Two weeks from now, you could be piloting an X-Wing and feel the adrenaline rush of flying into the Death Star trench. Or experience virtual reality from a gamer’s perspective.
That’s if you attend GameStart 2015, the annual gaming convention that’s into its second year in Singapore. The event, which is open to the public from 14 to 15 November, will showcase a wide selection of games. Some of which aren’t even available till 2016 or even in Singapore.
Play Star Wars: Battle Pod
This. This is the one main reason why you’ll want to attend GameStart 2015. When we first experienced the Star Wars: Battle Pod arcade machine during this year’s Tokyo Game Show, we cried. Well, almost.
But the important fact is, this is the only chance you’ll get to experience the famous battles in the Star Wars universe as a Rebel Alliance hot shot or an Imperial pilot. Because in Singapore, there’s only one machine, in the office of Bandai Namco (which, coincidentally, is in the same building as us).
So for just these two days, the only Star Wars: Battle Pod in Singapore will be showcased at GameStart. Word of advice, go early, skip everything and hunt down the machine. Because we foresee a snaking long queue forming to fly in a galaxy far, far away.
Experience virtual reality with the PlayStation VR
We weren’t kidding when we said you get to try some of the coolest gaming stuff only at GameStart, and the Sony PlayStation VR is another fine example. Another hot showcase straight from the Tokyo Game Show, the PlayStation VR is part of the Sony Computer Entertainment’s showcase at this year’s GameStart. Which, by the way, is going bigger, what with a two-storey setup to house more experience areas.
The attention, however, is most likely on the VR games built for the PlayStation platform. The titles for now includes The Playroom VR, The Deep, The London Heist Getaway and Kitchen. With that last game, we guarantee you won’t want to sleep in the dark anymore.
We know the nature of VR gaming keeps you so immersed in the experience you just can’t help punching in the air and moving way too much. You’re totally forgiven if you start hogging the machine, but do let fellow gamers have a chance at it.
Get a 20th anniversary Sony PlayStation 4
There’s only 12,300 units of this Sony PlayStation 4, crafted in the colours of the original PlayStation. And there’s one waiting to be brought home at this year’s GameStart. Fortunately, you don’t have to pay an exorbitant price (damn those scalpers) for it.
Here’s the deal - buy a Sony PlayStation 4 at GameStart, and you’ll be in the running for a lucky draw. If you’re picked, you have the option to switch your PlayStation 4 for the 20th anniversary edition. No extra charge. Do that, and you’ll get a swanky grey colour console, complete with a unique number identifying it as one of the 12,300 limited models available.
Early access to new games in 2016
Where do we begin with this? How about Star Wars: Battlefront, which will be launching just a few days after? There’s also Dark Souls III and Lego Marvel’s Avengers.
And on the local front, there’s Masquerada: Songs and Shadows, the masterpiece by local gaming developer Witching Hour Studios. That last gem is not to be missed for RPG fans, not just for the sneak preview of the gameplay. It’s also a title loaded with a star-studded cast by gaming industry standards, which includes Jennifer Hale who voices the female version of Commander Shepherd in the Mass Effect series.
On top of these sneak previews, you’ll also get to try the final episode of Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void, be the Batman in Batman Arkham Knight and rock out with Rock Band 4.
Go back in time with retro games
Raise your hand if you shed a tear when you saw the above picture. While GameStart celebrates the latest and greatest in gaming, it’s also giving a nod to the titles that you grew up with. Besides punching your way through street thugs in Streets of Rage on the Sega Genesis, you can also relive your childhood spent in arcade centres with the retro arcade machines that's on display at the Retro DNA section.
Bring along those Circus Circus tokens if you still have them, just for nostalgia sake.