Welcome to the second of many post Tokyo Game Show coverage we have for you here at AFA Channel! In our previous article, we have shown you some of the cutest booth babes and booth cosplayers the event had to offer to whet your appetite. Now here are the big guns, the actual booth themselves. This year’s Tokyo Game Show (TGS) spanned all 8 main halls to feature the biggest console, handheld and mobile games as well as the other 3 side halls that has the indie games, and the merchandise area.
This year, a total of 268,446 people attended TGS over the course of this four days with the Sunday of 20th seeing 112,230 people inside the Makuhari Messe. While it didn’t topple the massive numbers of 2013, this year had a fairly high turnout. Our first half of the TGS preview will feature four main booths, Cygames, Bandai Namco, Koei Tecmo and Sony as well as some of the smaller booths around the event hall. Please click on the images to view higher resolution versions of them!
Leading off this feature with the biggest booth of the event is Cygames, a mobile games developer who has quite the presence this year at TGS. This booth features a single game that has been gaining massive popularity over this past year. And said game is Granblue Fantasy.
This mobile game has all of the features of your standard mobage of recent years with a stellar seiyu cast along with a tempting Gacha system, painted over with a very Final Fantasy-ish (notably the Ivalice titles) coat. It is a pretty fun mobage at least,and very addictive! The Final Fantasy vibe it gives off really helps too with a character designer from Final Fantasy XII and score from Nobuo Uematsu.
At this year’s TGS, Cygames announced that there will be an English version of Granblue Fantasy coming next year, as well as an Anime helmed by A-1 Pictures in the works. They even had a live concert of the game’s soundtrack at the main event hall! Players who attended the event also had a chance of unlocking a very special SSR Summon based off the arcana The World. If anything defines going all out, Cygames definitely went all out this year.
Bandai Namco had a fairly huge booth this year, featuring their biggest upcoming titles for the many months head. Titles such as God Eater: Ressurection, the remake of the original game for the PS4 and Vita, JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure: Eyes of Heaven, the newest game in the JoJo series and Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS Force, a new Vita version of the long running popular arcade Gundam vs Gundam title.
I really do like the giant Commander Zaku head in the center of the games area, the mooneye even moves! Extreme VS Force feels alot like the previous games in the series with a team twist. The controls are mostly the same and that’s a bonus. Really looking forward to the final game in December!
At this year’s Koei Tecmo booth, they’re heavily promoting their newer recent anime collaboration Musou games with Arslan Senki and the popular Attack on Titan franchise. They even have a giant Coslossal Titan display waiting to devour fans! They even showed a game which was dead for almost 10 year. Ni-Oh, the once PS3 launch title will be making a return but now on the PS4! While Ni-Oh and Attack On Titan were only on display, Arslan Senki was playable and it was quite fun for a Musou game too!
There’s even a special Dynasty Warriors x AKB48 collaboration costumes on display too, which I assume is DLC for Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends! It looks really nice too.
And the last of our big booths is the powerhouse Sony! Once again with a huge booth similar to last year’s, they have lots of games from all their 3rd parties and their internal studios on display! With stuff like Gravity Daze on PS4, Bloodborne: The Old Hunters and The Tomorrow Children coming in from the first party and tons of third party titles like Star Ocean 5, Minecraft on Vita, Arlsan Senki, this is a good time to be a PS4 owner! If you look carefully in our gallery below, you can even spot the producer of Bloodborne, Masaaki Yamagiwa looking at fans playing the game. We even got some tips from the man himself while playing the demo!
The other main thing to note is the Playstation VR section. On all four days the VR machines were packed, whether is it fans, media or exhibitors around the event. Quite a number of games were available such as Dynasty Warriors 8, Final Fantasy XIV, Hatsune Miku and even the fabled Summer Lesson! I couldn’t play Summer Lesson as the mainstream media were covering the game but I was able to try out Hatsune Miku. It was really nice how the VR device was very comfortable and even allows you to use your glasses with the headset! The experience was very immersive and I really enjoyed it. I hope the Playstation VR will be a success!
Lastly, here are some of the smaller booths from around the show!
I hope you’ve enjoyed the first half of the booth coverage, we have more in store for you in the second half later this week featuring Capcom, Konami, Sega and Square Enix, and more smaller booths. Which booth did you like in particular?