My Tokyo Game Show 2013 Roundup

TGS 2013

I don’t officially have a bucket list, but if I did, attending this event at some point in the future would most definitely be on it. When it comes to my taste in games, it definitely runs more on the Japanese side than the Western side, although I do just love GOOD games, regardless of origin. So this post is by no means a comprehensive overview of TGS 2013. It is just a list of all the stuff that interested ME.

One thing that you will notice is that I don’t really talk about mobile phone games. At all. You know all those pictures I post here with my nails? THAT would be the reason. Without the ability to use the very tips of my fingers, mobile phone gaming is simply not an option without buying a stylus. Forget that. I’m not going to keep track of some accessory that doesn’t attach to my phone just so I can play games on a tiny screen where my eyes can barely make out fine details. (At least Nintendo’s handheld DS systems have a place to store the stylus!) There is a lot of argument that mobile gaming is the future of gaming and given what I see when I see people dicking around on their phones, that could be an accurate statement. And if that is how the future plays out, I’ll definitely have to find a new hobby. On the other hand, with Sony’s and Microsoft’s push to bring an entire entertainment system into your living room via their next-gen consoles, I’m probably safe. In any case, I just wanted to make sure you understood why I’m leaving out the announcement that the Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy Tactics guy (Yasumi Matsuno) is working on a new game for mobile platforms called Unsung Story.

In any case, here’s the stuff that caught my fancy:

Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Returns

Crimson Dragon

Deep Down

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call

Tales of Xillia 2

Puyo Puyo Tetris

That’s not a whole lot. E3 had WAY more news. Is this a testament to the notion that Japanese game development is truly lagging behind its Western counterparts? Probably. It’s sad, especially when you consider that the Japanese gaming developers used to be the pioneers in the industry. Now they’re just doing the same old crap, over and over and over again. To be fair, though, it’s that same old crap that I love and willingly spend all my money on. But how many people in the West have the same kind of gaming tastes as me?

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