PaxWest 2023 - Day 2 Impressions and Awards 2023
In This Episode, Sebastion will go over the best games he played on Day 2 of PaxWest! He is also going to give his Day Two MVP!
Here is an Excerpt from Sebastion's article on the ProNerdReport.com: "I had quite the experience on my 2nd day of Pax West 2023. So for those who don’t know, Pax West is a gaming convention in Seattle Washington. It features a variety of games from the recently released and also upcoming gems to keep your eyes on. You can go around playing the demos for the different games to get a feel for them and hopefully find something to look forward to. As a member of the media, I was invited to try out the games and get an interview with reps from the studio. This was a cool experience both on the networking side and getting to play these wonderful games. Many I had no idea even existed.
On the first day, I played some AAA games like Tekken 8, Prince of Persia, and Persona 5 Tactica. Really Enjoyed these games and look forward to playing more of them when they drop.
I got to play some more Indies, many of which blew me away and left me salivating for more. All that said, here is my Day 2 Pax West Impressions and the Day Two MVP."
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What's up and welcome to the single player experience.
The only podcast that has
a power level over 9, 000.
In a recent episode of the single player
experience podcast, I talked about the
best games that I played on my first
day at PAX and I gave my day one awards.
We talked about indies like 30XX,
Chicken Police, and Los Idolos.
We also talked about the AAA
games that I played like Tekken 8
, Sebastion: Prince of Persia,
Sebastion: Persona 5 Tactica,
Sebastion: Super Mario Brothers Wonder.
Sebastion: And, Grand Blue Fantasy Relink.
Sebastion: Now, before we close that
episode, I gave my Day 1 MVP award.
In this episode, I'm gonna
do the same thing with the
games that I played on Day 2.
And, I'm gonna tell you about one
of my experiences that I had at PAX.
So, without further ado, let's get to it.
so, the first award of the day
is my most unique game award.
This is pretty self explanatory, it's
going to the most unique game that
I saw during day one of PAX West.
So, the winner of this award has to go
to one of the most unique games that
I've ever seen in my entire life, and
that's Chicken Police Into the Hive.
Now, before I talk about the Day 2
games, I want to tell you about something
that I experienced, a little story that
happened while I was playing Tekken 8.
It all started with me playing a
couple of rounds against the computer.
The convention hall was a bit empty
this early in the AM, so it was only
a few of us at different stations.
Anyways, playing the game was a bit of
a learning curve for me, or should I
say a reintroduction because I hadn't
played Tekken in a very long time.
The last time I can remember playing
Tekken was around the days Nelly
dropped Rai with me and back when
Toonami had must see TV after
school with Dragon Ball, Dragon
Ball Z, and of course Yu Yu Hakusho.
Anyways, it took me a couple rounds
but I felt like I was starting to
get the hang of the controls and
how to do the most basic combos.
Shortly afterwards, a guy walks up to the
station and asks if I wanted to run one.
I was a bit nervous to play against
someone considering that I'm
basically a scrub at the game, but
my ego wouldn't let me back down.
I looked around and saw that a
crowd of people were starting to
show up to check out the game.
The GME did not want to look bad in
front of these people, who probably
were clearly in their own world, minding
their own business, but that's not the
narrative that was in my head though.
So, the guy and I played around,
and wouldn't you know it, He
was more trash than I was.
So, I beat him down quickly.
Then, another guy comes up
to me and says, I got next.
Again, I was worried because I couldn't
look like a coward in front of all
these people in line to play the game.
Keep in mind though, keep this
in mind everybody, they probably
weren't paying any attention to me.
These are all things that were going on
in my head, just narratives I made up.
So the second guy was a tougher
fight, but I narrowly beat him.
Instead of leaving just like the
first guy did though, he looked at me,
dead ass in my eyes, and said, I got
somebody for you, right, right here.
The second guy goes to his
friends in line and points me out.
I came front with you, now I'm
really low key nervous for real.
Growing up when somebody said, I got
somebody or something for you, it
usually was an indicator that they
were coming back with something or
someone that was gonna beat yo ass.
One of his friends that was wearing a
DX shirt, who happened to be next in
line, came up to me, skipping several
empty stations in the process by the
way, and said, you ain't getting me
like you got my friend over there.
With that said, we picked our characters.
I picked Law, and he picked Paul.
We got into it.
He absolutely mowed me down
in the first round in seconds.
Now, round 2 started.
I barely managed to pull it out.
It was kind of a back and forth affair.
All the way until he got me down to
about 1 fourth of my health remaining.
Then I panicked.
I ain't gonna lie.
I panicked and I spammed a move over
and over again until I got that dub.
