Day one on the Gamescom show floor

Some shots from inside Cologne's Koelnmesse.

Hi, everyone. It’s Roland again. I’ll be delivering Gematsu readers some coverage from the Gamescom show floor this year. Expect some stuff on that soon.

For now, here’s a photo blog post of sorts.

“Press Triangle to Blockbuster” and “Press X to Protagonist.”

Today was the press and trade visitors day, but tomorrow the floodgates will open for the masses to come test the next generation of gaming.

Publishers have taken the usual steps to attract visitors to their booths. The life-size replica of Destiny‘s Fallen and EA’s recreation of a Titan Titanfall are notable. Or the Chocobos at Square Enix’s booth. And the Dracula statue and coffins at for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. EA and Microsoft also brought some nice and expensive-looking sports cars to promote Need for Speed Rivals and Forza Motorsport 5.

But most of the show’s attention is obviously not on the set pieces, but on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One—as expected. That said, I’m hoping to dedicate my time to PlayStation 4 tomorrow and Xbox One on Friday.

As for today, I went hands-on with a number of upcoming PS Vita games, and also saw a raid boss fight in the latest build of Final Fantasy XIV. I’m looking forward to sharing my impressions from today sometime tomorrow night, as I’m currently preparing for some other Gamescom-related things. So stay tuned for those!

Killer is Dead creator and all-around cool guy Goichi “Suda 51” Suda is also at Gamescom, by the way. He’ll be signing Killer is Dead promo cards and snapping photos with fans, so if you’re at the show, be sure to hop in line.

More detailed stories pertaining to specific games will follow soon.

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