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GDEX 2017 Wrap Up

 

GDEX, the Midwest’s largest gaming convention, is in its fifth year.  The Play Legit crew wants to bring you all the highlights of the weekend in case you missed it.  Myself (Ms. Throwback), Cmack The Don, Hec G, Jason Johns, Uriah Worldwide, Nese005, Rickayyy, and Brian DK all joined the GDEX crowds for the latest and greatest gaming expo this side of the U.S.  Our goal was to promote PlayLegit.Net, and hang-out with players from all-over-the region while checking out excellent indie developed titles.

The Play Legit Booth was popping with Soul Calibur for the Dreamcast and Mario Kart Double Dash for the Gamecube playable.  Custom designed Play Legit Waterbottles were handed-out and a projector played clips of our social media antics and reviews. GDEXer’s approached with curiosities about the site and we were very overwhelmed with support for unbiased reviews.  Uriah busted out the replica portal gun which expo patrons had a blast taking a picture with.  Thank you to all of those who came out to see us do our thing.

 

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This year we interviewed a large portion of exhibitors and tried many of the titles out for display.  Everything from hack and slashers, endless runners, VR, and new titles created to run on the classic NES and Sega Genesis.  We will be posting our interviews on the site in short order.  In the meantime, let’s look at some of the highlights from this year.

Recently, bar arcades have taken off, because what adult doesn’t want to drink but also act like a kid?  We met the people that own the newest arcade in town, Sphere Virtual Reality Arcade.  This little-known arcade sets themselves apart from the rest by delving exclusively into virtual reality.  We had a chance to check them out at their location in Columbus, Ohio’s own Easton Town Center and walked out breaking a sweat!  This isn’t just a good place for entertainment.  This is a good place for a workout!  With over 70 five star reviews already we highly suggest you check out the latest and greatest in VR without breaking the bank account to have this in your own home.

 

Cowbots and Aliens is an example of one of twenty-five virtual reality titles you can play at the Sphere Virtual Reality Arcade

Mega Cat Studios creates new titles for old systems.  Right now they have playable titles on the NES, PC,  and Sega Genesis but I was told by one of the developers they are also going to start producing games for the SNES.  For those of us that have been collectors of classic systems for years, this is fantastic.  The games come fully equipt with a sturdy case/box, full-color instruction manual with backstory, and the game itself.  One of my favorite titles in their line-up was Coffee Crisis.  A street fighting title where baristas save the day from alien invasions.  I mean really?  Does it get better than that?  pickle

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Coffee Crisis Takes the basic out of coffee

Plenty of hack and slash dungeon crawling can be had in Rouges Like Us.  A game available for download on steam.  This game has simple looks with a complex play style becoming more and more complex over time.  Players can change their looks, weaponry, and will encounter more difficult enemies along the way.  Nese005 will be reviewing this title in the very near future.

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Rouges Like Us has complexity in the areas where it counts

Bevontule, which has been in development since 2015, is a tactical turn-based RPG downloadable on Steam.  It combines beautiful visuals with a deep story line to bring an overall excellent title to the arena.  Developers talked to us about bringing the best of all RPG experiences together in this dramatic package.  Creating challenges and thickening plot progression are key to keeping the player intrigued.  Personally, I enjoyed the cleanliness of the title.  The developers have shown careful consideration not to litter the screen with menus until the player actually needs them.

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Nice looks and nice storyline, what more do you need?

I really enjoyed Light Knight, a 2D co-op fighter where players can, in the process of being a hero, injure themselves.  The animations of this title are very entertaining, as being killed will render your character in several pieces which then give the players that killed your and their enemies points.  Very cool!Overall GDEX 2017 was again a success!  We have more info coming on the details of this event but for now.  Please check out intriguing pictures from our crew and join us next year for the midwests largest gaming expo.

 

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