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E3 2019 IMPRESSIONS: Media Indie Exchange (MIX)

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One among my highlights from E3 2018 was attending the MIX, or Media Indie Change. It was my first time at that occasion, and it defied all my expectations. There was a lot tradition and creativity on show that I used to be frankly starstruck. Or that would have been heatstroke from my first time in LA. Both approach, I had a blast, and received to play a handful of fantastic video games. Since then I’ve attended MIX throughout PAX West, and although it was enjoyable, there was simply one thing extra magical concerning the LA MIX. So I used to be excited to attend once more throughout E3 2019. I had an entire record of video games I needed to demo, however it was so crowded that I solely managed to play a small handful. Fortunately, they have been all spectacular, so listed here are all four MIX video games I performed, within the order I performed them.


MIX recreation #1 – Creature within the Nicely
Developer – Flight Faculty Studio

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Creature within the Nicely had my consideration properly earlier than I attended the MIX. It caught my consideration throughout a Nintendo Direct, and I used to be spellbound by the artwork and wholly distinctive idea. Positive, I’ve performed plenty of prime down video games, however not any that hybridize parts of video games like Zelda with pinball. I imply, hell, I haven’t performed a pinball recreation in in all probability a decade or extra, aside from Senran Kagura Peach Ball. However there was simply one thing concerning the type of the sport that referred to as to me.

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I imply, who doesn’t need to save individuals from destruction by the hands of an enormous, sinister creature? The very fact you get to play as a robotic with a melee weapon is simply icing on the cake. However what I couldn’t have gathered from the Direct is simply how amazingly properly Creature within the Nicely works. I used to be admittedly apprehensive about issues like angles and deflecting assaults correctly, however I needn’t have been involved. Gameplay flows very organically, and in moments I used to be deflecting power balls and charging machines like a professional. Particularly enjoyable was how you may quickly swing your weapon and collect any unfastened power balls round you, after which unleash them like some type of Jedi Grasp. All of the whereas, you keep away from being zapped by lasers, shot by turrets and check out your greatest to face up to the monstrous Creature. If you issue within the full recreation may have eight dungeons all filled with this type of mayhem, and all of it splendidly illustrated, you’ll be able to rely me very excited. I’ll undoubtedly be choosing up Creature within the Nicely when it launches this Summer time on Steam, XBOX 1 and Nintendo Change.


MIX recreation #2 – Spiritfarer
Developer – Thunder Lotus Video games

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The subsequent recreation I performed on the MIX was an enormous shock. Not solely was it unveiled simply earlier than E3, nevertheless it was developed by one among my favourite groups, Thunder Lotus Video games. I do know the group for making trendy, lush paintings and that includes excessive violent mayhem. What’s shocking about Spiritfarer, then, was the truth that it solely has a type of trademark options. The paintings is completely lovely, with notes of Studio Ghibli, however Spiritfarer isn’t a recreation about destruction. As an alternative, it focuses on a special aspect of dying, which is letting go.

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Within the recreation itself you play ferrymaster Stella, the titular Spiritfarer who guides souls to the afterlife. Nevertheless it’s not fairly so straight laced because it sounds. You need to discover them first, after which it is advisable befriend them and assist them out. When you’ve put them at peace, you’ll be able to assist them attain throughout the veil and discover last contentment. As I performed the demo, I used my large houseboat to journey round and fulfill the needs of 1 soul. Usually I’m not a fan of administration video games, however this one does an ideal job of it. In some methods, it virtually jogged my memory of Battle Chef Brigade, simply much less frenetic. Stella used her magic in all types of approach, forming instruments, scouting places and extra. It’s all amazingly fluid and pleasant to observe. Oh and for those who don’t love the sound of farming, fishing, harvesting, cooking and crafting, you can also spend some high quality time with you cat Daffodil.

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I admit I usually don’t like video games like Spiritfarer, however I’m impressed with what I skilled up to now. In case you can take a style I sometimes don’t play and make me take pleasure in it, you may simply have a winner in your arms. I’m wanting to see how this newest venture by Thunder Lotus progresses, and sit up for its eventual launch in 2020 for Steam, XBOX 1 and PS4.


