I could test the upcoming Gaming PC handheld console Smach Z at the Tokyo Games Show 2019: here's my hands-on impressions. Note that this machine will also run Arch Linux for the Linux version: boilingsteam.com/tgs2019-the-s

Sega had ANOTHER Yakuza game (my God one every single year!), a new Persona, and more importantly a new Sakura Wars game. This old series mixing tactical turn based mechas battles and dating sim is back. The kind of cross over that can only come from Japan. the first episodes were on the Sega Saturn (I cant remember if they ever made it overseas).

HP got rid of Omen but they were still at the show as an independent entity this year. There is a lot of PC hardware booths (Lenovo Legion, Corsair, MSI) at the TGS which is always surprising to me as the gaming PC market is so tiny compared to most developed markets.

In the series "the dog that does not bark" Level 5 (the japanese studio behind professor Layton and more...) was absent from the TGS this year again. In recent editions their presence has been on and off while they were always around in the DS and early 3DS era.

During the talk about Shen Mue 3 Yu Suzuki mentioned that the game will still keep the slow pace of the other episodes and feature many non-quest activities such as gambling, fishing and buying stuff. It was certainly a big attraction of Shen Mue: being free to live in the world instead of just rushing from one checkpoint to the next.

Capcom was showing behind closed doors Project Resistance. Reservations to see the game were already fully booked so we could not try it out, but from the short teaser trailer it looks like a Left4dead game in the Resident Evil universe.

Indies at TGS this year were sponsored by Nintendo. Lots of indies, but nothing too exciting. I spent about three hours checking the area game after game. Lots of rehashing the same ideas and concepts. Still, there were maybe about 5 or 6 titles that were kind of innovative. More in depth article to come.

More TGS stuff. Taito had a huge booth with an enormous screen and the only thing they were showing was a Space invaders remake in 8bit graphics. I did not see the point but maybe I am missing some cultural cue or something.

In other news VR was mostly dead at TGS this year, a far cry from the previous 2 editions. Much less VR dedicated booths, and still no real game that was really worth playing more than 5 mins. The very large cabin-like VR stuff was mostly gone, too. I am not sure if VR is going anywhere.and if it is, how long it will take to get there.

In other news VR was mostly dead at TGS this year, a far cry from the previous 2 editions. Much less VR dedicated booths, and still no real game that was really worth playing more than 5 mins. The very large cabin-like VR stuff was mostly gone, too. I am not sure if VR is going anywhere.and if it is, how long it will take to get there.

Bandai had a new Dragon Ball game called Kakarot, and it looks more than ever like the fights you could see in the anime, with free movement in space and proper long distance attacks. I could not play it but it looked like it was worth tryingout.

Bandai had a new Dragon Ball game called Kakarot, and it looks more than ever like the fights you could see in the anime, with free movement in space and proper long distance attacks. I could not play it but it looked like it was worth tryingout.

While waiting to enter the TGS I was joking with my friend that it would be awesome if Keanu Reeves showed up at the Cyberpunk booth just like he did at the E3. Turns out he DID! But one day before the show started, not during the show (boo fake media check your facts!). So nobody actually saw him but he signed the booth and apparently MAY have met with Kojima.

While waiting to enter the TGS I was joking with my friend that it would be awesome if Keanu Reeves showed up at the Cyberpunk booth just like he did at the E3. Turns out he DID! But one day before the show started, not during the show (boo fake media check your facts!). So nobody actually saw him but he signed the booth and apparently MAY have met with Kojima.

On the Smach Z I played Ni no Kuni 2 and it ran at 30 fps in full HD continuously. It looked very good and the controls were appropriate as well. its like a Switch in a larger, less portable format, and with Steam on it. Its a bit pricey but I am quite tempted to buy one after trying it! Will write more about this later.

The game of this TGS 2019 edition? Without hesitation Final Fantasy VII Remake. The amount of work that went into it is simply amazing. Way beyond simple fan service. The relatively simple boss fight in front of the first Mako reactor became a fight of epic proportions this time around. They also kept the music from the original game. I was really skeptical about it until now but I am now fully onboard. It is however sad it will be released in several episodes...

The game of this TGS 2019 edition? Without hesitation Final Fantasy VII Remake. The amount of work that went into it is simply amazing. Way beyond simple fan service. The relatively simple boss fight in front of the first Mako reactor became a fight of epic proportions this time around. They also kept the music from the original game. I was really skeptical about it until now but I am now fully onboard. It is however sad it will be released in several episodes...

On the Smach Z I played Ni no Kuni 2 and it ran at 30 fps in full HD continuously. It looked very good and the controls were appropriate as well. its like a Switch in a larger, less portable format, and with Steam on it. Its a bit pricey but I am quite tempted to buy one after trying it! Will write more about this later.

Smach Z at the tgs2019. The machine is now fully playable with latest SOC from AMD. they plan to release it in this year for backers and ramp up production from there on. Arch Linux-based version is still in development as well.

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