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6:00 AM on 03.04.2014

Tokyo Game Show 2014: The Transformation of Fun

The theme for TGS 2014 has been decided: Changing Games: The Transformation of Fun. I have no idea what that means. At all. But I do know that there's a good chance that a bunch of Persona games will be playable at the show t...

Dale North


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Impressive PS4/PS3 action RPG Reborn debuted, Kickstarted photo
Impressive PS4/PS3 action RPG Reborn debuted, Kickstarted
by Dale North

At Tokyo Game Show last month, I got an early peek at Elemental Labs' Reborn, an action RPG with a sci-fi twist that they're aiming to put on both PS3 and PS4 next year. New publisher acttil hosted an event where Elemental Labs' Franz Tissera, CEO, showed off his last year of work on Reborn and announced a Kickstarter campaign. 

Reborn is an interesting mix of old and new, folklore and sci-fi. It pulls from the history of Japanese swordsman Musahi Miyamoto and works the famed tale into a bit of a futuristic retelling. They've set this story in Neo-Tokyo, a world where huge corporations rule, and body augmentation is a regular thing. 

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10:00 AM on 09.25.2013

Metal Gear Solid V TGS side mission is all gameplay

After only seeing a little more Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain gameplay when Kojima was onstage for Sony's Tokyo Game Show press conference, it's nice to see this lengthy, ten-plus minutes of side mission that seems to...

Steven Hansen



Tokyo Game Show 2013 highlights (and misses) photo
Tokyo Game Show 2013 highlights (and misses)
by Dale North

Tokyo Game Show 2013 was a great event, though it didn't bring the double new console fanfare we expected it would. Both the Xbox One and PS4 were present, and they both were definitely top attractions at the show, but it seemed like so many of the next-gen games were missing, shown only in video form. 

Ah, what can you do? It's been awhile, but I do remember that launch years are like this. When you boil down the marketing and noise you find that there just aren't that many games to be excited about. Next year should be killer, though.

That all said, there was plenty going on at Tokyo Game Show 2013. Here's what we liked and...well, didn't like. 

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Tokyo Game Show indie showing: A good start photo
Tokyo Game Show indie showing: A good start
by Dale North

The new indie section of Tokyo Game Show was a breath of fresh air. Literally! CESA opened up a new hall this year for the public days of the show, adding a fair bit more room for exhibits and attractions.

Starting on the first public day, in this new hall, the Indie Game Area was available for attendees to visit. It was a small corner of one hall on the two business days of the show, but expanded by several times on the weekend. 

This new section is a step in the right direction for Tokyo Game Show.

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11:00 AM on 09.24.2013

Tokyo Game Show 2013 breaks attendance records again

They did a nice job of spacing it out this year (adding a new hall for indie, cosplay and other sections) so I didn't realize that TGS 2013 broke attendance records until now. CESA and Nikkei say that the four-day attendance ...

Dale North



Getting up to speed with Strider photo
Getting up to speed with Strider
by Dale North

Strider was…well, it wasn't a big deal at Tokyo Game Show 2013. It could be found at a couple of places on the show floor, but you had to look for it. But I didn't need any fanfare or huge signage to want to try it out. I mean, who doesn't like Strider? Or at least the idea of Strider.

The franchise games and their spiritual successors have been all over the map (though I really dug Moon Diver). This one, while still a side-scrolling slasher, also comes from a different area of the map. Double Helix's Strider moves like a ninja, but he moves and fights even faster than the fastest ninja ever dreamed. Shinobi would look like a turtle in comparison.

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9:15 PM on 09.22.2013

Vita gets Monster Hunter: Frontier G next year

Capcom is so dandy when it comes to giving fans what they ask for. And by dandy, I mean it's some kind of videogame developer Wishmaster giddily slapping its fans across their faces with its slimy tendril dreadlocks and iron...

