If you could’ve attended, all I can say is that the guys here at Greenback/Garfield GameStop REALLY outdid themselves not only in décor, but the layout and the events held drew a crowd that formed at seven-thirty in the evening. With a DJ set up, the staff in full fatigues and camo drapes hung on the ceiling and a small booth to buy personalized dog tags from, the place looked absolutely amazing.
After some deliberation, I decided to help the guys out by bringing in my 32” TV… and with good reason as they cracked open a copy of Battlefield 3 (with permission granted ala EA Games) a few hours early to let those oh-so eager fans get a taste of what was in store for them. Setting up one of the systems proved to be a bit ornery at first, but after some time seeing the opening sequence, I have to say I was thoroughly impressed. By the way, for you jagoffs who canceled because of your preconceived notions of the beta; fuck you too.
To pass the time, a tournament was arranged to appease squirming fans, but unfortunately as Adam best put it, the game cock-blocked the players by making the multiplayer AND co-op functions somewhat useless. For whatever reason, the player is required to hook their system up to the internet in order to enjoy this function. The notion seems completely ludicrous seeing as how no person in their right mind would only want to play a game with access to multiplayer to ONLY be handled via online play.
As with all things, there WAS a way around this and the only notable solution was to set up a 6 minute survival mode through campaign on its hardest difficulty. Most of the people failed. Horribly. As for the two guys who were able to step up and prove themselves to be men rather than boys were able to choose their own prizes; a limited edition of the Battlefield 3 strategy guide or a $25 GameStop gift card.
Surprisingly though, it seemed as though it wasn’t until later on in the evening in which things died down and relaxed some until the release. With a crowd of somewhere around 150 or so, jittery consumers seemed to ease themselves after getting a teaser of the first couple sequences of campaign mode. The game in itself looked like quite a worthwhile purchase and had I the funds I would’ve purchased my own copy last night, alongside my copy of Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi.
As a whole, the midnight release party at GameStop was totally worth the trip and likelihood is, the release party for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 should be even better, so by all means, check out this location. If you’re looking to pick your games at a midnight release, by all means check out this location. As for the games that’ve been pumped out as of late, I’m really looking forward to seeing how they turn out and reviews of the products released over these past couple weeks (Arkham City, Ultimate Tenkaichi, Battlefield 3, etc) shall be posted to the site within the next few days.
Event Covered by Kris “Kaz” Sturm