Tapei Gameshow 2018

Every year, for the last three years, I have attended Taipei Game Show. And every year I take the time to recount/review my experience. This year will be no different. For those of you who aren’t aware, Taipei Game Show (TGS) is an annual video games event held in Taiwan. It’s more like PAX than E3. It’s open to the public, there are no press conference style presentations, and usually they demo unreleased games to the public, but rarely if ever announce new titles. Or at least no new titles that will be important in the Western markets.

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Certain companies take TGS very seriously and make an appearance every year. This includes big names from multiple industries such as PlayStation, Ubisoft, Bandai Namco, HyperX, Twitch, and many more. There are also a ton of smaller names, mostly developers, and tons of indie projects from the known like Aragami, to the completely obscure. One thing I always find very interesting is the focus on mobile gaming. Mobile games, as in Android and iOS, are huge in Asia. Much bigger than in the West. They even have mobile eSports and take it seriously. As much if not more space is taken up at TGS by mobile gaming than PC gaming. But console is always king simply because PlayStation, Bandai Namco, and Ubisoft always show up in grandiose style. And yet, Square Enix had their own booth where all they showed was a single mobile Kingdom Hearts game that is only available in Asia, just to exemplify how important mobile is in this event and in the Asia market in general.

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What I find interesting is that XBOX has no real presence at TGS. Microsoft doesn’t even try to show up. There are plenty of XBOX ONE controllers used at booths for PC gaming, but XBOX makes no real appearance other than in the store where they sell every type of current gen gaming product you could want. This makes sense because XBOX has almost no market share in Asia. It’s not the platform people game on here. But I find it odd that Microsoft doesn’t at least show up for the PC gaming aspect of the event. But in a way I guess it’s not really necessary because no one in Asia legitimately tries to game on Apple and Linux isn’t a huge thing here for gamers like it is in the US. What I find very disappointing though is that year after year Nintendo makes no appearance. This is Asia. It’s an even stronger, more loyal market for Nintendo than the US. The Switch is big here, especially in Taiwan and Japan. Even higher ups in my company own Switches because Nintendo is a favorite in this region and it happens to be an amazing console. I was happy to see that the Switch had a big presence in the Ubisoft booth this year though.

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The free swag was good this year, but it’s not the best I’ve seen it. Ubisoft swag was amazing this year. They went above and beyond everyone else at the event. But the other booths were pretty underwhelming for the most part, save for a few exceptions. Even PlayStation was pretty weak on swag this year, offering only a sticky note pad. Of course the memorabilia available for purchase from PlayStation, and other companies, was quite nice.

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As far as the games shown, talking only mainstream AAA titles right now, I was underwhelmed. Usually they present demos and/or videos of unreleased stuff that you may have heard of but haven’t yet had enough time to really make a decision about because not enough had been shown to the public at that point. This year it was mostly stuff that you already knew about, and quite possibly played. A lot of it had already been released or at least had an open beta take place. Some examples of this that were on display to try were Assassin’s Creed Origins, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, Monster Hunter World, and Metal Gear Survive. I’ve played every game on that list in my apartment, with the exception of Assassin’s Creed Origins, at least one time. And AC Origins was released months ago. These sorts of titles should not be shown at an event like this, with the exception of maybe Dissidia Final Fantasy NT and Metal Gear Survive because those games aren’t actually on the market yet. But they both had open betas before this event so there was really no reason to display them here. I was also shocked to find that other than in the PlayStation brochure, there was absolutely no trace of God of War at TGS this year. I don’t know how that’s possible. The game is being released in less than three months. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to show a playable demo. In past years at TGS I’ve gotten to try pre-release games that went on to be huge including Horizon Zero Dawn, For Honor, Attack on Titan and The Division. So it seemed very odd to me that God of War wasn’t featured with such a nearby release.

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That’s not to say that there were no new games that hadn’t been played before, because their certainly were. New games on display with demos included Far Cry 5, The Crew 2, Hokuto ga Gotoku (Fist of the North Star), Attack on Titan 2, Detroit: Become Human, and Dynasty Warriors 9. There was also a large number of new mobile games you have never and probably will never hear about as well as a bunch of PC games and lots of HTC Vive VR titles. There was also a huge section of board and card games. This is the case every year and it’s interesting to see. Happy to report that they still carry Settlers of Catan.

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Personally, I was happy to get to try Far Cry 5, Hokuto ga Gotoku (Fist of the North Star), and Attack on Titan 2. I’ve been considering buying these three games, once released, for a long time now and I’m glad that I got to actually try them so I can make final decisions about each game.

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This was a good Taipei Game Show, but it was not the best year I’ve ever attended. In a lot of ways it made it seem like the best games currently on the docket are already out, Monster Hunter, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Assassin’s Creed Origins, and so on, rather than that we have some amazing games coming soon, which we absolutely do.  Maybe the timing was just a bit off this year or the very recent releases seemed more important than unreleased titles, but this TGS felt like I paid more for atmosphere than gaming news compared to previous years I’ve attended.

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My Gaming Goals 2018

Happy to be a bit more timely this year about posting my gaming resolutions. Last year it was February before I was able to get this up. Hopefully that’s a good sign. So to complete the much needed transition to 2018 I wanted to continue my tradition of posting my gaming goals for the upcoming year.

As I’ve said in the past, I believe in the power of the written word. I truly believe that taking the time to write down and publish your goals helps bring them to fruition. That’s why I take the time to do this post every year. Last year I set 18 goals and completed 12 of them. That’s pretty good in my book. If I can complete at least 72% of this year’s goals again, I would be pretty happy with myself. So let’s get to it.

