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September 9, 2015 / Jett

Fan Expo Canada 2015 Recap

Fan Expo 2015Steff and I were just two of the over 127,000 people converged at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre this year for Fan Expo Canada 2015. This year was our fifth consecutive year going and it was a good show. Definitely not my favourite Fan Expo, but one that was certainly worthwhile that kept me entertained throughout. Lots of stories and pictures to share with you, so let’s just get into it!

Sushi DiceShortly after entering the convention on day 1, we played our first ever tabletop gaming demo. The game being demoed was Sushi Dice, a fast-paced set-collection game where players race to prepare sushi the fastest. It’s pretty entertaining in spite of its simplicity.

Video games had a strong showing, as the big three all had a presence there, as well as Warner Bros and Ubisoft. Saw a lot of games in action, though I only played a few. Most of them I’ll cover in separate posts, though we should touch on Street Fighter V for a minute.

Street Fighter V Fan ExpoI know that this has been a very hot topic on my blog and there will be more to come. However, the noteworthy thing about the game was that a newer version of it was on display. The most obvious difference was its inclusion of R. Mika, Necalli, Ken and Vega. I got to play one match with each of the new characters, and while that’s not nearly enough to pass a final judgment, I did like what I played. Everyone brought something unique to the table and they were all fun to play as. So far, Capcom has done an excellent job of rounding out this cast and I hope this upward trend continues.

Other games that I remember seeing at the show included:

  • Star Wars: Battlefront (didn’t play it, but it looked great)
  • Assorted Sony Project Morpheus VR demos (played one, more on that later)
  • Guitar Hero Live (more on that later)
  • Uncharted 2 for PS4 (looks great, though clearly not next gen good)
  • Tearaway for PS4
  • Super Mario Maker
  • Star Fox Zero (more on that later)
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World (looked super cute)
  • Forza 6
  • Halo 5
  • The Division
  • Just Dance 2016
  • Lego Dimensions
  • Battleborn

Enough game stuff!

Star Wars BB-8Friday morning was spent in line at the Hasbro booth in line for Force Friday. We had our eyes set on buying a BB-8 and the new X-Wing Miniatures Game starter set. My hours in line were in half vain, as the Hasbro version of the BB-8 isn’t on sale until November 1st. X-Wing was even worse, as one rep told me it was in stock, only for me to find out at the front of the line that they weren’t carrying it at all. Still upset over that, but I did order a Sphero BB-8, which is way cooler. Wish I had just done that from the beginning instead, but can’t take that time back now.

The Walking Dead PanelPanels are a big part of our convention experience and this year was no exception. Of course, the big Walking Dead panel with Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs and Lennie James didn’t disappoint. However, some other panels really took me by surprise. One board game publishing panel featuring Eric Lang of Dicemasters fame, Philip Reed the CEO of Steve Jackson Games, and the creator of Drinking Quest enlightened all in attendance about the realities of bringing a game to life. Easily the highlight of them all was the voice actor panel featuring Nolan North, Troy Baker, Phil Lamaar and more. Reenacting scenes from Back to the Future with different voices while making liberties to the script, the end result was hilarious!

Jett and Mike TysonAlso, I got a photo with this guy! Iron Mike Tyson has been a hero of mine since his boxing prime in the 80s, so this was a truly special moment for me. Thank you Steff for setting this up!

Overall, it was a very solid show. Had a great time on all four days. Till next year Fan Expo Canada, it’s been a slice!

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