Win Big Game Prizes With Our Tokyo Game Show 2014 Guide

Tokyo Game Show 2014

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This month, Virgin Atlantic is giving big love to Japan in honour of Tokyo Game Show 2014, starting with our essential gamer’s guide to Tokyo. Check it out to discover what the UK’s top game critics have to say about the legendary districts of Akihabara and Shibuya, and why gamers need to put a holiday to Tokyo on their to-do list.

We’re also giving you, the gaming public, a chance to win some stellar prizes, including a Wii U console, a selection of PS4 games and other goodies. You can enter our competition further down the page.

Tokyo Game Show 2014 runs from September 18th to the 21st and will see the industry’s biggest names descend on the Makuhari Messe convention centre just outside the city. This is going to be one of the biggest years in the show’s history, with game companies from around the world showing off the best new titles on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U and other formats.

That’s why we asked our critics back to share their thoughts on the Tokyo Game Show, and to discover what titles they’re most looking forward to at the show. We’ve also got Sony weighing in with their thoughts on what has been a big year for gaming.

Tokyo Game Show 2014

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Why Tokyo Game Show 2014 is one to watch

It’s impossible to downplay Japan’s important role in helping to put gaming on the worldwide map. If it wasn’t for the likes of Shigeru Miyamoto’s Super Mario Bros. and Taito’s Space Invaders, the industry might not be the entertainment juggernaut it is today. While Japan’s significance in gaming may have shrunk thanks to the West catching up, there’s no denying it’s still an important part of game culture.

David Wilson, PlayStation’s head of UK PR tells us why he feels Tokyo Game Show is important, saying, “There are announcements from big players and some sizable stands, the opportunity to play the latest games and games tech, including often quirky Japanese titles that won’t see the light of day in the west.

“But it is more about the experience with kids dressed in amazing cosplay outfits and attendees dressed as games characters that grace each stand who are only too happy to pose for pictures with grinning otaku. There’s at least half a hall devoted to selling games merchandise, which is always quite a draw for Japanese games aficionados.”

The Guardian Games Editor Keith Stuart adds, “TGS is still fascinating. If you love traditional role-playing games – this is where you’ll see them first. Titles like Monster Hunter, Dragons Dogma, and Final Fantasy are the big draws and you get to discover lots more niche JRPG and mech battle games that you’ll struggle to find on the show floor at E3 or gamescom. And there are still hundreds of cos-players and cool stands selling gorgeous merchandise and super high-end arcade quality controllers. It is a cultural experience as much as a games event.”

Tokyo Game Show 2014

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The biggest games light up Tokyo

Tokyo Game Show promises to be full of the biggest blockbuster games the industry has to offer, with rivals Sony and Microsoft showcasing their latest titles for for PS4 and Xbox One respectively. Japanese giant Nintendo is playing to its home advantage with what promises to be a strong showing on Wii U and 3DS.

They’re joined by local legend Square Enix, which is poised to reveal Dragon Quest: Heroes for PS4 and PS3 at the show. Yuji Horii’s acclaimed series holds a Guinness World record for the longest-running Japanese Role-Playing Game series, while fellow JRPG juggernaut Final Fantasy is colossal in Japan, with some 110 million sales to date.

There are plenty more games to keep an eye out for, including:

  • The Order: 1886, LittleBigPlanet 3, Persona 5, Bloodborne and Driveclub from Sony
  • Sunset Overdrive, Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Forza Horizon 2 from Microsoft
  • Super Smash Bros, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Pokemon Omega Red from Nintendo
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, The Evil Within, published in Japan by Square Enix

“Bloodborne looks incredibly interesting,” Stuart continues. “Hidetaka Miyazaki has taken the ideologies behind Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls and taken them in a weird goth punk direction. Also, we’ve just heard that Persona 5, the latest title in the fascinatingly offbeat RPG series from cult developer Atlus will be there – and that series typifies the lasting appeal of Japanese game design: brave, idiosyncratic and unpredictable.”

