So, the Tokyo Game Show happened this week…

What I got from this event is that I have more of the same to look forward to. Absolutely nothing stands out to me as interesting or original. Just more of the same… JRPGs, portable versions of games that I can play on my console, HD remakes, and a few niche arcade-like weirdness (that is typical of the Japanese gaming market). I am so tired of the same. When is the industry going to step up already, and get creative again? There was a time when I couldn’t contain myself with anticipation for E3 or TGS. These were conventions that all but guaranteed something to get excited for. During the 16 and 32bit eras especially, an abundance of original ideas and surprises would be debuted at both of these shows.

This year, there were three games that I was interested in learning more about: The Last Guardian, Final Fantasy Versus XIII, and Metal Gear Solid: Rising. However, it turned out that none of these games were at the show. Hideo Kojima stated that Rising would be coming out sometime next year, but he just didn’t feel it was ready to be shown yet. I think that’s a cop-out. If you believe that you are doing something interesting in this industry, and are taking a franchise in a fresh direction, show it off! The Video Game Industry is sinking in clones and clichés. More attention needs to be directed to something new. So don’t just talk about it, show it. Versus XIII was announced in 2006, and Square-Enix didn’t even mention it at the show, and HD remakes are coming out next week of Ico and Shadow of The Collosus but still very little is known of Team Ico’s The Last Guardian.

The only small points of interest that I came away with, from the show, was Uncharted: Golden Abyss (for the Playstation Vita) and Resident Evil: Revelations (for the Nintendo 3DS). Both of these games are sequels, and both of them seem like poor-man portable versions of their home console counterparts. Golden Abyss isn’t even going to be made by Naughty Dog, which makes me skeptical to begin with. But the 9 minute gameplay footage that was shown, does nothing to abate my fears. Uncharted is a franchise that has become known for innovation. However, this game seems like a cheap rip-off of Uncharted 1. There are no new settings or gameplay features (save for some gimmicky touch-screen and motion controls).

I am a huge Resident Evil fan, and therefore am interested in Revelations, especially because Capcom has said this game will go back to Horror. However, I don’t see it. What I do see is, more shoddy writing and the introduction of new characters in a series that is already drowning in them…hence, again, more of the same. In summation…Step it up Video Game Industry! Next year I better have my mind blown, or I’m going back to 1998.

Posted on September 18, 2011 at 20:13 by Jonathan Cherlin · Permalink
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