Like the Littlest Hobo of the North of England, I packed my bags and set sail for the Eurogamer Expo 2012 in London.

I arrived in London dot on 6pm during the evening of Friday the 28th. Half of the Expo had eluded me so far so I had some serious catching up to do. I settled into my base of operations for the weekend, codenamed the Muff Mansion, real name the Beaver Hotel. There was something about that place was just so warm, inviting…and wet. Innuendo aside, I settled into the lovely Beaver (Hotel) and caught my 40 winks ahead of the next day’s antics.

*Sneeze, Sneeze, Sneeze*

Ah, darn. The dreaded triple sneeze. Usually when this pesky bugger strikes thrice, I know my day is going to be a bad one. Breakfast was a sneezy affair, made even worse when I was placed on a table with a poor, unassuming chap whilst I sneezed my way through my sausage, eggs and bacon. I felt so attractive as I sniffled and dabbed my runny nose whilst devouring one of the most anorexic sausages that the world has ever seen. I’m not complaining, like. Breakfast was free so I was pretty damn happy, whereas elsewhere this perfect way to start your day would have cost upwards of a fiver.

So off to the Expo I skipped, with a packet full of Kleenex Balsam tissues and a nasal passage that was preparing itself for a battering and a week of torment. The day somehow gave me a glimmer of hope that it would be good, a bit like the sun coming out from behind the clouds on a really rainy day. After encountering the humongous queue of people outside the Expo, the front of whom had been there since 4:30am, us press pass folk somehow managed to jump the queue amid some ridiculously confusing instructions from the event staff.

Woo-hoo! I was in the Expo! What should I do now? Gee golly whizz, there are so many options! Well, bizarrely I decided to play on XCOM: Enemy Unknown as soon as I made my way into Earl’s Court. What a massive mistake. This is the single biggest mistake that I made all weekend and a decision that I will regret for the rest of my life! Part of me feels like the cold that I was suffering from should be a mitigating factor for my momentary lapse in decision making, whereas the other part feels like berating myself after missing out on some of the gaming behemoths that I could have sampled if I’d just made my way there without hesitation. Oh well, onwards and upwards I suppose!

Despite the negatives I managed to plough on with my quest. After the disappointment of my brief liason with XCOM: Enemy Unknown, I managed to play/witness the following games in this order: Hitman: Absolution, Doom 3: BFG Edition, Dishonored, Tomb Raider, Grid 2, Far Cry 3, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Metal Gear Rising, Book of Spells, Warface, ZombiU and finally Fable: The Journey. Yes, I will be writing previews for almost all of these in the upcoming week or so on GameNTrain, so keep an eye out!

My cold persisted to ruin my weekend, leaving me as some sort of sneezing wreck making my way from game to game in search of some miracle cure, or just a brief moment of escapism. The games at the Expo were on the whole extremely uplifting. I have high hopes for the next 5 months of video games on the current generation of consoles, whilst I firmly believe that the popular opinion surrounding the WiiU and ZombiU is completely justified. It looks beautiful, addictive and so fucking scary.

So peeps and peepettes, stay tuned for some of my opinions regarding some of the upcoming games. There are a few definite must buys, whilst one or two that I believe should be avoided at all costs. I would have hoped to type up a few of them already, but my cold is still weighing me down a wee bit. I really don’t deserve any sympathy because I had an absolutely amazing weekend despite it!

Toodle pip!

P.S. I hope this picture makes you all jealous!

the author

Ciaran Allen - 23 year old Writer, Photographer, TV/Events Freelancer & Graduate. Look for my work on GameNTrain, N4G & also my online portfolio; Enigma Resolution Media. My Gamertag & PSN ID are both TheRenegadeLobe, whilst my Twitter name is @Ciaran_Allen. I usually end my articles with the phrase: 'Toodle pip!' Don't ask why. I probably won't tell you.

  • Eric Hoff

    Jealous, yes. I am glad that you were able to get your hands on so many titles while at the event. I look forward to reading about your experiences.