Pat keeps sending me to the Tokyo Game Show “because it’s cheap” even though all I do is get lost and interview Omega Force over and over again.
Last year I had some sort of breakdown. The time before that I had a terrible experience on a boat and nearly got divorced. This year nothing awful happened at all! I remembered to eat; I came in ¥73 under budget; I didn’t get drunk enough to cry in the bathtub; and I even took some photos as per Pat’s only instruction for this year’s trip.
Here’s my photo tour. These are all awful and completely unedited. Maybe if you click on this a lot Pat will let me expense a Fuji X10 and next year’s will be brilliant because I enjoy fiddling with the retro-style buttons and dials very much.
The first thing you see at Tokyo Game Show is Bethesda
I took these as the business days ended as it was absolutely wazzing it down when I arrived on the first day. It smelled of the sea, which was a fine relief after days of plane, airport and hotel air conditioning.
Bethesda never seems to have any coverage opportunities, but it slathers the Mezze in advertising. This has been the case all three years I’ve attended the show. You know who else was out in force?
Wargaming brought a tank
The only booth babe photo I took, and only because she wouldn’t go away.
Square Enix always has an enormous booth
“Where are the crowds?” you may wonder. This was just after the doors opened on the business days. Most of the attendees wandering about are exhibitors, press and industry insiders. And yet three seconds after you were allowed in a bunch of people wanted to play Final Fantasy 14: Heavensward, an expansion you have been able to play in your own home for months.
PlayStation had its usual sprawling demo lounge
The booth was double sided; there are dozens of demo stations here. The queue system for demos was esoteric, but I had a queue jump pass so I just helped myself.
The elevated VR section was pretty cool. And also very hot, because a dozen sweaty gamers, straining PS4 consoles and VR headsets fills a space quickly.
Everyone seemed very excited about the Trico wall but after watching for a few minutes I concluded that it was either rubbish AI or thoroughly confused by the dozens of people waving at it at any given moment.
Sega had a pretty strong presence for a “dying” console publisher
No Dark Souls on Bandai Namco’s booth – Sony had it on show
Capcom had a large booth with Ace Attorney and Monster Hunter out in force
I went looking for Umbrella Corps – the big new shooter announce – and found a single banner.
I had to zoom right in to see the details.
I thought this was hilarious but then I went around the corner and it had a huge section all to itself. Oh. Thanks for ruining my joke, Capcom.
A booth showing off masses of Resident Evil replica weapons was right next to Umbrella Corps. It was very popular.
While waiting for an appointment later I saw one of Street Fighter 5’s developers wearing a Chun Li outfit. He smashed eSports champion Fuudo.
Next: Star Wars, Tecmo Koei, an airship and more.