Our Views on Tokyo Game Show 08

With the month of October over, the staff here at Console Monster reflect back at the last month’s current events in the gaming world, as well as give a little insight of their gaming antics this month, and what they are looking forward to playing next month.

Today we take a look at last month’s Tokyo Game Show, giving our views on this year’s event:

Dave: I totally missed TGS this year but the announcement of the New Xbox Experience release date was what got me most excited. The booth babes were another good aspect of the show. The rest of it was pretty poor.

Chris: The only major announcements came from Microsoft, since they did a keynote speech while Sony and Nintendo were just sort of…there. The highlight for me was finding out, finally, when the New Xbox Experience would be released. It was rather disappointing to see only a few new games announced rather than a bucket load and the ones announced weren’t all that spectacular really. A Halo 3 “expansion” just doesn’t do it for me, unless Bungie do something radically different.

Rob: I didn’t follow the TGS event that much, however as far as I’m aware Microsoft really pushed the boat out with the Japanese this year and I think the most exciting thing was to learn that the New Xbox Experience would be out in November.

Craig: There were 2 major highlights for me this year at the Tokyo Game Show. Major announcement number 1, and an announcement that was long overdue, was the confirmed release date of the New Xbox Experience. It will finally be with us on 19th November 2008. The 2nd announcement that will have all Halo fans excited is talk about Halo 3 Recon. Masterchief hasn’t returned but if you check out this video (click here), it looks immense. Shame it won’t be out until late next year.

For me the major disappointment at TGS was the fact that there was no Gears of War 2 information floating around. At least that is out on Friday though.

Anthony: TGS this year crept past my radar this year. The Far East used to be the soul of the gaming industry and over the years it has really diminished. In my opinion, not every gamer wants to play a JRPG, so Asian developers really need to push the envelope in order for us in the West to take notice. There is a bucket full of talented developers out there and I am sure in time we’ll be seeing some interesting titles. As for the event itself, there wasn’t really much to take from either of the platform makers. I was a surprised that Sony didn’t make a major appearance, leaving Microsoft to take all the glory with another push to win over Asian gamers.

Let us know your views on this year’s TGS in the comments. Tomorrow we will be giving you our impressions on October’s month of Betas.

Anthony Barker

Anthony is the designer, developer and owner of Console Monster. In his spare time, Anthony is a keen gamer who enjoys playing mostly First-Person Shooters and Racing games. When he is not developing games or tweaking this site, Anthony likes to be on the slopes snowboarding or hurtling down off-road tracks on his mountain bike.

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