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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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