TGS '07: New Yakuza gets Sega's booth buzzing

NiGHTS, Kenzan, and Valkyrie anchor Japanese publisher's stand alongside Virtua Fighter 5 for Xbox 360, Sega Rally, and Ghost Squad.

by

TOKYO--Sega had an impressively expansive stand at this year's Tokyo Game Show, even if many of their spotlight games aren't even confirmed for a Western release. There was a noticeable buzz surrounding Kenzan on the PlayStation 3, the third game in the Yakuza trilogy (the second installment of which was just announced for an American release earlier this week). Then there was Senjou no Valkyria on PS3, a cartoon-esque role-playing game set during a fictional European War. Finally, in the last of the big three segmented areas of the stand, there was a uniquely Japanese game called Imabiksou on PS3 which was a Ringu-style interactive horror game.

The big games that will be of interest to Western gamers were all pretty much confined to one smaller area, with the exception of NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams. Virtua Fighter 5 on the Xbox 360, Sega Rally on the PlayStation Portable and PS3, and Ghost Squad on the Wii were all playable and looking very polished. While VF5's online mode remains an untested mystery, we still got to play through all the other modes using the custom-designed Hori sticks, and unsurprisingly it proved to be quite a draw. Sega Rally was only being demonstrated on the PS3 and PSP at Sega's booth, with the Xbox 360 version being exclusive to Microsoft's setup in another hall. Finally, Ghost Squad proved to be one of the few games at the show to use the new Wii Zapper. All three games are due before the end of the year.

Arguably the biggest draw of the booth was the first public showing of NiGHTS on Wii. Prospective players were in for a wait if they wanted to play the game, even during the press days, but there was little new there since we last played the game. The stage shows at Sega were fairly subdued affairs, and consisted mainly of video presentations of the aforementioned Kenzan.

Other games that made an appearance included Sonic Rush Adventure on DS, which has been released in the US, Dino King on DS, which strangely disappeared when the show opened to the public, and Seaman 2 on PlayStation 2, which is so uniquely Japanese that a Western release is by no means assured.

Discussion

17 comments
jtthegame316
jtthegame316

sega make shenmue 3 and release all 3 on xbox 360. sonic unleashed is very good nice to see you put one of your games on 360 for once. streets of rage 4 please sega. make it like saturn garidan heroes where you can take loads of differnt routes through the game.

KronikKilla
KronikKilla

I want a new Streets of Rage. VF5 graphics, a combo system with about a third of the depth, a zoom in/out camera, that zooms in when engaged with an enemy, to give a nice up close, cinematic view. Just keep it side scrolling. Same thing with Sonic, make it side scrolling again! Maybe I'm a little old school, but 2D platformers are still one of my favorite genres, and there is plenty of room for new improvements and enhancements to the gameplay.

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

playing VF5 online is going to be amazing. Also really looking forward to getting my hands on Ghost Squad.

morororo
morororo

I hear you Landisan. For all the wank Sonic games they have made they could have released Shenmue 3 twice over. Sadly, idiots buy Sonic games, no one bought the Shenmue games. I reckon they should rerelease Shenmue 1 and 2 on the Wii. Would work lovely on the Wii I think and get some interest in the series as people ar dying to buy a Wii game with a bit of depth. Then they can make Shenmue 3 with the dosh. Easy! Christ, I should work for SEGA!

PatLTornado
PatLTornado

Go to hell, SEGA haters! Sega is headed in the right direction!

retrofraction12
retrofraction12

yeah im not very impressed with the game they put on the wii. its no the wii is not capable but rather they just arn't trying. I bet you the first developer to take the wii seriously will make alot of money and get alot of respect. its all up to grabs, but none of the developers want to take a risk. of couse the wii is the fastest selling , so what really is the risk of making one really good wii game?

landisan
landisan

Sega has a real problem with loyalty, we all know that. All you hear about Shenmue 3 is that they lost all that money. Well you traded in your fans for a couple of bucks and then lost all the potential profit you could have made but not now. Most people I figure are like me, it doesn't matter how many sonic games you put out or how good your games are, until you release SHENMUE 3 or at the very least confirm its life or death I refuse to give you one dime of my hard earned money. Sega you are such losers.

Reetesh
Reetesh

Horror Game? Ringu-style? where's the gamespace?!

SneakyB986
SneakyB986

shenmue 3.........ahaha seaman 2 on ps2? why not use a system with a built in microphone and isn't last generation? oh yea thats a nintendo DS....but shenmue 3 and I don't really care about seaman 2 because shenmue 3 the first one wasn't that good and I skipped everyday by changing the clock because I don't think I couldve waited a year for that damn fish/frog/thing shenmue 3 to grow up! It was pretty funny though when you came down to two and they totally bang and tell you thats its not the spice channel and to look away shenmue 3.

okassar
okassar

NiGHTS is doomed to be yet another Wii game which has a meager story line,only to be cheap;y trodden over by a humongous cheap use and dependence on the Wii controller....

PatLTornado
PatLTornado

Sounds good. Hopefully next year, they'll have a new console.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Senjou no Valkyria managed to catch my eye.

ibanezdropd
ibanezdropd

cool. but i hear sega isn't releasing vf5 on 360 in japan? ummmm why not???? anyway, sounds good i guess. ps3 needs some quality games

Guyzea
Guyzea

No Shenmue 3? **ACHIEVEMENT LOCKED**

DonutTrooper
DonutTrooper

Dissapointing Sega! You know what we all want: New Game Gear (With a new TV tuner)!