Man, I hate to say this but I've been going to PAX for years now and even though sometimes before the show I'm kind of skeptical about the whole thing I have always quickly found something to entertain myself. But this year I walked around the exhibition hall filled with nothing but apathy. All I see are shooters, shooters, shooters and free-to-play/social garbage. It's possible I might have missed something, but I seriously don't think there's even one single-player RPG from a major publisher at the show this year (there is some indie stuff at least). Unless Borderlands 2 counts, though that's still too much shooter for my tastes. And even if I wanted to try it the line for it was like 5 miles long, so screw that.
Wait, I have to correct myself. Sony had a section dedicated to the Vita and there were a couple units with Persona 4 Golden on them. So there was one RPG, that's a port, and it wasn't even being shown by the publisher.
I did play some Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale...not much to say about it. It's a Smash Bros. clone. I do think people who haven't played it complain about the kills-with-supers mechanic a bit too much. It seems to work.
Also played Metal Gear Rising. That's an interesting thing. Feels very much more Platinum than Metal Gear--at least from what I saw--though that isn't necessarily a bad thing in my opinion. The cutting mechanic is cool.
Then I played a demo of the new D&D MMORPG Neverwinter (no, not Neverwinter Nights) which was so boring I nearly walked out in the middle of it. But I didn't have anything better to do anyway, so I kept at it and won by holding down attack (OK, they did say they lowered the difficulty for the demo, but still...I literally just stood there and held down attack). Then they gave me a beta key, which I'm not going to use, so does anyone want it?
Otherwise, I went to panels and hung out at indie booths. Thank god for indie devs. Not only are their games more interesting, but the developers themselves are usually there and are eager to talk about them.
Speaking of panels and indie devs, there was a great panel on indie RPGs, which included Robert Boyd from Zeboyd Games. Nice job, I really enjoyed it.
There are actually a lot of panels I want to see tomorrow so that will probably be most of my day.