Tokyo Game Show 2018. Another day ended and did not disappoint. With Square Enix at the forefront, we see talks of Dragon Quest X, Kingdom Hearts 3, Dragon Quest Builders 2, and Tokyo Dolls, hosted by Gems Company. Following alongside in a separate studio we see discussions involving Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy!, The Last Remnant Remastered, Final Fantasy: Record Keeper, the latest Romancing SaGa titles, and a small Let’s Play of both Just Cause 4 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider with the President of Square Enix, Yosuke Matsuda. There was a lot to see this day of the event. Let’s dive in and see what went on over at the Square Enix Stage and Studio events.
Dragon Quest X Online
First off, they begin strong with Dragon Quest X Online, and it looks fun. The hosts had gone fishing for over a half hour, but we were shown some screenshots and regular gameplay aside from that. It was certainly an entertaining display. One can only guess how a Dragon Quest game fares online, but I would certainly love to check it out. It has since been released on multiple platforms, including PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
Kingdom Hearts III
With Kingdom Hearts III, we see some gameplay to keep fans hyped about the series, including Big Hero 6, Wreck-It Ralph, and Toy Story worlds. Square Enix talks about the latest updates as Kingdom Hearts III is set to release world wide on January 29, 2019 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Dragon Quest Builders 2
Square Enix clearly had a lot of gameplay to share for Dragon Quest Builders 2, with much of Akira Toriyama shining through this 3D environment. It plays out as you would see in a building block game like this, however it looks so addicting. People seemingly populate the lands, delve into the farm life, fight monsters, and of course construct a multitude of possibilities throughout the world. The biggest draw is definitely the cooperative play, with up to 4 players building, battling, and exploring. Dragon Quest Builders 2 is set to be released December 20, 2018 in Japan for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
Project Tokyo Dolls
Square Enix showcased a mobile game called Project Tokyo Dolls, and having been hesitant at first, it looks legitimately interesting. It doesn’t look like much gameplay was shown, but they had given us a short music video featuring some of the main cast of characters. It’s pretty much what you expect of a J-Idol song, and it’s worth listening to if you’re a fan of Japanese Idols in general. Project Tokyo Dolls has been released and ready to play in the Japanese Mobile Market.
Chocobo Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy!
Square Enix presented a lot of gameplay for Chocobo Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! in the 50 minute stream. It’s one of those games that focuses a lot of attention on exploring and just having fun. After watching gameplay, it was impossible not to go back through and watch the hosts playing freak out a little during stream trying to beat a few monsters. Square Enix had also brought out some merchandise for show, and they are a must own for any Final Fantasy fan, with wall scrolls and T-shirts to name a few. Along with Chocobo Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! we managed to get a glimpse into Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition, both due out on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch this Winter and 2019 respectively.
The Last Remnant Remastered
Okay, so we have to talk a bit about The Last Remnant Remastered. When developers of a game, especially when they are a massively popular and gigantic company such as Square Enix themselves, you know you’re working with real talent. This company has been so humble, and yet it seems even when they know a game is not as good as people would like it to be, or even mediocre by most standards, they seem to address it. With the release of the main game, it had mixed reactions world wide, with the exception of Japan who had given the game high praise. Square Enix developers thought Japanese reviewers had given it too high of a score. That alone is enough to convince some people that every purchase goes to talent over at Square Enix. That being said, the remastered version is certainly worth giving a try if you have never played the original or want an updated port, The Last Remnant Remastered comes out exclusively on PlayStation 4 for only $19.99. There is no reason not to pick this gem up.
Final Fantasy Record Keeper
Final Fantasy Record Keeper, an already released mobile game from Square Enix. One of those games that has always looked good, even though it’s never really captured as much attention with the mainstream audience that it should. It certainly deserves checking out, if only for some of the beautiful music it has. There is a site dedicated to this game with some of the best music all the previous Final Fantasy games have had to offer.
Make sure to check out their dedicated website: http://www.finalfantasyrecordkeeper.com
Romancing SaGa 3/Romancing SaGa Re: Universe
Square Enix talks about two games in this segment, Romancing SaGa 3 and Romancing SaGa Re: Universe. Romancing SaGa 3 is a remastered version of the one released on Super Famicom systems in 1995 and now it comes to current generation consoles. Romancing Saga Re: Universe will be taking characters from previous entries of Romancing SaGa such as Frontier, while maintaining the simple and fun RPG elements of the original games. Romancing SaGa 3 is slated for release early 2019 on iOS/Android, PS4/XBO/Switch, PlayStation Vita, and Windows/Steam. Romancing SaGa Re: Universe is a Free-to-Play mobile game with no release date as of yet.
Just Cause 4/Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Saving possibly the best showcase for last, a nice bit of Let’s Play from the President of Square Enix, Yosuke Matsuda. With Just Cause 4 you’re allowed a lot of freedom, as it’s showcased in their gameplay video. Extreme weather, more control over your grappling hook, the wingsuit makes a comeback, along with of course the resistance returning for a new chapter of the Rico Rodriguez story. The release of this amazingly over-the-top game surfaces December 4, 2018 for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Shadow of the Tomb Raider being in the same segment, the hosts themselves decide to try their hand at the game. It’s a beautiful game with compelling gameplay and visuals. Look for Shadow of the Tomb Raider which has since been newly released in stores for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
So much amazing gameplay and so many personalities, it was certainly a fun watch. At no point did I ever tire of watching their streams. With the second public day wrapping up, we can only imagine and be excited for what the next day will bring. We have our list of games we’re looking forward to, please comment below with any games you might be excited for in the next coming year.
Don’t you just want to pet this? It’s too adorable not to!