Well, this post is about my afterthoughts on G*Star 2010, with the show having concluded a day ago. First, let me share some statistics with you guys first. G*Star 2010 has proven to be the biggest in its history, with around 280,000 visitors accumulated over the few days, an increment of almost 9% from G*Star 2009. According to official records, a total of 166 deals worth nearly USD 200 million were signed compared to last year’s paltry USD 30 million, meaning there will be tons of games Asian games flooding the market in time to come 🙂 With the record number of companies, exhibition space and attendees, G*Star 2010 has proven to be the biggest Asian game show this year.
|Above: The Business to Business (B2B) area, where most of the major deals took place.|
My thoughts? In terms of variety of games, it did not disappoint. We have the P2Ps, the F2Ps, the side-scrolling, the casual games, the 3D ones and so on. Personally, only a few games caught my eyes. First, Metal Black: Alternative. As it is under NCsoft, the game was totally overshadowed by Blade & Soul and Lineage 2: Goddess of Destruction. The gameplay and style looks really refreshing, but my only problem is that the game will most probably go P2P. Even if it is F2P, not many publishers will be getting a look at it as there seems to be limited items they can create for the Cash Shop, especially avatar costumes. Well, one can only hope 🙂
Another game which caught my eye was RaiderZ. Yes, I have known about the game for a long time, but gameplay footages show how close it really is to the much anticipated Monster Hunter Frontier, which has not hit English shores yet and is P2P. I like the idea of having an extremely power AI in bosses, and teams must really work together. Hey, non-target too, the “in-thing” right now. How many F2P MMOs out there are really action-based and a non-target one, and of course, English?
Lastly, Embrace the Three Kingdoms. Yeah another 3 Kingdoms MMO and one with a weird name at that. But if you look carefully enough, it is a web-based MMO and can be played on the iPad. Yes, it can be played in your browser. Just have a look at the graphics, and the old-school Heroes of Might and Magic gameplay. Coming from the folks who made Atlantica Online, I expected nothing less 🙂
If you have any thoughts, do comment in the form below! And yes, if I am not gone yet, look out for my coverage on G*Star 2011 again next year!