Behold, the first three days of the Tokyo Game Show expo as they pertain to us.

Posted by Peter Hall - October 12th 2008 @ 6:24 pm

And with this post now officially covers games.  Expect even more coverage in the future.  As most should know, I am an avid gamer, but as it turns out HND reader Matt Wells is an even bigger gamer and has a knack for writing about the booming field.  He has corralled the important horror bits from this year’s TGS and summed them below.

I hadn’t realized there was this much horror in pixel form to look forward to and thus I’m subbing in this epic post instead of the normal weekly news.  That and nothing outstanding happened last week, anyway.

Enjoy the titles covered so far and expect more gaming content to come:


Written by Matt Wells

Tokyo Game Show Day 1:

Resident Evil 5

The two most recent trailers showcase about the same thing. About 5-7 minutes (combined) new footage of the latest entry from Capcom. I must say, these trailers excite and disappoint me.

More and more this series is turning into Metal Gear Solid + zombies. It seems to show that this is survival-horror, in the same way you are ‘surviving’ a Serious Sam game. It showcased very little horror elements and just over the top action, explosions, and the return of one of my favorite villains of all-time…Albert Wesker.

Albert Wesker is a villain I love to hate. He’s your Saturday morning cartoon villain personified. I don’t hate him for being evil; I hate him for his ineptitude. I gotta love him for his determination and refusal to take off his sunglasses no matter where the fuck he is. His entry in the trailer popped a smile on my face; it’s good to see him back.

The game looks to be confusing and takes place in seemingly absurd and random locations. It’s Resident Evil all right. Supposedly, Sherry Birkin from Resident Evil 2 will make an appearance; as of yet she has yet to appear in a trailer. One note that I feel I have to say is that at the VERY end of a trailer, you see a tombstone of Jill Valentine dated 2006. I MUST give it to Capcom for (seemingly) killing off a main character in a series. But then again, if Capcom taught me ANYTHING, it is that they will retcon a character’s death a million times over just because they can.

Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop

Well, for this game being ported to the vastly (graphically) inferior Wii, it doesn’t look half bad. This will be running on the Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition engine (I’m sure it has a name, but I don’t know it). A lot of detail seems to have been left out (for obvious reasons). The game seems heavily cell-shaded as to allow over a hundred on screen enemies. I do like the Wii remote control scheme for shooting/throwing and getting zombies to unlatch themselves from you. The date went from late 2008 to ‘expected’ release of Feb 2009. If it means most of, if not all, the bugs will be fixed…I am ALL for it.

Undead Knights

All that they have given us is a 30 second trailer. Remember my love of zombies and zombie-related face shootings? Well, I love RPGs more. This has medieval knights facing off against the undead in a game that is labeled ‘survival-horror’. Either this game is tailored specifically to me, or I’m secretly working on the project and making a plug for the game.

That is all I could find for the first official day of TGS, if there is something I missed, let me know. I’ll create another post shortly.

Tokyo Game Show Day 2:

Wow, what a slow day for horror games. Since the genre is so small, it almost seems as if they just showed everything the first day and left nothing for day 2. I really don’t have much to write about, but here goes anyway:

Castlevania: Judgment

Yes, Castlevania isn’t a horror game by ANY stretch of the imagination, but they do involve vampires, zombies, Frankenstein’s monster, mummies, Dracula, and 80% of the time Death itself. It counts dammit.

Taking a page out of Soul Calibur it seems Konami has decided to milk the fighting genre and add another game to their series. It looks very very average. Nothing I haven’t seen before, pretty good graphics considering it’s the Wii…I’m sure someone will chalk up a paragraph and call it a story. One thing I like is the character selection. They took people from original Castlevania, Castlevania Bloodlines,  Simons’ Quest, Symphony of the Night, Order of Ecclesia (the one coming out next month),  and throwing in a new character to boot.

Also, this game, and Order of Ecclesia will feature ‘unlockable content’ over Nintendo WiFi if you have both. As I said, this looks to be an average game only made for stupid fanboys who have more money than sense to tell when they are being had (i.e. me)

Castlevania: Next Gen?

Another Castlevania?  It sure is, a 30 second trailer that tells us nothing about the game and just supposed to make people gather in their circle and ponder what it will be like. Well, graphics look pretty good, that’s all I can say. The last two 3D installments were good, but that’s as far as I can go.

Diablo 3

Ok, now a good game is brought before us. You can say that this isn’t horror, and I’m inclined to agree. BUT, it still has undead, gore, blood; and is going to be rated M, so…close enough. I am excited about this one; I have been since the first gameplay video debuted.  I never had a problem with the less-gothic maps. It looks like a lot of fun.

The video is just a wizard playthough. Last two videos were Barbarian and witch doctor; I guess Blizzard will be throwing us a class specific movie for each class. I’m not complaining.

Evil Days: Pound for Ground

Ok, this is scraping the bottom of the barrel in several ways. The tag line is to race your car and run over zombies all in the same night. Well…awesome…

The game looks horrendous. Horrible sound (such as running over a zombie), graphics are incredibly plain, it looks to offer nothing new at all…it looks abysmal. I laughed when I saw this, much as how one watches the Sci-Fi network premieres for laughs. At least it had a moderately good metal soundtrack playing in the background…oh shit, that’s my stereo, never mind.

That’s all I could get on day 2 of TGS.  If the public unveilings feature anything new, I’ll be sure to post about it.

Tokyo Game Show Day 3:

Parasite Eve: 3rd Birthday;title;1

I have read several takes on this trailer, but I can’t fucking find it! I’ve read that this entry in the series is more of a 3rd-person action game rather than the RPG horror the first entry was (in all fairness the second game started the transition to action). I’m upset that it is PSP exclusive (I may own a PSP, but that doesn’t mean I like it).