Yes, I know, that's like the worst
way to win in fighting games.
But, I don't know, I ain't, I
ain't a fighting game person, man.
I ain't played Tekken in a long time.
I don't play nothing but Smash
Brothers, and that's occasionally.
So, you know, I panicked, man.
But anyways, with all that panic, though,
my confidence was now through the roof.
I done beat several opponents.
So, anyways, the latest victim looked
at me and said, We got one more guy
for you, and I bet you can't beat him.
I looked at him, my channel in that
inner 90s kid in me, and that inner
voice in me that I like to call my great
one voice, and I asked, What is the
name of the guy you think can best me?
He started saying, His name is
Rick, and I cut him off midway
through in my rocky voice and said,
Sebastion: It doesn't
matter what your name is.
And then, for some reason, I
blinked out and thought I was The
Rock and gave a really rock like
promo, and basically said this.
What y'all don't realize is that
y'all are essentially bowling pins.
Y'all are getting stacked up just
for me to come and lay the smackdown
and knock each one of you down.
First jabroni came before y'all got here.
Got knocked down.
You and your posse came over
here strutting like Shane O'Mac
in the Mean Street Posse and one
by one, y'all got knocked down.
And now, you come before me saying that
there's a challenger that you prophesize
can go one on one with the great one.
Sounds to me like you lost your
mind, but let me humor you, point
out this so called chosen one.
And then the guy smiled really hard
and pointed at a guy who was really
lowkey, like a teched cosplay player.
I think that he was
dressed up as a character.
I don't know.
I ain't played ticket
in a long time anyways.
Oh dude, look like he
was a pro at ticketing.
If you cosplay as a character in a
video game, I'm just automatically gonna
assume you a pro at that video game.
I, you know, maybe you
trash, maybe you ain't.
I'm automatically gonna assume that's,
that's you, and I don't want that smoke.
So I saw a boy dressed as a Tekken
character, and my overconfidence quickly
melted away just as fast as it came.
And I said, nah man, I'm good.
I don't really want the smoke.
Next thing you know, the group
and I were laughing, talking
about my Rock Like promo.
By the way, as you could tell by the
DX shirt, they were all wrestling
fans as well, and we were chopping
it up about Tekken for a bit.
I bring this story up because I
thought you as the audience would
enjoy it, and to say that if you ever
have an opportunity to attend PAX
or another convention like it, then
you should definitely check it out.
You see some cool stuff, meet some
people, and hopefully have a good time.
I always seem to do all the above.
Sebastion: Okay, so, story time
out of the way, let's get to our
Day 2 Impressions and Awards.
The first game I want to talk
about is the recipient of my Most
Unique Game Award, and that is
Ebenezer and the Invisible World.
It's a game by Orbit Studios.
Okay, so here's my impression
after going hands on with the game.
Ebenezer in the Invisible World is a
cool video game with a unique concept.
The game is colorful, it's action
filled, it's a metroidvania that has
really tight platforming elements.
The game and the combat is
surprisingly layered and fun.
There is plenty of weapons that you
can unlock, the platforming is precise
with a little bit of a challenging
bite to it, the environment has some
ghost and Halloween elements, and
of course, many Christmas themes.
Amnesia and the Invisible World seems
like a cool addition to the sparse
library of Christmas video games.
I only got to play about a half hour of
the game, but it was enough to make me
want to play more and look forward to
this game coming out this holiday season.
Now let's pivot and talk about
some other cool games that I
checked out at PAX West Day 2.
The first one that I wanted to
talk about is First Dwarf, and here
is their description of the game.
First Dwarf is an immersive action
RPG with base building elements, which
will test your survival and exploration
skills in a fantasy open world,
sprawling on islands floating in the sky.
I liked, I liked the swagger of like,
the team behind it because like, the
project lead came up to me during our
press interview and he was just like,
Hey, before you even play this game,
know that we were doing the Islands in
the Sky before Tears of the Kingdom,
and he laughed it off, he was just
like, you know, it was one of those
things to where we kind of laughed
about it a little bit, but I like
that, I like the moxie on the guy.
Anyways, let's talk about the game though.
Here's my impressions after the demo.
First Dwarf is a cool mixture
of a lot of different genres.
It has some city building elements to it.
It has some narrative beats.
It has some combat.
You go around mining materials,
constructing buildings for different
purposes, and destroying enemy nests.
I'll be real with you, combat
was probably the weakest point
in the game for me personally.
Instead of just spamming the attack
button, you have to attack within
a very specific timed window.
