Every year PAX Australia gets bigger and bigger. And whilst the most exhilarating thing about PAX is uncovering a hidden indie gem you’d never heard of before, sometimes it’s okay to be hyped for the big, AAA releases as well. This year’s PAX is definitely delivering on that front, with some massive releases already announced for the huge gaming expo.
We already know about some massive gaming developers, publishers and manufacturers heading to PAX to showcase their exciting, upcoming goods. Companies like PlayStation, Nintendo, Xbox, Blizzard, Bungie, 2K, Sledgehammer, Bethesda, Ubisoft and Koch Media will all be in attendance, ready to make PAX 2019 a standout. But let’s take a look at the real stars of the show, the games.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Undoubtedly one of the most hotly anticipated games right now is the Final Fantasy VII Remake. An absolute classic being painstakingly recreated for the modern era. Back in June, we discovered the game would be releasing in March 2020 and most recently we saw more from this title at Tokyo Game Show 2019. Each time we see more from this game we’re blown away by the spectacular production values, so to have it playable at PAX will be a real treat.
Final Fantasy VII Remake will be playable at the Sony booth at PAX Aus 2019.
The other big game Sony are bringing to PAX Aus this year is Marvel’s Avengers. We found out about the game at Square Enix’s E3 press conference after leaks of the game circulated for some time. The Marvel universe is incredibly popular and moving the Avengers into a modern video game format just seemed like a perfect fit. After the incredible reception to Marvel’s Spider-Man last year, it’s hard not to be a little bit hopeful that another Marvel game will hit it out of the park.
Marvel’s Avengers will be playable at the Sony booth at PAX Aus 2019.
Pokémon Sword and Shield
I don’t know about you, but for me there’s one nostalgic franchise that I just can’t ever leave behind, and that’s Pokémon. With Pokémon Sword and Shield, we are finally seeing the mainline series make its way to a home console and that’s very exciting indeed. Perhaps even more exciting is the fact that these games will be playable at PAX Australia this year and we can finally see firsthand whether all the hype is worth it!
Pokémon Sword and Shield will be playable at the Nintendo booth at PAX Aus 2019.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Luigi is the true star of the Mario brothers duo. There, I said it. Thankfully Nintendo has given him his own dedicated franchise and we are about due for its third release. In fact, Luigi’s Mansion 3 is only weeks away, releasing on the spookiest day of the year. Although before Halloween rolls around, PAX Australia will be here and we can try out our favourite green sidekick and his ghost-capturing vacuum cleaner. In all seriousness, the original Luigi’s Mansion was a great game with so much charm and personality. Everything we have seen so far of Luigi’s Mansion 3 has left us super excited.
Luigi’s Mansion 3 will be playable at the Nintendo booth at PAX Aus 2019.
Watch Dogs: Legion
It’s no secret that Watch Dogs 2 was a significant improvement upon the original game. If we follow that trajectory, Watch Dogs: Legion is due to be a massive release. We saw a significant amount of this game back at E3 this year but it’s been a bit quiet since then. Thankfully the game will be available to play at PAX Aus this year. Personally speaking, I can’t wait to test it out and see how playing as any given NPC actually works in this bustling open world. Releasing in March next year, PAX Aus is going to give us a great opportunity to try out this hotly anticipated game well in advance.
Watch Dogs: Legion will be playable at the Ubisoft booth at PAX Aus 2019.
Sometimes games can be just a bit too serious. The cure? It’s charming and fun-loving games like Roller Champions. Revealed earlier this year at E3, Roller Champions is a competitive yet playful game that mashes Roller Derby with sports ball. The comparison to Rocket League is pretty evident, and if Roller Champions can capture even half the fun of that inspiration whilst allowing itself to stand out in its own unique ways, then it’s going to be an exciting release.
Roller Champions will be playable at the Ubisoft booth at PAX Aus 2019.
It feels like we have been waiting far too long for the release of open-world role-playing game, Biomutant. In fact, we first knew about the game back in 2017 and it has been a long 2-3 year wait. Thankfully we’ll finally be able to get our hands on this furry new title from THQ Nordic. Combining traditional open-world RPG gameplay with frenetic and arcadey action combat and an adorable world full of furry friends. It’s hard not to be a little bit curious about this upcoming title.
Biomutant will be playable at the Koch Media booth at PAX Aus 2019.
Since its reveal at E3 2018, to its extended gameplay showcase at E3 2019, we’ve been very excited about DOOM Eternal. How can we not be? The 2016 reboot was nothing short of phenomenal and everything we have seen so far of this next release just gets us more and more excited. The franchise is known for heavy, punchy weaponry, quick and constant movement, and gruesome displays of carnage. DOOM Eternal is set to release in late November, so going hands on over a month early will be such a treat.
DOOM Eternal will be playable at the AMD booth at PAX Aus 2019.
With these 8 games playable at PAX Aus 2019 and more still yet to be announced, this year’s expo is looking to be a real treat for those looking to get their hands on the big, upcoming releases. What game do you intend to line up for first?
For those who intend to head to the huge gaming expo, make sure you stop by and check out the Checkpoint booth and panel!