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How Sony Messed Up its Tokyo Game Show Presence!

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324w ago - For years, the Tokyo Game Show has been the one show on the calendar you can bet Sony is going to put on a performance.

Okay, they may have had a few issues in the past (overheating PS3s) but in general, TGS is their best show of the year. They nearly always headline the keynote and usually announce something or other.

This year, however, I can't help but feel that Sony isn't trying. Firstly, conceding the keynote to Microsoft is bad news, especially on home soil. With no major announcements from Sony, it was up to the publishers to deliver. At Square Enix, they had a closed cinema screening showing a trailer of their upcoming titles.

Problem was, the queue took forever and the film was too long (around 20 minutes). They showed all their development projects, of which half I'm sure most were uninterested in. There were no playable next-gen titles outside of the 360 area and the Square Enix booth was right next to Microsoft's.

Also, Microsoft had huge displays of The Last Remnant and Star Ocean, illustrating the close bond between the two companies. Sony on the other hand, was in a completely different hall.

I hear you, you're saying that's not Sony's fault. Fine, let's take a look at the PlayStation area. Despite not a single other booth having an age restriction...
 

Has Microsoft Stolen Sony's Tokyo Game Show Crown?

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324w ago - Tokyo Game Show is all about Sony... or at least it was. The annual event is in full swing now and that table has turned. Microsoft is usually as quiet as a mouse wearing slippers while the Japanese based Sony enjoys the love-in, but to date it has been Microsoft dropping bombs. Let us elaborate...

Back in the good ol' days (or not so good ol' days, depending on which side of the line you're on) at the Tokyo Game Show, Sony would come in first, Nintendo second, and Microsoft would be a distant afterthought.

Indeed prior to this year's TGS, the Japanese convention was dominated by Sony, plain and simple. Their booth was the size of a football field, they gave interview access to everyone who was anyone and, best yet, they delivered top notch treatment to game journalists.

Such was Sony's dominance of TGS that they would fly upwards of 10 Aussie journos to Japan and put them up in the most pimping of pimped out hotel suites to ensure coverage. We're talking the kind of hotel that doesn't start until floor 60, has a view that would leave God breathless, and includes features such a giant LCD and a glass-walled bathroom that allows you to watch said TV from the comfort of the bath... oh yeah.

Back in these Sony dominated times, Microsoft rarely even managed to register...
 

Video: Tekken 6 Tokyo Game Show 2008 Trailer HD

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324w ago - Courtesy of bleachx15 comes a Tekken 6 Tokyo Game Show 2008 Trailer (HD) today.

The video's caption reads as follows:

"The king of the Iron Fist tournament returns."

Check it out below, enjoy guys!




 

Tokyo Game Show 2008: Star Ocean IV Gameplay Video

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324w ago - GameKyo has made available a new Star Ocean: The Last Hope gameplay video from TGS 2008. The game has been slated for a February 19, 2009 release in Japan and March 3, 2008 in the US followed by Europe.

While the lack of information on a possible PS3 version of Star Ocean: The Last Hope was expected, Square has announced that the game also is being released on the Sony monolith.

Video is below, and courtesy of GameKyo. Enjoy!



 

Tokyo Game Show 2008: Microsoft Post TGS Impressions

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324w ago - For the very first time, Microsoft did a presentation at one of the biggest video game events in the world, which is the Tokyo Game Show.

Since the announcement of Microsoft appearing at the Tokyo Game Show, people were skeptical as to what they had to offer in this year's event. There is news that is surprising to most of us and some are well expected.

Let's take a look to the major announcements of Microsoft that might change the sales in Japan:

1. Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope
It's been confirmed once again that this is an XBOX 360 exclusive and it will be released in Japan on Feb 2009 while the US will have to wait a month later, March 3, 2009

2. Tekken 6
This might be a shocker to all Playstation 3 fans out there but Tekken 6 is one of the Sony's biggest known exclusives but it seems Namco Bandai has decided to spread the Tekken 6 love to the XBOX 360.

3. Ninety-Nine Nights 2
A sequel to the smash hit Ninety-Nine Nights 2 has been announced. Could this be better than the first one?

4. Metal Slug 7 & King of Fighters 98
These classics are indeed going to appear on the XBOX 360 through the XBOX Live Marketplace. These two classic games will appear in Spring 2009.

5. NXE to Appear...
 
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