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Tokyo Game Show: Pictorial Review

GRTV documents the sights and moments at TGS between filming interviews and getting hands-on with games. Here, we run you through what greeted us when we hit Japan for the show.

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As you can probably imagine the main focus of GRTV's presence in Tokyo was to film footage of games, film interviews and capture the whole atmosphere of the show on camera. However, it was impossible not to grab a few quick shots through the trusty iPhone lens. Here's a quick and dirty pictorial of what went down in Makuhari Messe the other week.

The Highlights
While the show as a whole left us a bit disappointed and worried about the state of the Japanese games industry - there were naturally a number of highlights.

Tokyo Game Show: Pictorial Review
Capcom had a strong line up overall - and Monster Hunter 3G garnered a lot of interest amongst Japanese gamers. However, it was the girls in front of the booth sporting the 3DS Circle Pad expansion that caught our attention.
Tokyo Game Show: Pictorial Review
Square Enix had a strong showing and these two guys hung out in the ceiling as they've done for the four Tokyo Game Shows I've attended. Veterans indeed.
Tokyo Game Show: Pictorial Review
I enjoyed the TGS build of Soul Calibur V - and the fighting game genre really dominated this year's TGS.

The PS Vita
It goes without saying that the 31 playable PS Vita titles in the Sony booth were one of the main attractions of the show.

Tokyo Game Show: Pictorial Review
Tokyo Game Show: Pictorial Review
Lots of peripherals and spunky colours on display!
Tokyo Game Show: Pictorial Review
A guide to the 31 playable titles at Tokyo Game Show.
Tokyo Game Show: Pictorial Review
Sony employed an intricate system where you first lined up for a ticket giving you a time slot (hour long). You then lined up for a specific game, you were then given a ticket to play that game. But you were not allowed to play the game just yet. First you played a short tech demo designed to show you the ins and outs of the hardware. Then finally you were allowed to stand in line with your ticket in hand and get your hands on Ridge Racer, Super Monkey Ball Vita, Little Big Planet, or whatever you wanted to play.

The Games
Despite our complaints there were a few interesting titles on the showfloor in Tokyo and here's a selection.

Tokyo Game Show: Pictorial Review
Shadow of the Colossus got some HD love in the Sony booth.
Tokyo Game Show: Pictorial Review
Mario and friends teamed up with the Dragon Quest crew over at Square Enix.
Tokyo Game Show: Pictorial Review
Phantasy Star Online 2 was quite popular over at Sega.
Tokyo Game Show: Pictorial Review
Another PC game (shock!) that had a large showing was MMORPG Tera.
Tokyo Game Show: Pictorial Review
Suda 51's Diabolical Pitch was playable in the Microsoft booth as was his other game - Lollipop Chainsaw.
Tokyo Game Show: Pictorial Review
Capcom sported the largest dragon of TGS for Dragon's Dogma.
Tokyo Game Show: Pictorial Review
If you wanted to try Sengoku Basara 3: Utage at Capcom you had to take off your shoes.

The Other Stuff
But games are just part of the attraction of Tokyo Game Show. There is also stuff... and lots of it.

Tokyo Game Show: Pictorial Review
We all know Sonic rocks, but I doubt the official Sega store sold a lot of these during TGS.
Tokyo Game Show: Pictorial Review
A couple of limited edition Playstation 3's - Final Fantasy XIII-2 to the left and No Ni Kuni to the right.
Tokyo Game Show: Pictorial Review
Surely worth getting an iPhone 4 for?
Tokyo Game Show: Pictorial Review
The Japanese idea of a cat suit (Monster Hunter style).
Tokyo Game Show: Pictorial Review
The Behemoth were on hand to promote Castle Crashers and their next game - BattleBlock Theater.
Tokyo Game Show: Pictorial Review
Some stuff over at the Arc System Works booth. They sported a new version of Blaz Blue as well as the arcade game Persona 4: The Ultimate.
Tokyo Game Show: Pictorial Review
The largest booth of TGS was that of GREE. A mobile company that some say saved this year's show thanks to their large presence.


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