Eurogamer Expo 2011 - summary of our top finds!

by Alistair Gray on 6 October 2011

So Eurogamer Expo has come to a close. Another year, another great show. For those who don’t know, it’s the largest games exhibition in the UK, and was able to boast some very big titles this year (including a few I’m very excited about – not sure how I’m going to find time to play Elder Scrolls 5 – Skyrim, Mass Effect 3, Batman: Arkham City, Assassins Creed Revelations and more).

Headlines included:

  • The official UK launch of OnLive – a cloud based gaming service (more on this later)
  • A launch date for the Knights of the Old Republic MMO

But I should make a special mention to some people we ran into on the show floor – Special Effect (a charity dedicated to helping disabled kids enjoy video games). They were showing off some impressive kit, a vision controlled racing game. Accessibility is one of the services Webcredible offers – and it’s great to see this expanding into games. If anyone is looking for a new charity please bear these guys in mind.

If you’re interested in seeing some of the issues some players can have whilst playing games I can strongly recommend watching a blind player play Oddworld or Zelda – the small techniques used to orientate and understand what’s going on are so interesting. Also have a read of some of the issuescolour blind game players encounter.

Were you there? What were your favourite new releases this year? Let us know in the comments below…

Also, we’ll be writing a more in-depth review of the latest Kinect games shown at EuroGamer Expo, discussing the merits of cloud computing, and a look into Facebook game Monstermind  – all coming soon, so keep an eye out on our twitter feed for them!

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