Steven Hansen



Xbox One interface is clean, uncluttered photo
Xbox One interface is clean, uncluttered
by Dale North

Did you use the Xbox? Remember that interface? Are you laughing? It was pretty bad, as was the first Xbox 360 one. Blades gave way to a mess of boxes, bringing us to the point we're at now. I'm sure you'll agree we're not at a good place now when it comes to Xbox 360's UI. 

From what I've seen of the Xbox One interface, it seems that Microsoft has been listening to our gripes. I'd almost call the new one elegant. It's certainly clean and well-thought-out, and not unlike something you'd see on a mobile device.

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9:30 AM on 09.22.2013

Gallery: Tokyo Game Show 2013 public day

Here's a collection of photos from this weekend's super packed Tokyo Game Show public days. In our gallery you'll see the droves of sweaty human bodies lined up to play the latest games.  The most popular games were for ...

Dale North



D4, Swery65's Xbox One Kinect game, is wonderfully weird photo
D4, Swery65's Xbox One Kinect game, is wonderfully weird
by Dale North

Upcoming Xbox One title D4 was designed for use with Microsoft's Kinect sensor. Game director Hidetaka "Swery65" Suehiro made it a point to stress this during our Tokyo Game Show meeting. D4 can be played with a controller, but his personal preference is that you play it with Kinect.

When we saw all of the weird things you can do with your hands in D4, this makes perfect sense. D4 looks fun to play with Kinect controls. 

 

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9:23 AM on 09.21.2013

Goron Tablet Cushion brings lazy to a whole new level

A small booth tucked against the wall on the Tokyo Game Show floor has regular demonstrations for their only product here, named Goron. This "tablet cushion" is essentially a head pillow with an arm mount for tablets or smart...

Dale North

2:32 AM on 09.21.2013

Deep Down is a free-to-play title

Capcom's upcoming next gen title Deep Down is a free-to-play title. Yeeeeeeep. Announced today at Tokyo Game Show, this PS4 game will see a public beta in February in Japan. Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida confirmed this on Twitter, and now that tweet is bouncing around the universe, falling on confused ears. That...that is... Wow. But from what I saw this week I'll likely pay. Maybe.

Dale North

10:05 PM on 09.20.2013

Yakuza Restoration looks incredible

Look at the beautiful screenshots in our gallery of newly announced game Yakuza Restoration, known here as Ryugagotku Ishin. Announced here at TGS, the game is coming to PS3, Vita, and PS4. You can bet the shiny ones are fro...

Dale North

9:45 PM on 09.20.2013

Not bad at all! A Realm Reborn running on Surface at TGS

Check out this short clip I filmed at Tokyo Game Show. It comes from a small area of Microsoft's booth where they're showing some popular games running on Surface units. While it's not exactly smooth, I'm surprised at how we...

Dale North



Dead Rising 3 makes me happy with how crazy it is photo
Dead Rising 3 makes me happy with how crazy it is
by Dale North

The first showing of Dead Rising 3 looked good, but it also looked pretty serious. I feel in love with the franchise for its weirdness, so that first showing at E3 had me concerned. But from what I've seen at Tokyo Game Show this week, I'm no longer worried. Now I know that Dead Rising 3 is about as crazy as it gets.

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Lightning Returns at TGS: Open worlds, cool costumes photo
Lightning Returns at TGS: Open worlds, cool costumes
by Dale North

I like Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. I dug it from our very first hands-on preview, and I'm now I'm digging it even more after playing the new Tokyo Game Show floor demo.

Some felt that the first preview was a bit linear. Linear is a scary word after seeing how players reacted to the first Final Fantasy XIII game. But this new gameplay show here was totally open and free to explore. Oh, and I saved a chocobo's life. That's a pretty good day in Final Fantasy world.

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12:30 PM on 09.20.2013

Ready for more punishment? La-Mulana 2 announced

For all of the trouble Nigoro went through to remake La-Mulana and get the darn thing out on WiiWare and PC, I never thought a sequel would happen. I suppose the studio has proven itself, though -- it's come out stronger. La-...

