Tokyo Game Show 2012 has more or less come to a close. There was a ton of worthwhile news I missed covering, so this post will attempt to touch on everything that fell through the cracks! Since I missed last week’s links post (I was at a convention all weekend) I will also include some general news.
Gravity Daze/Rush took the grand prize and Journey won the game designer award (well deserved!). Awards of excellence were given to Dark Souls, Monster Hunter Tri G, and Skyrim. Not surprisingly Pokemon Black and White was the most successful Japanese game on a global scale.
Looking to 2013, the Future Division winners include God Eater 2, Resident Evil 6, Metal Gear Rising: Revengence, Monster Hunter 4, and Soul Sacrifice.
- If you’re looking for descriptions of the games at TGS 2012, the most recent 8-4 Play Podcast has some great coverage! It’s a staggering 4 hours long, so grab a beverage (or 6 pack of beverages) and get comfortable.
- Wired examines this year’s scaled-back TGS and developing trends in the Japanese gaming industry.
- The CEO of Capcom enjoys okonomiyaki. Who doesn’t? Seriously though, I LOVE the picture of him savoring that okonomiyaki over a fine glass of red wine. That’s the power of comfort food!
- For the last time, Monster Hunter 4 is only going to be for the 3DS. I really hate when people have the opportunity to ask questions and they waste them by fishing for announcements that are obviously not ready to be made. Publishers make announcements on their own terms, not at the whim of journalists.
- POKEMON CARS
- Persona 4: The Golden set for November 20th release. The game WILL NOT have Japanese voice acting (I saw that coming). Also, if you didn’t pre-order the Solid Gold Premium Edition, your ship has sailed: it’s already sold out!
- Tokyo Jungle is on sale today for just $14.99! I’d recommend it to anyone who loves animals, post apocalyptic games, and the rogue-like genre.
The TGS show floor trailer for Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix, which will feature HD versions of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and Re: Chain of Memories (both games will also have full trophy support if you’re into that kinda thing). Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix will include HD cinematics from Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days as well. Not having to play through that monstrosity is worth the price of admission.
It should be no secret that I loved the first Kingdom Hearts as well as Kingdom Hearts 2. Like many fans, the current direction of the series is simply baffling. That doesn’t mean I’m not excited for Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix. My only concern is that the West never saw the release of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix. That could mean we’ll also get passed over for this version since there is no existing localization… Only time will tell, I suppose. No Japanese release date has been announced yet.
New Braverly Default: Flying Fairy Trailer. Looks like there are some awesome attack animations in the game as well as tons of clothing options. Not quite enough to be a system-seller, but if you’re already got a 3DS it should be on your list!
A closer look at the Monster Hunter portion of Capcom’s TGS booth. Capcom was one of the only developers to have a booth of this magnitude at TGS, as many other companies are scaling back. Glad to see they’re still trying to maintain some whimsy at the show!
The official unboxing video of the new slimmer, lighter PS3. God, this woman is so unenthusiastic it’s simply painful to watch.
Final Fantasy VII chiptunes! This is a preview from the FINAL FANTASY VII CHIPS album available now.