First of all: far more visitors than games exposed, of which Sony offered the greatest selection on PS3, PS4, and PS Vita, as well as, surprisingly, Nintendo, with WiiU and 3DS, whereas Microsoft, Activision, Electronic Arts focused mainly on some of their blockbusters, including the popular FIFA 14 being featured not only by its publisher, but also Sony PS4 and MS XB1--much to the delight of the local public.
Since this year I'm lucky to having played both Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts campaigns right at release, I've been focusing more on demos of games upcoming this or early next year:
- Octodad - this is the game for you, John, featuring an outlandish story about an Octopus family father, besides PS4 to be published also for PC, Mac, and Linux in 2014 .
- Killzone: Shadow Fall - the first AAA shooter title to be released by Sony on PS4 (in addition to BF4, of course), and which I'll hopefully be playing soon on my own PS4.
- Knack - an action game featuring sort of a scalable scavenger robot, probably for a younger public with comic-like animations, but quite irresistable through its design and gameplay.
- Ryse - the Colosseum combats I played seemed rather like ordinary hack 'n' slash within an extraordinary visual setting, except that the contemporary Roman public does react with respect to the quality of one's combat performance (thus "bored," in my case).
- Killer Instinct - XB1-only return of this Street Fighter / Mortal Kombat-like fighting game, still fun to play (quo vadis, MS?).
- Dead Rising 3 - not played (waiting queue has been too long); I read that the 720p 30fps settings would be rather modest for being an XB1 exclusive, but anyway: I won't buy the new console in order to play this game.
- Bayonetta 2 - striking visuals which let forget using a Nintendo platform, and a bit easier in difficulty as the former release, it seems. For me one reason more to get a Wii U as soon as I can afford it (but after the PS4).
Other demos I played have been those of Rain and Beyond (both PS3), which I will be purchasing (probably) still this year, World of Tanks which I don't think is necessary to be played on X360 since the controller settings don't really represent an advantage here (I played it on PC before), as well as some still playable platforming retro games on the Commodore Forever stand...
Forza Motorsport 5 and Gran Turismo 6 - showed off some impressive racing wheels and booths but here too I did abstain from trying it out due to heavy public attendance (a true EA loyal I played the new NFS Rivals demo instead).
The impressive Destiny has been displayed but not playable and also Titanfall been absent, as well as Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, which is the more surprising as MercurySteam is a developing studio located in Madrid.
Of course I also assisted the Conference-round table table about "Women in the Video Games Industry," though out of solidarity rather since its outcome has hardly been something new to me...
So far a short roundup; I'm really happy that "we" Madrileños have an annual Video Game Expo of our own again but hope that the exposition as well as the international interest will be somewhat greater next year (Madrid really deserves it).