Square Enix RPG Tokyo Game Show media grab bag

By Heath | September 29, 2009 at 11:29 pm

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (PSP), Final Fantasy XIII (PS3/360), Star Ocean 4 International (PS3), Cross Treasures (DS), Nier Gestalt (360), and Nier Replicant (PS3) screenshots below, starting with Kingdom Hearts:
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Final Fantasy XIII: TGS 2009 Hands-on

By Janelle | September 28, 2009 at 9:49 am

Final Fantasy XIII was clearly one of the most anticipated games at the Tokyo Game Show (likely the most anticipated RPG), and writing an impression of the demo hasn’t been easy. If I could describe the experience in one word, that word would be “overloaded.”
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Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep : TGS 2009 Hands-on

By Janelle | September 27, 2009 at 11:49 am

The Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep demo station had a very satisfying balance of content, and did a pretty good job of supplying a fun showcase of how the game will look, feel and play.
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Final Fantasy IV for DoCoMo phones: TGS 2009 Hands-on

By Janelle | September 27, 2009 at 11:06 am

It’s Final Fantasy IV, recently ported and remade a whole lot of times. What’s one more time, right? This time, the game’s for cell phones, and it looks all right.
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Hikari no Senshi: Final Fantasy Gaiden : TGS 2009 Hands-on

By Janelle | September 27, 2009 at 8:04 am

It started out innocently enough. I was prompted to name four characters (two boys and two girls) and then the demo began. A mother woke up my character, and with little fanfare, I was off on what turned out to be a deceptively complex and fun journey.
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Tales of Graces: TGS 2009 Hands-on

By Janelle | September 27, 2009 at 7:19 am

The Tales of Graces demo stations at TGS had two different demos of the Wii title available: a demo containing some world map and story sequences, and a dungeon demo. After selecting the dungeon demo, I feel like I made a poor decision, because it left me feeling frustrated, a little bit cheated, and with a negative impression of the demo overall.
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Summon Night X: Tears Crown : TGS 2009 Hands-on

By Janelle | September 27, 2009 at 4:17 am

Before the Tokyo Game Show, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect of Summon Night X: Tears Crown. After playing this demo, I’m honestly still not sure.
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.hack//Link: TGS 2009 Hands-on

By Janelle | September 27, 2009 at 3:47 am

.hack//Link‘s demo went for some nostalgia appeal almost immediately when it started by asking who I wanted to be Tokio’s ally: Tsukasa or Haseo.
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Disgaea Infinite: TGS 2009 Hands-on

By Janelle | September 27, 2009 at 2:54 am

The announcement of Disgaea Infinite is barely over a week old, but already there was a playable version at the Tokyo Game Show. From what I played of it, it doesn’t appear to be an RPG, but what it is exactly requires some explaining. Take a dialogue-based text adventure game, Prinnies, and the movie Groundhog Day, roll them all together, and the result might look something like Disgaea Infinite.
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Gyromancer: TGS 2009 Hands-on

By Janelle | September 26, 2009 at 10:13 am

Amid the glitz and glamour of the rest of the Square Enix booth was Gyromancer, a snap announcement at the Tokyo Game Show. It was easy to miss, tucked in a back corner with three televisions hooked up to Xbox Live displaying two other games.
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Nier Gestalt: TGS 2009 Hands-on

By Janelle | September 26, 2009 at 9:25 am

This demo threw show attendees into the fray almost immediately. There was a brief shot of a big room in a castle, a young girl lying on some sort of dais behind bars, the main character starts toward her, and strange shadow-light creatures attack.
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Tokyo Game Show: Janelle’s Picture Gallery

By Heath | September 26, 2009 at 8:56 am

Picture takin’ was frowned upon at most times and in most areas of the Tokyo Game Show, but Janelle did snap a few shots while she was there.
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Final Fantasy XIII to debut with new soda, PS3 bundle

By Heath | September 26, 2009 at 8:07 am

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Tales of Phantasia for DoCoMo phones: TGS 2009 Hands-on

By Janelle | September 26, 2009 at 7:25 am

Ugh. After playing the Seiken Densetsu 2 cell phone demo that executed cell phone porting so well, I had very high hopes for the Tales of Phantasia cell phone port, but my hopes were shattered very, very quickly.
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Seiken Densetsu 2 (Secret of Mana) for DoCoMo phones: TGS 2009 Hands-on

By Janelle | September 26, 2009 at 7:23 am

From my fond, SNES-controllered memories of Secret of Mana, I didn’t expect to find Seiken Densetsu 2 on the list of “games you can play with one hand.” In fact, at first glance, I wouldn’t put most action RPGs on that list. But Square Enix took this classic and put it on a cell phone, and it actually works pretty well.
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Ni no Kuni: TGS 2009 Hands-on

By Janelle | September 24, 2009 at 10:51 am

Ni no Kuni has been noteworthy and famous since its announcement because it represents Studio Ghibli’s first foray into game making.  Level-5 has been promoting this one extensively, and I got a chance to dig into the demo today.  If the game follows the trend of the demo, it’ll be a traditional RPG with a really high-gloss veneer of fantasy and wonder.
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Valkyria Chronicles 2: TGS 2009 Hands-on

By Janelle | September 24, 2009 at 9:46 am

At the Lanseal Academy, the students nonchalantly chat after class, opening their lockers to remove grenades, rifles and rocket launchers. The image is funny, but it looks like Valkyria Chronicles 2‘s school theme shouldn’t distract from the original’s great gameplay.
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