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Great PAX-pectations 2012 - What We're Excited to See at PAX East

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Pax East 2010

Along with heavy coats and spare pens, we're bringing along a few expectations to PAX East 2012. There will be big games to get our hands on, a few new titles we've never seen before, and we're bringing you along for the ride. Before we wake up way too early for that plane to Boston later this week, we first wanted to share with you some of the games we're excited about seeing at this year's big convention.

Jake Gaskill - G4TV.com Previews Editor

It’s that time of year again! And yes, I’m referring to my annual April tradition of doing everything exactly the same way that I do everything for the other 11 months of the year. I have a feeling this year will be especially similar to previous years, so naturally I’m pretty excited. The only major monkey in the proverbial wrench this year is that I will be attending PAX East for the frist time (“frist” is how I misspell “first” during Jake’s Crazy April-Timed Placeholder Name Event).

At the moment, some of the indies I’ll be making a beeline for when we touch in Boston are, in no particular order: Dust: An Elysian Tail (the hand drawn animation looks absolutely stunning), Super Time Force (because it looks bat-crap crazy), Kairo (sort of in that Portal/Dear Esther-ish vein of moody first-person exploration), The Showdown Effect (since the idea of mashing up every 80s/90s action hero flick is just crazy enough to work), and whatever the Twisted Pixel folks have in the hopper, just to name a few.

In addition to a fantastic slate of indie titles, a number of the year’s biggest releases will be in attendance as well. Whether it’s getting some hands-on time with Far Cry 3’s multiplayer, or taking a closer look at Borderlands 2, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Spec Ops: The Line, Lollipop Chainsaw, and Max Payne 3; there’ll be no shortage of AAA offerings to sample, and sample we shall.

As you can see, Jake’s Typical April Festivities are PAXier than ever, and I couldn’t be more excited/confused! If anyone out there is attending the show and you see something especially rad that you think we should definitely see, feel free to email me or drop me a line on Twitter. Happy PAXing!

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Nikole Zivalich - G4TV.com Games Editor

Last year Jake and I both went to PAX Prime and we saw Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and won a lot of tickets at Sega’s PAXtravangnza. Rob and I.... I don’t think Rob and I have gone to convention together. Awkward.

Gearbox Software has two huge games coming this year and I’m stoked for both of them. Borderlands 2 will be my must-have co-op game but I’m at an event like this, I’m interested in getting my hands on something I’m still in the dark about, something like Gearbox’s other gem, Aliens: Colonial Marines. I’ve been a fan of things that mostly come out at night, mostly, since I was old enough to build a pillow fort.

There's a specific game I need to play at PAX East for purely personal reasons, it's called Go Home Dinosaur. I love dinosaurs. I love BBQs. I'm not the biggest fan of tower defense. Go Home Dinosaurs encompasses all three factors in a way that's so adorable I'm bound to enjoy the gameplay elements. I want to be a believer!

I already have an outfit picked out for the Mass Effect / BioWare panel. BioWare has been the developer I could always count on for years. When guys hit on me, I tell them I have boyfriend, and his name is Kaidan Alenko. I liked Dragon Age 2 for the Christ’s sake! I have been sitting on the edge of my seat for a month to find out what BioWare’s team is going to say about Mass Effect 3’s ending. I really disliked the ending, and I don’t disagree with fans who wished the ending was different. I think this panel will be the ideal opportunity for BioWare to address the fans, and maybe even discuss the content initiatives they have planned. WIN BACK MY LOVE, BIOWARE!

PAX East’s showfloor is bound to be a maze of gaming booths, each more eye-grabbing and flashy than the next. I always find joy in the spectacle of gaming conventions. Through years of con attendance I became a connoisseur of fine booths and my learned feet have never graced a booth as plush, as opulent, as luxurious as the Firefall booth circa PAX Prime 2011. I hope, above all things, above world peace, that the Firefall booth returns in all its cushy glory. If you’re going to be at PAX East too, look for me there, slowly bouncing in place.

Rob Manuel - G4TV.com Features Editor 

Sure, the big boys will be there, but at this year’s PAX East I’m looking forward to the games you should know about – the indie games. Like a super fun Voltron, they combined their powers to create the Indie MegaBooth. There’s even a trailer for it, and let's face it, trailers make everything official.

PAX EAST 2012 - INDIE MEGA BOOTH TRAILER from Capy! on Vimeo.

Those heavy dark lines with the smatters of blood mark the tale-tell sign Ska Studios' next big game, Charlie Murder. Check out the new trailer of this 2D smash-fest to get your daily dose of heavy metal and mayhem. At PAX last year, we got to see James propose to his girlfriend by planting a message into demo. He’s going to have to step it up this year to outdo that.

As the good gents at Penny Arcade always do, this year’s lineup of indie titles is simply stellar. Along with returning favorites like Monaco, Antichamber, and Retro/Grade; we’re getting to see and hopefully our hands on some of the newest games such as Guacamelee; a metroidvania-style 2D platformer where you play as a luchadore battling the undead and flipping between dimensions. Runner2 makes its first appearance at the show from Gaijin games, the makers of the Bit.Trip series. And these few games only begin to cover all the great titles you’ll be able to see on the show floor. For anyone who says that creativity in gaming is dead, this is where you’ll find the rebirth of the industry.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, PAX East is about the fans. Late nights string together between board game battles, nerdy movies, and some of the finest nerdcore on the Eastern seaboard. We will dance the night away at Bioshock Cosplay parties and adventure out with our fellow gamers into the chilly Boston nights for one last game before turning in.

For me, PAX East is all about celebrating games and those who make games great. From those who check every code to those who spend hours getting every achievement, we come together in one place to share our love of the digital world.

If there’s something you want to know about or see at PAX East, shoot me a tweet and I’ll do my best to find it for you.

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