Top 5 surprises of PAX Prime

Remember, not all surprises are good. Here’s a roundup of the top five good, bad and ugly games after some hands-on time at PAX Prime this weekend in Seattle.

1. Most surprising crowd favorite: “League of Legends: Dominion”

Experiencing 'Call of Duty'

Digital soldiers will get their first taste of the latest edition of “Modern Warfare” at next weekend’s Call of Duty XP.

Activision and Infinity Ward will bring the battle to Los Angeles on Sept. 2 and 3, allowing  gamers to learn more about “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3,” one of the most-anticipated games of the season. In addition to getting some hands-on time with the game and participating in a variety of live-action “experiences,” they will be entertained by the likes of Kanye West and the Dropkick Murphys.

PAX Prime 2011: The geek inherit the Earth (again)

Seattle opened its arms to the tens of thousands of gamers who flooded the downtown area. Many venders offered food and drink specials, and stayed open until closing on the opening day, 2 a.m.


What’s the one event in North America that unites the gaming acronyms of the world? PAX.


About the Authors

Brian Bowers is Stars and Stripes’ Assistant Managing Editor for Europe and Mideast and one of its video game reviewers. He joined the newspaper in 1992 in Germany, where he worked on the news desk and the city desk. He has a wife and three children, who are always eager to help him test games.

Sam Laney joined Stars and Stripes in 2007 as a copy/layout editor and slowly convinced upper management to support his video game habit. Since then, he’s added game reviews and previews to his list of duties and moved on to the iPad. When he’s not rocking newbies in “Left4Dead2,” he covers PC and Nintendo systems.

Michael S. Darnell joined Stars and Stripes in 2013 as a reporter and quickly annoyed his bosses into allowing him to write about video games in his spare time. He's a PC gamer at heart whose life goals include building the first gaming PC on Mars.