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PAX West showed strong display of upcoming games

2017 has been a very strong year for video games and October not only continues the streak, but strengthens it. With highly anticipated titles such as “The Evil Within 2,” “Super Mario Odyssey,” “Assassin’s Creed Origins” and “Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus” all being released, PAX (Penny Arcarde Expo) West 2017 gave gamers a sneak peek at all of these games and more during Labor Day weekend.

The gaming convention was held at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle. PAX hosts several conventions across the continental United States. PAX West, formerly PAX Prime, is the one of the largest conventions during the year, drawing in the largest crowd and exciting game demos.

"The Evil Within 2" becomes available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on Oct. 13.
“The Evil Within 2” becomes available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on Oct. 13.

One of the games highlighted during the 4-day convention was “The Evil Within 2,” which is set to be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows this Friday, Oct. 13. The half-hour demo was noticeably popular with the anticipated waiting time in line was reported to be around 3 hours. With the dark atmosphere in the demo room at the Bethesda booth being closed off and silent and the half-hour demo ending with a unique jump scare (instead of the usual pop-up), “The Evil Within 2” shone through as being a dark and gloomy highlight from the selection of major publishing titles.

Lesser known and indie games also had their place at PAX West, with standouts including:

  • UFO 50,” an “Action 52”-style game, created in a Nintendo Entertainment System style with 50 mini-games inside.
  • “Dunk Lords,” a two-on-two MOBA-style basketball game.
  • Hello Neighbor,” a stealth game in which you try and sneak into your neighbor’s self-learning AI house.
  • Super Meat Boy Forever,” a sequel to the 2010 infamously difficult platformer.

While the aforementioned major games shone during the weekend, indie games also had their large share of the spotlight, earning a majority of media attention.

PAX West showcased some of the best upcoming games of 2017, however, there are still have many more major conferences and events for video games in the next couple of months. Even with PAX’s hopeful vision of the upcoming months, the best may still be yet to come.