The Sights Of The Tokyo Game Show

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Today is the first press day for this year’s Tokyo Game Show (the four-day expo won’t be open to the public until Saturday). Let’s have a look inside.

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Neither Nintendo nor Microsoft attends the show. Traditionally, Sony has dominated, but this year, Sega (and Atlus), Konami, and Square Enix all have booths of roughly equal size—or even, a smidge larger.

Interestingly, while Cyberpunk 2077 isn’t playable, it does have an enormous booth, with people lining up to watch a promotional clip.

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Death Stranding is not playable, either, but while its presence is large, it doesn’t have the massive floor space that Cyberpunk 2077 does. No other single game does in the entire show.

As expected, the Square Enix booth is dominated by Final Fantasy VII Remake. Lines are long already on the press day. Expect them to be even longer—and the booth to be even more crowded—on the public ones.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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13 Sentinels Aegis Rim... The most disappointing Vanillaware game ever.

First announced for PS4 and Vita. I was so looking forward to it when I thought it’s going to be an action side scroller like the other three previous of Vanillaware classics on Vita (and I need to remind you, Vita is the only console to have ALL THREE of Vanillaware’s classic side scrollers: Odin Sphere, Muramasa, Dragon’s Crown), this was going to be the fourth.

After a long silence, they finally announced that the Vita version is cancelled, and I was heartbroken...

But then they showed gameplay snippets. No giant robots side scrolling action? The gameplay is a mix of human characters side scrolling story segments (with very little interactions based on my observation)...

...and tactical battle gameplay played entirely on a zoomed out city map without any of the Vanillaware beautifully animated sprites goodness:

What.. the frick is this? Suddenly I’m not so disappointed missing the Vita version. This doesn’t look good at all, this looks about as exciting as “playing” Microsoft Excel. Is anybody actually looking forward to this after seeing the gameplay?

Vanillaware is making another game (hopefully an action side scroller), one set in medieval Europe:

A bit derivative since they’ve already done Dragon’s Crown. But hopefully it’s a lot more exciting than whatever 13 Sentinels turns out to be.