2012-09-01: Day One Summary

As to be expected, Pax begins with waiting, for hours, in a line. This isn't a problem of course; the excitement filling the air keeps even the weariest travelers on their tip toes. When the gates finally do open and all chaos ensues, I and about five thousand other people storm the exhibition hall with cameras, smartphones, and swag bags at the ready.

I'll admit, this year I hadn't done my homework. Aside from a few big name titles (Borderlands 2, Halo 4, Assassin's Creed 3) I had little idea what offerings would exist at this year's expo. I was pleasantly surprised.

One of the first unexpected titles I ran into was Far Cry 3. I've always been a huge fan of the original (FC2 didn't leave up to my expectations), so anything along the same vein is immediately interesting. The game appears very similar to the 2003 original, right down to the graphic style and setting.

Gears of War: Judgement was another surprise. I'd been under the apparent delusion that the series was to be strictly a trilogy, so the random apparition of a fourth installment seems a bit unusual. Although it's unconfirmed, It seems to feature different main characters. I'll have to do more research.

Pushing our way through the exhibition hall we also stumbled upon several other interesting titles, including the new Sim City (which I played and loved, of course), Harold (a quirky game featuring animation from Pixar animators, supposedly), and more. Additionally, we attended Razer's panel, witnessing the reveal of their new Razer Blade iteration which features a Quad Core (up from Dual) Intel Core i7 processor and a new GeForce GTX 660m, nearly doubling it's previous performance.

I don't have a lot of time, we've got to line up again, but expect more juicy details later. Hint: ARG and Dishonored.

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