This year I’m actually setting a gaming resolution as well as my usual gaming goals. I’ve thought long and hard about this and I think it’s the right decision for 2018. As most of us are, I’m extremely backlogged. Not just with crappy indies I was never really going to take seriously. And not just with games I got for free. But I actually have a long list of AAA titles that I paid for that haven’t even been touched. So this year I’m making the conscious decision to not allow myself to purchase more than three games released in 2018. Ideally I’m not going to purchase many games at all, but if older stuff I’ve been waiting for goes on sale, I’ll probably pick it up. But as far as new titles are concerned, I’m limiting myself to just three games released in 2018. The idea is that this will hopefully motivate me to work on my backlog rather than just adding to it indefinitely. Then if by Black Friday I’ve made some real headway I may allow myself to purchase some 2018 titles if they’re at greatly reduced prices. But ultimately I’m not planning on buying more than three new games this year. I don’t know what those games are going to be just yet but I can say with confidence that I will definitely be playing the new God of War, which should surprise no one. The only other title I’m seriously considering at this point is Monster Hunter World because I really enjoyed the beta. Games like Spider-Man and The Last of Us Part 2 can wait till 2019 with hefty price drops.

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My Gaming Goals for 2018

1. Final Fantasy VII [for the first time] (PS4)

I set this as a goal for 2017 and I never got around to it. So I’m making it a priory for 2018. And by priority I mean out of the gate this is going to be one of my first games for this year. In fact, by the time this post is published I hope I’ll have already started it. I even changed my desktop and mobile wallpapers to FFVII pictures to motivate myself to play it.

2. The Witcher 2 (PC)

This game was the reason I built my PC. I set this as a goal for 2017 but never got around to it. But now my PC is built and I have no excuse not to get it done. And I hope to complete it as soon as possible so I can finally play The Witcher 3.

3. The Witcher 3 (PC)

I built my PC to play The Witcher 2, but playing The Witcher 3 was always planned as well. And I actually won a free copy of the GOTY Edition at the end of 2017 so I really need to beat 2 so I can get to 3.

4. God of War (PS4)

If you’ve been reading my blog or following me on Twitter for a while then you know I’m a hardcore God of War fan(boy). I own three copies of 1, three copies of 2, two copies of 3, two copies of Ghost of Sparta, two copies of Chains of Olympus, and one copy of Ascension. Of course I’m going to play this newest one. And I’ve been very critical of this upcoming installment of the franchise. I have a lot of issues with what I’ve seen and heard about it. Especially concerning the boy. But I’m still gonna play it. Probably going to get the collector’s edition so I can have another Kratos statue. That’s just the way I am with this franchise.

5. Nioh (PS4)

I’ve been waiting to play this game for a long time. On my YouTube channel I did Let’s Plays of both the alpha and the beta. The only reason I’ve waited this long to buy the game is that I was waiting for the Complete Edition to release and drop in price. I picked it up during Black Friday sales and I plan on streaming it on my channel.

6. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (PC)

Bought this game in 2015 and just haven’t gotten around to playing it. Now they’ve released the sequel and I’ve heard that’s pretty good so I need to clear this one first so I can get to that one.

7. Final Fantasy XV (PS4)

Bought this for Black Friday in 2015 and somehow haven’t gotten around to it. I’ve only heard good things about it and enjoyed the demos I’ve played so this is a no brainer.

8. Super Mario Odyssey [100% Completion] (NS)

I finally bought a Nintendo Switch, to play this game. I bought plenty of other games as well, but this is the game that ultimately pushed me over the edge to buy one. I will not only beat it but I’m gonna get every whatever the collectible is called in this one. It looks amazing. It won a Game of the Year award. It almost won all the GOTY awards. I can’t think of a better console to debut my Switch with.

9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [100% Completion] (NS)

Pretty sure I don’t have to explain this one.

10. Platinum at least 1 game for PS4

This is just a tradition I’ve kept ever since I got my first PS3. I always do at least one platinum a year. I usually don’t even pick a hard game. I actually got two last year (Ratchet & Clank 2016 / Game of Thrones a Telltale Series). Probably just going to do Guardians of the Galaxy a Telltale Game Series because I want to play that and it will be an easy platinum.

11. Try No Man’s Sky

I bought NMS ironically knowing full well that it’s trash and that I have no interest in playing it. I basically bought it out of spite because of an argument I had with a friend. But I never actually opened it, so I just need to play it long enough to confirm that I was right and that it’s a waste of my time. I did pay for it so I might as well try it.

12. Perfect Audio Recording for my Channels

I built my PC last year and bought some solid recording equipment but had some odd issues with feedback when using my mic so I put off doing commentary recordings for my last few series. But this problem needs to be fixed and soon. So I’ll be doing commentary videos for my next series, which will probably be Knack II and/or Nioh.

13. Knack II

I loved Knack. I hoped for a sequel. I’m glad they made a sequel. I bought it on Black Friday for a good price. I can’t wait to play it. I did a Let’s Play of the first one on my YouTube channel and I plan of doing the same for the sequel. Probably my first Let’s Play series of 2018.

Believe Big

This is a hefty list for 2018. It’s not that it’s a long list of games but it’s a decent amount of huge games. A lot of these are 50 to 100+ hour titles. If I can clear the majority of these goals like I did last year then I’ll be happy. I’ll probably not finish my bonus goals but I’m sure I’ll get some of them in like I did last year.

Bonus Goals

  1. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  2. StarFox 2
  3. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
  4. Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb
  5. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  6. World of Final Fantasy
  7. Dark Souls III
  8. Horizon Zero Dawn
  9. Yooka-Laylee

Let me know your gaming goals for 2018 in the comments.

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