This past weekend saw a lot of excitement as the Tokyo Game Show (TGS) kicked off with lots of fanfare. This is one of the few chances that companies have to show off their new games and gaming systems and each year there has to be winners and losers. The winner this year was clear. Square Enix (SE) has one of the most hyped games in a long time with Final Fantasy XV and with the release date being pushed from September to November, it is only building up a little more as the date draws closer.
SE even revealed one more trailer to go along with the game. However, this was only one of three Final Fantasy games that SE showcased at the exhibition as they also showed off World of Final Fantasy with an in person demo of the game as well as a trailer. At its core, World of Final Fantasy is Pokemon Go with a Chibi Final Fantasy theme but for people like myself, this will probably be enough to get a massive audience. The game itself is reportedly about 100 hours of play time so you should get a LOT of fun for the money.
The other Final Fantasy game at the TGS was Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age. On the surface this just looks like a remaster and a cash grab by SE but there are a lot of changes that are coming to the game. Things like a more balanced combat system, something they named “High Speed Mode” that lets you run faster with the press of a button, and a Job System. I never played FFXII originally so I may pick this one up myself to run through it. I’m interested to see what you guys think, however, and if you will give it a play to see if it’s any good and if you like the new additions. I’ll be doing another write up of this one in the future, I’m sure.
There was more than SE and Final Fantasy at the TGS though including a showcasing of Capcom’s new Great Ace Attorney series which moves the setting back to Japan. There isn’t a lot of information about the game yet as it’s still in development however there is a trailer that can be seen here.
One weirdly absent game was the Final Fantasy VII remake. This is most likely due to the fact they are pushing 15 so hard to make sure it does well and that we will be hearing a lot more about VII at next years shows, like TGS and E3, as the release date draws nearer.
Also at the Tokyo Game Show was Metal Gear: Survive that incorporates a new Zombie feature into the Metal Gear franchise. It’s a multi-player Co-op game and will have missions and stages which sounds a lot like Left 4 Dead that came out 8 years ago. So much so that in Metal Gear Survive: You and 3 friends (again, sound familiar?) have to go through a map to get to a mission end point. This is made by the same team that brought you Phantom Pain (minus the obvious Hideo Kojima who had nothing to do with this game).
Other games discussed were Sega’s new Valkyria game which will have more emphasis on strategy now, Resident Evil 7 and the latest VR demonstration that left some people feeling nauseated due to the weird camera, and lastly, Bakahaza. A mobile game version loosely based on the Resident Evil series that is now dead on any console format. This is more than just a little sad that they have done this and I expect this game will get reviews from people much more upset than myself, that a console version of a Resident Evil game, will not be made again.
Last, and certainly not least, was a 18 minute game play video of The Last Guardian. For those who don’t know The Last Guardian has been a game in development for nearly as long as Final Fantasy XV. The game first was shown off at E3 in 2008. After a showing of the workings of the game in 2011, the game pretty much disappeared in developmental hell and was widely seen as vaporware; software that would never be released. At the playable demo at TGS people complained about awkward gameplay and bugs that needed to be worked out. The new expected release date is December 6th but I would expect this date to be pushed into 2017 or a very buggy game will be released and disappoint a whole lot of people.
Overall, the Tokyo Game Show 2016 had a lot of nice things about it. Lots of news on games and consoles as well as game demos and new trailers. Personally, I look forward to it more than E3 as most of my favorite games come from japanese makers like Koei Tecmo, Atlus, and Nihon Falcom. If you have any questions or comments, please make sure to post them and I will reply. Please keep in mind, that if they are in French, I most likely can read them and will try to reply in as much French as possible but English is my native language and the only one I know well.