Written By: Abel S. Pinedo
July 25th, 2016
Each year at Comic-Con I always make a special effort to
check out some of the offsite events happening around the Gaslamp District in San Diego. One of my priorities was to seek
out the Square Enix Experience. I had a lot of fun last at this event year, so when I heard they were returning to Comic-Con,
I knew I would return as well. I'm glad to say that I was not disappointed in the least.
Consisting of three main areas, the setup was designed to
highlight three of their major video game titles. First up was the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Icarus Dash. The concept
was that you were hooked up to a harness and then you had to sprint towards a waiting gun, scoop it up and shoot at a
target. First to hit the target wins. The catch is that the harness is attached to a very strong bungee cord pulling you the
opposite direction. Needless to say, this led to hilarity. This was easily the most fun event to witness as people
would repeatedly stumble and flail about. Kudos to everyone who tried though. I never saw anyone give up.
Next up was the Final Fantasy XV Royal Race. Essentially this
was a go-kart track and who doesn't love go-karts? Four people at a time would race through this Final Fantasy themed track.
This was the most popular as the lines were pretty consistent.
Need a break? How about brushing up on your gaming skills. In
the middle of the area was a large tent that doubled as the Square Enix Arcade. The area was filled with playable demos of
many of their most popular games.
The final challenge was the Rise of the Tomb Raider Glacier
Climb. Based on the opening scenes of the game, this was a 30 foot tall rock climbing wall, made to look like a glacier that
might be tackled by Lara Croft herself. After completing this adventure, you were rewarded with an exclusive Tomb Raider lanyard
and your choice of three different styles of dog-tag that you could have engraved with your name. Definitely one of the coolest
mementos from Comic-Con this year! There were also two Lara Croft cos players posing for pictures.
With all the excitement and adrenaline, what better way to cool
down than with a nice pint in the spacious beer garden they provided. For a $2 donation, I kicked back for a few moments with
a nice Ballast Point and listened to the DJ spin some tunes while I collected my thoughts and prepared for my next adventures
in the Gaslamp Quarter.
Kudos to Square Enix for a fun event at Comic Con. They took last
years event and upped the fun factor even more this year. If they return to Comic Con next year, so will I.