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Friday
Oct172014

Review: New York Comic Con 2014

The 9th annual New York Comic Con was held at the Jacob Javits Center, and it featured everything that you'd expect from the massive event: marriage proposals, marvelous costumes, and Deadpool conga lines. Before New York Comic Con started, I made my way to a secret Square Enix press event filled with some hands on game demos.

The one game that stood out for me was Life Is Strange. Random photographs were lying around the floor when creative director Jean-Maxime Moris and art director/co-game director Michel Koch showed a very impressive demo, which involved lead character Max trying to find tools to fix her camera. Things get intense when David, her friend Chloe's stepdad, gets involved. If you're not satisfied with the outcome of a conversation or if you messed up on a mission, you have the ability to rewind time to try a different outcome. Any knowledge and items that you've gained from the situation will remain intact when you choose to turn back time. The game, which sees its release early next year on the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360, will be released in five different episodes; each episode will be released every six weeks. If you're into games like The Walking Dead and Heavy Rain, Life Is Strange will be another grand addition to your video game collection.

Heading to the PS4 and X-Box One next spring is Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, which is a port of the 2011 PSP game released only in Japan. The demo that I played delivered some stunning visuals along with a straightforward battle system similar to Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII. With three characters at the player's control, switching between them was essential to get through situations on the battlefield.

The phone aspect of gaming wasn't lost here with the upcoming smartphone game Hitman: Sniper. In the game, you play as a hitman with the goal of taking out your main target without getting caught. Points earned from completing missions can be used to increase your firepower or you could simply purchase a new weapon. The feel of the game was very fluid, and fans will find themselves glued to their mobile phones/tablets in anticipation for the upcoming Hitman video game.

Thursday


"Jack and I are like twins, right?", joked R.L. Stine at the mention of actor Jack Black, who is set to portray the author in the upcoming Goosebumps films coming out next summer. Stine and Goosebumps cover artist Tim Jacobus were on hand to discuss the book series' surprising success. What was originally intended to be a four book series morphed into one of the best selling children's series of all time. The one thing that always grabbed kids was the Goosebumps artwork. Egg Monsters from Mars, Night of the Living Dummy, and The Haunted Mask are a few of the iconic covers that have sent chills down children's spines. Artwork for the books was usually done after the book was completed, but Stine recalled a particular situation where he was forced to add a dream sequence involving skeletons after Tim delivered the artwork for Say Cheese And Die early.

Capcom was on hand to display their current and upcoming games in their lineup. The panel delivered some visuals of the upcoming games Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, and Resident Evil Revelations 2, which was available to play at the Capcom booth. The lack of Mega Man, however, was upsetting to many; one guy demanded, 'Bring back Mega Man" as he was leaving the panel. Even with some nifty Mega Man lanyards at the booth and his inclusion in the new Super Smash Bros game, folks just wanna see him back to his old self again. Maybe next year?

Friday

Crunchyroll staff members Danika Harrod and Tiffany Chen were present to chat about what the popular anime streaming service had to offer this fall. With a packed room full of anime enthusiasts, the ladies dished on shows such as Future Diary, Bonjour Sweet Love Patisserie, and Case Closed. They also showed fans glimpses of the Crunchyroll office and engaged in a short Q&A session.

Later that day, I headed a few blocks away to a special press screening of WWE Films' new flick See No Evil 2, which was discussed at last year's NYCC. Starring WWE superstar Glenn "Kane" Jacobs and reigning screem queen Danielle Harris, the film was a definite smorgasbord of blood, mayhem, and some jokes thrown in for good measure. The main reason for the movie's astonishing execution are The Soska Sisters, whose immaculate work include Dead Hooker In A Trunk and American Mary. After the screening, See No Evil 2 directors Jen and Sylvia Soska engaged in a Q & A session with the small group of press. Some of the topics discussed included their desire to do a horror film based around The Wyatt Family and working with Dean Cain for their upcoming film Vendetta, which is slated to be released next year. See No Evil 2, which is out now on Video on Demand, will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on October 21.

Saturday

"I hope you guys ate breakfast because we are gonna be talking about food for the next 45 minutes," joked Nerdist member Brian Walton before getting into the Wikia Fantasy Food panel. The panel dived into all of those fantasy foods in video games and movies that you wish were real. We all know someone that would dare to try Fallout's Nuka Cola. Well, Wikia made certain dreams come true with the Wikia Fantasy Food Truck, which featured Adventure Time bacon pancakes, Warframe's Greedy Milk, and Gravity Falls' Smile Dip. But how did Greedy Milk manage to wind up on the menu when it wasn't actually in the game? Rebecca Ford, Community manager at Digital Extremes, stated that the fans brought that drink to life with their fan pictures.

Coming from moderating the Lego Batman panel, IGN's Greg Miller stormed into room 1A14, took off his Batman Beyond shirt, and greeted a roomful of his closest friends. The Podcast Beyond panel is one of the most popular panels for video game fans during New York Comic Con, and the line to get in is almost as massive as the line to get into The Walking Dead panel. Some folks in the crowd bolted to be on line when doors opened at NYCC. With Colin Moriarty and Marty Sliva, the crowd couldn't get enough of yelling "Beyond" at every present opportunity. If you weren't there to take part of the excitement, you can stream and download the special NYCC edition of Podcast Beyond over at IGN.

Sunday

Sci-Fi Speed Dating is one of those events at NYCC that you need to try out (if you're single, of course). With every one of these dating events, the guys section filled up very quickly, and a large amount of men were left hoping that slots would become open. Once inside, you were given a sheet to write down the names of possible matches. Every three minutes, the host would ring the bell, and the men would have to move to the next lady. The tone of the event was very upbeat, and you didn't feel like you would spend the rest of your life with cats if you didn't get a match (although, that will certainly happen to a few people in life).

One of the best parts about NYCC are the cosplayers, and this year featured a massive amount of astonishing costumes. With my phone and its dull 5MP camera, I managed to take a few pictures of some of the best outfits and random things at the event.

 

M. Bison cosplay by Madame Machete