Sony’s Pre-Tokyo Game Show brings some great announcements

Here’s the face you’ll be seeing a lot of in Persona 5

For the past few years, Sony has held it’s own small pre-TGS conference before taking the larger platform at the Tokyo Game Show. This is usually just to announce a few smaller games and frivolous additions such as new console colours, but this year’s pre-TGS show brought some exceedingly more exciting game reveals that should help to boost the ailing Playstation 4’s sales  in Japan.

One game that’s had a lot of RPG enthusiasts talking upon it’s intriguing reveal was Persona 5, which is part of the increasingly popular Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series of games that combines elements of dungeon crawling and dating simulators. Atlus finally showed some animated footage of game which depicts the main character making his way through an urban setting, much like the Iwatodai setting of Persona 3. The end of the trailer also revealed that the game will be coming for Playstation 4 as well as Playstation 3 in 2015. No gameplay was shown but the actual main Tokyo Game show may expand upon today’s tease of the highly anticipated game.

Capcom finally put the rumors and leaks to rest by announcing Resident Evil Revelations 2 with a creepy live action trailer that appears to be show zombies instead of the aquatic creatures of the last game. It was also revealed that Chris and Jill will not be returning as the main characters of the game and will instead be substituted by some new fresh faces to the series. The game will be coming to be Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC in 2015, although it’s surprising that the game will not be coming to Nintendo platforms considering the 3DS origins of the first Revelations game.

Sony ended their conference on the announcement of a new Dragon Quest game, Dragon Quest: Heroes, being helmed by Omega Force who are known for their work on the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors series. Not much was revealed about the game other than the fact it will be much more action orientated than the usual traditional RPG battle system the series is renowned for. This marks the return of the Dragon Quest  series to Playstation platforms since the Nintendo exclusives Dragon Quest IX and X. The game will release in 2015 exclusively to Playstation 3 and 4.

Sony also announced a few other games such as Disgaea 5 which will be exclusive to the Playstation 4, and a new YS game that will be coming to Playstation 4 and Vita. A new title for the Danganronpa series was revealed entitled Zettai Zetsubou Shoujo: Dangan-Ronpa–Another Episode, as well as a new Phantasy Star game called Phantasy Star Nova. Luminous Arc Infinity and Way of the Samurai were also shown for the Vita. Bloodborne, the brutal “From Software” game, was also finally given a February 5th 2015 Japanese release date, whilst The Order: 1886 was given a new gameplay trailer.

All in all, this was a great little conference that highlighted Sony’s commitment to all three of it’s current consoles, in Japan at least. Some big name exclusives were shown and announced today, whilst some were teased for the actual Tokyo Game Show conference in two weeks time. The playstation 4 hasn’t been selling nearly as well in Japan compared to Western territories but some of these announcements should help to entice some more sales for the next gen platform.






News Roundup: A quiet week after Gamescom


Nintendo caused a mild storm this week after a new costume for Zero Suit Samus was unveiled for Super Smash Bros. The revealing costumes, based on appearances from Metroid Fusion and Metroid Zero Mission, have caused a divisive reaction with some people complaining about the increasing sexualization of Samus Aran. Masahiro Sakurai was quick to note that the maker of the costume was a female designer but some fans have taken badly to the design of the badass bounty hunter.

Another piece of news comes from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain which has finally unveiled it’s multiplayer offering. The multiplayer allows you to invade other peoples bases, and vice versa, in an effort to take the supplies that other players have amassed. This sounds like a very interesting addition to the main campaign, and one that makes the Mother Base even more relevant and critical to success in The Phantom Pain.

Telltale also released a brand new trailer for the final episode of The Walking Dead: Season 2 which chronicles the events leading up to the Clementine that gamers have come to know now. The trailer highlights just how much the character has changed over the two seasons, changing from a sweet innocent girl to a hardened decision maker, who has learnt what it takes to adapt in the post apocalyptic world.

In other news, this week saw the release of Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition, Tales of Xillia 2 and a Playstation network title called Counterspy. Activision also revealed that Call of Duty Advanced Warfare will not be coming to Wii U, an unfortunate trend in 3rd party games that are neglecting the struggling console.

It’s been a generally quiet week for gaming news after the bombshells that came from Gamescom. Hopefully some more news starts to surface during the lead up to the Tokyo Game Show in September.

News roundup: Indies and Horror dominate Gamescom


Gamescom brought pretty much all of the important news and gaming announcements for this week. Indie games continued to show their relevance with an extremely strong showing at all the conferences. Previously announced indies, Rime and Volume, were given brand new trailers in the Sony conference, meanwhile, Microsoft showcased more of their ID@Xbox program with a new look at the gorgeous, Below, as well as some brand new titles for the service. Finally, two new indie games made their debut; Wild, the new playstation exclusive by Michel Ancel; and Hellblade, a grim looking action game from the makers of Heavenly Sword and DMC.

Sony also showed off an array of new titles from their exclusive studios. Tearaway, the award winning PS Vita gem, was announced for Playstation 4 in a brand new take on the original game called Tearaway Unfolded; a move that will hopefully breathe new life into the under appreciated classic. Until Dawn, originally a Playstation 3 title, reemerged exclusively for the Playstation 4 in what appears to be a significantly darker and bigger budgeted take on the more campy original horror. Also announced was The Tomorrow Children, developed by PixelJunk developer Q-games, and Alienation, a gory top down shooter by Resogun developer Housemarque.

One of the biggest news stories came from the tantalizing reveal of Silent Hills, the Kojima and Del Toro helmed next gen take on Silent Hill, which was quietly announced in an instantly released demo called P.T. The response to the unique reveal of Silent Hills has been overwhelmingly positive, however the same can’t be said for Rise of the Tomb Raider which has rode the waves of controversy this week, after the announcement it would be a, revealed now to be timed, exclusive for Xbox consoles.

Other than that, it was business as usual at Gamescom from all sides. Sony showed off more gameplay from their exclusive big hitters; new trailers were shown for Bloodborne, Driveclub, Littlebigplanet 3, and The Order: 1886. Microsoft, meanwhile, showed off their own AAA exclusives with Halo: The master Chief Collection, Forza Horizon 2, Fable Legends, Sunset Overdrive and Quantum Break. Third party games such as Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Battlefield: Hardline, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Destiny, and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, also made an extremely strong showing, proving that there’s an exciting time ahead for gamers.

It was a surprisingly impressive Gamescom this year, with a great deal of exciting announcements that rival E3. Sony and Microsoft showed off a great deal of previously announced and new exclusives, whilst Nintendo also showed off a few of their already announced yet equally exciting games on the Gamescom floor. Next year is definitely going to be an important one for next gen and it’s already a promising prospect if this past week is anything to go by.