We were at the Milan Games Week 2021We visited its shops and browsed the stands. After this experience we have a good idea of what the lounge has to offer players, so if you want to visit Hall 12 in Fieramilano all you have to do is grab your pen and notebook and start to to take notes. However, before we start making recommendations, we’d like to remind you that this first Games Week post-quarantine is special in many ways: not only did it team up with the infamous Cartomicbut the trade fair and video game sectors are coming out of two very difficult years, so much so that the whole experience finally took a “year zero” look, that is, it took the momentum for a new start.
Whether it’s a next-gen console, a PC, or the coveted PlayStation 5, we assume you have the chance, at least in theory, to experience a good chunk of the titles available on the market. . This is why we believe the first choice to do when you walk through the doors is to immerse yourself in all the forms of entertainment that you can never, ever enjoy at home.
More precisely, we suggest that you give priority to booth D02, where you will find in combo 2watch and Gieffe Video gamescompanies that make impressive virtual reality platforms and workstations optimized for driving games available to the public. Why start here? Because hold file management is digital, you don’t have to be physically standing waiting for your turn, and you can continue exploring until your turn arrives. It’s also worth noting that due to the nature of the experience, the waiting list fits disarmingly quickly, so it’s worth getting around as soon as possible.
Racing enthusiasts will find a more accessible alternative in the Mercedes (B37), the automotive brand deploying a simulator alongside the export team. Manufacturerswho is also looking for new recruits as part of the “Be the Next Driver” project. Not far from there, you will also find the virtual arena set up by the European Commission. Looper space (A23), a location-based VR company focused on multi-user modes. To put it simply, you can participate in an eight-player game in a “ring” that allows maximum freedom of movement, all using video games designed in-house and not available in the conventional market.
Finally, it’s worth taking the time to look at the old vintage-looking cruise ships. Truth be told, this kind of entertainment product is strategically dispersed to draw attention to stands that have nothing to do with video games – see the Absolute Vodka space – but they’re definitely worth a look. the’ “the world of arcade ” (B01) edited by Artigiancaba company specializing in the creation of cabinets of all kinds and shapes. Here you will not only be able to relive some classics with controllers, but you will also find a Super Mario Land projected on a giant GameBoy and a Super Mario Bros.
The new world is in the hands of the independents
Milan Games Week 2021 is certainly not teeming with practice previews from the AAA industry, but the situation is vastly different if you direct your interest to the independent scene. Although it is barely visible and above all overshadowed by the giant GameStop, the ” indie dungeon“(The A44) offers a wide range of exciting surprises. If you want to play it safe, for example, you can opt for the well-known adventure-fantasy film. The darkest talesThe Darkest Tales[1965-012]the last work of the author. The Trinity teama group already known for its Slaps and beans who translated the classic Bud Spencer and Terence Hill films into video games.
Beyond The darkest talesThe whole indie space is worth spending a good deal of your time on, if only because, in a very small space, 18 developers are on display, many of whom took advantage of the pandemic period to polish it up. respectable products. Among them, it is appropriate to designate Fantasia: The Fur Roadis a colorful title from Fantastico Studio whose design is based entirely on the imagination of the Roman illustrator. Emmanuelle Olivesa visual artist you can find locally, and a person who is extremely pleasant to chat with.
There is something for everyone: graphic adventures (Venice 2089, Extracoin), action-adventures (Racoonie: the legend of the spirits), passing through the similar soul (Ascension) and science fiction (Sunset). In practice, this semi-hidden “dungeon” houses a whole series of talents capable of offering experiences that stand out from the classic canons by focusing on productions that know how to put the maximum on resources and aesthetics, birth of creatures. that exude character. An example ? The timeless childThe timeless child[1965-018]a cooperative escape video game, was born as a simple university project, but it has been endowed with such awareness, such care and panache that, in its simplicity, it manages to guarantee a dynamic intriguing gameplay that harnesses asymmetric gameplay pushing users to interact like never before.
Future purchases tester
We quoted GameStop and one cannot escape GameStop. A significant part of the Games Week pavilion has been monopolized by the American giant, which has also swallowed up the entire sector dedicated to the aviation industry. Nintendo Switch. By surviving the queue at the entrance, you can savor what is, unambiguously, a digital bazaar of top titles. Final Fantasy VII remake, Resident Evil Village, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Far cry 6 and many others, successful titles are added the library of the big N with exhibitors such as Terror of the metroids, The adventure of rings, Mario golf, Super Smash Bros., Monster Hunter Rise And so on. In all this ocean of possibilities, an atypical specimen emerges which, in its own way, attracts attention: Video games laboratorya not particularly well-known Nintendo Switch game, which still found a place worthy of the name at the fair.
If you want to continue the gymkhana of shopping opportunities, you can also visit the booth of Hwawei (B31), a brand that has found its phones available to test a few applications and is using its desktop screens to experience the horrors of computing. Back 4 Bloodspiritual suite of the famous Left for dead. If, after all this, you still have the time and the inclination to devote yourself to video games – remember that there is a section devoted to comics, in the neighboring pavilion – it is worth ending the day by entering the A43, in order to come across the stand that hosts the controversial Salveenee’s call. Joystick in hand, you can play as some of the most famous figures in Italian politics, exploring a terrible and trashy gaming system that underlines in the extreme the grotesque sides of public discourse in the infotainment era. Salveenee’s callIt goes without saying that this film has never been released to the general public, and this may be the occasion to see it live.