“I have a weird fascination with the games Japan makes for Japan,” Eurogamer news Editor Wesley Yin-Poole adds. “The Musou games are all the rage in the boardrooms of Tokyo game publishers, but rarely make an impression in the west. And as someone who grew up playing Final Fantasy games, I’ll always have a soft spot for Japanese role-playing games. Oh, and fingers crossed for a new Street Fighter. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Tokyo Game Show may focus heavily on Japanese development, but it’s worth noting that an increasing number of the nation’s celebrated creators are still making big waves with their games in the west, from Hideo Kojima’s sensational Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain to Shinji Mikami’s spiritual successor to Resident Evil, The Evil Within. It’s clear that Japan is an essential cog in the game industry’s global machine.

Tokyo Game Show 2014 promises to be the city’s biggest gaming expo in recent years, and it’s only going to get bigger thanks to the success of PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U. If you want to mark a trip to the show off your bucket list and immerse yourself in the height of gaming and tech culture, Virgin Atlantic’s Tokyo flights can help make it happen.

Tokyo Game Show 2014

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Competition Time!

Now then, how would you like to win some serious gaming swag, courtesy of Sony, Nintendo, Square EnixBandai Namco and Capcom?

Our top winner will receive:

  • Nintendo Wii U Black 32GB Premium console with Mario Kart 8 game
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall game for PlayStation 4
  • Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn – Collector’s Edition game for PlayStation 4
  • infamous: Second Son game for PlayStation 4
  • GRID Autosport game for PlayStation 3
  • Ultra Street Fighter 4 game for Xbox 360
  • Pac-Man ghost plushie
  • Dark Souls 2 t-shirt

One second prize winner will receive:

  • Knack game on PS4
  • Defiance game on Xbox 360
  • Star Trek game on Xbox 360
  • Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn – Collector’s Edition game on PlayStation 3
  • Ultra Street Fighter 4 game on Xbox 350.
  • Pac-Man ghost plushie
  • Dark Souls 2 t-shirt

Finally, we’ve got eight runners-up, who will each receive:

  • Ultra Street Fighter 4 game on Xbox 360
  • Pac-Man ghost plushie
  • Dark Souls 2 t-shirt

How to Enter

All you have to do to enter is answer this simple question:

“What is your favourite game and why?”

To enter, login via the Facebook Connect button below and leave your answer within the comments section. For full details of the competition please read our terms and conditions below. Good Luck!

This competition starts at 00.01 (GMT) on 11.09.14 and will close at 23.59 (GMT) on 22.09.14

 

Tokyo Game Show Promotion

A. Entry into this promotion (the “Promotion“) is open to residents of the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands aged 16 years or over, except for employees of Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited and agencies directly connected with creation of and administration of this Promotion and their families.

B. There will be ten prizes (“Prize(s)“) available as follows:

 

One First Prize

  • Nintendo Wii U Black 32GB Premium console with Mario Kart 8 game
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall game for PlayStation 4
  • Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn – Collector’s Edition game for PlayStation 4
  • infamous: Second Son game for PlayStation 4
  • GRID Autosport game for PlayStation 3
  • Ultra Street Fighter 4 game for Xbox 360
  • Pac-Man ghost plushie
  • Dark Souls 2 t-shirt

One Second Prize

  • Knack game on PS4
  • Defiance game on Xbox 360
  • Star Trek game on Xbox 360
  • Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn – Collector’s Edition game on PlayStation 3
  • Ultra Street Fighter 4 game on Xbox 350.
  • Pac-Man ghost plushie
  • Dark Souls 2 t-shirt

Eight runner-up Prizes

  • Ultra Street Fighter 4 game on Xbox 360
  • Pac-Man ghost plushie
  • Dark Souls 2 t-shirt

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8. All eligible Entries shall be placed in a draw (the “Draw“) from which ten prize (“Winners“) will be selected at random on Wednesday 24 September 2014 (the “Draw Date“).   For your confidence the Draw will be conducted using a random electronic generator system.

 

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12. Participants must submit their own work. Each Participant warrants that their Entry and all information which they submit does not infringe the intellectual property, privacy or any other rights of any third party, and does not contain anything which is libellous, defamatory, obscene, indecent, harassing or threatening.

 

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Promoter: Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited, Registered Office: The Office, Manor Royal, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 9NU, England.

 

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