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Kaz32

My PAX Australia 2018 2 days experience. Much more awesome than last year!

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At last, I attended yet another year of PAX Australia since I first came last year by chance, and it's even better than before! Well except the waiting line.

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I did not remember the waiting line being this crowded. Last year I just went in the building. This year? Waited 45 minutes outside, and then 10 minutes inside. Looks like this event got even more popular than last time!

 

PAX is as expected, filled to the brim with the games you expect: Kingdom Hearts 3, Resident Evil 2 Remake, Devil May Cry 5, Days Gone, Spyro Reignited, RAGE 2, Sekiro, Hitman 2, but oddly enough no Just Cause 4 even though there's an event all about this game in the schedule, but maybe it's because it's in a different building. My original plan was to play those games, but unfortunately for me, it is not worth it one bit. Just look at this line.

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These guys are at front already, and they waited 2 freaking hours just to get there because there's the whole "haunted house" thing inside for the people that went inside. So I was like "fuck this shit" and don't even bother with it. The same applies to the other games, except Sekiro.

 

That game is inside the PS4 booth and apparently not many people play it because they think it's too hard. Lucky for me, I played Dark Souls & Tenchu, so this game is right up my alley. The gameplay is as I expected, a mix of Tenchu and Dark Souls. So you got the stealth, stealth kills and movements of Tenchu mixed with the slow methodical attacks of Dark Souls, which makes for an awesome combination. Though there's no Soul gathering or stamina mechanic here. You kill an enemy, they die and only drop items instead of soul points for upgrades. So imagine Tenchu 3 but with Dark Souls combat and open world navigation. I breezed through most of the Sekiro demo, until the demo boss appeared. 

Me and 6 other dudes took turns to beat this guy. At first I got hit a lot by his spear attacks, but then I figured out that the way to beat this guy is to fill the guard meter above which allows you to land a killing blow that reduces one of his 3 health bars. You can actually block at the same time as his attack which causes his guard meter to go up, except the one with the red kanji. It took many of our tries, but finally I ended his ass and pop off big time while everyone else cheered as well. It was a great time, just as expected from the guys who made Dark Souls.

 

Aside from the games, I went to the indie dev sections for my job to network a lot of the game devs there, and I saw a lot of great creative games, especially this one which makes me laugh so hard, and even better when John Robertson the comedian & the narrator himself is actually there and make fun of everyone who plays this game, including me. I love it so much that I bought it on the spot. I will definitely play this game, right after I play the crap out of Red Dead Redemption 2.

 

And I went to one of the PC Accessories stand tournaments which offers prizes, one of which is a "win 3 Street Fighter V rounds and you'll get a keyboard" competition. Which I won!

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Then I went to 3 fighting game tournaments, primarily because I went to 2 of this tournament for PAX 2017 but I lost, so I'm back to get the medal prizes for payback biyatch. 2 on Friday for Soul Calibur 6 and Dragonball FighterZ, and yet another Dragonball FighterZ tournament on Saturday. I won them all. :D 

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But I promised my brother in law's niece that I will give the third medal to her, so I guess I only have 2 medals. Then again, 2 of the same medal is more than enough so might as well give the extra third one! :P 

BTW my match for the third medal is live streamed on Twitch, so here's the link for those that are interested. My match starts at minute 15.

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/327981089

Then after that, I went home and play Red Dead Redemption 2, which wow..... the tiny details & excellent sidequests in this game is fucking unbelievable.

 

So that's PAX AUS 2018 for me. Won tournaments, found out that the lines for the major games except Sekiro was so not worth it, and I had a freaking great time. Except waiting in the building entrance line. Hopefully 2019 will not be this bad, but I guess I'll have to deal with the same lines again when the time comes. XD 

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One of these days I'm going to get over to your country!

While I know there's a ton of stuff to see as a tourist, I'd love to schedule my trip at the same time as PAX AUS or some other geek convention just so I can make friends on the other side of the world.

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6 hours ago, PlasticFrogCG said:

One of these days I'm going to get over to your country!

While I know there's a ton of stuff to see as a tourist, I'd love to schedule my trip at the same time as PAX AUS or some other geek convention just so I can make friends on the other side of the world.

Actually there's a global event coming up in December 15 - 16 called Couch Warriors Crossup.

https://www.couchwarriors.org/category/couchwarriors-crossup/
 

It's a big worldwide Dragonball FighterZ tournament which I will take part in, which also has other fighting game tournaments to join in. Buut since it's coming soon, I'm guessing you don't have the time for it, and it's probably not your kind of event if you don't play fighting games. Australia always waits for newcomers, so feel free to come any time you want. :D 

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