Tokyo Game Show 2018
Business Day for the Tokyo Game Show 2018 was very big. As I’ve written in previous articles, I play computer games, but mainly of the PC type. I owned an Xbox many, many years ago, but not a PlayStation or Nintendo. Console games are right out of my league. I’ve been meaning to pick one up to learn more about them, but my budget doesn’t stretch that far! Still, I attended the biggest computer game events in Tokyo and spent a lot of time walking around, taking pictures of models and displays. I did watch a few people play games and a couple of stage events. I had a great day there.
Two of the PC games I really enjoyed looking at were both played on Hewlett Packard Omen machines. The first game was Dead or Alive 6, and the other was Forza Horizon 4. They both looked amazing! Really, really good. I wanted to try them, but as always with games like that the lines were quite long and I didn’t have the time to wait.
Something I absolutely loved was a display put up by Nihon Kogakuin (日本工学院). It’s a technical school and the students put together some virtual reality games, one of which I played! It was called Gray. It was a horror-survival game and you walked around an abandoned medical facility. Unfortunately you were only armed with a flashlight and that meant if you ran into any undead creatures that inhabited the game, you ended up as their meal, unfortunately. I thought it was a brilliant effort by the students and I enjoyed my short turn at it immensely.
One thing I noticed this year was that there seemed to be a lot of the old school 2D side-scrolling games. Some of them, including Dragon Marked for Death for the Nintendo system looked really fun. There were quite a few other games of the type there, very noticeable and pulling good crowds.
The only thing that disappointed me this year was World of Tanks/Wargaming.net. They weren’t there! At least I didn’t see them. Hopefully they will return in 2019.
As always you have to struggle with the crowds at some points, but the Tokyo Game Show is a great event. If you are a gamer, it really needs to be on your bucket list! It will return in 2019 and hopefully forever after! You can see the 2018 website here. If you go to the show over its duration, please let us know what you thought of it by leaving a note below. And hopefully, by this time next year I’ll have purchased a PlayStation 4 finally! (Last edit - there is a new gallery of the Show on Tokyo in Pics now, click here to see it).