TGS 2015 Review - Sony's Conference



The Tokyo Game Show is always an exciting time of the year for me personally, as a fan of Japanese games I get a little preview what could possibly come over to the west. The most exciting thing the last few years has been Sony's press conference. It gives Sony and other publishers the opportunity to announce some exciting news that they've keeping close to there vests for a while. Now I know everything announced at this conference is not coming to North America, it is a Japanese conference so the target demographic for this conference will be the Japanese gamer. I will list everything that get's announced but when I see something that has a chance of coming over here I'll go a little deeper into that announcement.

The conference starts out with a sizzle reel of many games that are already out or is coming to PlayStation platforms; most of them are PS4 games with a couple Vita games featured as well. The head of SCEJA comes out welcoming everyone in attendance as well as everyone watching through the livestream. Three new colour variations of the PS Vita are mentioned and are coming out on September 17th in Japan, if I remember correctly one of those colour variation is coming to GameStop exclusively in November. PS4 is also apparently doing four times better in Japan then it was doing one year ago; no actual reveal of what that number is but one can assume it's doing better numbers.

Everyone's favourite Worldwide Studios president, Shuhei Yoshida enters the stage with an update on Sony's studio titles. Yoshida introduces a trailer for Bloodborne's expansion which is called 'The Old Hunters' and a lot of content is going into this expansion; so Bloodborne veterans you are going back into the world of Bloodborne on November 24th for $19.99. The new expansion will also be bundled into a physical copy of Bloodborne on December 3rd called Bloodborne: The Old Hunters Edition. A new entry in the Hots Shots Golf series was also announced for PS4, a trailer is revealed showing off the gameplay of the newest entry; the game is coming out some time in 2016. Uncharted 4 is coming to Japan on March 18th, 2016. There has been rumors going on with Gravity Rush for a while, one of PSVIta's favourite games in the community is being ported to PS4. The game is coming in December 10th, 2015 in Japan, while it's coming to North America on February 9th, 2016 and to Europe the next day on February 10th, 2016.

If that isn't enough Gravity Rush 2 is coming to PS4 sometime in 2016, the sequel is developed exclusively for PS4 meaning it's expands the world of Gravity Rush to a whole other level; meaning they aren't limited by the power of the PSVita. Gameplay is showed off for Gravity Rush 2 and it looks beautiful; it looks like there are some co-op elements in the sequel this time around. I wasn't much of a fan of Gravity Rush's gameplay with it's limited buttons and motion controls to fight but Gravity Rush 2's gameplay look way better just looking better; Japan Studio took there time and the wait was worth it. I'm very excited to play the game. A collector's edition for the Gravity Rush PS4 port was revealed, it includes the game and also a figurine of the main character in the game called Kat.

Ubisoft is up next and they show off a world premiere trailer of Ubisoft Montreal's newest game called For Honor; gameplay is showed off of Japanese samurai for TGS 2015. After that is a trailer Assassin's Creed Syndicate downloadable content; you play as Jack the Ripper in this DLC. Sega announces HD remake of the original Yakuza game for the 10th anniversary and it will be available for PS3 and PS4 on January 21st, 2016 in Japan. Yakuza 6 was also announced but as a PS4 exclusive, it is coming Fall 2016 in Japan. Finally some news for the fighting game fans, King of Fighters XIV was announced for PS4 and is coming sometime in 2016. It's also been announced that Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming to PS4.

Bandai Namco Entertainment is up next and they announce a new One Piece game One Piece Burning Blood. this game is being developed by Spike Chunsoft and is a one on one style fighting game; it is coming to PS4 and PSVita; no other details were given. After that a trailer for Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS Force is showed off, this new entry takes what Extreme VS is known for and emphasis the team aspect of the game; it is exclusively coming to Vita. Koei Tecmo is up next and they announces a new entry in the Romance of the Three Kingdom series, it is the 13th entry in the series and it marks the series 30th anniversary; it comes out December 10th, 2015, Toukiden 2 was also announced and it is coming to PS3, PS4 and PSVita, it is coming sometime in 2016. Koei Tecmo also revealed a samurai action game called Nioh and is coming in 2016 for PS4 only.

Square ENix is up next showing off four titles. First up is World of Final Fantasy that was revealed at E3 2015, we now see a more expanded look at the game; it is coming out some time in 2016 on PS4 and PSVita. It's looking good with the references that Final Fantasy fans know so well, the game is looking good with it's chibi art style. Next up is another game that was first announced at E3 2015, the fifth entry in the Star Ocean series is showcased at the conference. This time story elements of the game is showed  off with gameplay, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is coming to PS3 and PS4 in Japan on February 25th, 2016; the PS4 version of the game will also come west some time in 2016.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Saga series a new entry is coming to PSVita, it is called SaGa Scarlet Grace and is coming sometime in 2016. Lastly but certainly not least is Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue for PS4, this will be the last Kingdom Hearts game compilation before Kingdom Hearts 3's release. This package includes Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD, Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover and Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep: A Fragmented Passage. Kingdom Hearts X has been given HD movie treatment in this compilation, while KIngdom Hearts 0.2 is brand new content in a special playable episode that links to the story of Kingdom Hearts 3; you play as Aqua in the realm of darkness.

Next up is a trailer for Dark Souls 3, the game is coming out in Japan on March 24th, 2016. Now for some Prject Diva news, Project Diva Future Tone is coming PS4 sometime in 2016. Project Setsuna was teased a little at E3 2015, now the full reveal of the game is now. The game is called Ikenie to Yuki no Setsuna it is coming in 2016 for PS4 and PSVita in Japan. No details were revealed about it coming to the west. Next is a new Vanillaware game featuring high school students, mechs and explosions. The game is called 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim and is coming to PS4 and PSVita. Capcom talks about Biohazard's 20th anniversary and there support for HD remaster of past numbered titles. They also announced a competitive shooter:called Biohazard Umbrella Corps for PS4, it is coming sometime in 2016.

Spike Chunsoft is up next to reveal a trailer of there Tri-Ace collaboration, the game is called Exist Archive:The Other Side of the Sky; it is coming to PS4 and PSVita on December 17th, 2015. The game combines 2D platform and mechanics with 3D RPG elements.They also officially announced Danganronpa 3 for PSVita and for the first time in the series PS4 as well; no release date was given. The first promotional video for Dragon Quest Builders is revealed at the conference, the game is also coming out on January 28th, 2016 for PS3, PS4 and PSVita. Variations for the PS4 and controllers were showed off. A PlayStatio Now Beta was announced for Japan.

A trailer for Project Morpheus was showed off at the conference, the official name for the VR technology has finally been revealed; it will be now known as PlayStation VR. Many titles were showed off that can be played at TGS;including Final Fantasy XIV Online. Also PS4 has gotten a price drop in Japan starting October 1st,2015. The price was originally ¥39,980 and is now ¥34,980, that is a 12.5% decrease in price without taxes

And with that the conference is over, a lot of cool things were announced from my perspective. I look forward to getting some of these games in my hands.


Written by Dennis Price

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