Tokyo Game Show 2011 is just around the corner and there is some pretty epic stuff heading our way, while some of it has already been released, such as Child of Eden, there is also plenty of pre release stuff and we will more than likely see the odd announcement. So, here is a brief preview of what we should expect out of the Tokyo Game Show.
Square Enix and Disney return with Dream Drop Distance. While not a direct sequel in the series, the game will feature recurring characters and have it’s own, stand alone storyline. The game has not yet been playable at at any expos. The game will be playable at TGS with a new trailer and some details due, the game still has no confirmed release date, or rating as of yet so this could be some of the information that comes out of the expo.
The gameplay is supposed to be similar to the style that Square are using for Final Fantasy XIII Vs. which Square Enix have confirmed, will NOT feature at TGS. All the stuff rumoured from E3 2011 is actually going to be present here, not just the playability but also a new trailer.
Game Of Hell
Square Enix, mysterious project is getting new details at the expo, but what they will be still remains a mystery. The game first came to everyone’s attention when Square set up a website for the game, proclaiming it as “the new title of Hell”.
While nothing official has been released yet, they are going to be talking about it at TGS and while there is a lack of official details, it was discovered that the developers had copyrighted the title “Lord Of Apocalypse”. This led many to speculate that the game would be a sequel to Lord of Arcana. Square Enix have neither confirmed, nor denied these claims so hopefully, The Game of Hell will finally get some new details in Japan.
Tokyo Game Show isn’t going to just be Square Enix’ party. Capcom will also be there, amongst others, with one of their strongest titles Asura’s Wrath. This is another entry that is likely to be playable at TGS, with fresh details confirmed to be announced, after Capcom confirmed a second playable character. With the release slated for early next year and fans having been voting whether or not the game will feature on PC or Wii U, the winner of this vote could also be announced at the show.
The game focuses on Asura, a demigod who has his powers stripped by the Gods and is seeking revenge. Yasha is Asura’s brother in law, who begins his battle after his wife, Asura’s sister, is murdered. Yasha is described as a faster character so not only will the game feature two storylines, we can also hopefully, look forward to two different gameplay experiences.
PS Vita With 30 games?
Sony have already confirmed several games for their latest hand-held venture, but those with a keen eye will have noticed that they haven’t announced 30. If the rumours floating around are to be believed, Sony will be showcasing a whole, pardon my language, shit ton of brand new titles.
The Vita will be replacing the PSP which has seen a lot of success, even getting it’s own cell phone incarnation. The Vita will outdated the PSP by featuring an OLED 5 inch touch screen, dual thumb sticks, regular PSP controls and a touch sensitive back panel. Under the PSP like exterior it will have updated guts, even featuring 2 quad core processors one of which is purely for the graphics.
New games might not be the only thing, the Vita still has no confirmed release date other than quarter 4 of this year for Japan and early 2012 for the rest of us. While this rules them out of the Christmas race for the majority of the world, a confirmed release date for the Japanese would certainly mean a huge amount of units shifted over the holiday season.
Dragon Quest X
Set for release on the Wii and Wii U, Dragon Quest X is the latest addition the already successful RPG series and this time around, multiplayer is going to be the name of the game. Dragon Quest X is supposedly going to have more of an MMO feel to it, which would be a nice addition to the Wii line up and give people who want more multiplayer action, a reason to dust off the old Nintendo.
Few details about the game are available so this is a prime candidate for a whole lot of new information, with the only thing currently worth noting that the game will feature six different playable races and will take place over five continents.
Final Fantasy, Lots Of Final Fantasy
When it comes to one of the biggest JRPG series, Square Enix are breaking out the big gun this year bringing not one, nor two but three Final Fantasy games along with them.
We’ll start off looking at what will probably be the least exciting in the form of Final Fantasy Theatrhythm for the 3DS. As the name suggests, Theatrhythm will be
a rhythm based game, a deviation from the usual RPG style, players will choose a game from the series, from the original right up to XIII, each game will have three levels and difficulty will be changeable. To progress through the game, players will have to tap the screen in time with the rhythm of the music, similar to Guitar Hero.
Next up is the more anticipated Final Fantasy 0 for the PSP. Despite the first due to hit shelves, no release has been confirmed for anywhere other than Japan who will be able to pick it up on October 27th. The game will be playable at TGS, if you have time to move away from the Vita and looks pretty good. The game is said to be massive and with fourteen selectable characters, it sounds it, throughout the game players will travel from town to town, accepting missions from various sources. Each character has differing strengths and weaknesses, so depending on what each mission entails, the player will have to select the three characters whose abilities seem the most useful. Despite having a “unique multiplayer experience” the game is not an MMO.
Last, but by no means least, is Final Fantasy XIII-2. Having been given the new screen treatment just a few days ago, more details are sure to be announced at TGS. Obviously the game is a direct sequel, with the developers wanting to do some more character building. It was also confirmed in a Q and A with Motomu Toriyama that the game will rely heavily on time travel, with players having to travel through time in order to solve certain quests and missions. Despite some mixed reviews for its predecessor, the sequel looks and sounds less linear and far superior to the first part.
DMC HD Collection
One of Capcom’s biggest series, Devil May Cry, has an anniversary rolling round soon so this would have been rumoured anyway. But, with the ERSB recently having let the cat out of the bag and trailers already online, a Tokyo Game Show announcement shouldn’t be ruled out. With the attention around the series already rising, handing out some details or a new trailer could only mean good things for Capcom and would be a wasted opportunity if not.
Just the other day, news came that the latest Monster Hunter game for the 3DS would be changing the way you played 3DS. The attachment in question extends the size of the console but also adds a second thumb stick. This will not be essential for playing the game seeing as the developers have thrown in some new, innovative ways to control the game using the camera and changeable touch screen controls. While the game will get some attention the peripheral opens a lot of doors for the 3DS, meaning that more advanced games, the required two sticks will in the future be a possibility for the console. Perhaps Nintendo should have announced this before slashing the price, but the cut in price has still had the desired effect, boosting the consoles sales pretty well. Having only been announced days ago, the game is on course for a late 2011 release date in Japan so a showcase shouldn’t be ruled out.
Resident Evil 6
Ever since that picture turned up, apparently out of comic con, you all know the one I’m talking about, the inevitable Resident Evil 6 has been floating around the internet rumour mill. No solid details, not even confirmation have turned up from official, credible sources. But, believe the dates centred around the image and you can almost guarantee that some information, at some point will appear at TGS this year and if I’m wrong, I will purchase, cook and eat a hat.