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It’s that time of year again! Tokyo Game Show 2013 is now in full swing and its second press and business day is well underway. This coming weekend, the event will be open to the public, offering video game and tech fans the chance to play some of the newest games and catch a glimpse of upcoming titles, not to mention try out that brand new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One hardware for themselves.

Being the enormous video game nerds that we are, we headed over to the Makuhari Messe convention centre yesterday to check it out. And, since we love you, we even took a few photos while we were there, so step inside and experience the games, toys and booth babes of TGS 2013!

  • Microsoft

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Despite underwhelming sales of Xbox 360 software and having yet to confirm the release of its newest console, Xbox One, in Japan, Microsoft put on a great show at TGS 2013. Offering dozens of units to play on, hands-on tech demos and a bevy of upcoming titles including Forza Motorosport 5 and Ryse: Son of Rome (albeit hidden away in an “18+” booth) to drool over, there was plenty to see and go under the green lights of the Xbox booth.

Highly anticipated first-person shooter Titanfall was also playable at the Xbox One booth. However in accordance with developer Respawn Entertainment’s wishes, an Xbox rep told us, the press was not permitted to take either photos or video of the game. Whether this was because the playable demo was in fact the PC version of Titanfall and Microsoft did not wish to mislead consumers by allowing footage of the game in action to appear online under the Xbox One name, or simply that its developer was reluctant to show the title in its unfinished form isn’t 100-percent clear, but the game nevertheless looked superb and the short demo we played was tremendous fun – definitely one to watch out for.

▼ Step into the green zone.

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▼ Where the magic happens.

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Titanfall had an enormous presence at the Xbox One booth.

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▼ Booth babes and a Titan. What a magical combination.

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▼ Xbox One in the flesh.

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▼ There were also plenty of Xbox 360 demo units to play with.

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  • Sony

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Unsurprisingly, Sony’s section at TGS 2013 was nothing short of gargantuan, with the company showcasing its new line of Xperia smartphones, the new model PlayStation Vita, Vita TV, and both PlayStation 3 & 4 hardware – all demoed, of course, using shiny new Sony-brand TVs.

In terms of software, too, Sony had a big presence at the show, with PlayStation 4 games such as Driveclub, Mark Cenry’s 3-D platformer Knack, Fifa 14, and the gorgeous-looking Deep Down playable on PlayStation 4, not to mention the PS4 version of Battlefield 4 taking centre stage at EA’s enormous, sexy soldier-patrolled booth.

▼ PlayStation 4 flanked by the Dualshock 4 controller and PlayStation Eye camera.

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▼ Easily the sweetest, most informative booth attendant we met all day.

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▼ The cute robots of PlayStation Eye-enabled title The Playroom.

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Perhaps owing to its impressive visuals, Deep Down had some of the longest lines of the event, with waits to play the game up to 230 minutes at one point.

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▼ Producer Yoshinori Ono gives a demonstration of the game during his talk.

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▼ Knack showed up in life-sized form.

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Wolfensteiners taking it easy in seated demo booths.

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Sony’s PlayStation Vita was out in full force, too, with the new 20-percent smaller and lighter Vita 2000 available to try out. Having been Vita fans since its launch in 2011, we have to admit we were a little sceptical when Sony announced the new model of handheld, and questioned whether it was really necessary. Having tried the new unit out, though, we’re already looking online to see how much we can sell our old model for: that Vita 2000 is one sleek little beast.

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▼ The new Vita. So preeetty!

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▼ Some Vita testing stations were more like fun little hangouts this year.

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▼ Vita TV reps were on hand to explain the curious new device to attendees.

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It may be showing its age, but PlayStation 3 didn’t go ignored. Along with demo units for its own in-house titles like Gran Turismo 6 and Puppeteer, visitors to TGS were able to sample a whole host of titles including upcoming cel-shaded gorefest Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and even give PlayStation Move a spin.

▼ A Sony rep demonstrates PlayStation Move-infused Wonderbook: Book of Spells.

