rAge 2015 took place over the weekend in Johannesburg. Situated at the Ticketpro Dome in Northgate, it was 35 degrees, but we couldn’t care less. We came to play the games, and oh boy did the rAge Expo 2015 have them. Megarom, Xbox , PlayStation, Apex, and Prima all brought their biggest titles and we thought we would give you a look at who was the best on show this year.
With Xbox One having the best line-up in the history of Xbox taking place over the next few months, it was not surprising that we got a taste of some of these titles at the expo. ID@Xbox brought the much anticipated Cup Head, and Wasteland 2, while Rise of the Tomb Raider was fully playable for the first time in South Africa. The demos on display were great, some of them showing off the games’ best features we can look forward to playing when the full titles release later this year.
Although Xbox had Rise of the Tomb Raider, it was sad to see that Halo 5 was missing in action. With the game scheduled for release in two weeks time, it was the perfect opportunity to show the game off in all its glory.
Megarom is responsible for the distribution of some of the biggest titles in gaming, and I am so happy to say that I finally got some hands on time with The Division. First off the queues were long to play all the games that Megarom had on show. These included Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, The Division, NBA 2K16, WWE 2K16, Rainbow Six Siege, and let us not forget Call of Duty: Black Ops III.
I unfortunately did not have time to get any hands on time with Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, but speaking to some of the fans that did, they assured me that the game could be the title we deserve after last year’s messy Unity release. I did chat to a developer from Ubisoft Massive on The Division, which we will have this up later this week.
The PlayStation stand at rAge 2015 was all about Star Wars Battlefront, and we loved every second of it. The demo was taken from the beta which recently released and took full advantage of its split-screen multiplayer in its survival mode. Other than that, the stand housed PlayStation’s Until Dawn, Mad Max, Journey, and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
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One of the highlights of the show was PlayStation’s spot prizes that included consoles, game, and accessories given away every couple of hours.
What is rAge without a bag full of goodies? This is what I got my hands on this year!
This article is called “the good and the bad” so we have to mention some of the things that we thought kind of put a downer on the weekend.
That is right, Nintendo was an absolute no-show. Not only were they completely missing from the event, but there were next to no games on sale at any of the retailers too. Makes me wonder what they are all up to that they could not put together a stand with a couple of games. Maybe it’s the lack of release titles coming to Wii U and 3DS, or maybe there were some other internal issues locally, all we know is that we were disappointed not to see them at rAge 2015.
Darksiders II M.I.A
Chatting to an Apex representative, we both mourned over the lack of Darksiders II: Deathinitve Edition. This was after the game was delayed from October 7 all the way up to 23 October. It was supposed to be on show for fans to play, but with the delay came the cut from the rAge expo.
Oculus = Underwhelming
After hours of queuing I finally got to try Oculus Rift, you know that fancy VR device. Well I hated it, it was an extremely poor demo of a rollercoaster whipping me away over ramps and around spirals. It felt cheap and the device just left a bad taste in my mouth after considering the price, as well as its untapped potential going to waste. How disappointing.
Halo 5 Taking a Break
After all the time I have spent with the game it was sad to see it missing from the event. It was a huge opportunity for the local consumers to get hands on time with the title. I know things like this happen all the time, and it was internal issues, but so close to launch, so many people wanting to try the game, a huge missed opportunity.
Okay, I am done complaining now. We have so much more rAge content lined up this week as we cover the Acer Predator range, we had a chat with the head of Xbox SA, as well as PlayStation SA, and we learned some rather cool things from them. Stay tuned for more rAge content.