SEGA E3 2011 Roundup

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SEGA had a fairly sizable showing at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo (shortened to ‘E3’) this year and had something available on each platform, including the two platforms that were formally announced during the event, Wii U and the PlayStation Vita handheld. These are successors to Nintendo’s Wii console and Sony’s PlayStation Portable handheld, respectfully. SEGA even had a special party for Sonic fans in particular.

We have read through hundreds of impressions, interviews and gameplay demonstrations and summed it all up into a basic read. Hit the jump for the full list of details and trailers.

Aliens: Colonial Marines

Based on the popular Aliens film franchise and developed by Gearbox Software for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Aliens: Colonial Marines was also revealed to be in production for Nintendo’s Wii U console. The title was not playable at E3, but was demonstrated behind closed doors to a pre determined group of people. The full game will be available at retail next year.

ANARCHY REIGNS

Developed by PlatinumGames, ANARCHY REIGNS, a “Beat em’ Up” release, is their first major online multiplayer focused release. A spiritual successor to MADWORLD on Wii their first release with SEGA, characters from it appear in playable forms. The game was playable on SEGA’s show floor, but reactions were mixed notably because of the camera. The title will be available for purchase early next year on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Binary Domain

Developed and designed by the same people responsible for the Yakuza/Ryu ga Gotoku series, Binary Domain is their first major title that is designed with worldwide markets in mind since the Super Monkey Ball series. It is a third person shooter that requires the player to earn the trust of their AI partners. As an option, the player is able to use Kinect or a headset.

Binary Domain was playable on SEGA’s show floor and had very positive reactions around it, but people were told not to film any of the unfinished demo. The full game will be available to retail in February of next year on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Captain America: Super Soldier

Part of Marvel Comic’s Captain America series and set to be released near the feature film, Captain America: Super Solider actually a separate story contained in the movie’s canon. The title was playable at SEGA’s show floor and obtained positive press for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions with many people noting similarities to Batman: Arkham Asylum, which is largely considered the best super hero based game this console generation. It will be available in mid July on multiple platforms. Outside of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 releases, each console has specific developers, none of which are SEGA studios.

CRUSH3D

Designed as a remake of the highly reviewed PlayStation Portable game Crush, Crush 3D (stylized as CRUSH3D) is largely a remake of the original with new art direction and levels. Developed by the same studio responsible for the original game, Crush 3D was playable on SEGA’s show floor, but not much hype. It will be available at the end of the year and exclusive to Nintendo 3DS.

Guardian Heroes for Xbox Live Arcade

An upgraded port of what many people consider a classic for the SEGA Saturn, Guardian Heroes is a ‘beat em up’ with newly added online features and upgraded art direction. Developed exclusively for the Xbox 360’s Xbox Live Arcade by Treasure Co, whom also have the well loved Saturn game Radiant Silvergun coming to the download platform. Playable at the show floor, the game had positive reactions and will be available later this summer.

The House of the Dead: OVERKILL Extended Cut

Designed as an “Upgraded Port” to the 2009 Wii light gun game, The House of the Dead: OVERKILL Extended Cut will be released near Halloween of this year exclusively for the PlayStation 3’s PlayStation Move peripheral. The game was playable at SEGA’s show floor and received positive reactions.

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Set to be released to coincide with the 2012 London Olympics, Mario & Sonic is the third game in the crossover series featuring characters from Nintendo’s Mario series and SEGA’s Sonic series. The game was playable on the show floor and received sterile reactions. It will be available for purchase on Wii and 3DS. No Nintendo DS release is planned.

Renegade Ops

Developed by Avalanche Studios, Renegade Ops is a download-only release slated for the Xbox 360’s Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation 3’s PlayStation Network and the Steamworks service on PC. Playable at the show floor, the title received positive response, with many pointing out the co-operative play being satisfying.

Rise of Nightmares

Developed by the studio potentially best known for Valkyria Chronicles and lead by famed director Ryuta Ueda who helped design such titles as Panzer Dragoon Saga, Jet Set Radio and Yakuza 2. Rise of Nightmares is a horror based game for the Xbox 360’s Kinect add on where the player moves their body in different ways to attack monsters, pick up and use items and solve puzzles. Playable at the show floor, Rise of Nightmares gained mixed opinions, many of which detailed that their views were inconclusive without more playtime. It will be available this Halloween.

SEGA Rally Online Arcade

Developed by SUMO Digital around SEGA Rally Revo and SEGA Rally 3, SEGA Rally Online Arcade is the recently released Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network release. It was playable on the show floor, but did not obtain much press, as the title is already available.

Shinobi for Nintendo 3DS

The first release in the long running Shinobi series in almost 10 years, Shinobi is developed by Griptonite Games and is set to be released later this year exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS as a 2D platformer done in a similar style to Revenge of Shinobi, Shinobi III or The GG Shinobi. In an interview with Griptonite Games, they revealed that they started making the game as fans of the series before asking SEGA if they could work on the franchise.

Playable on the show floor, the latest release had positive responses to it’s gameplay, but very negative views on the graphics.

Sonic Generations

The next major release in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Sonic Generations is the first game in the series to bring multiple concepts and levels from the series together to make one game. As previously discussed, the game will feature both “Classic” and “Modern” variations of Sonic with the gameplay. The second level to be shown off was announced at E3 to be City Escape from Sonic Adventure 2 (trailer above). The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions were playable on the show floor, and received positive press.

However, the 3DS version was only demonstrated. Later interviews revealed that this version will mostly only feature handheld levels, but none from the Game Gear Sonic titles, of which there are 12, instead opting out for Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS levels. These revelations were poorly received.

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing for iOS

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing for is a semi-remake of the well reviewed 2010 release by the same name. Developed by SUMO Digital, the game was playable at SEGA’s booth and received praise. It will be available later this year on all iOS touch based platforms.

Virtua Tennis 4 for PlayStation Vita

A surprise announcement by Sony instead of SEGA, the recently released Virtua Tennis 4 is also being developed for the recently revealed PlayStation Vita handheld. Nothing else is known at this time.

Many rumored SEGA titles such as Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, Ryu ga Gotoku OF THE END (Yakuza), Phantasy Star Online 2, Puyo Puyo 20th Anniversary, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, Valkyria Chronicles III, Revenge of Shinobi, Monster World IV and both of The Creative Assembly’s new games were nowhere to be found.

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