It’s that time of the year at Tokyo Game Show is back for its annual run, and if you are a fan of Japanese games, it’s hard not to know what to expect from the biggest gaming convention in this region. Industry giants the likes of Square Enix, Sega, Konami, and Bandai Namco grandly set up their booths to showcase upcoming titles, and attendees came in troves to have first-hand experience with them. We were on site to join the madness, and here’s what everyone is playing and hyping about.
Anubis: Zone of the Enders – Mars
Legendary developer Hideo Kojima is commonly associated with the Metal Gear series, but he does have other creations under his belt, namely the Zone of the Enders franchise. The hack-and-slash shooter didn’t receive the worldwide attention of Metal Gear, but it has a dedicated cult following, which was enough to prompt Konami in remastering The 2nd Runner with modern features and full VR support. Now everyone can pilot a cool-looking mech.
Call of Duty: World War II
Activision’s action-packed first-person shooter series has come a long way since it was first launched more than a decade ago, and despite keeping up with the annual release format, CoD has been under fire recently (no pun intended) for constant space shooter themes used in the latest titles. Call of Duty: World War II sets to bring the franchise back to its roots, and feedback has been decent so far, so we certainly hope this latest iteration will remind us why we fell in love with the series in the first place.
Ever since Dark Souls gained critical reception for the unforgiving gameplay difficulty it presented, other developers have been jumping on the bandwagon to produce a similar game of their own. Bandai Namco is the latest company to do so with Code Vein, a post-apocalyptic dystopian game with vampire themes, along with a difficulty system suited to the most hardcore of players. Most importantly, the art style is distinctively Japanese, which holds a bigger appeal to the gamers in this region.
Detroit: Become Human
The sense of existentialism is a theme constantly explored in modern movies, and it has received some attention in video games as well, which is what Detroit: Become Human is all about. Quantic Dream’s PlayStation 4 exclusive title is set in the future where androids roam the streets with human-like features, and judging from their marketing stunt in the convention and positive hands-on impressions, we can expect an action-packed ride with an engaging storytelling gameplay.
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT
Final Fantasy will always be known one of the granddaddies of JRPGs, but the franchise is so huge to the point it has branched out to other genres, and Dissidia represents a very impressive take on the 3D fighting game scene. This title is not entirely new as it has been in Japanese arcade systems since 2015, but a console port has been largely requested by fans, and I can imagine any sort of complaints will be cut down when we get to battle it out with our favorite characters in a modern system.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
One of Japan’s most iconic anime franchise has a long history in the fighting game genre, and despite the popular ones like the Budokai Tenkaichi and Xenoverse series are played in 3D, hardcore fans have been long clamoring for a classic 2D version. Arc System Works came into the foray to design the ultimate 2D Dragon Ball experience, and it’s hard to see how they can screw it up, considering their previous successes with the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue titles.
Dynasty Warriors 9
Koei Tecmo’s Dynasty Warriors series might not be associated with the word “hype” often, but the latest entry in the 20-year franchise is worth a shout. Developer Omega Force has taken longtime fans’ frustrations into consideration, and they subsequently altered the core gameplay, with the addition of an open world system, side quest activities, and more “depth” into the combat mechanics. It might not sound convincing for some of you, but hey, changes to a stagnant series can’t be a bad thing right?
Gran Turismo Sport
The Gran Turismo franchise has been stapled PlayStation titles, and despite having to wait 4 years for its PlayStation 4 debut, it’ll most definitely be worth the wait, considering the way how series creator Kazunori Yamauchi touted GT Sport as the beginning of a new era. Not all of us can afford a steering wheel setup in our homes, but what the game has to offer in terms of simulating modern racing will set up for one heck of a ride.
Itadaki Street: Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary
What happens when you mash up Monopoly with Square Enix JRPGs? Itadaki Street was born, and while such a game might be mundane for some, it’s an extra layer of fun for fans as their favorite characters interact with each other in a more laidback manner. The latest entry in the series was also announced as part of both 30th anniversaries for the Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy franchises, which adds sentimental value to it as we celebrate how far they have come throughout the years.
Metal Gear Survive
Series creator Hideo Kojima might have left Konami, but his Metal Gear legacy lives on with another new entry, albeit with a change of presentation. Instead of the signature solo stealth gameplay, Metal Gear Survive puts players in a survival action-adventure environment against zombie-like creatures. It might sound overboard for Konami to shift the series to such a direction, but the fans are keen to reserve judgment only after the game is released.
Monster Hunter: World
To say the Japanese audience is hyped up for the latest entry in the long-standing monster-battling franchise is a huge understatement, especially when the demo slots were filled up merely minutes after the doors were opened on a public day! Monster Hunter: World also marks the series’ long-awaited return to home consoles, complete with a Western version for international hunters to join the quest for glory.
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
When Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch was released in 2011, it received critical acclaim for reinvigorating the JRPG franchise, so it’s no surprise that a sequel is being made. Despite being delayed from this November’s release window to next year January, it’ll most probably be worth the wait for fans to check find out what developers Level-5 has next in store for them.
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