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Friday, 3 October 2014

The Noobie Survival Guide to GameStart 2014 // Issue 1

In 22 days, GameStart 2014 will be upon us. This is a quick and handy guide to the year's one and only dedicated gaming convention. Move quick, move smart for the hordes will be upon you before you can scream, "Khaaaan!"

1. Minions
Everyone knows the value of a helping hand or in this case, a helping butt. There is no way you can attend GameStart all fresh and pretty if you are camping 48 hours for that Playstation deal. How awesome is it? Mighty awesome. 

The first three customers to purchase the console will receive a 3 year Playstation Plus Membership, a Sony Xperia Z3 and a tee. No one really cares about the tee at this point but I'm willing to sacrifice my wardrobe, should anyone truly finds it cumbersome.

Anti-social has never looked this good
Just think about it. $43.90 annual membership coupled with a $998 free phone, so that means you're getting $1129.70 of free stuff when you buy a $639 console! The Z3 is the latest Sony phone and comes with a Remote Play function. The toilet, the bathtub, under the sheets - the places where you can continue raining havoc and anarchy upon your enemies are endless. 

Despite being a national pastime, no one truly enjoys what should have been an Olympic sporting event so your best bet is to plop a yellow butt outside the convention hall on the 23rd. It doesn't have to be yellow. Hire anyone you fancy though I would recommend impeccable bladder control as the numero uno criteria.

The next 10 customers will get a uniquely designed Toro HDD cover, because nothing cheers up losers more than an insanely happy cat, and that dreaded tee. The following 50 will get ... make a smart guess people! These, unlike the super deal, are offered on a daily basis.

p/s: You can get a $100 discount if you trade in your old console.

2. Grab the freebies

There's a #0000 Battlefield 2142 CE up for grabs!
So congratulations, assuming you have just become the target of 20000 pairs of green eyes as you swagger into the halls but complacency is your enemy. This is where noobs falter. Pick up your swords, or shopping bags, and run to:

Hall Ushers
  • Random loot bag (first 300 daily). Expect limited edition tees, games, posters and gaming paraphernalia. What you cannot see from the picture are 14-Day PlayStation Plus subscriptions, Squad Starter Pack codes for Ghost Recon Phantoms (worth S$20), discount vouchers, Hearthstone card pack codes and exclusive beta invites to World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor!

Blizzard Entertainment:
  • beta keys for Warlords of Draenor
  • codes for Hearthstone card packs
  • Bloodborne tee 
  • DRIVECLUB tote bag
  • Freedom Wars screen clearner 
The Evil Within
  • Ice pack
Some of the freebie/premium would require you to complete a task. Want multiples but don't want to come across as a cheapo (which you are)? Send your minions.

Train for that Bloodborne premium now

3. Play until die
The most exciting news to be unveiled at the Media Preview was the unexpectedly large showcase of games. Including the previously announced featured games, there is a total of 37 hands-on preview at Gamestart, many of which had tantalized the absentees of Tokyo Game Show.

BloodborneBorderlands: the pre-sequelBorderlands: the pre-sequelDanganronpa 2: goodbye despairDiablo III Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition
DRIVECLUBDragon Ball XenoverseEVOLVEFar Cry 4Final Fantasy Type-0 HD
FIFA 15Freedom WarsGuilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-God Eater 2 Rage BurstHatsune Miku - Project DIVA F 2nd
Hearthstone: Heroes of WarcraftJust Dance 2015Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD RemixLittleBigPlanet 3LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
MinecraftMiddle-earth: Shadow over MordorNBA 2K15Project CARSResident Evil Revelations 2
Sleeping Dogs HDTales of Hearts RThe Evil WithinThe Last of Us RemasteredTHE LEGEND OF HEROES SEN NO KISEKI I
The Order 1886Until DawnUltra Street Fighter 4Warriors Orochi 3: UltimateWorld of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor
Winning Eleven 2015WWE 2K15

This is the heart and soul of the convention and the sole reason of your existence. These playable demos give you a glimpse of the unreleased games. Yea, there's a couple of recently released ones but that only means you can hog the full games! 

My recommendation (other than Bloodborne) would be Dragon Ball Xenoverse or DBXV. Fans of the anime and manga classic would not simply relive the history, they would be a part of it through Avatar, a completely customisable character. Tired of being an Earthling or Saiyan? Be different and choose Majin or Namekian and take on Vegeta and other infamous villains in legendary battles!

DBXV will release in March 2015.

You have not bought your GameStart tickets yet? Grab them here!
Noobie Survival Guide to GameStart 2014 // Issue 1 // Issue 2 // Issue 3

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