Tokyo Game Show 2016

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Tokyo Game Show, and except for a short stint during the recession in 2008-2010, the TGS has more than recovered, breaking records in size year after year. TGS 2016 saw a total of 614 exhibitors (compared to 480 last year), all showing a total of 1,523 different game titles (compared to 1,283 last year). During our visit, we certainly noticed the difference in size. We remember back in 2006 when two of the giant halls at Makuhari Messe in Chiba occupied all the game exhibitions, while the third consisted of shops and …

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The 2015 Tokyo Game Show!

We’ve already spent our first (rainy) day at the 2015 Tokyo Game Show, and were blown away by its sheer size and (obviously high) funds put into it. This year, all three halls of Makuhari Messe were used soley for the gaming booths, while the food court and shops, as well as a few more indie companies, were moved to a separate, nearby building to make room. Not only has TGS recovered from the loss of international companies dues to the world recession after 2008, but have arrived at a new peak in popularity. Sony allowed demonstrations of their newly named …

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Review – Final Fantasy XIII

6 / 10 Banzai!s The Game: On December 17th 2009, the most highly-anticipated games hit the stores in Japan: Final Fantasy XIII, the first in the series available on the Playstation 3! (Yes, it’s on Xbox 360, but no one in Japan owns oen of those strange white boxes).  Lines formed that day (and the night before) in various game and electronic shops.  Final Fantasy XIII broke all kinds of selling records.  The Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu awarded it a nearly perfect 39/40, while overseas, IGN gave it an 8.9/10, and Eurogamer awarded it an 8/10.  Wow. So why is …

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Review – Deus Ex: Human Revolution

9 / 10 Banzai!s The Game: “It’s not the end of the world.  But you can see it from here.” Deus Ex: Human Revolution, incorrectly dubbed Deus Ex 3 by some, is a prequel to the original 2000 game Deus Ex, ported on the PC and Playstation 2.  Through the combined efforts of Canada’s Eidos Montreal and Japan’s Square Enix, we’ve got a first-person, cyberpunk action RPG with stealth elements. Set in 2027 (25 years before the first game) Adam Jensen is the new director of security for the biotechnology corporation Sarif Industries, and boyfriend to scientist Megan Reed.  Just …

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