The best games of PAX East 2020, in five minutes

The best games of PAX East 2020, in five minutes


-My name’s Elise Favis. I work for Launcher. I’m here with my friend
KK Slider at PAX East. Despite growing concerns
of the coronavirus and Sony backing out of the show
just a week prior, PAX East ended up drawing thousands to
its annual convention in Boston, and it had many great games. Here are nine of the best
we saw. “Maquette” is a puzzle game
and a love story. You walk through a garden
that occasionally has text written
across the walls, and it tells the story
of a broken relationship. -I’m Kenzie.
-I’m Michael. -Through this garden, you’ll
find a diorama of a tiny garden. Placing objects
in the small diorama will manipulate
the bigger garden around you. That might sound confusing,
but it’s actually pretty cool. It’s also a concept
we’ve never quite seen before. -“Animal Crossing: New Horizons”
had a demo at PAX East, and eager fans lined up
not just to play, but also for photo ops
at a life-sized island at Nintendo’s booth. We got a chance to play, too, and our first impressions
are strong. Streamlined customization
for your home, terraforming,
sleek island design, and impressive improvements
to buildings like the museum makes the series look better
than it ever has. “DOOM” has long had frenetic
action in its series, but there’s a very clever
evolution to “DOOM Eternal,” the new game. It’s mobility. You can now climb walls
while fighting, double-jump to access better
vantage points, and so on. Everything just feels
really great and smooth. “Spiritfarer” is
an indie darling that absolutely stole my heart. This is a beautiful,
relaxing game that tasks you
with befriending spirits as you journey from
one island to the next. Your boat needs improvements to convince spirits
to stay with you. You spend your time collecting
materials, solving quests, and then adding buildings
like tailors and homes to your boat that topple
over one another like towers. “Outriders” is an RPG shooter
in space from the makers
of “Bulletstorm.” It blends cover-based
shooting with superpowers, like being able to teleport
behind an unknowing opponent to take them out or burn them
to a crisp with fire abilities. Although the premise of the
story feels all too familiar — it’s a sci-fi story
about the world ending — the breadth of powers and their low cooldowns
bolster the experience. “Hardspace: Shipbreaker”
is a sci-fi simulation game that is also a commentary
on blue-collar workers. -We live in an age
of rapid progression. -You’re basically at the mercy
of your employer, and they’re sending you
to salvage parts from valuable ships
in outer space. It’s very dangerous work, but you have cutting-edge
technology to help you out, like laser tethers and cutters. It’s also a game that is
centered around a menial task, but that’s definitely a trend
we’ve been seeing in video games for a while now,
like in “Stardew Valley.” -Salvaging massive starships
from every corner of the galaxy. -Fall Guys” is an entertaining
online-multiplayer game where 60 players compete against
one another in a giant arena that looks more like a virtual
obstacle course or jungle gym. You play through
absurd minigames, like bashing your character
into a series of doors, in hopes to be
the last one standing. We didn’t get a chance to play
“Baldur’s Gate 3,” but we still saw it in action
as Larian Studios founder Sven Vincke played through
a portion of the game. -So, for comedial effect,
I’ll just throw my boost — maybe I’ll actually
just kill him. -Good work, good work. -It’s been 20 years since the last installment
of “Baldur’s Gate.” This classic series from Bioware has Dungeons & Dragons
as part of its DNA. -There’s a lot of dice-rolling
going on behind the scenes, as you’ll soon see. We translate the dice
rolls into percentages so that you don’t have to do
all the mathematics yourself. -And we’re seeing
this relationship even deeper this time around, along with influences
from Larian Studios’ “Divinity: Original Sin 2.” -What’s the matter with you? Has that tadpole scrambled
your brain already? -Last, but not least, Harmonix
is no stranger to music, and they do an excellent job
with their newest game, “Fuser.” “Fuser” puts you in the shoes
of a festival deejay where you blend together
pieces of songs. Impressive technology lets you
fuse songs that wouldn’t normally
go well together into something entirely new. ♪ Now you only say that
’cause I’m not around ♪ ♪ Not around ♪ ♪ You know I never meant
to let ♪ It’s not challenging, but it is extremely rewarding
and entertaining to see what kind of
Frankenstein-like creation you can make from these
different pieces of songs. -Nice.

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