Tokyo Game Show 2013: Day One Report
The first day of the Tokyo Game Show starts with the Sony Keynote Conference. Andrew House starts off by talking about the evolution of consoles and how consoles stopped being a niche market with the incredible success of GTA V from day one. As such Sony will be focusing on the core gamer, while providing an experience for the casual gamer and family members. This is also what they are focused on with the PS Vita TV, with the target audience being PS fans, casual gamers and family members. One of Sony’s goals is to create a single living room experience and the microconsole and the next generation console will play a big role in that. He finished off his talk with a slide: “the best place to play.”
Next up was Masayasu Ito, who is in charge of SCE’s engineering and product division, he detailed the company’s commitment to making the next generation platform a developer-friendly one, with the addition of 8 GB of RAM, as opposed to the initially planned 4 GB. The best part of his talk was the live demonstration of the PS Vita TV Remote Play and the PS App. They were shown off on stage by Shuhei Yoshida, president of SCE Worldwide Studios. From what I was able to see it seems like both worked perfectly. With that the Keynote was over and I left to get some hands on time with a few games.
Gran Turismo 6 was shown off on the show floor with several demo units set up. The game doesn’t feel any different from the demo, released on the PS Store a while back, though it still is an impressive racing game. The controls feel real and without any in-game assists driving the cars is hard. I’ve seen this game before and I’ve liked it, this doesn’t change that – its one hell of a racing simulator.
Beyond Two Souls the next title by David Cage, creator of Heavy Rain, feels highly reminiscent of the 2010 title. However the game feels fresh and new and the mechanics for controlling both Jodie and Aiden are well though out and implemented. The demo shown on the floor of TGS included parts of the game that we’ve already seen in trailers and gameplay videos released up to now, including the lab incident caused by Aiden, Jodie training with the CIA and the train escape sequence. From what I’ve seen on the show floor, it seems like you can’t fail at this game. Throughout the whole game you will, likely, be able to take multiple paths and failing at one point will not get you a game over. The game launches in October and will be on my buy list.
Batman: Arkham Origins is a game that is a lot like the previous game, so much that I can’t tell the difference. However this doesn’t change the fact that the game is very good and could easily fill a lot of lonely hours in front of your TV.
Driveclub is a standout game that changes up the genre of racing games, like Gran Turismo 6, by focusing the player’s attention on smaller objectives . This was also the first time I held a PS4 controller in my hands, which was the highlight of TGS Day One. The game itself feels a bit more like an arcade racing game, but still feels real enough. The smaller objectives on the course that I played included a speed section, where you have to be the fastest, a cornering section, where you have to make it around the corners as fast as possible, and a drifting section. The game also uses the PS camera to take photos of of players in order to put a face to each driver. The game should be on your watch list and could be the reason to buy a PS4 on day one.
Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag is the game that’s crossing the generations and on next generation console it is highly impressive, though I must admit, that as a long time Assassins Creed fan, that I hope that Ubisoft has learned its lesson since AC3 crashed the party last year. I played the attack on the fort that we’ve seen in gameplay trailers before. As expected, the game does have some new elements, like the ship-based mortar, which allows you to hit targets from afar, and the ability to use multiple swords and pistols. The game has some great new elements, but we’ve only seen a tiny fraction of it and I’ll reserve my judgement on it until its out.
World of Tanks is coming to the Xbox 360 and its not that good. Even though the team at Wargaming did their best to bring the game to the current generation console, it still feels like its a worse game as a result. It remains to be seen if it will become the smash hit that it is on PCs, but as a fan of the PC game I can’t see it becoming anywhere near as popular. Let’s hope that I’m wrong.
Well, that was one massive day and a great experience. For the final business day at TGS I’ll be looking at the next Metal Gear Solid game, GTA V, Titanfall and more PS4 titles at Sony’s megabooth.