Plenty of great games combine multiple game ideas into a single cohesive package. Persona mixed a dating sim and a party-based JRPG. Deus Ex combined sneaking, shooting and role-playing stats so successfully that it's still mimicked to this day.
Seen at Square Enix's Final Fantasy party at PAX last week: these posters, complete with game names, dates, and monikers describing each era of the iconic RPG series.
Few video game series are as consistently delightful as Paper Mario, Nintendo's charming set of plumber-themed RPGs. Paper Mario: Sticker Star, out this fall for 3DS, looks to be no exception. It's funny, weird, and quite charming.
Throw thousands of people who share common interests together for a weekend and love is bound to blossom. PAX is no exception, and amidst all the games, booze and costumes the annual gaming celebration in Seattle brought a lot of like-minded kids together.
Seen in a backroom at PAX Prime last weekend, here's Fluidity: Spin Cycle, a sequel to 2010's solid WiiWare game Fluidity. It's out later this year as a 3DS eShop exclusive. You won't want to play it on the subway. People will look at you funny.
Got a hot new game? Want to bring it to PAX? Hope you've got a trust fund.
The crowd roars. It's thrilling. So are the gasps of disbelief, the sudden outbursts of raucous applause whenever someone does something extraordinary. Even when I can't tell why they're on their feet, I want to join in. The energy is infectious.
Seen at PAX Prime in Seattle this weekend: this Black Mesa cosplayer, complete with lab coat and (hilarious) recruitment manuals.
Even for a game known for some really bent comic themes and recurring gags, this concept is way the hell out there, but Portal 2 was originally going to see Chell, the protagonist, get married to a turret.
"Grifball," the insane, deadly multiplayer sport Rooster Teeth created for Halo, will be featured as one of the main multiplayer modes in Halo 4, 343 Industries said yesterday at PAX 2012. GrifballHub.com supplies that video of its PAX demo.
At PAX Prime in Seattle, Markus "Notch" Persson and his studio Mojang have built a neat "Minecraft Museum" where they're displaying memorabilia and art from their hit PC game. But they've also got something a bit feistier on display.
Saturday is usually when all of the best PAX cosplay comes out, and this year didn't disappoint. We had steampunk Mario, the entire cast of Phoenix Wright, and a certain hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne.
This is the unreal footage from Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes that director Hideo Kojima showed off at an event today in Seattle.
Are you somewhere other than PAX this year? Then let PAX come to you. The folks at Twitch TV are livestreaming soooo much of the show. Check out a lot of PAX without getting out of your chair, via the livestreams below:
So here's a fun surprise: Dokuro, a Japanese puzzle-platformer made by Game Arts, the studio behind Lunar and the upcoming Ragnarok Odyssey, made an appearance on the PAX show floor today.
The livestream for The International Dota 2 Championships is included in our roundup of feeds coming out of (or nearby) PAX 2012, but we're highlighting it here for you with a reminder that competition resumes at 12:30 p.m. EDT today with the semifinal rounds of the double-elimination tournament.
At PAX 2012, attendees who braved the massive line at the Borderlands 2 booth were treated to a first look at the fifth character class for the game, the Mechromancer, which will now be given free to everyone who pre-orders the game.
The Seattle Convention Center was covered in video game characters today for the first day of the Penny Arcade Expo. We saw all manner of costumes—the elaborate, the humble, the humorous, the bizarre. Tina, Jason and I captured as many as we could for our first gallery.
First revealed a year ago, the Razer Blade was a fascinating machine. Dubbed "The World's First True Gaming Laptop" by its makers, the $2,800 17-inch machine, weighing less than seven pounds, was a bold experiment that traded power for portability, and portability for price.