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The Tokyo Game Show (TGS) is all about the latest in gaming. And in “gaming” we mean the whole spectrum of games ranging from the simple button-mashing mobile games to the  sensory-overloading, full-body virtual roller coaster. In fact, it is in VR that numerous applications have popped up – pushing the boundaries of what VR can do. Two such applications that – even without much hoopla – piqued our interest are the “VR Classroom” and “Happy Baby Happy Family”. What’s intriguing about these two applications is the way it proposes to replace the learning that we humans can only absorb through actual social interaction. The VR Classroom is in fact, set-up just like any other classroom complete with seatmates, a blackboard and even a human teacher. But when the lesson is about to start, the teacher instructs the students to wear their individual VR glasses and get the lessons through…

If Day 1 was all about big developers flexing their already bulging biceps, Day 2 is all about the up and comers. Housed in two massive halls is where you’ll find official game merchandise, indie developers, VR games, and E-sports. It is, I should say the more experiential side of TGS. And immersion was the name of the game. We played competitive head to head kendama tethered to an Ipad, battled with other players battleships in World of Warships,  and almost got married with Prince Charming (Gian backed out the last minute). 131 indie developers got a lot of love in TGS. Their spaces were small, roughly the width of an office cubicle with no seats, which works to their advantage to encourage short but sweet discussions about the game to the press or to potential partners. Some of them only have one person looking out for their cube and…

Organized by the Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association along with Nikkei Business Publications, this year’s Tokyo Game Show was a massive hit, garnering an attendance of more than 250,000 visitors over four days! Visitors 2017 2016 2015 Day 1 26,564 31,399 29,058 Day 2 31,512 33,634 29,557 Day 3 106,075 98,074 97,601 Day 4 90,160 108,117 112,230 Total 254,311 271,224 268,446 With a motto “Reality Unlocked”, TGS 2017 saw a near record 609 exhibitors (317 of which are foreign). Numerous new titles were released, along with services from various genres and platforms such as home game consoles, smartphones, and PCs. One of this year’s main attraction was the renewed e-Sports event called “e-Sports X”, which drew the attention of both foreign and local visitors. The e-Sports movement is on the rise, with “The Potential of e-Sports in Japan” as part of the keynote address. Companies also engaged in various B2B activities…

Day 1 is in the books. Day 1 thought didn’t start as smoothly as planned. A supposed sub 1-hr train ride to Makuhari Messe, where the Tokyo Game Show (TGS) is held ended up being 1.5 hrs. We thought, this far-away land should be worth it. After a thousand or more steps from alighting the train, we finally get to the convention center. When what greets you are the lights coming from the logos of Sony Playstation, Capcom and Konami and Final Fantasy XV all the stress built up from being lost in Tokyo just melted away. Then add the friendly and inviting vibe of the hosts in the show, and what you have is a gaming event that every gamer should check out. From the booths, the loot and the babes and most especially the games, no stone was left unturned by the organizers and the exhibitors. Every booth…

Tokyo. Game. Show. If I ask you a word to describe each of those three words, you would probably say, “amazing, fun and glamorous”. But put them together and you’ll be at a loss for words. The Tokyo Game Show 2017 is all that and more. And yes, it’s all about games, games, games as one would expect. But more than games, it’s the experience of being in the convention hall itself and being in ground zero for all the possible interaction the developers and promoters have in store for us mere mortals. We’ll be talking about games in another write-up, so here we’ll focus on what makes TGS special and why, as a Filipino gamer, it’s one place worth experiencing. The Booths: As big as it can get One expects to be greeted by seats where one can play a demo version of upcoming games. But boy, the folks…

The Gran Turismo franchise is known as one of the best in the league. And now, Gran Turismo Sport is out to solidify that presence once again. https://youtu.be/mCKX7Qlu-sQ A signature feature of this game is its Campaign mode, which teaches you everything from the very basic skill, like how to stop your car properly, to overtaking your opponent. Based on what we’ve seen from the actual gameplays here at TGS, we noticed that the UI had so many things in it, which might get confusing at times. And the graphics, well, the cars look great and all, but the environment needs a bit of tuning. This game can also be played at 4K resolution at 60fps, which should make it more eye-candy. In terms of difficulty, we’d say the game is about as good as what you’ll want from a sim. There are definitely more things to cover when we…

Yes, one of the most anticipated titles is here at TGS 2017, and we were one of the lucky ones who were able to spend a few minutes with it. This is Monster Hunter World. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtT5GIViSXo Monster Hunter World doesn’t veer too much away from what you’ve been accustomed to in older versions of the game. You still have a camp wherein you can resupply and equip, though now you have a guide with a cute voice! yes!. I’m guessing she’s only for the tutorial but, well we’ll see. As always, you’re tasked to hunt monsters for items which you can use to craft other items that would make your journey just a little bit easier. Oh, and by the way, the graphics in the game look really polished. Movement can be a bit too robotic at times but, well, you don’t really care about that right? In terms of…

We are here at Tokyo Game Show to experience the games that are coming out in Japan in this year and in the future! One of the games that really caught our attention is Detroit: Become Humans. The game was developed by Quantic Dreams, the same company that brought gamers unforgettable titles like Heavy Rain and Beyond Two Souls. A world where humans have been replaced by robots for most tasks. That’s where Detroit: Become Human pulls you into. You assume the role of Kara, an Android trying to get through the struggles of this social landscape. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1SCVHpRpSc The gameplay itself reminds me of Until Dawn, Heavy Rain, and even Life is Strange. A more cinematic approach, where you go across a series of points that where you have to make choices, and those in turn ultimately affects how the game progresses. What’s exciting here is that there are so many…