Hello, all my fellow nerds! It’s Ali here to talk about this awesome con I went to. About a week ago I had the opportunity to go to the GameStop Expo in Anaheim, California. This was my first time at the convention. It’s usually held in Las Vegas, which is a bit too far from home for me, but this year was much closer in Anaheim, CA!
The GameStop Expo is open to anyone who would like to attend. The ticket price for general admission is $40 and $100 for VIP access. The VIP ticket allowed people to enter the GameStop Expo two hours earlier than those who purchased general admission tickets. Along with early access, they received an awesome swag bag (keep reading to find out what came in it), breakfast, lunch, and a snack (the VIP really feels like VIP at this expo).
I showed up to the convention around 7 a.m. on the day of the event in order to pick up my super cool press pass. I was given the same swag bag that the VIP ticket holders were given. The bag had some awesome stuff; check it out!
The above photo is what I got in the bag along with a Legend of Zelda poster imaged below.
There were some really awesome Dr. Who socks, Dual Shock controller grip stickers (the controller in the picture is mine), and, well…you get the picture (and you see it too).
I thought it was really neat that this was an extra for VIP guests, making it work the extra $60 for their admission.
Okay, enough about the free stuff, let’s get into the real reason I went to the GameStop Expo: to play some awesome games! I really wanted to play VR games at the expo. The first thing that grabbed my attention, you ask? PlayStation booth! I had early access just like the VIPs (expect I didn’t get food *frowny face*). When I walked over to the PlayStation area I saw Farpoint (it’s a first-person shooter game for PlayStation VR) and knew exactly how I wanted to start my day. Because I had access to early admission, I got to do two different PlayStation VR experiences.
Farpoint PlayStation VR
This game is so much fun. It makes me really excited for the release of the PlayStation VR in October. In the demo of the game you had to shoot off spiders of all different sizes. The game is essentially you on an alien inhibited planet and you get to shoot some aliens. First-person shooter games are what makes me the most excited for the VR because it seems like this super badass concept. Playing this game just boosted my excitement for the PlayStation VR experience! This is one game I am super excited to sink my teeth into.
After playing Farpoint, I walked around the convention (and got some more free swag) to kill some time before my next VR appointment.
Batman PlayStation VR
This VR experience didn’t feel like a game but I could definitely see how it would be developed into a game in the future. In the demo you are gearing up as the Dark Knight. It takes you through the Batcave and allows you to even use some of his awesome gear. It really makes you feel like you are Batman.
Following Batman, I was able to experience something that I missed out on at E3 back in June: Fallout 4 in VR.
Fallout 4 HTC Vive VR
First things first: the HTC Vive VR is spectacular. As soon as I put the headset on and began the game, I really felt like I was in the virtual world. I even got to kneel down next to my absolute favorite companion, Dogmeat (*insert heart eyes here*). I was able to attack enemies and approach them which was really rewarding.
Overall, I hit a lot of hot VR spots at the GameStop Expo. I would definitely recommend it to all of those who enjoy getting sneak previews to upcoming games. It was a really good way to get a feel for the games that I plan on purchasing, but it was also flat out plain fun to attend.