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The Exciting Sights Of TGS 2017Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:28:00 GMT

Another Tokyo Game Show is in full swing, and every year we try to bring the experience to you. The event may not be the powerhouse it once was for reveals, but there's still plenty of enthusiasm in the air for all things video games. From amazing cosplayers to cool booth setups, we snapped shots of the show floor this year. We'll be updating this gallery through the weekend, so be sure to check back for more photos that capture the show's essence.

Cosplayers are all around to celebrate games. I snapped this by the Final Fantasy XIV booth. 

Evil Within 2, called Psycho Break 2 in Japan, received top billing and had a line to play it all day.

Hot off its release date announcement of January 26, Monster Hunter: World was also a popular attraction at the show. I had a lot of fun with the co-op demo I played. Stay tuned for impressions!


Even in Japan, you can't escape the fanfare for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

You also can't escape all things adorable and pink....

Part of the magic of TGS is you never know who you'll bump into. Suda 51 was excited to discuss that The 25th Ward: Silver Case remake is coming to North America and Europe.

With the recent announcement of the Yakuza team's Fist of the North Star, Sega made sure people took notice.

Here are outfits from Sword Art Online and Kantai Collection.

The Atelier series is celebrating its 20th anniversary. I can't believe it's been that long!

Nintendo doesn't attend TGS, but Koei Tecmo is also developing Fire Emblem Warriors. Seeing Fire Emblem at the show just made me smile. You have to admit that retro banner is a nice touch.

So let's talk about these weird Final Fantasy XV promotions for mobile...

Because I just can't wrap my head around them ...

A chance to pose with a rabite and the mana sword? Like I'd pass that up. Dork card earned. 

Dating sims are popular for both genders. Not pictured: This booth let you get your makeup done and also held pretend wedding ceremonies to handsome boys. 

In case you need a new phone case...

A look at some of the chaos as everyone rushes to Yakuza. 

I always enjoy seeing limited edition consoles on display, such as this Grand Turismo one. 

I'm not doing a good job if I'm not posting at least one Love Live! photo.

The game may be out, but that doesn't mean we can't marvel (no pun intended) at that sweet setup. 

In case you get the sudden urge to cosplay while at the show. Believe me, I've seen it happen.

Click to page two to see new pics from the show!

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TGS Sidequest – The Persona 5 Exhibit In AkihabaraSat, 23 Sep 2017 11:36:49 GMT

Part of what I love about Japan is you know what you'll find. If you know me, you know I'm a figure collector and that a lot of my trips here are spent figure hunting. I happened to be out in Akihabara on a hunt today and came across a special Persona 5 exhibit in the Kotobukiya shop there. I knew what I had to do, take pictures for you all to see. Check out the shots below to relive your glory days with the Phantom Thieves. 

Here's a look at some authentic attire from the game. From Shujin Academy uniforms to Joker's getup in he wears in dungeons. The jacket costs 150,000 Yen (about $1350), btw.

Igor sits at his desk, deciding who to make his next pact with...

Justine and Caroline are waiting for your next Persona transformation. 

Tarot cards line the walls, which one's power will you call on?

If you wanted to, you could test your hand at this shooting gallery and win a prize by knocking down particular standees.

Pro Gamer Shinya Oda was of course on hand in case you need any tips.

Here's another look at the big display of the cast.

I'm also using this feature to announce and confirm Makoto is best girl.

Last but not least, a throwback to all those text conversations you had. Joker looks pretty cute, too.

Five Niche Games From TGS 2017 To WatchSat, 23 Sep 2017 06:38:00 GMT

I've spent the last few days trying to soak in as much as I can about TGS 2017. While games like Monster Hunter: World and The Evil Within 2 drew big lines, I wanted to focus on some smaller titles that you might not know about. Here are five niche games that I found interesting from the show. 

Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings (PS4, Switch, PC)
The latest entry in the Atelier series, which concludes the Mysterious arc, was just confirmed for North America. While at the show, I chatted with the developers to learn more about it. This entry goes back to two main protagonists: twins Lydie and Suelle. Lydia is the older twin, who likes to go at her own pace and think things through. Suelle is the opposite; she's more tomboyish, sporting guns and full of energy. The main focus is on daily life, but Lydie and Suelle cam jump into paintings for more fantastical locales. Both the weather system and day and night cycles return, but the paintings also house their own interesting environments. For instance, a painting with an ice background is full of frost and snow to travel through. Because Lydie and Suelle are twins, expect battles to feature combination attacks and skills. Basically, one character takes an attack role, while the other is support. You can even do alchemy right in battle this time around. This game is in celebration of the Atelier's 20th anniversary, and the developers are hoping it satisfies current fans and brings new ones into the fun world of alchemy. Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings launches in early 2018.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (PS4)
I've thoroughly enjoyed Trails of Cold Steel's arc so far, so I'm hoping Xseed localizes the final entry in it. This is the first time the series is on PS4, and I had the opportunity to play it at TGS. It plays how you'd expect: turn-based combat with your four-member party. Landing a crit, stunning an enemy, and unleashing combo attacks are still satisfying. "Some time has passed since we've last seen main character Rean; he's now an instructor, and new characters will accompany him on his journey. That doesn't mean we won't see old favorites – the game contains characters from both the Liberl and Crossbell story arcs. I'm interested to see what the new cast offers and where the story goes, as well as bumping into familiar faces from the other games.

