Monday, September 24, 2012

TGS 2012 News Summary

Ace Attorney 5 announced and trailer

The fifth (technically seventh) installment of the small but mighty series Ace Attorney made its trailer debut at this year's TGS. Ditching the pixel art style in favor of 3D cel shading, this game puts players back in control of Phoenix Wright in a new outfit and the ability to read witnesses faces for hints of doubt, similar to Apollo's bracelet in Ace Attorney 4. The look and feel from previous games appears to remain untouched, which was a concern as the original creator of the series is no longer working on Ace Attorney. Though no release date has been announced, the head of the project has already expressed plans to bring it to the West, so get your best cheap blue suit pressed and your hair gel ready. Phoenix is back, baby.



Layton Vs. Wright dated with new trailer

Speaking of Wright, it seems he and Layton's face off is coming to Japan November 28 fo this year. This TGS also marks the first time that any gameplay has been shown for either character. Though no announcement for a western release has been made, the combined fanbases of both Ace Attorney and Professor Layton should have enough monetary incentive to get the game stateside. Check out the video below for the trailer and on GameRadar video for the demo:



Okami HD dated for North America

Everyone' favorite doggod is back in an HD remake of the critically acclaimed PS2 game. Okami HD features upscaled graphics to 1080p, trophies, and Playstation Move support. It'll be available digitally on the Playstation Store for a cool $19.99 in North America on October 30, just in time to break out your newly-relevant-again Amaterasu costume for your pup. Now if only it would work on Vita, wouldn't that be neato?


Gravity Rush sequel potentially in the works

Though the announcement didn't actually occur at TGS, it was in the same timeframe so WHATEVERGETOFFMYCASE. The director of Gravity Rush (or Daze if you're not American) has hinted very heavily at a sequel being in the works on Twitter. When asked directly about it, he coyly said it was a secret, but you're not fooling anyone, Mr. Director. We've got our eye on you.

Assassin's Creed Utopia announced

Another spinoff of the popular Assassin's Creed series has been announced. In Assassin's Creed Utopia for mobile platforms, they've finally realized that the combat does not lend itself well to portable consoles, choosing to make a hybrid game whise gameplay is nothing like other Assassin's Creed games. It appears to focus primarily on city building, though most of the gameplay was not shown off. The other half of the gameplay appears to be a strategy game, featuring a grid-aligned turn based system ala Fire Emblem. Though the game appears to be in early development, it's interesting that Ubisoft is finally trying something different with its Assassin's Creed IP.

Assassin's Creed Utopia


New Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance trailer

It seems Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance has been taking form slowly over the past few years. With the release of their explanation video and asking an outside developer to help out, we're finally able to see the game in playable form. By all accounts, combat is smooth and fluid and the game retains the signature Kojima long-cutscene-exposition he's become known for. The new trailer certainly makes the game look appealing, we'll all be able to judge for ourselves Feburary 19th in the States and February 21st elsewhere. See the shiny swords and neato cow-robots here:



Bayonetta 2 Announced for Wii U

By now, we all thought Bayonetta was going to be a one-off. Production on a sequel had been cancelled, if it was ever in existance to start with, and we had hung our gunboots and sexy hairsuits up. Then suddenly, like a white plastic, rated E for everyone fun-demon, Nintendo swoops in to announce Bayonetta 2 is a thing and it's coming to Wii U. No gameplay has been shown nor release date announced, but the teaser trailer certainly makes me want to pull my ornate glasses out of their case again. Though it's unclear if the series will be allowed creative freedom or if the raunchy mistress is just too much for Wii U without a filter remains to be seen, but fans are hopeful to see Bayonetta, in all her head-turning glory, return to their screens this generation:


Sony HMZ-T2 improved and priced

Sony's headmounted 3D display, the HMZ-T2, has seen some improvements since its last outing. It's 3 ounces lighter than its previous model and features and earbuds. Though its still rather expensive, going for almost $900 in Japan, it's interesting to see a major hardware manufacturer attempt to do its own 3D head mounted solution.

Sony HMZ-T2

PS3 Super Slim

We've already covered the announcement of the new PS3 model here http://www.aristogamer.net/2012/09/ps3-super-slim-model-to-be-released.html but it's still part of TGS news.

PS3 Super Slim
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