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Metal Gear, Final Fantasy XIII, Assassin's Creed Honored at Japan Game Awards

Tokyo Game Show visitors predict the future.

Game Center CX host Shinya Arino hosted the event. He was a bit worried about speaking to the Assassin's Creed II team, but they had a Japanese speaker with them.

CESA's annual Japan Game Awards ceremony is split into multiple divisions: Game of the Year, highlighting the top games of the previous year, Amateur, highlighting the best in amateur game development, and Future, highlighting top upcoming games. The Future ceremony was held in Hall 1 of the Makuhari Messe on the last day of the Tokyo Game Show.

To qualify for the Future award, a game had to have been on display at the show. CESA took votes from attendees between September 24 through September 26, covering the show's two business days and one of the two public days. A judging panel went through the results and determined 12 winners which were announced in a midday stage event hosted by Game Center CX host Shinya Arino.

The following games received awards:

  • Assassin's Creed II (Ubisoft)
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep (Square Enix)
  • Ghost Trick (Capcom)
  • Tales of Graces (Namco Bandai)
  • Dragon Quest VI (Square Enix)
  • Ni no Kuni (Level-5)
  • Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix)
  • Bayonetta (Sega)
  • Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker (Konami)
  • Yakuza 4 (Sega)
  • Professor Layton and the Demon's Flute (Level-5)
  • Lost Planet 2 (Capcom)

Staff members of these titles, including such big names as Yoshinori Kitase, Hideo Kojima, Toshihiro Nagoshi, and Akihiro Hino, took the stage to accept the award trophy (which had yet to be engraved with the game's name, as the results had only been determined the night before). They also shared promotional commentary on the game and fielded questions from a guest questioner.

Assassin's Creed II was the only foreign game honored at this year's event despite the presence of such big names as Uncharted 2 and God of War III.
Dragon Quest VI was a last minute addition to Square Enix's Tokyo Game Show lineup.
Akihiro Hino took the stage for both Layton and Ni no Kuni.
Toshihiro Nagoshi accepts the award for Yakuza 4. He later appeared on this stage for a talk session with Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino.

You'll likely see the Future Game Award logo on the box or in promotional materials for these games.

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