Jordan Devore

9:24 AM on 09.20.2013

TGS: She doesn't look very Gung Ho about her job

Gung Ho? See what I did there?  This booth attendant doesn't look very gung ho about having to stand there with a control info card, but she should be as mobile free-to-play title Puzzle & Dragons is huge here i...

Dale North



Hands-on with the new PS Vita, remote play PS4 test photo
Hands-on with the new PS Vita, remote play PS4 test
by Dale North

Forget about that short time I had with a retail demo unit last week. This week at Tokyo Game Show I've played with the new Vita multiple times with several different games. I've put it through its paces as best as I could here. I've even tested PS4-to-Vita remote play.

Read on for our impressions of the new PS Vita model.

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Digging for depth in Deep Down photo
Digging for depth in Deep Down
by Dale North

Capcom are showing their upcoming next-gen game, Deep Down, to the public for the first time here at Tokyo Game Show. This game captured our imaginations following a brief tease during February's PS4 announcement in New York with its flashy visuals and mysterious concepts. Perhaps that's why the booth had wait times of 3 hours or more at Tokyo Game Show today.

I didn't have to wait, but if I did I would have been a bit disappointed by the TGS demo for Deep Down. It's not…well, deep at all. And it's short. It's a tease for a game that I'm hoping will be pretty good. 

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5:30 PM on 09.19.2013

I can't stop watching this Deep Down trailer

Deep Down is unquestionably my most-wanted next-gen title. It's not even close. This Tokyo Game Show trailer shows what Steven covered earlier today: future New York City, stabbing freaks, a multi-person battle with a dragon...

Jordan Devore





2:30 PM on 09.19.2013

PS3 library will come to the PS4 via Gaikai in 2014

Whilst there's no native backward compatibility for PlayStation 3 games built into the PlayStation 4, Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida says that Sony is looking to launch a Gaikai-powered cloud service that will let...

Alasdair Duncan

2:00 PM on 09.19.2013

Capcom announces RPG Blade Fantasia for Japan

Oh, wow! This new Capcom game from Breath of Fire's Makoto Ikehara and Ace Attorney's Motohide Eshiro is going to be ... for iOS. Shoot. Announced at the Tokyo Game Show, Blade Fantasia is a fantasy role-playing title that's...

Jordan Devore

12:30 PM on 09.19.2013

Try, try again: This Dark Souls II trailer is accurate

I'm so happy we're getting Dark Souls II. I say that knowing full well that pain and suffering await, as evidenced by this new Tokyo Game Show trailer. Much of the promotional footage so far has focused on the new lighting s...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 09.19.2013

Sony confirms PlayStation 4 recording via HDMI

There was a very real concern over whether or not we'd be able to capture PlayStation 4 game footage via HDMI, what with HDCP being an issue on PS3. During Tokyo Game Show week, Sony has announced that this won't be repeated ...

Jordan Devore

11:30 AM on 09.19.2013

Ranko Tsukigimes Longest Day hits PS3 in Japanuary

Grasshopper Manufacture's next project is leaping to PlayStation 3 on January 16, 2014 in Japan. The fifth and final chapter of legendary Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo's Short Peace anthology, Ranko Tsukigime’s Lon...

Kyle MacGregor

9:32 AM on 09.19.2013

Ooooh: Phantasy Star Nova looks pretty

Sega is showing off new title Phantasy Star Nova at Tokyo Game Show this week. I know you'll instinctually hit the play button on the trailer -- and you should -- but the screenshots are the star of the show here. They look ...

Dale North

9:16 AM on 09.19.2013

The booth mascots of Tokyo Game Show 2013

Being a Japanese trade show, there are plenty of mascots running around the Tokyo Game Show floor this week. We've put together a photo gallery of some of the better ones from today, the first business show day. Several are i...

