We’ve been roaming Halls 4, 5, and 6 of Makuhari Messe where all the big game developers and publishers are and have been trying to come up with a list of games that you should definitely keep an eye out for in the coming months. Five titles come to mind, so here are our Top 5 Games from Tokyo Game Show 2016. By the way, this list is not ordered by rank or anything of the sort.
Final Fantasy XV
This has to be on the top of our list solely because of its presence at Tokyo Game Show. Final Fantasy XV and, actually, the rest of the franchise had stations at the Sony Booth at Hall 4 and, of course, at the Square Enix booth at Hall 6. We were able to try out the game during the Platinum demo a few months back and a few minutes during TGS — fans of the franchise will definitely enjoy the next installment in the series. We recommend watching Final Fantasy Kingsglaive if you haven’t yet to deepen the experience with the game as the events of the movie happen parallel to the game.
Our first interaction with the Persona franchise was way back on the Playstation One, we’ve forgotten about it altogether until we purchased a PS Vita and got to play Persona 4 Golden. We enjoyed that experience and replayed it a couple of times to try and improve on the choices we made. Persona 5 looks absolutely gorgeous and feels very familiar, yet very different to our experience with the game. We’ve always love the art and styling of the game, but this iteration is just eye candy from what little we saw and got to play during our time here. Yes, the gameplay was from last year’s TGS and a year later the game is finally released here in Japan; its worldwide release will be on February 14, 2017.
Horizon Zero Dawn
How can we not include this game on our list. Horizon Zero Dawn by the creators of the Killzone franchise, Guerilla Games, initially caught our eye with its stunning visuals and graphics when a trailer for the game was released at E3 this year. It’s really hard not to like this game. From the few minutes we spent with the game, we’re guessing there will be a few fetch quests here and there but as annoying as they may be, we generally have high hopes for this one. The game is set to be released in February 28, 2017.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Another game that comes top of mind just because of Capcom’s booth presentation — You’ll see it in the booth walkthrough article that we’ll be posting soon. We weren’t able to book time with the game, because you apparently had to register in advance. From what we saw though the game is creepier now than the rest of the franchise, because of its shift to the first-person perspective. The game is also PS4 Pro compatible and you can play the game using Playstation VR, which we fully intend to stay away from because we don’t need psychological scarring from a video game.
Monster Hunter Stories
The Monster Hunter series has been a favorite of the handheld gaming community for quite some time now, but the games have been a little formulaic with its structure — Hunt monsters down, upgrade your equipment, rinse, and repeat. Monster Hunter Stories take a whole different approach with its art style and the gameplay will actually focus more on a narrative. The style is a little more cartoon-y this time around and you’ll also be in control of a Rider that fights along side monsters instead of a Hunter that well — Let’s just say it doesn’t end well depending on how well you play. Again, we were unable to book time with the game from Capcom but the gameplay we’ve seen from it looks more like its going to be more of a turn-based RPG as well.
That’s it for our Top 5 Games on hand at Tokyo Game Show 2016. Make sure you visit the links below to check out our Booth Walkthroughs: