Some of you may remember my posts about PLAY Expo in Manchester last year, where I had a fantastic time meeting indie developers, trying out the Nintendo Virtual Boy for the first time, buying retro games, checking out incredible crafts and playing various classic retro arcade games such as Outrun, Turtles and Afterburner.
One of the many highlights was coming across an exciting new side-scrolling beat-em-up called Raging Justice. Being a huge fan of Final Fight and Streets of Rage 2 (quite possibly my favourite game of all time – and been begging for a sequel for years), I was really happy to see and play something that felt faithful to those original classics. They’ve even announced that they will be attending this year, so I can’t wait to play it again and see what improvements have been made since last time.
For those of you who have a Nintendo 3DS, I found last year to be very successful in terms of streetpass. Every few minutes I would reach my limits so I had to stop checking after about 40 people, but if you’re after some more puzzle pieces it’s definitely worth brining yours along. Who knows? You might even stumble across mine? (Feel free to say “hello” as well if you do spot me – I had no 3G/4G or normal phone signal at the event and they don’t offer WiFi, so please bare that in mind if I don’t/can’t reply to tweets, texts, e-mails and direct messages on the day).
I’m hoping to pick up some good retro game deals and play loads of arcade games (they have over 100 units, not including all the pinball machines and games consoles). I’m also really looking forward to talking with loads of you gamers who are as nuts about retro gaming as I am!!!
The event will be held in Manchester on the 10th and 11th October at EventCity (I’ll be there on Saturday). More information is available on their website: www.playexpo.net.