I didn’t know what to expect from this year’s Tokyo Game Show — this was going to be the first video game exhibition I’d ever attended, and I’m the kind of gamer who uses an emulator, mostly for nostalgia-indulging purposes. But stepping into the Makuhari Messe convention center was like whiplash — cutting-edge graphics, super-cute cosplayers and holy moly is that Kingdom Hearts 3? The whole thing was like, a gigantic salu-salo with LED screens and gamers from all over getting the lowdown on what their favorite intellectual properties are working on.
And while walking around the convention center was hella fun, our itinerary consisted mostly of attending presentations at New Omani Hotel about upcoming PlayStation 4 and VR titles. These are the games (slated to come out 2019) that we’re looking forward to the most. We suggest you add them to your next home entertainment shopping list.
The geeks were right: Guests waved their weeb flag high in different stations for video games and anime.
Days Gone (PlayStation 4)
It was creative director John Garvin of Bend Studios who described Days Gone as an open world game “where the world comes for you” and yeah, the pitch sticks. You play Deacon St. John, a rough-and-tumble, motorbike-riding badass, navigating a dystopian world overrun by zombies which the game calls “Freakers.”
One keyword that came up during the Days Gone press conference was “resource management” — which I know might sound a little dry, but really, it wouldn’t be a realistic zombie survival game if your character was just kicking ass and taking names 24/7. You gotta gather ammunition, repair weapons, maintain your motorbike. Most of the game also consists of DYI-ing the crap out of natural resources and scavenging the detritus of an undead world, and sometimes means crafting arrows from scratch, or accidentally stepping into bear traps.
Rough and tumble: Days Gone sees you playing Deacon St. John, a motorbike-riding badass trying to survive a zombie dystopia.
As for battle, shooting up an entire horde head-on isn’t exactly a viable strategy — sneaking into a Freakers’ nest and setting up traps and throwing Molotovs is one way to sow destruction with less risk. No full details yet on the plot, but your objectives as a character involve looking after your injured partner Boozer, and traveling across the post-apocalyptic US.
Days Gone might jibe well with fans of the zombie genre, or gamers who appreciate the mechanic of scarcity in survivalist situations. Might also appeal to players who just wanna go ham with a wooden baseball bat.