Our Favorite Games Of TGS 2014

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With all of the strange happenings on the show floor, it can be easy to forget that video games are still the stars of TGS. During our time at the show, we saw a lot of cool stuff from talented developers, but these are the titles that got us most excited for the future.

Several games you might expect to see on the list, like Bloodborne or Sunset Overdrive, didn’t have any new content on display at the show. Instead of rehashing the demos from Gamescom, PAX, or E3, this round-up focuses on titles with new information, demos, and hands-on opportunities at TGS 2014.

Final Fantasy XV After years of uncertain progress, Final Fantasy XV used TGS as a stage to demonstrate development is heading in the right direction. Part of this comes from the announcement that Hajime Tabata has replaced Tetsuya Nomura in the role of director, but the biggest confidence-inspiring move is the announcement of a playable demo coming in 2015. We also had a chance to see some of the game in action during a stage presentation, giving us a better look at the impressive graphics and some other systems, like weather and lighting.

Take A Video Tour Of Tokyo Game Show 2014

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The Tokyo Game Show is wrapping up and we wanted to offer you the opportunity to see the show in action. On the first day of the show (which is a less crowded, business-focused day), Game Informer's senior associate editor Tim Turi traveled to the convention center in Tokyo to explore the show floor. From P.T. to PlayStation, Microsoft to Hatsune Miku, there's a lot of insanity to absorb and surprise appearances by Sony's John Drake, Hideo Kojima, Hideki Kamiya, and more! To see more sights from TGS 2014, check out our collection of photos from the first, second, and third day of the show.

Watch the video below to have Tim Turi guide you through the show floor of Tokyo Game Show 2014.

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Tokyo Game Show 2014 News, Previews, Trailers And More Round-Up

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Tokyo Game Show 2014 News, Previews, Trailers And More Round-Up

The Tokyo Game Show isn't over yet, but that doesn't mean we can't start rounding up all of our coverage that has resulted from the show.

Below you will find everything we've published (so far) from our time at the show, organized in easy to follow sections.

As you might have assume from the name Tokyo Game Show, the show is in Japan and focuses mostly on Japanese games. Many of the games shown aren't not guaranteed to come to North America. Our TGS Localization Wishlist breaks down the ones we hope will be localized for the United States.

TGS Sidequest: Capsule Toy Mysteries

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When we buy toys in North America, we usually know what we're getting in exchange for our money. That's less true in Japan, where many vending machines dispense unknown goods (though many are related to gaming). We took a break from covering the Tokyo Game Show to check out some of these unique treasures... though we definitely weren't delighted with all of our purchases.

Getting capsule toys is basically like using a gumball machine: You plunk in some money (usually the equivalent of a few dollars), and the machines spit out a random plastic bubble that contains your prize. All of the possible results are shown on the machine, so you have some idea what you're getting, but you're bound to get stuck with a few duds. As we walked around Akihabara, we sought out (mostly) gaming-themed capsule machines, and then tried our luck. Here are the results.

Super MarioWe just had to start with Mario. This machine focuses on a variety of suits, powers, and characters from Super Mario 3D World. Looking at the pictures of available keychains, it looks like Toad was the only complete stinker, so we had pretty good odds of getting something cool.

Our TGS Localization Wishlist

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The hardest part about visiting Tokyo Game Show is seeing tons of games that are only slated for release in Japan. Of course that doesn't mean these games won't eventually come to the West. In fact, most the time with big titles, it's pretty obvious that a North American announcement is in the future. We got hands-on time with a lot of interesting games this week. Here are our picks for what we hope eventually lands on our shores.

