Part 2 of our PAX East 2016 coverage focuses on highlighting the best booths on the show floor. Since the idea of showcasing booths may seem a bit confusing at first, allow me to explain. This article is dedicated to highlighting the vendors who put together really exciting or entertaining booths that could keep PAX attendees entertained just by hanging around, without the need to play a demo or purchase some merchandise.
To be fair, the entire show floor was rather entertaining, so the first half of this feature will be dedicated to singling out some of my favorites before including a large gallery of other booths. If you missed Part 1 of this 3-part PAX East recap, be sure to click here. Plus, stay tuned for tomorrow’s story.
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Studio Wildcard Booth (ARK: Survival of the Fittest)
What could be better than riding a dinosaur? Nothing, that’s what. The Studio Wildcard booth had a life-sized Tyrannosaurus Rex to ride. And ride it, I did.
Nintendo Booth (Various Nintendo Games)
Nintendo fans were served a nostalgic treat when the console maker brought a series of classic characters to their booth. Classic franchises lead by well-known characters such as Kirby, Fox McCloud, and the cast of Fire Emblem all had something to demo. In particular, players could test-drive the latest Star Fox game by riding in an actual Arwing (the same starship used by McCloudand crew in the games).
Super Soul Bros. Booth (Super Soul Bros.)
It’s hard to play live music in a noisy convention, but the Super Soul. Bros did an excellent job. They were at PAX East all weekend playing both remixes and faithful recreations of classic chip tunes from throughout the NES and SNES era. After a long day of walking around, it was nice to be able to take a break at the booth and enjoy some great, classic game music.
Devolver Digital Booth (Shadow Warrior 2)
If you’re a fan of feudal Japan-era aesthetics, then the Shadow Warrior 2 display at the Devolver Digital Booth is a definite crowd-pleaser. The armor and atmosphere were both well crafted to create a strangely beautiful backdrop over which demo players could cut down opponents.
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