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10. Oct, 2008 17:21 (HKT)

Tokyo Game Show 2008: No big news, but a lot of games - Play-Asia's TGS picture tour



These four days, from Thursday, October 9th to Sunday, October 12th are the highlight of the year for many people as Tokyo Game Show 2008, one of the biggest gaming events in the world, is launched.

The four day period provides a small reverie to everyone suffering under the plunging stock market and the force of the credit crunch. Games are about dreams, the leading developers of the industry say, and the attendants are certainly enjoying this little paradise.

No Earth shattering news is announced, everyone is a little wary, if not completely tired of those and are ready to take delights in small spoonfuls. These small spoonfuls, of course, come in the form of games and related products, be they large scale RPGs or music/puzzle games for casual gamers, everyone is glad for these distractions.

Leaving the gloom outside the gateway of the great halls, let's see what fun the developers are bringing us this year. Since handheld devices are in vogue, a majority of the games announced are on them.

Sega announced an array of games such as Phantasy Star Zero for Nintendo DS™ and Koei featured their famous Musou game launches on Sony PSP™ such as Maou Sairin and Shin Sangokushi Musou Multi-Raid.

Nintendo Wii™ gets new action and sports games such as Naruto Fighters and GI Jockey while the third generation consoles are ready for cross platform sensational games such as Resident Evil 5. Halo 3 and Star Ocean 4 are launching on Xbox360™ while the highly anticipated Final Fantasy XIII are coming out on PlayStation3™.

Besides games, products such as figures and even jewelry get their spotlight as you can see on the large catalogue placed in Square Enix's stall.

Last, but definitely not least, are the mood makers of the event. Without them, game shows will definitely be less lively and appealing, they are the booth babes and cosplayers.

Enough talk, as pictures are worth a thousand words, to do the event justice, we will give you a tour around the grounds via our picture galleries:

Let the fun begin: Follow the directions to the event, see the characters on the flying banners? They are welcoming you, so lets hurry! There's already quite a crowd in the grounds.

(Please see here for the full gallery)


Mingle in and enjoy: Doubtlessly the layout of the grounds are very well planned, but with so much catching our attention, its hard to find a place to start. Any how, lets take a look at the PlayStation home stall, and move on to the games.

(Please see here for the full gallery)



Experience for yourself: The best way to see if a game suits your tastes is to try it out, or at least, watch the demo.

(Please see here for the full gallery)



Franchises! Your favourite characters are brought from the 2D screen to the real world! Come closer to take a look even if you can't lay your hands on them.

(Please see here for the full gallery)


The mood makers: What makes the show so much fun, besides the exhibitions, is its way of execution. Booth babes and cosplayers bring out the vibrancy of the gaming society.

(Please see here for the full gallery)





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