Sense of Wonder Night: Innovative Games at TGS

By Janelle | September 30, 2014 at 10:05 am

Sense of Wonder Night is an annual part of the Tokyo Game Show that celebrates innovation in gaming. The event is usually held right after TGS’s second day, but this year it was held during the precious hours that the show floor was open. Therefore, I don’t expect it to get much press attention, but as a fan of the gaming medium, I’ll do my part to report on these innovative games.
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Final Fantasy Type-0 Hands-on Preview – TGS

By Janelle | September 20, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Square Enix’s Final Fantasy Type-0 for the PSP was never released in the west, so Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One represents a second chance for western fans of the series to get their hands on this game.
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Disgaea 5 Hands-on Preview – TGS

By Janelle | September 18, 2014 at 8:38 pm

To go over the basics of Disgaea‘s mechanics seems like a tremendous waste of words; it’s a wacky strategy RPG series with very large numbers and too many quirks to list. If you recognize the name, you probably already know how it plays. What Disgaea fans are wondering, of course, is what new things Disgaea 5 brings to the table. Luckily, the TGS show floor demo did a good job of highlighting some new features.
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Bravely Second Hands-on Preview – TGS

By Janelle | September 18, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Bravely Second picks up some time after the first game, and though the original cast are all still alive and well, a new cast of characters takes their place in the demo (though Agnes takes Airy’s place of offering advice on the menu screen).
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Hands-on preview of Square Enix’s Dive In service – TGS

By Janelle | September 18, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Square Enix recently announced a service for streaming games from its back catalogue for play on tablets and smartphones, called Dive In. The service will launch on October 9 in Japan with Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy XIII and Season of Mystery: The Cherry Blossom Murders available for rent at varying prices. Dive In was available to demo on the TGS show floor, with both Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy XIII queued up and ready to go, so I attempted to test both.
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Sony’s HMZ Virtual Reality Headset Impression – Tokyo Game Show

By Janelle | October 10, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Two different virtual reality headsets get two different impressions.
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Bravely Default “Now THAT’s an RPG!” – Square Enix Interview with RPG Land

By Janelle | October 8, 2012 at 5:27 am

While hitting up the show floor at TGS, we got a chance to sit down with Tomoya Asano, the producer of the upcoming Bravely Default: Flying Fairy. Mr. Asano has previously served as the producer for Hikari no 4 Senshi, and the DS remakes of Final Fantasys III and IV. We discussed the upcoming Bravely Default, which will release in Japan on October 11.
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Soul Sacrifice TGS Hands-on Preview

By Janelle | September 22, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Is this one an RPG? It comes close. It’s close enough. Shut up.
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Shin Unozawa thinks Japan’s game industry has an image problem

By Janelle | September 20, 2012 at 11:57 am

Every year, TGS forum brings important industry figures together to debate and discuss important trends in the market and industry. This year’s first keynote speech was made by Shin Unozawa, the new Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association (CESA) chairman and current Vice President of Namco Bandai games. The topic is one that has been debated around the internet in much less eloquent terms: “What Japan’s Game Industry Needs: The Outlook for the New Era of Game Business,” or in internet speak, why the Japanese Game industry is doomed, and how we can fix it.
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Fantasy Life TGS Hands-on Preview

By Janelle | September 20, 2012 at 8:40 am

Fantasy Life, on paper, seems like a perfect fit for plenty of JRPG fans. It’s co-developed by rising star Level 5 and old standby Brownie Brown, featuring music by Nobuo Uematsu, character designs by Yoshitaka Amano, and features a lighthearted tone that washes away the gritty, angsty funk of Serious Business JRPGs. But TGS tradition seems to require that I rail on a promising game for having a disappointing demo. This year, Fantasy Life is that game.
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Kingdom Hearts HD for PS3 Revealed at TGS

By Heath | September 20, 2012 at 8:04 am

In 2013, Japan will get Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix for PlayStation 3.
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Yakuza 5 TGS Hands-on Preview

By Janelle | September 20, 2012 at 6:50 am

After a radical departure from series convention with Yakuza: Of the End, Sega has developed another main-series Yakuza game for the PS3 that sticks strictly to the formula, if the demo is any indication.
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Sol Trigger Hands-on Preview

By Janelle | September 20, 2012 at 5:50 am

Today I saw a banner on the show floor declaring that Sol Trigger is “The last JRPG.” I was really confused until I realized that Sol Trigger was developed by Image Epoch, a company with a few games under the “JRPG” label, and the “last” refers to it being the last PSP game under that label.
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Ys Celceta trailer, brief hands-on impression

By Heath | September 20, 2012 at 4:11 am

The demo for Ys Celceta: Sea of Trees did indeed take place in a sea of tress. Deep in a forest, I controlled three characters.
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“Man Alive, there are…men alive in here!”

By Heath | September 19, 2012 at 10:50 am

Janelle and I have arrived in Tokyo and will be delivering hands-on previews of upcoming RPGs, as well as news and interviews. Watch for ‘em!

Suikoden Tierkreis videos

By Heath | October 16, 2008 at 10:10 am

A pair of videos showing off Konami’s DS-bound Suikoden title:
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More TGS videos: Avalon Code, Item Getter

By Heath | October 16, 2008 at 10:08 am

The videos keep rolling in: from the show floor, to better websites, to us!
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