2 comments Published on 24 September 2013, 16:44 by Ben
Well… where to begin? I can honestly say I don't think there has ever been such an exciting time to be a gamer. Microsoft and Sony are preparing to go head to head, and the only sure fire winners are us – the gamers. I can say without a doubt, both major players this coming generation (no offence to Nintendo!) are coming out all guns blazing! Not only that, but current generation consoles still have a lot to offer, with a bunch of amazing titles on the way. So without further ado, let's get started…
Anyone that knows me would tell you that I would have made a bee line for the Dark Souls 2 stand. I did, except I couldn't find it, so I decided to check out the forthcoming Capcom PS4 title Deep Down. As a huge fan of this type of game, I was really interested in find out more about this intriguing title. Not only did I get to see a developer presentation on Deep Down, but I got to get my monkey mits on the game itself. Deep Down is a third person dungeon crawler, and also one of the most graphically impressive games I have ever encountered. It is breathtaking. It is also a co-op game that you can play online with your friends. Further to that, the dungeons AND enemies are randomly generation, which give the game infinite re-playability. I can't wait to party up with some friends and get hacking!
Next up was, of course, Dark Souls 2. The fact that this title had the longest line of people waiting to play it out of all 27 games on show at the Sony booth shows the level of anticipation for this sequel. Fans of the series have super high expectations for the sequel to THE breakout hit of 2011, myself included. Well, is there reason to worry? None, whatsoever! Finally getting my hands on my most anticipated title of ALL TIME, I can tell you to expect more frightening enemies, more in depth combat, and MORE DEATH! I died 4 times in my 15 minute session and loved every minute of it. Dark Souls 2 is also beautiful – From Software have truly pushed the current gen consoles to their limits on this one. Also, if you are a fan of the Souls Series, you MUST check out the limited Collector's Edition – 30cm Warrior Knight figurine, hardbound artbook, colour fabric map, soundtrack and metal game case (super limited so get in quick)! Colour me excited!
There were also a bunch of other fantastic looking games on show at the Sony stand that I didn't have time to play myself, but did get to take a peek at. Knack looks wonderful, Beyond – Two Souls look immersive and haunting, and Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag looks super ambitious and down right AMAZING (also worth noting that AC4 Black Flag is coming to all current and next gen consoles so everyone can experience its awesomeness!).
Just as I was finishing up my time with the Dark Souls 2 demo, Hideo Kojima began a presentation for Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain! While I didn't get to play it for myself, the 12 minute gameplay demo really showed how amazing this highly anticipated sequel is going to be. Fans of the series will NOT be disappointed!
With all this talk of the Sony stand, you'd be forgiven for thinking Microsoft were absent from Tokyo Game Show – but you'd be wrong! Microsoft brought their A game to Japan, and definitely wowed me! They had a HUGE stand and had a tonne of awesome titles on display! The first Xbox One game I got to play was Ryse – Son of Rome, and I was impressed! Myself and a couple of other players were thrust into a Co-Op Colosseum battle. Combat is gritty, frantic and BRUTAL. This is truly a gruesome game, in all the best ways.
However, the Microsoft game I was most blown away by was Titanfall. I can safely say this game is a system seller, much like Halo was for the original Xbox. Currently being developed by Respawn Entertainment (made up of ex Call of Duty developers), Titanfall is a multiplayer mech first person shooter. The gameplay is fast and frantic, and oh so additive. Two main things set it apart from other FPS games. Firstly you can take the battle vertical, in that there is a sort of free running style to the game, you can run along walls thanks to your jump jets and even double jump up several stories! Secondly, you have the ability to battle giant mechs AND control them. Bad. Ass. There were moments where it was truly a David and Goliath situation, running along roof tops and through alleys, trying to find a safe place to get a shot on the devastating mech chasing you down. Super exhilarating! On top of that, the game is extremely cinematic, and the graphics are TRULY next gen (I played this on the Xbox One).
Next up, I headed over to what was one of the coolest stands of all – Battlefield 4. This stand was AWESOME. There was a custom Battlefield 4 Hummer, burly American guys dressed as fully armed soldiers, cute Japanese girls in army green BF4 uniforms, a bunker, but most importantly, THIRTY SIX PS4 consoles – locked and loaded with the Battlefield 4 demo. We were ushered through a tunnel and into the bunker, divided into 2 squads of 18, and were then bellowed at by aforementioned beefy American soldiers! We were given our orders, the bunker door flew open, and then it was ALL ON. An 18 on 18 match of Obliteration – a new game type in which both teams battle for control of a bomb which must be planted at the enemies base. I will try and keep this brief, but to say I was blown away would be an understatement. The game looks STUNNING on the PS4, running at a smooth 60 frames per second. As for the gameplay itself, fans of the series have no need to worry at all. In fact, I would say its some of the most enjoyable Battlefield I have played. Gameplay was frantic, the map was huge (both landmass wise and vertically – tonnes of skyscrapers you can scale for parachuting and sniping madness), heaps of vehicular mayhem – just all out blitzkerig! Battlefield 4 is a launch title for both PS4 and Xbox One (not to mention launching on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on November 1st), and is now my most anticipated launch title without a doubt!
On my travels I also spotted a Square Enix stand, showing off all of their upcoming Play Arts Kai Figures. New figures are on the way for Metal Gear, Final Fantasy, Assassin's Creed, Kingdom Hearts, Aliens and a TONNE for DC Comics (click on the picture to the left to check them all out). You can be sure that as soon as they are available to pre-order, Mighty Ape will have them listed for you, so keep your eyes (and bananas) peeled!
The last game I got the chance to check out was The Evil Within (or Psycho Break as it is known in Japan). In case you didn't know, The Evil Within is the newest creation of original Resident Evil mastermind Shinji Mikami and is being published by Bethesda. As a HUGE survival horror fan, this is the game I have been waiting years for. It looks utterly terrifying. We were ushered into a spooky makeshift theatre to experience the brand new story and gameplay trailer in all its horrifying glory. If like me, you miss the glory days of survival horror, that rush of adrenaline from being scared out of your mind, then you need to pick up this game when it releases next year (on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PC). You play as a detective, investigating a grisly mass murder. You inadvertently get knocked unconscious, and when you come to… well. Let's just say things have gone horribly wrong (yes, even worse than a grisly mass murder already is). From the ten minute video which showed off a lot of gamplay, I can tell you it seems like a blend of original Resident Evil frights, dense Silent Hill atmosphere, with a little bit of Deadly Premonition (sans the humour) rolled into one. This is a no brainer for all fans of the survival horror genre.
Well folks, that's about all I had time to check out this year! Be sure to click on the photos to see more of the sights of Tokyo Game Show 2013. We here at Mighty Ape are huge gamers, just like you, so its an absolute privilege to be able to give you a sneak peak into this iconic Gaming Expo. The next year is set to be the best of recent memory, with countless amazing titles to look forward to! So, lock in those pre-orders, book in your time off work and prepare to game like never before!