Five reasons gamers cannot miss EGX 2015

Written by
Shaun Curnow

UK video gaming events don't get any bigger than the Eurogamer Expo - better known as EGX – and this year's show at the Birmingham NEC is the largest in history.

Taking place from September 24-27, if you've yet to buy a ticket, here are five reasons that might convince you:

1. There are loads of big budget games you'll get the first chance to play

Star Wars Battlefront

The opportunity to get some hands-on time with dozens of the biggest new releases and forthcoming blockbusters is the main reason gamers are drawn to EGX.

This year, it's been announced that some of the top titles that will be playable at the Expo include 'Halo 5', 'Star Fox Zero', 'Forza 6', 'Rise of the Tomb Raider', 'Xenoblade Chronicles X' and 'The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes'.

Gamers will also be able get to grips with 'Call of Duty: Black Ops III', 'Destiny: The Taken King' and 'Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection', along with 'Homefront: The Revolution', 'Star Wars Battlefront' and 'Total War: Warhammer'.

2. You can experience Sony's Project Morpheus virtual reality technology 

Many see virtual reality as the future of gaming, so alongside the chance to play with the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift VR sets, will be Sony's Project Morpheus. Although Sony are remaining secretive about which games will be demonstrated, Project Morpheus' previous outings at the E3 show in Los Angeles and Gamescom in Germany earlier in the year showcased online mech shooter 'RIGS: Mechanised Combat League' and first-person tech demo 'London Heist'.

This is expected to be popular, so visitors will need to get in early and book a slot if they want to experience it for themselves.

3. You'll get to see and play a whole load of indie games too

Mayan Death Robots

While the big-budget games turn the most heads, it's often the indie games that showcase some of the most innovative new ideas. At EGX, you'll find the largest collection of indie games anywhere in the country. In fact, there are so many indie games, they've had to divide them into three sections.

The Rezzed Zone is where developers will be giving demos of more than 100 upcoming games. They might not be playable, but it offers a rare opportunity to chat face-to-face with the teams about their projects.

In the Indie Megabooth, you'll find more than 300 screen with 29 playable titles, including 'Aerobat', 'Enter the Gungeon' and 'Mayan Death Robots'.

If you're looking for something more off the wall than your traditional shooters, the Leftfield Collection is where you'll get to see how things are done a little bit differently.

4. You can enjoy some of the country's best cosplay

Tom Horton

Gaming events and cosplay go hand-in-hand. Over the four-day show, EGX will be home to several cosplay events, including the UK Preliminaries for the European Cosplay Gathering, the EGX Cosplay Championship and several smaller cosplay competitions called EGX Masquerades.

You've still got a few days to register if you want to take part yourself. 

5. There are drinking, dancing and gaming after-parties 

If you aren't exhausted after a day on the show floor, you can also take your celebrations into the evening on September 25 and September 26. The EGX 2015 Community Parties will feature a Rock Band stage, a live comedy game show called 'WiFi Wars' and loads of multiplayer games.

There will be music courtesy of Gamer Disco and, of course, a bar stocked with booze, too. Tickets for this are available separately here.

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