MIX recreation #three – Cat Woman
Developer – Rose Metropolis Video games

MIX 2019 | Cat Lady

The subsequent recreation I performed is considerably of a thriller. See, whereas I did get some superb palms on time with Cat Woman at MIX, there’s little or no information obtainable to fill within the particulars. In order such, I’m going to do my greatest to fill within the blanks with my crazed ramblings. To begin with, once I consider cat women, the picture that instantly involves thoughts is the hilarious Loopy Cat Woman from the Simpsons. The one which actually throws cats at individuals. However that picture seems to not be proper for a few causes. For one, the primary character you management doesn’t precisely throw cats (no less than within the demo). For an additional, she’s extra of a Cat Woman than a Cat Woman. However these nitpicks apart, I actually loved my time with the demo.

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What stunned me concerning the recreation most was that it’s a twin-stick shooter. You play a younger lady who’s in search of her grandma, who occurs to have been kidnapped by haunted objects. Your complete demo happened in a haunted home, and all types of oddities tried to tug me to hell. My favourite have been haunted stuffed animals and a closet that opened as much as shoot projectiles at me, however there was a ton of loopy on show. Visually Cat Woman jogs my memory of a mixture of Earthbound and Downwell, although the best way it performs hearkens again to The Binding of Isaac. And any time I could make that final comparability, it means I actually loved myself.

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Although particulars are nonetheless scarce for Cat Woman, I completely loved the demo. It was robust however not overpowering, and had comedy to spare. I beloved holding up my cats like weapons and firing bullets from them. I additionally beloved how I might change up my “gun” settings, and cater the expertise to my preferences. Additionally nice was the subweapons within the type of objects you hurl at foes, like a tiny robotic. Cat Woman has the potential to be a blockbuster indie when it releases, and I’m not simply saying that trigger I’m one of many few who beat the demo on the MIX. I actually love video games like this, and eagerly await extra info within the coming weeks from Viz Media and Rose Metropolis Video games.


MIX recreation #four – Chew the Bullet
Developer – Mega Cat Studios

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The final recreation I performed on the MIX was none aside from Chew the Bullet. It was developed by the advantageous people at Mega Cat Studios, behind such video games as Espresso Disaster, and is slated to be revealed by Graffiti Video games, which I do know from Joggernauts. Fairly frankly, in a MIX filled with loopy and artistic video games, this may need been the craziest I performed. First I’ll set the stage. Think about you’re enjoying Metallic Slug. Operating about, capturing foes, and inflicting mayhem. Now think about you’ve defeated your foe. What would the subsequent logical step be? In line with Chew the Bullet, that subsequent logical step is consuming your foe.

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Sure, you heard me proper. The very distinctive gimmick in Chew the Bullet is you’ll be able to devour your foes. Doing so rewards you with numerous fat and proteins which serve a few functions. One is the creation of latest weapons. The opposite facet I might merely name “you’re what you eat”. Should you eat a ton of robots, you may mutate into some Terminator nightmare. Eat loads of fatty issues, and also you’ll develop into a bloated hulk. Use talent timber to find out your stats. Oh and if that wasn’t sufficient, you can even rework right into a Zombro and briefly wipe the ground together with your foes.

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Maybe better of all, Chew the Bullet can also be a Metroidvania, which is certainly one of my favourite genres. And when you think about that you’ve a number of methods to progress by way of the randomly generated levels, this title might form as much as be superb. Whereas the demo itself had some very minor tough edges, I’m assured they are often simply overcome. If that sounds good to you, you’ll be comfortable to listen to Chew the Bullet is coming to PC and consoles Q1 of 2020.


Whereas I don’t now if MIX 2019 might beat that first MIX, it was a hell of lots of enjoyable. As a fan of indies, I’m very glad to attend occasions like this. I need to thank everyone I met with on the present, in addition to the Media Indie Change itself for selecting such an excellent venue. You’ll want to keep tuned to oprainfall within the coming months for extra protection of all these large video games.

About Josh Speer

Josh is a passionate gamer, discovering time to clock in round 30-40 hours of gaming every week. He found Operation Rainfall whereas avidly following the localization of the Massive three Wii RPGs. He enjoys SHMUPS, Platformers, RPGs, Roguelikes and the occasional Fighter. He’s additionally an unashamedly big Mega Man fan, having performed the collection since he was eight. As Head Editor and Evaluate Supervisor, he spends far an excessive amount of time modifying critiques and random articles. In his restricted spare time he devours indies entire and anticipates the discharge of quirky, unpredictable and progressive video games.


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