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All Articles: TGS 2013
“Next-generation” consoles… meh, who needs ’em? The 2014 release schedules for the PS3 and the Xbox 360 are looking just fine to me, thanks. To that end, Namco Bandai has announced that Tales of Symphonia Chronicles, a PS3-exclusive collection containing Tales of Symphonia and Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, will be released on February 25:
We have a release date for Tales of Symphonia Chronicles – – February 25th, 2014 in North America!
— NAMCO BANDAI America (@namcogames) October 22, 2013
To mark the occasion, Namco Bandai has released an English-language version of this year’s Tokyo Game Show trailer. Enjoy.
The Tokyo Game Show might just be a memory now, but did you know Microsoft used the Japanese games showcase to introduce Swery65’s episodic Xbox One game, D4, to the world? Briefly glimpsed at this year’s E3 Expo, Microsoft revealed that its full title will be D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die and that the game will make extensive use of the Kinect sensor.
Microsoft’s Xbox Wire went straight to Swery65 to learn more about the enigmatic game:
Can you tell us a bit more about the story and core gameplay mechanics?
Swery65: The main character of the story is David Young, a private detective. Two years ago, someone killed his wife. He lost his memories of the incident, but in exchange, he received the ability to travel into the past. He uses this ability to crack cases to lead him closer to the truth about his wife’s death, and if possible, to find a way to save her life.
As I said, you’ll definitely want to hop over to the Xbox Wire if you want to learn how D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die uses the Kinect sensor.
Square Enix released yet another trailer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII during last week’s Tokyo Game Show. This new look at the game is pretty similar to what we’ve seen before:
Lightning attempts to save the world while others vow to stop her. There’s some Final Fantasy-esque background music and a bunch of fights and then… cut to title card.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on February 11.
Capcom’s Deep Down is like an enigma that just keeps getting enigma-ier. OK, that’s not a word. But the game’s development has taken a ton of twists and turns since it was revealed earlier this year.
First, we thought it would turn out to be multiplatform. Nope. Deep Down is a PS4 exclusive. Then, we thought it was a medieval dragon-fighting epic. Nope. Turns out the whole thing takes place in New York City about 80 years into the future. Now, Shuhei Yoshida, the President of Sony’s Worldwide Studios division, has tweeted that Deep Down will be released as a free-to-play title:
Capcom just announced that "deep down" will be a f2p game on PS4, planning open Beta near the launch of PS4 in Japan. @Yoshi_OnoChin
— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) September 21, 2013
When you stop and think about it, it actually makes a weird kind of sense. From what we’ve seen of the game so far, players in Deep Down start in some futuristic hub level and then descend into the demon-infested dungeons below. Selling some of the dungeons to players piecemeal while keeping a small selection of them free could work. If nothing else, it’s very similar to how Microsoft is handling Killer Instinct.
The PS4 is scheduled to launch in Japan on February 22, 2014. Hopefully the open beta will be available internationally so we can all find out how it works together.
The Tokyo Game Show trailer for Crimson Dragon doesn’t open with this narration, but it may as well have:
“After the Earth was used up, we found a new solar system and a new Earth. We named the planet Draco… and then we discovered that it’s full of alien dragons and an alien Moby Dick that wants to eat us! Seriously, what are the odds?”
Crimson Dragon will be available during the Xbox One’s launch exclusively from the Xbox Games Store. The storyline might be a bit of a stretch, but its the spiritual successor to Panzer Dragoon Saga and it looks to share more than a little DNA with Star Fox 64. If you’re starving for a new rail shooter, I recommend watching this trailer again and again until November 22.
Namco Bandai has announced that the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Dark Souls II will be available on March 11. But don’t worry PC gamers, the PC version will arrive soon after. The publisher has also announced that the game will be available in three distinct editions: a regular game-only edition, a limited Black Armor Edition, and an even more limited Collector’s Edition.
The Black Armor Edition will be available only for those who pre-order and it’ll house the game and a soundtrack CD in a “Collectible Metal Case.” The Collector’s Edition will also feature the metal packaging and the soundtrack CD as well a 12″ Warrior Knight Figurine, an Authentic Cloth Game Map, and a Collectible Art Book.
You can get a look at both packages at the end of the game’s 2013 Tokyo Game Show trailer, which has been titled “Aching Bones” by the sadistic freaks at From Software.
Shinji Mikami, “The Father of the Survival Horror Game,” is hard at work on his next gore-riffic game, The Evil Within. Part of that work includes plans to showcase the game at this year’s Tokyo Game Show. But for those that can’t make the trip across the Pacific, Bethesda has released a new story/gameplay trailer for the title. Be sure and check it out above, but you might want to leave the lights on.
The Evil Within will be released for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One sometime next year.