Over the weekend, Drey and I attended Play NYC. Play NYC is a two-day gaming convention for independent game devs and gamers alike. I visited on both days, and it was a dope experience. I played around 17 games in total, and I was really impressed by the variety, there was really something for everyone.
One of the more memorable moments was when I played a game called Homestay, at the Game for Change Arcade. This was my first time using the Oculus Rift, and VR is really something serious. It was immersive, and I can see why people gravitate towards it. Not sure, If I’m sold on it, but it was fun regardless. Also while at the G4C Arcade, ya girl was able to demo Gris and Prism.
hey Cutie is card game about bagging cuties. A dating sim with cards. This really sounded interesting aside from that the character designs are charming. The overall game seems fleshed out really well. Hero’s Crossing is an RPG board game where you can play as the towns Mayor. Both games by way of One Method Monkey.
At the same booth, there a PC game called QuesTR. I’m more into fighting games, but this definitely something fresh and different to dive into. Twas fun!
Co-op shooters/combat games have been massive in recent years, so I wasn’t surprised to see a ton of games that fit into that criteria. As I said before, I prefer fighting games, but I do dabble in shooters from time to time. One of my favorites from PNYC was a game called DogFight. It’s a multiplayer shooting gaming with dogfighter pilots. Made by Petricore Games. Even though I lost by a landslide both times I played, it was fun. This was something that I would play again, given a chance.
Another game I really enjoyed playing was Rebel Runner. Rebel Runner is an 8-bit style game where you run head to head with an opponent through an obstacle course. Jumping over people, rats, rocks, and did I mention you can blow things up. Unfortunately, this game is still in development, but this is definitely one you want to be on the lookout for.
Heave Ho by Devolver Digital was more fun then I expected. I wasn’t expecting much based on the overall look of the game. Looks can really be deceiving because this turned out to be a dope game. It is simple yet charming and is a lot of fun too watch. This is a game that you don’t want to miss out one.
Available on Steam and the Nintendo Switch on August 29th.
The most exciting game I found at Play NYC came in the form of a board game. A board game about structural racism and sexism in America. It’s called Inequality Opoly, and it was hilarious, relatable, and too real. I urge you to check it out.
Other notable things, guest interviews, gaming tournaments, and refreshments. (Free Redbull, water and ice cream infused Mochi). This was a really excellent experience, and I hope to be able to attend more events like this in the future.