follow-ups for their stable of household names and starting a few dynasties while they were at it. Super Mario World, Final Fantasy VI, and Super Metroid were stunning sequels. Mario Kart and Starwing continue to wow to this day. We have both 16-bit heavyweights at PlayersXpo so you can decide once and for all if a ‘draw match’ was a fair result.

Video games grew up in the mid-90s and PlayersXpo brings you the systems that made gaming cool. Sony PlayStation, Sega Saturn and Nintendo 64 introduced complex 3D geometry, texture mapping and FMV to the masses and gave the world some of gaming’s finest hours with Metal Gear Solid, NiGHTs into Dreams and Super Mario 64. Anyone over 25 will remember these icons of a golden era in video games.

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The best-selling is the PlayStation 2, a sleek black monolith which annihilated the competition with built-in DVD playback, an immense games library and clever marketing. However, Sega’s swan song Dreamcast has had history on its side despite crashing out of the race after just over three years in 2002.

Sega Dreamcast’s legacy is almost as great as that of the PS2 as Sega delivered the first worthwhile online console gaming service, allowed mouse/keyboard control for the ultimate in console shooting and had VGA support. These features coupled with a string of arcade-perfect hits like Crazy Taxi, Soul Calibur and Ferrari F355 Challenge have kept interest in the commercial failure alive.

Microsoft began their rollercoaster in gaming with another underselling, innovative machine. Basing their Xbox on off-the-shelf laptop parts, the design was easy to programme for and sported a 10GB hard-drive for game-saves and user music playback. The Xbox had a built-in broadband adaptor and did not support for dial-up when the older, slower connection was still widespread.

Nintendo finally caught up to its competitors by using an optical disc with their Gamecube (albeit a tiny one which somewhat defeated the purpose). While Nintendo could count on their in-house devs to pull out AAA masterpieces consistently but slowly, third-party support never really recovered from the N64 days.

You can play all of these systems and more at PlayersXpo. You can also learn the parallel history of hand-held consoles with much more than Game Boy on show in our portables display. From the original LCD handhelds through the never-matched Game Boy and its spin-offs and sequels with some impressive oddities to intrigue the public. Ever heard of a Sega Nomad or the PC Engine Turbo Express? Fill in gaps in your hand-held knowledge at PlayersXpo.

Top Table-tops

Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh have been worldwide cultural beacons for several generations of kids. While Pokémon began life as a video game and sprouted its various spin-offs including a card-game, Yu-Gi-Oh began life as a Manga based around a fictional card game which was developed into a real-life game a few years later. PlayersXpo is a chance of fans of these two megafranchises to meet, trade and face-off.

PlayersXpo, Ireland’s ULTIMATE gaming event is taking over The Convention Centre, Dublin THIS WEEKEND on the 28th & 29th of October. Limited tickets are still available. Get your tickets here.

 

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