Tokyo Game Show is about to kick off. Grab a pen, mark Thursday 20 September to Sunday 23 September in your calendar, and take a deep breath, because this is when the game-stuffed expo takes place.
Before then, however, here’s the lowdown on nine of the biggest games that are confirmed to appear at the convention, and quite simply, you don’t want to miss them.
(You can breathe out now.)
1. Death Stranding
The Metal Gear Solid creator’s next game is undoubtedly a headline act at TGS. Built on the same stunning engine as Horizon Zero Dawn, you play as Sam Bridges (Norman Reedus), a futuristic courier of sorts who, according to the enigmatic official description, “embarks on a journey to reunite the shattered world one step at a time.”
2. Resident Evil 2
Another game you’ll see way ahead of its release is the gore-geous remake of Capcom’s 1998 horror classic. Modernised with an over-the-shoulder view, 4K graphics, and a sophisticated gore system where bullets take chunks from zombie bodies, Resident Evil 2 is a treat for the eyes and a test for the stomach.
3. Project JUDGE
Fans of police procedurals are in for something special with Project JUDGE. You play lawyer-turned-detective Takayuki Yagami as he attempts to unravel a string of murders connected to a prior case. His methods include trailing leads, interrogating people through branching dialogue, and inevitably punching them when it all goes south.
4. Soulcalibur VI
The sixth installment of Bandai Namco’s legendary weapons-based beat-’em-up is playable at TGS. We’ll likely see a closer look at its epic story mode, in-depth character creator, realtime armour degradation, and possibly The Witcher 3’s Geralt, who appears as a playable fighter.
5. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
Ahead of its January 18 release, the first Ace Combat game of the generation is set to give TGS an aerial demonstration. Dynamic weather ups the realism, VR support puts you directly in the cockpit, and local multiplayer lets two players meet amongst the clouds for vicious dog fights at 40,000 feet.
6. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
From Software’s punishing action-RPG looks better every time we see it, and you’ll be finding out much more about this savage saunter through feudal Japan at TGS. That yeti monster at the end of the trailer above looks nasty – in the best way possible.
7. Devil May Cry 5
This supernatural hack-and-slash will be playable on the show floor at TGS. You won’t want to miss Demon-hunter Nero’s 50-hit combos, nor his special arm that fries fools with electric bolts, nor the way he caps them off with glorious slow-motion close-up batterings.
8. Just Cause 4
Rico Rodriguez’s extreme stunts will also take TGS by storm. Speaking of which, freak weather is the star of this sandbox actioner, hitting you with everything from bone-freezing blizzards to bridge-busting cyclones. It’s a shame the South American paradise of Solís looks so nice, really, because it’s going to get wrecked.
9. Kingdom Hearts 3
The latest trailer for Square Enix’s ensemble RPG showcases a new Disney star entering the fold: Big Hero 6. At TGS we’ll likely see how he and his San Fransokyo stage slot alongside the likes of Frozen, Tangled, Hercules, and Monsters Inc.