San Diego Comic-Con has evolved from what was solely a convention for comic book fans and creators to a mecca for all things geek culture. You can find almost every fandom represented all over the exhibit floor, and video games are no different. With games like Batman: Arkham Knight, Injustice: Gods Among Us, and Marvel Heroes; video games are taking a page out of comics’ book. What does this mean for gamers? E3 isn’t the only place you can get your hands on new games before anyone else! Here were some of the most awesome exhibits SDCC 2015 had for gamers:
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Playing the new Street Fighter at the Capcom booth was a great chance to get your hands on the best possible build of the game to date. While E3 only let us play as Birdie, Nash, Ryu, and Bison, Comic-Con gave us a look at playing with Ken and Chun Li as well. Capcom also hosted tournaments every day of the con with a PS4 with a Street Fighter faceplate as first prize and a stage where the champions could continue to duke it out in order to get an extended feel for the game.
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Enter the Batgirl. The DC booth at SDCC took the opportunity to showcase comics, costumes from their upcoming movies, and, luckily for us, the new Batgirl: A Matter of Family DLC. The coolest thing about the playthrough was that it was the full build of the game, which allowed you to explore every nook and cranny of the DLC. DC was also handing out the first issue of the Batman: Arkham Knight – Batgirl series to give you access to the full Batgirl experience. It’s pretty hard to beat the one-two punch of a demo/freebie combo.
The Square Enix Experience was a hidden gem in the chaos that was SDCC, especially since it was off-site. I visited the space twice and enjoyed every moment of it. Just Cause sent participants screaming down a 150 foot zipline, all while trying to shoot at targets with a laser gun. For those who wanted to be a little more stealthy in their approach, Hitman‘s event ran you a mini mission where you had to assemble your gun, shoot the targets, and then dispose of a body. After cleaning up your mess, there was a photo-op – for evidence, of course. Each of the attractions had it’s own special freebie: a Just Cause 3 Shirt, a Deus Ex figure with a bag, and a red Hitman tie. Sometimes getting the feel of a game is just as important as getting your hands on it.
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Nintendo had a strong showing this year at the Marriott with the return of their gaming lounge with a decked out ballroom and daily tournaments. If you weren’t that great at playing Smash Bros. but had a killer Amiibo with you, you could compete in the Amiibo tournament and give your thumbs a rest; the first prize being a Majora’s Mask 3DS and special edition Amiibo. The ballroom was also filled with playable demos; Mario Kart 8, Bayonetta 2, and Yoshi’s Wooly World to name a few. The best part about all of this was that you were rewarded for playing games! Even if you didn’t take the gold in Mario, you could take home some prizes with the tickets you received from checking out Nintendo’s offerings.
Comic-Con may be the place for comics, movies, and television; but it’s quickly becoming the new arena to get your hands on some of the best games around. With companies like Nintendo and Square Enix outfitting players with free t-shirts and items, the place to go if you want to stock up on goodies at Comic-Con might just be the place where you get your game on. With as much gaming as I did this year, I won’t have to do laundry for at least another week.
What was your gaming experience like at Comic-Con this year? Did you get your hands on the latest titles or did you simply Street Pass while you were walking pass the line for Hall H? Let us know in the comment section below.
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