SEGA Tokyo Game Show 2011 Roundup

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SEGA had the largest lineup or show floor of any publisher at Tokyo Game Show 2011. As such, they have received the most amount of people view their titles and had the longest press and fan events. They also had an extensive library of games by Electronic Arts that they demonstrated as they will be distributing a large amount of their games in Japan in the upcoming years.

We have collected info from hundreds of previews, interviews and presentations then summed it all up in a simple read after the break.

7th Dragon 2020

A sequel to the Nintendo DS RPG 7th Dragon, this new title exclusive for the PlayStation Portable and created by famed game designer Reiko Kodama and one of the most loved game musicians Yuzo Koshiro is sure to be a hit in the Japanese market, but is unlikely for a release elsewhere.

Playable on the show floor, it received positive reactions and is already receiving large amounts of preorders.

ANARCHY REIGNS

The next major title by PlatinumGames, this “Beat em’ up” is their first game focused on online multiplayer. Expected for a worldwide release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 early next year, not much new has been revealed of the game in the past few months.

As with previous events, the reactions were mixed with players complaining about camera issues and overly difficult gameplay design.

Binary Domain

The first project by the newly revealed Ryu ga Gotoku Studio, this is the first project by the team with a worldwide market in mind since the Super Monkey Ball franchise who had been busy with the Yakuza series of games in previous years. A third person cover-based shooter with heavy emphasis on communication with your team, it is a major departure for the developer.

It obtained very positive reactions from the demo units with a noticeable improvement over graphics and controls when compared to the E3 alpha build code demo. It is notable to mention that the live streaming of the game through USTREAM had more views than any title during SEGA’s showings outside of Battlefield 3.

Kingdom Conquest

A free-to-play and download massively multiplayer online game for Apple’s iOS devices, the game was revealed to be coming to Android phones in the upcoming months. It was not playable at the event, but is known for having a solid fanbase.

Kurohyo 2 Ryu Ga Gotoku (Black Panther 2)

A sequel to the PlayStation Portable spinoff to the Yakuza series of games, the sequel includes a new playable cast in the story, but features the same main character from the previous game.

The reactions were very positive and preorders are high already. Many products, such as AXE body spray are cross promoting the title.

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

The third Olympics game in the Mario & Sonic crossover series, this newest release is the first without a Nintendo DS version, but instead is on Nintendo 3DS. Although developed in house by SEGA, the Japanese release will be published by Nintendo, like each game there so far.

Because of the publishing agreement, it was only playable at Nintendo’s booth, but received positive reactions.

Phantasy Star Online 2

The direct sequel to the Dreamcast Phantasy Star Online, the online RPG as of this time is exclusive to PC. New locations were revealed at the event. A beta is expected to be released for Japanese audiences soon.

It received very positive reactions for it’s deeper combat engine and extremely detailed character creator, although some players noted that this does not effect the gameplay in ways they seemed to have wanted.

Project DIVA Extend

A “Director’s Cut” of sorts to the music game Miku Hatsune: Project FIVA 2nd this new release has a large amount of new songs and costumes, some of which are based off of SEGA IPs such as Virtual-On or Sonic the Hedgehog.

It was one of the most demoed titles at the event, but did not have many previews as the gameplay is largely unchanged.

Project Mirai

Revealed at Nintendo’s 3DS press conference, Project Mirai is another Miku Hatsune title, and the first SEGA have developed for on a Nintendo platform. The game features highly detailed models and heavy use of the platforms unique features, such as augmented reality, where players can make it look as if Miku is singing and dancing on a real life location near them.

Previews were positive, but many noted the gameplay is not incredibly unique.

Puyo Puyo 20th Anniversary

The 20th anniversary Puyo Puyo game that was released exclusively for Nintendo DS earlier this year was just recently announced for Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Portable and Wii.

Reactions were largely sterile, but it is expected to be one of SEGA’s biggest releases in Japan this year.

Renegade Ops

A downloadable release for the Xbox Live Arcade on Xbox 360, PlayStation Network for PlayStation 3 and soon to be also on Steamworks for PC, the recently released Renengade Ops did not get much press from Japanese game publicists, but most people who played it noted the game to be very enjoyable. It is already available for purchase worldwide.

Rhythm Thief and the Emperor’s Treasure

Titled Rhythm Phantom Thief R in Japan, this Nintendo 3DS exclusive music game is planned to have a large focus on marketing in all regions and is expected for release next year.

Reactions were positive, with many people comparing the title with other fan favorite games such as Elite Beat Agents and Space Channel 5.

Shinobi 3D

A prequel to Joe Musashi’s adventures in the legendary Shinobi series of games, this is the first in the franchise’s history to be featured exclusive to a Nintendo platform. Although the Japanese title has 3D in it, the game is largely only playable on a 2D plane and is based off of games such as Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master and Revenge of Shinobi.

Playable at the event, many players noted a dislike of the art direction and graphics, but most concluded that the gameplay is enjoyable and challenging.

Sonic Generations

The next major game in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, Sonic Generations focuses on two play styles, one similar to the classic Genesis games and the other similar to Sonic Unleashed or Sonic Colors with some minor changes.

Reactions for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions were positive, but no new levels were featured at the event. However, the Nintendo 3DS title (which is largely a different game) had a much more positive reaction than previous events had with many players noticing much improved graphics and controls.

Super Monkey Ball (Vita)

One of the few surprise announcements at the event, Super Monkey Ball for PlayStation Vita is the latest in the franchise and uses every unique feature the platform, such as a photo taking mode that allows the player to make their own levels from images that take.

The game was not playable, but many fans have discussed that the title seems more challenging, similar to the first few games in the series.

Virtua Tennis 4 (Vita)

An upgraded port of the recently released Virtua Tennis 4, this new release features many new gameplay functions and additions, such as a more detailed character creator that allows players to put their faces on the virtual avatar.

Reactions were very positive and were similar to how we reacted to the title in our review.

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The Electronic Arts titles they had up for display were: Battlefield 3, Need for Speed: The Run, Shadows of the Damned and The Sims 3: Pets. SEGA also revealed other deals with publishers such as Miku Hatsune outfits in iDOLM@STER 2, but nothing relevant outside of Japan.

It is unknown why Aliens: Colonial Marines, Aliens: Infestation, CRUSH3D,Guardian Heroes, The House of the Dead: OVERKILL Extended Cut, Sonic CD or Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown were not at the event. Many downloadable re-releases, such as Monster World IV and Revenge of Shinobi were not mentioned at all.

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