It was my favourite expo so far I think, helped by it being in the whole hall. Generally queue times seemed better than last year, although obviously some of the premium-interest stuff was pretty busy - Skyrim, Batman, MW3 and Vita, which seemed really, really busy on Saturday.|
The Retro and Indie arcades were all sorts of great, although along with the "20 years of id software" session just conspired to make me feel old.
Rage looked better than I thought it would. nickthegun is right about Ninja Gaiden 3 - it's just not Ninja Gaiden, it seemed like some sort of simplified junk game. I don't have any reassuring words for pinebear about Anarchy Reigns, it's an absolutely mental 4UP fighting game with mental special moves, played at light speed with lots of button mashing. MW3 looked... like COD, BF3 looked great, the PC version really was rather jaw-dropping and made me a bit jealous. Skyrim looked like a more refined Oblivion, with improved graphics and interface. Arkham City looked great. NFS: The Run seemed like the Hot Pursuit code library has been lifted wholesale into another title, but they gave out a quality keyring.
Ratchet and Clank was hilarious in multiplayer co-op, and Awesomenauts was set up for 3v3 action on the stand which was also fast paced and fun. I got murdered at AssCreed Revelations but it seemed like great MP fun.
There was loads of stuff I didn't get to play, Retroid said Ridge Racer Unbounded was quite reminiscent of Flatout, but I didn't ever find the machines where it was running. I was glad I'd gone for two days, as this certainly means you're a bit more relaxed about waiting to play stuff, but it was very rare to wait more than 15 - 20 minutes, and many games you just had to wait for the person in front of you to finish.
My Curry food was tasty, the Saturday night bash seemed really well thought out, had free beer and more new faces, although truth be told I was exhausted by then so didn't do as much circulating as I might have done. Was fun watching some of those old games being played, catching up with people and just chatting and laughing a lot. Ace out of 10.