Kind of like the rhythm based thing
in Hi Fi Rush except like the window
is more like a Small bar as opposed
to you trying to hit on beat but very
similar kind of timing mechanic there
overall though Despite the fact that
the combat may be one for me personally
I walked away thinking that I could
drain a lot of hours playing first
dwarf especially with the construction
and the building mechanics in this
game Next, I want to talk about Atari.
Yes, that's right, the company
from back in the day, Atari.
And I'm not just gonna talk about
a specific game they're doing.
This is more of a roundup.
I want to give a special shoutout to
Atari because I spoke with some of the
leads from the company and their new
direction not only impressed me, but made
me hopeful about Atari's comeback into
the mainstream popularity of video games.
So, they are putting out new
versions of their classic
console, the Atari 2600 Plus.
Here are some of the
features of the new console.
The Atari 2,600 plus is an updated
version of the classic Atari 2,600.
It has been enhanced
in the following ways.
It plays both Atari's 20
607,800 game cartridges.
It has H D M I output, which makes
it easy to connect to probably
all the TVs on the market today.
It has wide screen mode.
Enlarged cartridges, um, sockets
which reduce the sticking of the
games when you pull them in and out.
It also has the Atari logo that
lights up while it's being played.
The system comes with the CX40 Plus
Joystick, which has been lovingly
recreated to the same specifications
as the original, and it also has a 10
in 1 game cartridge featuring some of
Atari's most famous games, like Adventure,
Combat, Dodgem, Haunted House, Maze Craze,
Missile Command, Real Sports, Volleyball,
Surround, Video Pinball, and Yars Revenge.
Atari is also giving some indie
studios some of their IPs, some
of their classic IPs to remake.
I'm loving this new
direction of the company.
Absolutely loving it.
They're giving some upstart like indie
studios a fresh start and a chance to put
their spank and spunk on classic games.
They're also bringing in
retro consoles that can play.
These modern day interpretation of these
games and some of the classic cartridges.
I love that.
I absolutely love it.
It's the best of both worlds.
And it's insanely nice to see this
historical company making a comeback.
Now I want to talk about the MVP of
day two last, but not least the big
daddy award, the MVP of the day,
and that MVP award has to go to the
most addictive game that I played.
All day of PAX Day 2 and that's
Zombie Rollers The Last Ship.
This is a game that was made by Zing
Studios, a studio hounded by Ding Yi.
With their latest game, they came
up with something that I've never
seen before in a video game.
Here's their description of this one.
Take command of the last ship in
a zombie field world and defend
against endless waves of the undead.
Lead your crew and upgrade
your ship while gathering.
Loot in this exciting tower.
Defense on wheels.
Roguelike game, the fate of humanity.
Rest in your hands.
So that was their impre that was
their description of this game.
Now, let's focus on my impression of it.
I want to say that I never thought
I'd play a roguelike zombie game where
you play as a tower defense on wheels.
That is absolutely creative.
I've seen zombie games left
and right over the years and so
many different interpretations.
You've seen games like Dead Island.
You've seen games, um, very
similar to like The Last of Us.
You've seen other games, all sorts of
different games in the zombie genre.
It's, it's kind of an oversaturated
genre, if I'm being honest, but I've
never seen a roguelike zombie game where
you play as a tower defense on wheels.
That's a really cool,
interesting spin on this.
After playing the game for an
extended period of time, I can
say definitively that I did not
want to put the control down.
I absolutely am salivating to
experience more of this game.
You go around rolling in a mech
slash tank like, um, vehicle, and you
take down as many zombies as you can
before they take down your vehicle.
You have assigned crew members that
all have, like, their own roles
within your, like, tower defense car,
and they all play different parts.
And they also have their own life,
like, life bars, so you're trying to
keep them alive as long as possible.
possible as well as your whole vehicle
in each run you're going to earn loot and
with that loot you can use that for like
updated weapons and getting your crew
stronger so that you can go on longer and
longer runs you know if you've listened to
this podcast before i am a absolute sucker
for a good roguelike game and this one
has the makings of a must play absolutely
must play entry into the roguelike genre
So, those are some of the games that
I played during PAX West Day 2, and I
gotta say, I absolutely loved each, each
and every one of these games, you should
definitely go wishlist them, check them
out, you know, see if they're for you,
because like, I loved my time with each
and every one of them, shoutout to all
these creators and everything doing
their thing at PAX West, they absolutely
killed it, each one of them had passion,
and brought something different to the
table, loved it, absolutely loved it.
Let me know what you think of each one
of these games in the single player
experience discord, or you can just
tell me in the review of this episode.
Anyways, I've been Sebastian,
and let's kick it to the outro.
Peace out, y'all.
So that's a wrap for today's show.
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