Bravely Second

North American fans fought hard for the opportunity to play Bravely Default, so much so that Nintendo stepped in and localized it. It looks like the fans knew what they were talking about, because not only did Bravely Default sell well, it was also met with plenty of praise. Now Square Enix is developing a sequel, Bravely Second, featuring Agnes from the first game. Square Enix made it known that they were impressed with how it did in the West, so we're hoping that gave them confidence in a North American release. From what we played, Bravely Second had everything you loved about the first game, still capitalizing on its intriguing brave/default turn-stocking system. This time around we noticed richer and prettier environments than before, and the beautiful hand drawn backgrounds still stand out. Needless to say, we don't want to miss out on another chance for more Bravely Default in all its turned-based glory. 

The Wondrous Sights Of TGS 2014 – Day Three

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The Tokyo Game Show is almost done, but that doesn't mean there isn't anything left to see. With the show now open to the public, the crowds get more intense, but the excitement level also skyrockets.

Not only are there more people at TGS on the public days, but more of them are in costume. So, for our final installment of pictures from TGS, we pay special attention to these cosplayers who have the courage to pose and smile while people with cameras take pictures. We've also got a selection of shots of the merchandise available at publishers' stores, in case you need an even longer list of cool video game stuff to own.

First of all, this is the line of people waiting to get in. These are the lucky ones, actually, because they're inside. The crowds of people waiting to get in stretch outside of the convention hall, and it's raining out there.

Replay – Dynasty Warriors 2

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Replay – Dynasty Warriors 2

Before Dynasty Warriors earned the reputation of being a series of repetition, it was a showpiece of next-generation technology for the PlayStation 2 launch. With Hyrule Warriors hitting next week, and Kyle Hilliard giving it a fair amount of praise in his review, we decided to take a look back at the game that inspired it. Dynasty Warriors 2, despite being the second entry in the series, is the first to feature giant battlefields swimming with soldiers and kill counts reaching up into the thousands. We discuss the importance of this series, the history it had before this entry, and go well out of our way to make fun of Ben Hanson. We also try to get Jeff Marchiafava to speak Japanese. Does he comply? You'll have to watch the episode to find out. We bet the anticipation is killing you!

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Check out more episodes at our Replay hub.

Test Chamber – D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die

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Swery's latest game is a bizarre detective romp, but what would you expect from the mind behind Deadly Premonition? Join Kyle, Reiner, and myself as we check out the opening of D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die. Could we have another cult hit on our hands? Watch this episode of Test Chamber to see for yourself.

D4 starts off normally enough, with a girl standing on a patch of ice that's clearly marked as being hazardous. From there, we're introduced to David Young, a former police detective who lives in complete squalor and is wrestling with the death of his wife. The game was originally designed for Kinect, and its odd Heavy Rain-like interactions with the mundane elements in his apartment are a testament to those roots. Stick around for an appearance from a character Swery fans are familiar with, along with a fantastic credits sequence. Pop some popcorn and enjoy!

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The Wondrous Sights Of TGS 2014 – Day Two

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The Tokyo Game Show is in full swing, and the sights and sounds of the show floor are different from any other video game event in the world. We've covered of our favorite things already, but that didn't cover all of the interesting things to be seen in the Makuhari Messe.

Join us for the second in our three-day chronicle of the strange and amazing scenes happening all over TGS 2014.

This is the official TGS banner. I noticed some other people taking pictures of it, and I didn't want to miss out on the action.

TGS Sidequest: Visiting Square Enix's Artnia Store

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TGS Sidequest: Visiting Square Enix's Artnia Store

A great part about visiting Japan is indulging in all the video game related sights. While we're here to cover the show for Tokyo Game Show, we're also taking the time to show off some of the cool things outside of the show as well. Today, we're focusing on Square Enix's Artnia Store.

Close to Square Enix's headquarters in Tokyo lies Artnia and walking into it is a rush. You'll find shelves stacked with Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, and Kingdom Hearts memorabilia. It even has a cafe in case you want to just enjoy the atmosphere. After all, what's better than being surrounded by some of the most beloved RPG franchises? 

During our visit, the store was decorated for Halloween complete with creepy music. Bring on Halloween Town!