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Gran Turismo 6 demoed with full-size steering wheel controllers.

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Part of the reason why Sony’s exhibition space was so large owes to the fact that the company has fingers in so many pies. Further into the exhibition space, we were confronted by a booth entirely dedicated to Sony’s mobile hardware, with Xperia smartphones – including the new Xperia Z1 and Hatsune Miku-themed models – debuting alongside virtual reality-style personal display headsets, which the company is promoting as the ultimate in immersive gaming and movie viewing.

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▼ Sony’s HMZ-T2 personal viewer. Stay tuned for our hands-on impressions!

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▼ The luscious Hatsune Miku-themed Xperia smartphone.

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▼ Which, of course, couldn’t be displayed without a few Miku models!

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▼ Look at those eeeeyes!

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▼ Ever wondered where those bijin (beautiful girl) online clocks come from?

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  • Nintendo Toys!

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Nintendo might not have come to TGS (as per usual), but its mascot characters most certainly did. Venturing through the merchandise area in the third hall in search of some grub, we discovered a stall selling pretty much every Super Mario plushie you could ever dream of. Even Kirby and the guys from Animal Crossing showed up! Oh, how we wish we could take you all home with us!

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▼ Pikmiiin!!!

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▼ Our favourite, though, was this terrified Luigi doll from Luigi’s Mansion 2.

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  • The many booths and their babes

We know, we know, we’re supposed to say “booth attendants” or “companions”, but we’re simple beings and when girls are as scantily clad as those at the exhition booths at TGS it’s hard to use such formal terms. This year’s Tokyo Game Show was host to considerably fewer models than normal, and compared to TGS 2012 – which was something of a cleavage fest if we’re being honest – their outfits were surprisingly tame for the most-part. But this wouldn’t be TGS, and we wouldn’t be RocketNews24, without bringing you the cheeky bits, too, so here they are: the booth companions of Tokyo Game Show 2013.

▼ At TGS, actual angels hand out flyers.

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▼ The girls from Bandai Namco.

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▼ And there could be no TGS without at least one giant mecha.

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▼ And its pilot.

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▼ The Wargames booth was kind of epic.

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▼ Not yet released in japan, gamers wait in line to play GTA V.

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▼ Sorry, kind lady who helped us; the bunny ears were not intentional!

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▼ Good to see the slightly awkward Brain Kiss back this year!

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▼ The Sega Apps girl forgets how buttons and zips work.

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▼ Shinji Mikami’s upcoming horror title Psycho Break (The Evil Within in the West) was previewed only in special private screenings. Featuring an insane asylum, chainsaw-wielding maniacs and mind-bending changing environments, it looks positively terrifying.

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Ear action was in woefully short supply at this year’s TGS.

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▼ Freebies, too, weren’t especially exciting. Except, of course, for the awesome red capes that processor manufacturer AMD was handing out!

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▼ This AMD rep who may have stolen a certain writer’s heart…

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▼ Until this thing stole it again.

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▼ The answer is yes.

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▼ A little Street Fighter 4 fun at the Madcatz booth.

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▼ There was even a little Itasha action to be found!

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▼As soon as the air smells sickly sweet you know you’re near the Monster energy drink booth.

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▼ At the Capcom boobs, er, booth…

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▼ These girls kept chanting something and we’re still not entirely sure what was happening, but here’s a photo anyway.

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▼ Free stickers for everyone!

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▼ We could have sworn that thing moved…

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▼ Mobile gaming giants Gree had a whole corner to themselves.

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▼ And finally, EA brought Battlefield 4 out to play with some multiplayer action on PS4.

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Tokyo Game Show 2013 will be open to the public this weekend (September 21-21) from 10 a.m. at the Makuhari Messe convention centre. If you’re planning on heading over to try out the newest video games and hardware, don’t forget to check out the official map and exhibitor listing first! Have fun, and happy gaming!

Photos: RocketNews24