News: Tokyo Game Show 2014 Report
First off, apologies for the lack of updates. Things have been pretty bizarre as of late and have only just started to somewhat calm down. In addition, there aren't that...
There’s a nice update over at 4Gamer for the forthcoming Gundam Unicorn game. Whilst the information and shots are pretty much the same as those shown at Famitsu originally, these are now at HD resolution so you can really see the detail. Though this piece does talk more about the weight of the mobile suits and that they’ll feel “heavy”. Still no word on a price or specific release date as yet, bar sometime next year. We still really want to see some game footage before we get too excited though.
Those wonderful people at Gears Online have finally created a lovely section dedicated to Genesis Climber Mospeada. This was a classic 80’s real robot mecha show that was later folded into the Borg-like entity known as Robotech. What’s notable about this show though is that it was created and contained the mecha designs of one Shinji Aramaki. Featuring awesome transforming power armor, this talent would later be used to great effect in direct the Halo Legends anime as well as designing the prototype Mjolinir armor (which we think looks so much cooler than the vanilla armor used by Master Chief). As with all their sections on classic anime at Gears Online, this is no different as it is rife with lush line art and other wonderful production insights.
The first set of DLC for Gundam Extreme Versus has been fully revealed finally. Apart from the GNW-20000 Arche Gundam, which we already new about, we also now have the RX-79BD-1 GM Blue Destiny Unit 1 and its beastly EXAM system in full effect. The latter is probably one of the greater gaming heirlooms in terms of the Gundam mythos, as the Blue Destiny Trilogy on the Saturn was truly wonderful. In addition to the mobile suits, priced at 500 yen each, there will be 8 additional trial missions available for free. All of this DLC will be released on December 22nd.
Update: 4Gamer also has a really nice update about the upcoming DLC.
Following on from the summary breakdown, there’s now a singleplayer video for Armored Core V over at From Software’s YouTube channel, as well as another live recording from Frequency (suitably Armored Core V themed to boot). There’s only one more video breakdown to go before the end of December.
4Gamer has a nice new piece on a forthcoming online Gundam multiplayer game that will feature brawls with over 100 mobile suits. Entitled Mobile Suit Gundam Online, the game will be released on PC and players will have to pick between either Federation or Zeon units. This alone means that the game will be set resolutely within the UC timeline. Whilst this sounds to be more combat orientated, we’ve already been down this road before (in the form of the ill-fated Universal Century Gundam Online) so we’re a little worried this may not do all that well. What is encouraging, apart from the non-crazy specs, is that a large alpha test is planned with at least 3,000 players in the next week or two. Hopefully this help to assuage many of the issues that are inevitable with games like these prior to its release.
What with the a PC freemium game on the way, it seems that MechWarrior license needs to be violated further. This time in the form of an iOS game called MechWarrior Tactical Command that sounds to partially hark back to the halcyon days of MechCommander. Whilst the trailer below is probably not in-game footage, it looks more “classic” in terms of the designs at least. We’re not sure about the cock rock soundtrack on the trailer though, sounds awfully compensatory. In any case, no word on a specific release date as yet but it will be sometime next year.
Along with the free DLC in the form of various new Trial Missions, some mobile suits have also been revealed for the PS3 port of Gundam Extreme Versus. Whilst Bandai Namco have attempted to hide the mobile suits in silhouette, it’s not a particularly good tactic. If only for the fact that they are pretty much obviously recognizable. From left to right we have the ZMT-S33S Gottrlatan, GNW-20000 Arche Gundam, PMX-003 The O and ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam. There’s no word on whether these will also be free, though this is unlikely. The date listed is December 22nd for their release but these will also been seen as enemies in matches too apparently. If you haven’t bought the game already, you can do so here. We’ll also be reviewing the game soon so keep an eye out for that.
Following on from the team breakdown, there’s now a game summary (or “sammary”) video for Armored Core V over at From Software’s YouTube channel. This covers the campaign setup in some detail but, again, nothing that we don’t already know. There are two more breakdown moves planned by the end of December.
Square Enix have announced an interesting new arcade game, entitled Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter it features transforming cars with a pretty tricked out cabinet to boot. In the case of the latter, the actually controls transform from a steering wheel to a series of control sticks between the modes. The game will feature effectively a racing mode (for the cars) and combat (for the mecha). The cars used are all licensed too, as there are toys planned for release as well a 3DS port next year. 4Gamer has some nice shots of the game and its mad cabinet in case you’re at all curious.
What with the release of Steel Chronicle around the corner, 4Gamer have covered the latest 10 minute plus promo of the game in action. Apart from the annoying voice over it’s interesting to finally see how the game works. It’s pretty clear that Konami’s primary influence here is that of Border Break but with other elements from Monster Hunter and even Phantasy Star Online. Though all these elements do come across as pretty cynical, as SEGA took a big risk with Border Break (which thankfully paid off) but Steel Chronicle really comes across as a pretty shallow hack job. It doesn’t even look that great either, oh well.