Yesterday was the last day of New York Comic Con/Anime Festival. Overall, I’m not sure how to feel about this year. This was the first year that NYCC actually sold out, so there was a higher volume of people than the con had ever seen before; however, the con is only 6 years old, so the staff is still working out the kinks in terms of organization and content. The higher volume of people this year and the relative youth of the event was a recipe for disaster. Every panel or booth that was remotely popular was nearly impossible to get into. As a result, I didn’t get into any of the panels I wanted this year, despite waiting in line for 3 hours for the panel about the Avengers film.
In fact, navigating the panels was so difficult this year that I failed as an animation blogger and didn’t get into the Adventure Time/Regular Show panel today. I really hope that in the future, the people behind New York Comic Con start organizing lines better and planning more panels to keep groups of thousands of people from rushing the popular ones.
After that severe disappointment, I felt I needed to make it up to all you dedicated Moar Powah! readers. So I captured some footage of the exclusive video game demos at NYCC instead. (Forget trying to demo them myself. Those lines were packed too, and even less organized than the ones for panels.)
There were several playable previews at NYCC this year, many of them for highly anticipated games. The first one I have for you all is more of a personal favorite, but still notable: Kirby’s Return to Dreamland for the Nintendo Wii, slated for a North American release in just six days.
This game incorporates the traditional gameplay of previous Kirby games along with a multiplayer mode, allowing up to four players to control various characters from the Kirby universe.
The next preview I have for you is for Mass Effect 3 (Xbox 360/PS3/Windows), which is scheduled for a March 6, 2012 North American release. This is actually the same demo that’s been circulating various cons and the Internet for a while now, so I’m afraid this isn’t really anything new. For those of you who haven’t seen it, the mission involves rescuing a female Krogan, and the playable characters for the sequence include Mordin, Liara, and male Shepard. The footage that I managed to capture includes a cutscene that reveals the female Krogan and a bit of gameplay, which appears to be very similar to that of the previous installment:
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Xbox 360/PS3/Windows), which will be released in North America on November 15, 2011, was also available for sampling at the con. The stealth, at least, appears to be standard Assassin’s Creed fare:
This is where the footage starts to get a bit more exciting. Square Enix had a demo of Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3/Xbox 360), which should be hitting North American shelves on January 31, 2012. As an extremely curious and skeptical Final Fantasy fan, I took a good look at both the gameplay and trailer. From what I saw, the sequel will expand the world of the first Final Fantasy XIII, allowing for more exploration. The gameplay, however, appears to just be an updated version of the paradigm system from Final Fantasy XIII:
Personally, I enjoyed Final Fantasy XIII’s gameplay, but if you’re looking for something new then you may end up disappointed with the sequel.
Finally, I have some very interesting footage of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo Wii), which is scheduled to be released on November 20, 2011 in North America. The gameplay appears to be a complete departure from previous Zelda titles, including the franchise’s only other Wii title, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. In my footage alone, you can see a revamped menu screen and a new weapon:
This is a huge departure for a series that has maintained more or less the same gameplay style for decades now. I’m genuinely intrigued to see how the game will turn out, and if the new features that Nintendo is introducing with this title will work to its benefit.
That’s it for my New York Comic Con 2011 adventures, until next year. I’m heartily sorry that I didn’t get into any of the big panels, but I hope you all enjoyed reading about the con anyway. Let’s hope I have better luck next year!
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