Tokyo Game Show returns for its yearly convention to showcase the best Japanese gaming has to offer, and the big guns of the industry wasted no time on flashing out their best titles in a grand fashion. We were granted access to this year’s event and we had the opportunity to experience firsthand the magnitude of the Japanese gaming industry.
Sony’s PlayStation booth stood out like a sore thumb among the crowd (in a good way of course), and it’s easy to see why, they brought out most of their upcoming heavyweight titles which includes the likes of Call of Duty: World War II, Monster Hunter: World, and Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite. A PlayStation setup can never be complete without its set of console exclusives that fans are proud off, and attendees got to try Detroit: Become Human, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, and Gran Turismo Sport as well. Any game can be presented on stage, but Sony took it up a notch with the realistic setup of human androids from Detroit: Become Human, coupled with a reenactment of the Monster Hunter trailer barbeque scene for the public to take part in.It’s hard to keep attendees away from their booth with the presentation of three limited edition PlayStation 4 representing GT Sport, Monster Hunter, and COD respectively.
On top of that, Square Enix and Bandai Namco proved why they are the veterans of the Japanese gaming industry with an equally impressive setup to promote new titles such as Code Vein, Dragon Ball Fighter Z, and Dissidia. Even old and popular games like Final Fantasy XIV shared the spotlight, much to the delight of longtime fans and players. Talking about high popularity, it’s undeniable that Monster Hunter had been put in the spotlight for a while, and Capcom did not waste the high anticipation by filling up most of their event space with demo setups, complete with a life-size Nerugigante for photo opportunities. They also erected a stage to hold competitions for Marvel vs Capcom.
Last but not least, no matter how tarnished Konami’s reputation is after their harsh treatment toward legendary developer Hideo Kojima, they still managed to hold up to their competitors with a grand-looking setup, thanks to their latest entries in titular series Pro Evolution Soccer and Metal Gear Solid. On top of that, the hype fueled by the unexpected announcement of Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner was topped with the demo being available to the public, which shows why Konami won’t be going away anytime soon.
All in all, it was very pleasant for me to go through the offerings from the aforementioned booth, more so considering this is my first ever visit to a gaming convention. Being a huge fan of Japanese games myself, it sure feels great knowing this genre is still going strong, and I’m eager to experience more of the same in future visits to Tokyo Game Show.
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