Tokyo Game Show 2016 has come and gone. Some 271,000 visitors turned up for the four day exhibtion, and we thought we should share some of the sights. Of course, there isn’t as much to show – photography was banned for all the fun games. So this is pretty much what we were allowed to photograph.
Since we were there as guests of Sony Interactive Entertainment, this booth was pretty much the focal point of our stay. It also helped that it had the largest collection of games on the show floor. Horizon Zero Dawn, and the Call of Duty: Infinity Warfare Jackal Experience were both particularly interesting
Intel had a surprisingly large presence at TGS 2016 as well; and did its best to remind the Japanese crowd that PC gaming is still very much a thing in the rest of the world.
As usual, Wargaming.net was also there to promote World of Tanks; complete with a mockup of a Japanese light tank from World War 2. We think it’s a Type 95 Ha-Go, but don’t quote us on that. There was also a VR experience for people to stand on the deck on the deck of the battleship Yamato.
The floor was still packed, despite the fact that we were only there for the two business days. It only got worse once the public was allowed in.
Alienware was also on the ground to promote PC gaming, and managed to sneak a preview of Rock Band VR into its booth. Of course, the banner was tiny and not many people noticed it.
Bandai-Namco was there promoting several games like SD Gundam G-Generation Genesis. There was no time to stop and try the game, but we made do with the time we had instead.
2K Games also build an entire street front to promote Mafia III; but that wasn’t quite as interesting as these two.
Monster Hunter Stories was yet again previewed. Some of us believe that Capcom should stop messing around and just release the game already. Fortunately, Capcom provided a way to blow off some steam an Airsoft shooting range.
The Square Enix booth was probably the most difficult to enter; considering that it was showing off both Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts II.8. The new expansion for Final Fantasy XII was also hidden away in a corner.
Malaysia also had a presence in the B2B side of the show floor. Not that our country has any games to show off, but rather to showcase the talent of Malaysian animators and build business connections.
Sega and Atlus had a joint booth, showing off Persona 5 and Valkyria: Azure Revolution. Interestingly, Titanfall 2 was also at the Sega booth; albeit hidden behind its front liners. We have no idea what Titanfall 2 was doing there, but it is likely that Sega is the distributor for the game in Japan.
While the trend for TGS 2016 was VR, it’s not particularly interesting to look at people playing the games. After all, it is near impossible to avoid looking like a weirdo while hooked up to a machine. Instead, we’re going to end this photo dump with the Sony Xperia booth; which is traditionally there to showcase PlayStation games on mobile devices.