Warning, the following post is going to be kind of nerdy. This is the first really nerdy thing that I have done since I have come to Japan though. On Saturday and Sunday we went to Tokyo Game Show. For those who don’t know, Tokyo Game Show (or TGS as I will call it) is the biggest video game expo in the world. It is where all the companies showcase their latest games and most even have playable version. New games are announced also and there is a bunch of merchandise that is available for purpose.
Well first off on Saturday we woke up a bit late due to a party the night before. When all was said and done we probably left around 12:30. It wasn’t even planned really. I woke up pretty early and had to run to the conbini to grab some toothpaste. On the way I met Nichola (Bulgarian) and we decided to go to TGS after everyone got ready. In the end the only people that ended up getting ready in time were Steve and Nicola. TGS was held in Makuhari Messe which was on the other side of Tokyo (about 2 hours away). Anyways from Hon-Atsugi station we too the Odakyu line to Shinjuku station and then boarded the Chuou line to Tokyo station.
On the way to Tokyo station the emergency break on the train went on and we came to a stop. It wouldn’t have been that bad, but the AC and main lights went off as well. From what I could understand, there had been some medical emergency of some sort (the PA guy was speaking in keigo/very honorifics so I couldn’t understand much). After about 15 minutes the train started up again and we made our way to Tokyo station.
Tokyo Station is huge… way bigger than Shinjuku. The line that we wanted to take to Makuhari was the Keiyo line. It was very far away from the Chuou line. We had to go about 5 levels underground and probably walk about a mile to get there. Anyways, the Keiyo line was pretty enjoyable and scenic. We passed by Tokyo Disneyland which was neat, and we even got to see the Pacific Ocean. To my suprise we even passed by a Costco… I had no idea these existed in Japan.
Once we got to Makuhari we made our way to the convention center. The convention center wasn’t as packed as I had imagined. We got there pretty late (around 3pm) so it wasn’t too bad. It was really cool though. Outside there was a huge Norton Antivirus statue of a robot that I got a picture with.
Inside the show it was crazy. Truly a promised land for video game fans. All the major companies were there: Square-Enix, Capcom, Sega, Sony, Microsoft, although I could not find Nintendo. Most of the companies had demos of their actual games. It was pretty amazing really. As far as the games go, I will just do a quick summary below.
Star Ocean 4 – The Last Hope (Xbox 360)
I played this one and it was amazing. The line was about an hour and a half long, but it was totally worth it. It seemed very popular and many people wanted to play it. The battle system seemed to flow a lot better compared to the previous games. When I did play it I was on the end station meaning everyone could see me play the game. There were about 30 Japanese people watching me so if I messed up they could all see the stupid gaijin. I kicked some ass though so I was safe 🙂
Perfect Prosecutor / Gyakuten Saiban 5
It’s exactly what you would expect. It is the same as all previous Phoenix Wright games except now you are Edgeworth. There are some added graphics in the courtroom scenes though as it would appear.
The Last Remnant (360/PS3)
Was terrible. The fighting system looked too complicated and just was not fun to play. Talk about a disappointment.
Sonic Unleashed / World Adventure
Was fun although I only played the first city level. Sonic games tend to be very fun for the first level and then suck afterward (Sonic Adventure 2).
Street Fighter 4 (360/PS3)
Was very very good. Fighting mechanics are very fluid and it was overall a very enjoyable game with all the great cast from the previous games.
Those are all the games I really played. the lines were long so I didn’t get into many of them.
There were tons of cosplayers there too (people who dress up as characters from anime/games). Most of them were really good. Japanese people can pull off cosplay. Their uniforms are made very well and most of them have figures to match their characters. Foreigners can not pull off cosplay. I have made the following flowchart for anyone who is confused.
Right, if you are at an American anime/game convention where everyone else is in shitty cosplay it is ok. But in Japan, where all the cosplayers are borderline professionals and they spend half of their lives making their costumes, you are only going to stick out. I saw one Phoenix Wright cosplay with all the characters that looked 100x better than any shitty Phoenix Wright cosplay that I saw in the US (you know who you are, and sorry, but the truth hurts).
That was another thing I didn’t like about TGS. There were a lot of foreigners. Now don’t get me wrong, in Atsugi there are foreigners, but nothing compared to how it was at TGS. I kind of lost a little bit of the limelight. Not only were there foreigners, but they were the foreigners that the other countries are ashamed of. Those whose spend the majority of their lives in their parents’ basements and only shower once every fort night. The only reason they are here is that mommy and daddy could pay for their plane ticket over here… they aren’t actually contributing anything.
Another random thing, if you are a fat, stinky, balding nerd, don’t wear the “I am looking for a Japanese girlfriend” t-shirt. If you can’t get an American girlfriend you won’t be able to get a Japanese girlfriend. The only person I know that could pull off wearing this T-shirt is Marco because, well he is Marco (a handsome Italian man). It doesn’t work if you are an otaku.
Anyways, that is enough of that rant. I went back on Sunday with Steve and Marek. I ran into Juan, Levi, Andre, and Levi’s friend there too. But at this point I was very exhausted. I ended up going back alone early. A few things happened on the train that warrant a blog post which I will make later 🙂
And as always, pictures: