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Eurogamer Expo 2011: Day 3 Part 2

Posted by on September 24th, 2011 | 1 Comment | Tags:

After getting my arse handed to me in Counter-Strike, I wondered aimlessly around the halls of the expo. My time there was beginning to have an effect on me, with the endless seas of taken kiosks proving somewhat annoying. Even though I’m British, I don’t really enjoy queuing. Standing in an endless line isn’t really my bag, so when I saw a game with nobody playing it, I jumped at the chance.

So, without further ado, here are my impressions of Tempest 2000 for the Atari Jaguar. Yes, really. The first thing you notice about the Jaguar version is how badly it controls. The pad is the equivalent of trying to text on a super soaker, and it was quite possibly the most uncomfortable controller I’ve ever held. The game itself is your standard Tempest. You shoot things, sometimes they shoot back. Timeless stuff.

Once my expectations had been suitably realigned, I played Ridge Racer Unbounded. To be honest, leprosy would have been preferable to playing any more Jaguar, so Ridge Racer was certainly a step up. The game, developed by Bugbear, feels very much like the franchise the developer is known for, Flatout. The game is destructive to the point of ridiculousness, with a simple boost sending my car careening through buildings, landmarks, and generally anything and everything. It was a hell of a lot of fun, and certainly something I’m interested in seeing when it’s in better shape, as the demo was definitely early.

To finish off my misadventures, I had a bit of fun with Uncharted 3 in 3D. I played one multiplayer match, and the 3D was absolutely startling, with absolutely wonderful depth of field in play. I could tell how far away an enemy was in a single glance, but of course you can do that in 2D. The 3D is just an impressive effect, but what impressed me most is how similar the 3D mode performed to the 2D mode. Naughty Dog really are technical wizards.

So, that’s my third day done and dusted! Tomorrow, I’m going to be playing Awesomenauts, the MGS and Team Ico HD collections, hopefully some more Vita, and quite possibly the original Tomb Raider for the PS1. I’m not sure about the last one.