BAFTA – Be Part of It event with IGN & VUE

So this evening I attended a special ‘BAFTA – Be part of it event’ held in partnership with IGN and Vue Cinemas at Vue Westfield, that showcased Motorstorm Apocalypse and the new Nintendo 3DS was available to play.

I was lucky enough to have played Motorstorm Apocalypse in 3D at last years Eurogamer Expo and totally loved it. Firstly it was the most immersive 3D game I have played or seen in action. The environments and the vehicles really came to life. At this BAFTA event we were initially given a presentation by by one of the development team that gave great insight into some of the processes and stages involved in developing a game like Motorstorm. The developer also revealed that Motorstorm Apocalypse will have a story mode as part of the games progression that involves 3 main characters, a rookie, a pro and a veteran that kind of align with the difficulty settings and are design for players to play through the game at least 2 times as the rookie and then the pro.

The game will have 4 player local split-screen as well as 2 player local split-screen multiplayer. They also revealed that the multiplayer mode will be similar to FPS games with experience points being earned and also a new betting feature that will allow you to bet experience/bonus points against other online players.

The main event of the evening was the game being played on Vue’s 14m x 10m 4,000 x 2,000 HD screen with an 18 speaker surround sound set up which was just awesome. Only downside is that it would have been even more awesome if it had been in 3D on that screen.

I had an opportunity to play on the 3DS in a special Nintendo screening room. I played Street Fighter IV and Pro Evo Soccer 11. First things first. Glasses free 3D is no gimmick. The 3DS itself felt good in my hand and was comfortable and using the analogue stick also felt comfortable. What did surprise me is that the 3.53-inch widescreen LCD display seemed small. I think for some reason I was expecting a larger screen like the PSP. Apart from that it was a crisp bright screen.

Now on to the main selling point, the glasses free 3D. As street fighter loaded up you don’t see the 3d effects but once the game started I was like damn!! This is the real deal. It is very noticeably 3D (I had the 3d slider set to full). It’s not subtle or slightly 3D. The game had depth and elements popped out of the screen. The 3D slider instantly switches it between 2D and 3D. When I flicked it from 2D to 3D there was an initial effect on my eyes as the screen popped into 3D that was slightly uncomfortable but in 3D it was fine. Noted I only played if for a few minutes so can’t say what 1 hour of straight 3D gaming would feel like. What I didn’t like as much was that in PES 11 the normal default camera angles console or even past handheld gamers would have been used to have been replaced by camera angle obviously designed to make the most of the 3D, but for me that made the game harder to play.

My first impression of the 3DS is that this could be a game changer. I know many people will say it’s a gimmick or that it’s not that impressive but this will kick start a a whole raft of glasses free 3DS devices over the next few years, from mobile phones, to tablet PC’s to PC monitors and much more.

Myself, Nuge and Montoya will also be attending/covering a special event being held in London on March 11th to mark the launch of Motorstorm Apocalypse. None of us have any idea what to expect from the event, in fact this is all we have to go on.

Motorstorm Apocalypse Live
Motorstorm, the most brutal off-road racing festival is back, and this time the Stormers are bringing their own brand of chaos to a major city ravaged by an epic scale earthquake. Filled with unstable skyscrapers, fiery subway tunnels, twisting bridges and collapsing buildings, Motorstorm Apocalypse is the ultimate racing rush.

Motorstorm Apocalypse hits shelves on the 18th of March and to launch the game we are planning a tournament with a twist.

In Motorstorm Apocalypse Live competitors representing FHM, Eurogamer, IGN & Games Radar will try to prove their Stormer credentials (and win a trip to E3!) by racing under the most extreme conditions. We can’t give too much away at this stage but the event is for over 18s only and is not suitable for anyone suffering from high blood pressure, any heart condition or epilepsy.

This invite-only event will take place in a secret location on the evening of 10th March.

You can also play an active part in unleashing the apocalypse.

Just follow us now @MotorstormUK on Twitter, tune in to the live stream on the PlayStation Access Facebook Page from 7.00pm on March 10th and await further instructions.
http://www.facebook.com/playstationaccess

Keep an eye on the GS website and our twitter feeds @geeksyndicate or @TheNextLevel_GS for coverage of the event.

GS Reporter: Soulfinger

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One comment

  1. montoc1701 /

    Nice review sir. I have yet to try the 3DS but you sound like you are sold already.. Also you might want to change the date in your review to the 10th not 11th. See you tomorrow sir.. Montoya

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