Fortune Street: Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary (PS4, Vita)
Do you remember Fortune Street? It never really took off in North America, but we did see one on the Wii, featuring Mario and Dragon Quest characters. The chances of this one coming over are bleak, but it has an awesome cast, with characters from Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy. You have FF favorites like Yuna, Kefka, and even Noctis alongside popular Dragon Quest characters like Jessica, Carver, and Angelo. For those not in the know, the game plays a lot like Monopoly, where you roll the dice and go around a board to buy properties and stocks. Your goal is to earn money and upgrade properties so you can put your opponents in the red. The game has a lot of fun chance elements, such as letting you land anywhere to shuffling around everyone on the board. It also has fun minigames, like partaking in turn-based retro battles where your dice roll determines your HP and attack. I had a blast in my hands-on time, and if we don't get it in North America, I'm really considering importing it. 

The 25th Ward: The Silver Case (PS4, PC)
Suda and his team at Grasshopper recently remade The Silver Case, and now they're giving its follow-up the same treatment. The game was just recently announced for North America, coming in 2018. The 25th Ward takes place five years after the events of The Silver Case. In the 25th Ward, which takes place five years after the events of The Silver Case, a woman's murder sets off a chain of strange events. The tale will bridge across multiple protagonists, including The Silver Case's Tokio Morishima.  The 25th Ward originally came out over a decade ago on mobile, so the team is taking care to update it for a modern audience with new visuals, sounds, and controls. Suda is also writing some new content for the game, which he seems very energized about. I'm excited to see what bizarre things he cooks up. 

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (PS4, Vita)
The newest title from Vanillaware just keeps sounding more and more interesting. After a catastrophe, you're thrust into a world of despair and demise. Not much has been revealed about 13 Sentinels, but instead of having a fantastical setting like most of Vanillaware's games, the world is more modern and grounded in reality – except for the fact that everyone can pilot mechs.The game follows 13 different protagonists (men and women) who can pilot these mechs and help the world avoid a grim fate. I like the darker tone and can't wait to hear more about the game. Vanillaware titles always have an outstanding style, so I'm sure it won't disappoint on the visual front.

Metal Gear Survive Is More Fun Than I ExpectedSat, 23 Sep 2017 05:05:38 GMT

The spin-off Metal Gear Survive rightfully has its skeptics. After series mastermind Hideo Kojima departed Konami in a messy separation, fans questioned if Metal Gear games would ever be the same. When Konami announced Metal Gear Survive, it was a surprise – a survival action game with zombies? Even Kojima commented on how he didn’t see how zombies fit within the series. I went into my hands-on session for Metal Gear Survive just as doubtful as any fan about the game being something I’d even want to play. While I don’t think Metal Gear Survive will be an earth-shattering experience for the series, I walked away having more fun than I expected. 

While Metal Gear Survive does have a single-player campaign, Konami isn’t ready to give many details on it, except that a wormhole opens in the sky, absorbing all MSF soldiers, transporting them to an alternate reality. You must survive a harsh environment overflowing with dangerous creatures by collecting resources and building a base camp. Time will tell if Konami takes a more zany approach and tells an interesting story considering the premise or makes the single-player very straightforward with a focus on gameplay. 

At Tokyo Game Show, I played a section of the co-op in which you work with three other players in missions. My mission was to protect a generator from waves of zombies. I chose to play as a fighter, but you could also choose a shooter. You basically want to level your character up and find better gear by completing missions; after every mission, you get new loot depending on your success. Metal Gear Survive uses the same controls scheme from Ground Zeroes and Phantom Pain, and they’re as responsive and intuitive as you remember. However, even if you haven’t played the recent games, the controls are easy to pick up and understand. 

Before each wave, you can prepare for the onslaught of baddies coming your way, by putting up barriers, spinning blades, and even mini turrets. The best strategy is to look for any opening the zombies may be able to exploit and put down some traps to thwart them. Once they break through, you can shoot, punch, throw molotov cocktails, and anything else you come equipped with. In between waves, you can take on side objectives to get better resources to protect you from the next wave. 

I loved the chaos and strategy of it all. One minute, you’re prepping by thinking ahead, the next a horde is overflowing the area, forcing you to think on your feet and use what you have at your disposal. The resource management part is a nice touch. You have a limited amount of all your items, from barriers to ammo. You must use them judiciously if you want to make it through every wave. Setting up the perfect trap or throwing a molotov cocktail to torch a zombie horde is satisfying. Even more so, working with a team to make the best of all your resources and help each other out in a bind makes for a fun co-op experience.

Because I only played one mission, I can’t speak to the variety of content or if this game has legs beyond a few matches. Metal Gear Survive has a tough tassk ahead of convincing players it’s worthy of their time. Survival games have become more popular in recent years, but convincing people to abandon those like PUBG is a hard feat. That being said, the game is a lot more enjoyable than I was expecting, providing me that rush I get when I play games like Left 4 Dead or Mass Effect’s multiplayer. Now it’s up to Konami to see if they can attract a strong player base and win back fans. Something tells me this won’t be enough, but Metal Gear Survive is nice a diversion if you’re looking for something in this vein. 

Metal Gear Survive hits in early 2018 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. 


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