TGS 2017 in Pictures
Tokyo Game Show is well and truly over. I have returned to reality, a reality where I don't get to play new games for two solid days, bump into industry luminaries, drink on a school night, talk about games with strangers or buy a Sega Saturn phone case without fear of reprisal.
All I have left to remember TGS by is a Monster Hunter World Towel and a massive bag with Kazuma Kiryu on it. Well, those things and a folder full of badly lit photos of booths, people playing games, and me standing next to signs.
Bethesda's Psycho Break 2 was everywhere at this year's show. The front of the main exhibition hall was plastered with huge posters for Shinji Mikami's sequel. Known as The Evil Within 2 in the West, it was playable at Square Enix' booth, as they have a partnership with Bethesda in Japan. The line was consistently long, so I didn't get to try it, but then it's out next month anyway.
The picture that received 200 Likes and 50 RTs on Twitter. That's a year's worth of social media love for me, so I was very happy. This frightening monster was emerging from the side of Capcom's booth. Despite his diabolic appearance, he wasn't nearly a terrifying as the lines for the Monster Hunter World demo on both the business and public days. I played it twice, because I'm smart, and will post impressions later this week. Spoiler: it was worth waiting for.
This is me trying to decide whether to have a Roast Beef Rice Bowl or a Katsu Curry for lunch. I had Okonomiyaki instead, because my head started to hurt from all the thinking.
Sony were giving Detroit: Become Human the hard sell. The figures inside the glass case were not mannequins, but poor-to-do models, actual human beings who stood still for ages while maintaining blank expressions. They looked about as excited for David Cage's latest game as I am, by which I mean that I'm not excited at all, if that wasn't clear.
A big fucking robot.
As per usual, the merchandise hall was filled to the rafters with things you'd be ashamed to show your loved ones. Gaudy t-shirts with pictures of scantily clad school girls, bags in the shape of retro consoles, criminally over-priced soundtracks; mugs. I bought nothing, though I was sorely tempted by the Saturn fridge magnets and a delightful set of Sonic the Hedgehog coasters, perfect for when your dinner guests are just as mentally disturbed as you are.
My Yakuza Kiwami 2 tissues. This was the second year on the trot that Sega had given out tissues as a gift to people who played the latest Yakuza demo. I threw mine away because my bag was full and I don't need to see Kazuma's disapproving face every time I reach for a tissue.
On the evening of Day One, I grabbed dinner with an old friend, which included two hours of all-you-can-drink nonsense. I then moved on to 8-4's post-TGS party, where I drank more and had a good chinwag with lots of other good people. A night so exciting that I forgot to take any pictures, other than the off-centre stunner above. That's my glass of beer to the left; the scraps of food are what remained of our Chahan. If you look carefully, you can also make out a spoon.
Be sure to check back over the coming days, as I'll continue to post lots of hands-on impressions from TGS.