Dale North



Giving the PS Vita TV the full rundown photo
Giving the PS Vita TV the full rundown
by Dale North

Seeing the little white Sony box that came out of nowhere last week was a top priority for us a Tokyo Game Show this week. I put the PS Vita TV through its paces today at the show, trying everything from PSP to streaming PS4 play out on it.

It does so many things, but does it do them all well?

 

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8:18 AM on 09.19.2013

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z gets Naruto costume

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z was announced earlier this summer (set to launch next year), but Namco Bandai updated us here at Tokyo Game Show with details on a bonus costume for the game. Players that nab Dragon Ball Z: Battle ...

Dale North



Tap happy with Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call  photo
Tap happy with Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call
by Dale North

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call is more of the same, but I doubt any Theatrhythm fan will be complaining about that. More music from more Final Fantasy games and more tapping action. More just-misses. More cramped hands. I can't wait.

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6:15 AM on 09.19.2013

So Gravity Rush 2 is a thing? New trailer!

[Update: A trailer for this sequel has been shared by Sony. Watch it above.] I was in a meeting when this tease was shown at Sony's TGS booth. We're not sure what the tease is for, but it looks and sounds like a new Gravity ...

Dale North





5:58 AM on 09.19.2013

Watch the Sony booth attendant bow wave from TGS

Watch on as the booth staff of Sony's massive 2013 Tokyo Game Show floor booth bow in such an orderly fashion that it looks like art. I watched them do this three times, never missing a beat. They put me in a trance with thi...

Dale North

3:15 AM on 09.19.2013

TGS brings us a kind of new Final Fantasy XV trailer

The very first thing I did at Tokyo Game Show today was check in with Square Enix. That's what kind of gamer I am. In my briefing it was casually mentioned that a new Final Fantasy XV trailer was being shown at the show toda...

Dale North

2:00 AM on 09.19.2013

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle comes West

You asked for it! Namco Bandai confirmed at a pre-Tokyo Game Show press event yesterday that manga-based fighter JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle will be coming West. It'll come exclusively to PS3 some time in 2014, presumably to North America and Europe. That's all we know now for now, but what else do you need to know?

Dale North



Puyopuyo Tetris is exactly as it sounds, and I dig it photo
Puyopuyo Tetris is exactly as it sounds, and I dig it
by Dale North

Sega is showing off its new puzzle game Puyopuyo Tetris here at their already super busy TGS 2013 booth. As a fan of both games, I gave this cross-up a spin on the 3DS. Puyopuyo Tetris is also coming to the Vita and PS3 as well as the Wii U, with a motion control scheme set for the latter. 

After choosing a character, the game asks which of the famed puzzlers you'd like to play. I'm much better at Puyo than Tetris, so I went in confident. In a classic competitive match, the other game you did not choose ends up being your opponent's game. This had me setting up combos and matching colors to send obstacle lines (complete with cute/angry little Puyo faces) to the computer opponent's Tetris board. And in turn, his line clears sent random blocks to mess up my beautifully laid chain stacks. 

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11:45 PM on 09.18.2013

Metal Gear Solid V at TGS: Snake's pert butt and slow-mo

Hideo Kojima was on stage at Sony's Tokyo Game Show conference, talking at length about the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Idle chat led into the same footage we've seen quite a bit before, but for some reason...

Steven Hansen

11:19 PM on 09.18.2013

These new PS Vita models sure are pretty

Look at all the pretty colors! Sony has an all-glass display in front of their booth showing off all of the upcoming PS Vita models here at TGS 2013, including some of the special releases. The Final Fantasy X / X-2 special m...

Dale North

10:50 PM on 09.18.2013

Capcom's PS4 exclusive Deep Down casual mode & more

At Sony's Tokyo Game Show press conference, Capcom's Yoshinori Ono was on hand to show off more of Capcom's PS4 exclusive Deep Down, which is looking more and more like Dark Souls (or perhaps Dark Souls 2). Though, counter to...

Steven Hansen