Resident Evil: Degeneration

Yeah yeah, this isn’t a game; it’s a movie. I’m a huge fan of Resident Evil, so it’s going here. I am honestly excited for this. It seems more horror than Resident Evil 5 in all honesty (more on that later). The plot is simple as always: Airport, terrorists, zombies, back-up called, Leon Kennedy is with them, and Claire Redfield is there too. That is all I need to be content. The trailer shows some action sequences that incited a groan or two in me, but they had zombies and horribly mutated creatures with a very big and out of place eyeball (i.e. William Birkin from Resident Evil 2). It looks like Resident Evil to me.

Resident Evil 5

The Resident Evil 5 showoff didn’t stop with day 1, new videos have released, and my hopes have been raised. The new videos showcase the co-op play of the game. I am very impressed. It looks like having a friend to buy this (or forcing them to) will be worth it. Even playing solo, the AI looks to be able to handle its own without killing you.

On a subject I will undoubtedly be going back and forth on, it seems much more Resident Evil-ier than the trailers from the first day trailers. Regardless of how much disdain I have for the game mechanics and environment changing, I will still have this game on pre-order when it comes out in March.

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  1. October 12th, 2008 | 6:39 pm | #1

    Cool. Although I’ve been done with the RESIDENT EVIL series for a long, long time, I’d be interested in a DEAD SPACE review from a site I can trust. (Don’t really need a LEFT 4 DEAD review, I’m already sold there.)

  2. October 12th, 2008 | 6:56 pm | #2

    Oh, you can count on the DEAD SPACE review. I’ll review it, as well as Matt Wells and another Matt has also expressed interest in reviewing it.

    I think it looks damn promising, so I’d love to read three reviews, personally.

  3. Matt W
    October 12th, 2008 | 9:36 pm | #3

    Well, I’ll be doing a Left 4 Dead review anyway. I’ve got that sucker on pre-order. I’m actually more excited for the mods people will make for L4D than the game that will be shipped. The weapons (i.e. gravity gun) and map layouts from fans who know what the hell they are doing is what has me ever-so gitty.

    I didn’t know you wanted me to do a Dead Space review. I thought you said someone else wanted to do it and they had dibs. Oh well, I’ll be happy to do it, although I’m strapped for cash at the moment, so I won’t be getting it anytime soon. This weekend I think I’m getting my HDTV and PS3, and if that’s the case, I’ll be getting Silent Hill: Homecoming very quickly with a review to boot.

    Also, I left some games out purposefully, I didn’t know if they really fell under the category of horror, like Fallout 3. I mean, I’ve been waiting a literal decade for that one, but it’s not horror per-se. Same with Gears of War 2 (although it wasn’t even AT TGS, so that is a mute point). Although, if there is anyone wishes to see, I can always take requests.

    TGS is a 4 day event, but Day 4 seemed to be a wrap up day, nothing really new there in the ways of the macabre. So no posts.

    (“even bigger gamer”….man you have no idea, although I should post the pics of my apartment..not for the applause, but for something other HnD readers to point and laugh at)

  4. October 13th, 2008 | 8:55 am | #4

    Matt, it is up to you. Another Matt has offered a review and I’ll sure be putting up my thoughts as well.

    Thanks for reminding me why I should get LEFT 4 DEAD for the PC. I was probably just going to grab the 360 version, since my hardware is aged, but I’ll sit through toned down graphics in favor the community support.

  5. Matt W
    October 13th, 2008 | 9:53 am | #5

    Graphically it shouldn’t put too much of a strain on your PC, if it can run Half-Life 2 without much problem, you should be set for L4D.

    I’ll be buying Dead Space regardless, but the PC release date is a week later than X360/PS3 versions, so we’ll see. I’m in the middle of FEAR: Extraction Point and after that Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth. I should try and get my hand on a copy of 7th Guest…if my PC could run that ancient game…

  6. October 13th, 2008 | 10:08 am | #6

    I have an original copy of 7th Guest for Mac! God, that game scared the shit out of me as a kid.

  7. October 13th, 2008 | 11:04 am | #7

    The only thing I really remember from THE 7TH GUEST was manipulating soup cans to make a sentence with Y as the only vowel.

    While the thought of mods and the like would be cool for L4D, I’d be playing alone. All of my RL friends are on the 360. *shrug*

  8. R.J. Sayer
    October 13th, 2008 | 12:13 pm | #8

    What about the new fucking Splatterhouse game?

    Any word on that?

  9. Matt S
    October 13th, 2008 | 2:11 pm | #9

    “It seems to show that this is survival-horror, in the same way you are ‘surviving’ a Serious Sam game”
    Brilliant. Personally, I cant wait to survive Rock Band 2.

    RB2: A survival-rhythm themed game set on a stage.

  10. Matt W
    October 13th, 2008 | 2:57 pm | #10

    Nothing at TGS about Splatterhouse, sorry RJ. Whatever they are working on with that is being kept a secret it seems.

  11. Sean
    October 14th, 2008 | 7:54 am | #11

    Did you see the psp horror rpg that’s coming out about being a Death God?

    I use horror loosely there.

    excited about the psp games and Resident Evil 5…because the rest I don’t have the system for.

  12. Brian
    October 14th, 2008 | 8:44 am | #12

    Blah blah blah video games, blah blah heavy metal blah.

    Please cease all of these things I do not understand and talk more about movies.

    Thank you,
    Brian “GTA4 is the only game I know how to play and Coheed and Cambria is the ‘heaviest’ I get” K.

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