Tokyo Game Show 2019 Highlights

Just two days after a typhoon ripped through the area, game developers, distributors, gamers, and otaku alike filed into the Makuhari Messe Convention Center just outside of Tokyo, to attend the Tokyo Game Show 2019. While there were slightly fewer companies attending this year, TGS 2019 did see a new record of 2,417 booths (2,338 last year) which means plenty of games to try, and things to see.

Tokyo Game Show 2019

The largest promotional event was Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII Remake, being shown-off at both the Sony PlayStation and Square Enix booth. The original Final Fantasy VII was released on the PlayStation One in 1997, and is arguable one of the most beloved titles in the series. Visitors at the Sony booth could have their picture taken while wielding Cloud Strife’s massive sword.

Tokyo Game Show 2019

The other big title this year was Capcom’s Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion, which is actually a game in itself than simply an expansion. While Sony had playable demos of the game, the Capcom booth displayed life-sized monsters. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne was released last week.

Tokyo Game Show 2019

This year, SEGA combined their booth with their subsidiary Atlas, promoting the upcoming Yakuza: Like a Dragon and Persona 5 Royal, both for the PS4, as well as the Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for the Nintendo Switch. Other titles included the Hatsune Miku: Project Diva MegaMix for the Switch, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim for the PS4, as well as games in their SEGA Partners division including Granblue Fantasy: Versus, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Shenmue III, and Star Wars Jedi: The Fallen Order.

Tokyo Game Show 2019

Konami continues to make its comeback with such upcoming titles as Contra: Rogue Corps, and Super Bomberman R. Though most of their efforts are being put into the mobile gaming market, with such playable games as Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls, Dance Dance Revolution, and Beat Mania II DX.

Tokyo Game Show 2019

Due to the lack of room, this year saw a lot less arcade-targeted VR titles, and more home oriented ones, including the dancing game Space Channel 5, and a meteor shooting game by students at Kobe Denshi College. Also, with over 4 million units sold, Sony is far from giving up on their PlayStation VR, with such playable games as Marvel’s Iron Man VR, Concrete Genie, and a new Hatsune Miku VR game.

Tokyo Game Show 2019

One of the cooler VR accessories I saw were the Cybershoes by a Kickstarter group. Resembling beach sandals, you strap them to your feet or shoes, sit in a chair, and simulate walking or running while playing your favorite VR title. Simple but effective.

Tokyo Game Show 2019

With all those extra booths this year, the Indie game area was packed tight with playable titles. Some that I played included Magical Girl’s Chronicle: Magusphere, which combined the cuteness of magical girls with the violence of blowing up tanks and enemies with guns and bazookas. And Liberated by Polish company Walkabout, where you literally play through the panels of a graphic novel. Both games will be out on the PS4 next year.

Tokyo Game Show 2019

Overall, there were no big surprises this year at the Tokyo Game Show 2019, but still had plenty to offer and gave us a peak at what’s to come.

Tokyo Game Show 2019

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written by Damon Finos

Dance Dance Revolution Trophy Guide

Dance Dance Revolution Trophy Guide. Difficulty: ***  A dance rhythm game that uses the PlayStation Move controller, and the first in the series to be ported onto the PlayStation 3. The game might be challenging to beginners of the series, though not to hard for experts.

Game Name Difficulty Trophies Developer Country Bronze Silver Gold Online DLC
Dance Dance Revolution *** 55 Konami Japan 46 6 2 0 0

Dance Dance Revolution

Dance Dance Revolution is the first DDR title to be ported onto the PlayStation 3. It combines both the controller mat and PlayStation Move, so players make use of both hands and feet in rhythm to the music and on-screen instructions.

The game includes 50 songs, which include both popular Western tracks as well as Konami's original titles. Download packs are also available on the PSN to expand your collection. The game also includes a new feature to the DDR series, such as Chain Arrow which grants a score bonus for maintaining a combo through sections of arrows, and Groove Trigger which allows players to cut their lifebar by 50% to increase their points.

Dance Dance Revolution received a wide range of reviews, from negative to positive, with an average score of 62%. Critics accused the scoring system as being "broken," and forcing experienced players to start on easy levels, while positive reviewers noted the sharp visuals and overall great presentation of the game.

Like any music rhythm game, from Rock Band to Hatsune Miku, Dance Dance Revolution's difficulty for the Platinum entirely depends on your skills. If you're a DDR master, then this game could be brought down to a 2-star. If this is your first time and you tend to lack rhythm, Dance Dance Revolution could be brought up to a 4-star. Some of the Club Mode trophies, such as getting a 1000 combo, can be very challenging and frustrating to the newbies.

NOTE: You will need a PlayStation Move controller for the Platinum.

This game doesn't require much of a roadmap, but there are a few easier trophies you can get out of the way in the beginning. Start on Training Mode and play through, which will earn you Welcome To DDR! and Playing The Real Thing.

Next, you can head into Dance Off and collect the two easier trophies here: Dance Party and White-Hot Dance Battle.

Afterwards, you'll be spending the majority of your time in Club Mode. There are a number of miscellaneous trophies here to be earned, some of which you'll acquire naturally as you progress through the songs. Check out the Dance Dance Revolution trophy guide links under our Links tab for further details.

Have fun!