It is that time of the year where gamers “Press start” for the ultimate gaming event in Japan! Tokyo Game Show is the homeground of many game and hardware developers in the region. For Sony, SEGA, Square Enix and others, whose name does not necessarily start with an S, it the prime event to announce first generations of their game aimed at the domestic market with future potential for foreign audiences.
Before moving to the games, virtual reality deserves is taking the lead for many game and hardware developers. Sony invested heavily in showcasing their VR equipment for the PS4 and with Microsoft’s XboxOne being entirely absent they certainly stole the show. With dating simulators remaining one of the most popular genres in Japan along side RPG’s it may also come to no suprise that they were probablt the most common genre using VR in their games.
It’s Game Time! The Resident Evil 7: Biohazard booth was the first that got extremely busy even in the early morning. The survival horror game is expected to be released late January next year, but loyal fans of the RE-universe are hardly able to withhold their excitement after a five year wait since RE6. Capcom features their new trailer for the game as well as a new demo exclusive for the PS4 to get them hyped up even more.
Next up is Monster Hunter: Stories to be released in two weeks for the Nintendo 3DS. The game gives a new, and I must say appealing spin, to the Monster X Hunter franchise with a smooth and well-designed world. As one of the few developers showcasing Nintendo games, Capcom was the star of the show for younger audience in my opinion.
A lesser known title that caught my attention was Valkyria: Azure Revolution by SEGA-Media Vision. The game follows the RPG and tactical hack-and-slash gameplay of Valkyria Chronicles. With a release date for the PS4 and PSVita in January for Japan it will be interesting to see whether the Valkyria will again top the sales charts on release day.
Competitive play was well-represented at the Intel booth featuring Overwatch and Final Fantasy XIV The Feast arena-match. With a T-Shirt as the price to win, the competiveness filled the air! No worries for those who lost, like me, there were plenty of goodie bags around with unique and TGS only merchandise to get a hold on.
That’s it for TGS2016, so if you happen to be in Tokyo head out there and enjoy several hours of immersive gaming!
|Name:||Tokyo Game Show 2016|
|Address:||261-0023 Chiba Prefecture, Chiba, Mihama Ward, Nakase, 2−1|
|Admission Fee:||1,200 yen|