This year, New York Comic Con took place October 6 – 9, 2015 at the Javits Center. That’s in New York City, of course. My comic con experience took place on the fourth and final day of the event, on Sunday. I actually didn’t plan on going, but a good buddy of mine texted me Saturday night at the 11th hour and shortly said, “You’re coming with me tomorrow.” To which I politely agreed. My only regret was not being able to go the prior 3 days. It took about an hour to find parking down near west 34th street with all of the construction taking place. But lets face it – Who would expect to find parking quickly anyway on a weekend and major event taking place? A couple of fools, that’s who. Anyhow… We arrived a little late, around 1pm and walked in with the place already buzzing for hours. To my surprise everyone seemed to still have a ton of energy left. People were glad to be stopped by parents of little kids who want to take pictures with their favorite super hero or comic book character. The cool thing about comic con is that the event goers are the show itself. People dress up in elaborate cosplay costumes of their favorite hero or villain. They’re pretty good at it too.
The first order of business was to check out the main floor where all of the vendors and corporations set up their amazing shops and promotional stations. Capcom set up a pretty cool tournament- style booth so that gamers were able to demo the new Street Fighter V release, set to hit consoles in 2016 (Playstation 4, Xbox One).
Lots of people lined up to demo Capcom’s Street Fighter V
Opinion: From my view, it seemed as if people were enjoying the one-on-one arcade style matchups. This is the traditional setup for any fighting game, let alone of the most memorable fighting franchise of all time, Street Fighter. The gameplay seemed smooth with plenty of combination maneuvers for each character. So form what I saw, I would expect a product similar to Ultra Street fighter IV with newer fighters and stages but the same classic fun and game play. But like with any new release to an established franchise, there’s always surprises and something new. When there’s a company that’s been in the business as long as Capcom, improvement should be no surprise.
The Top-5 Most Noticeable Award Goes To (in no particular order):
- Ban Dai was there with actors promoting their Dino Charge program. Additional photos of this booth can be found on our Instagram: @VGBoys.
- Disney’s Star Wars. Lucasfilms is a monster whose presence is always felt. As per usual they never let down. There was full size interactive R2D2 unit that visitors were posing with as well as a sizeable museum area consisting of character busts and figurines. Separate vendors had some very cool figurines available at different sizes and quality. The characters were appropriately new and old – from Kylo Ren to Darth Vader.
- Chevrolet must have dropped a nice dime to be there because they took up a sizeable area to demonstrate their new upcoming vehicle models. They were the ones giving away the sponsored New York Comic Con obligatory free T-Shirts. We are not complaining.
- Square Enix was there representing for themselves with demo’s of Lara Croft Go, Life Is Strange, Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe And The Blight Below, Just Cause 3, Final Fantasy Explorers, Dues Ex: Mankind Divided, and Hitman (PS4, Xbox One release).
- The Cosplayers. I don’t care which company storms in on a huge budget. You can not take anything away from all of these crazy yet lovable human beings who dress up like your favorite characters and pull it off to the point where it’s an art form.
Overall, we had an absolute blast. There was a Goosebumps (the movie) panel on Sunday, but unfortunately we missed it. We did end up seeing a lot of sights, though, to say the least. Thanks for visiting VGBoys.com and we will have plenty more news, stories, and podcasts coming your way. For now, I’ll leave you with a gallery of pics from Day 4 of #NYCC2015.