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Tokyo Game Show 2014

posted Sep 22, 2014, 8:45 AM by Barny CK
Pictures courtesy of Tokyo Otaku Mode

On 18th to the 21st September, Tokyo Game Show 2014 was held at the Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall. For the uninitiated, TGS is an annual gaming convention in Japan, much like the E3 in Los Angeles or the Gamescom in Germany. However, unlike its counterpart, every year, TGS allocates 2 more days for the general public to visit.  In TGS 2014, 421 exhibitors participated, with over 1300 titles prepared for journalists and the public to view or play. This year's convention marks a growing prominence in mobile phone games. The number of titles exhibited for the iOS jumped from 114 to 259 and Android games saw an increase from 112 to 246. Gree, an exhibitor with one of the biggest booth focused on smartphone games. In the end, 251832 people visited the Tokyo Game Show 2014.

 TGS 2014 is a convention of mostly Japanese games. All but one exhibitor is a Japanese company, with the only foreign participant being Electronic Arts. Some of the other more prominent exhibitors are Konami, Sega, Sony Computer Entertainment, CAPCOM, Square Enix, Bandai Namco Games, KOEI Tecmo and Microsoft Japan. 

 Konami proved to be the most popular booth as they showcased their latest game Metal Gear Solid V : The Phantom Pain. The game is set to be released in 2015 and features a female sniper named Quiet. Konami also showcased their football game Winning Eleven 2015 though it didn't gain much attention. 

Sony Computer Entertainment previewed Bloodborne and the just released Destiny which won a lot of crowd. These games were playable but the one that caught a lot of attention was Project  Morpheus, the virtual reality headset. 

Square Enix is also another heavyweight with its Final Fantasy series. In line with current trend, Square showcased many smartphone games such as 3594E, Final Fantasy World Wide Words and Final Fantasy VII G-Bike. But perhaps what garnered the most fanfare is playable demo of Final Fantasy  Type-0 HD and the unveiling of yet another trailer to the eagerly anticipated Final Fantasy XV. Other playables are Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5, Chaos Rings III, Final Fantasy Explorers, Bravely Second and Final Fantasy XIV : A Realm Reborn. 

CAPCOM with its Resident Evil Revelations 2 trailer is yet one other crowd puller. The game was confirmed for an early 2015 release on PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One and PC. The other games prominently featured are Monster Hunter 4G, Deep Down and The Great Ace Attorney, which I kinda like its cute trailer.

There's a new trailer for Dragon Ball Xenoverse at Bandai Namco Games' booth. The game was originally called Dragon Ball New Project until revealed to be Xenoverse or XV in June 10th this year. DB XV will allow players to create customised Super Saiyan characters. There's also a new trailer for God Eater Rage Burst. Rage Burst is an enhanced version of the original game God Eater 2 and is set to be released on PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 this winter. 

Two Final Fantasy developers, Kazushige Nojima & Hitoshi Sakimoto, have teamed up with a small UK and France-based studio Kobojo to create Zodiac. Zodiac is a JRPG that incorporates elements from Final Fantasy, Valkyrie Profile and Dragon's Crown. Zodiac is scheduled to be out in 2015 on PS Vita and iOS. 

Oculus VR was also present to showcase its new virtual reality headset. Though a little bulky, its VR headset actually has better developed graphics as compared to Project Morpheus. Oculus VR presented 2 games for its headset; a space fighter game and a dance game.