SEGA GamesCom 2011 Roundup

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Although SEGA was notably absent from GamesCom 2010 (with the exception of Virtua Tennis 4), their showing at the German event this year was very strong. Mostly focusing on home console releases, not much new info was revealed overall, but each product featured was a better representation of how the finished game will turn out. As such, each title represented had a more positive reception overall when compared to E3 2011.

We have collected info from hundreds of previews, interviews and presentations then summed it all up in a simple read after the break.

Aliens: Colonial Marines

Based on the popular Aliens film franchise and developed by Gearbox Software, Aliens: Colonial Marines is the first person shooting action title for the PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the Wii U consoles. The story was revealed to be part of the film Aliens, the second film in the franchise.

Although not playable, the game was demonstrated to various audiences with most giving very positive impressions, though many noted that the game seemed as if it had an abundance of scripted events. The game will be released around the second quarter of 2012.

ANARCHY REIGNS

ANARCHY REIGNS, a “Beat em’ Up” is PlatinumGames’ first major online multiplayer focused release. A spiritual successor to MADWORLD on Wii their first release with SEGA. The game was playable on the show floor, but reactions were mixed. Positive reactions praised the fast action, but the many negative reactions pointed to frustrating combat and a hard to use camera. The title will be available for purchase in January on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

The trailer above features blue blood instead of red like all previous videos had. This is likely due to Germany’s strict laws against violence in games.

Binary Domain

Developed and designed by the same people responsible for the Yakuza/Ryu ga Gotoku series, but unlike it Binary Domain is designed with worldwide markets in mind. It is a third person shooter that requires the player to earn the trust of their AI partners. The player is able to use Kinect or a headset, but there is an option to use button commands.

At the event, more details were finally shined on the new IP’s use of contact with the AI characters. Dubbed the “Consequences System” players will have to make their best personal judgement on how to lead their squad. This is not done in a “Good” or “Evil” stance, but just effects how the overall flow of the game plays and can lead to multiple outcomes, encouraging many playthroughs.

It will be released to retail on February of 2012 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

CRUSH3D

A remake of the highly praised 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, reactions were all positive, but the release date has been delayed for late this year.

Guardian Heroes

An upgraded port of the SEGA Saturn original, Guardian Heroes is a ‘beat em up’ with newly added online features and upgraded art direction. It is developed exclusively for the Xbox 360′s Xbox Live Arcade by Treasure Co. The game had positive reactions and will be available later this Fall.

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Set to be released this year before 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, but with not much hype. Most previewers stated that it looks to be the best in the series. It will be available for purchase on Wii and 3DS. Both of which are largely different games.

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. The title received positive response with many being excited by the co-operative play and customizable vehicles. It will be available this September.

Rise of Nightmares

Developed by the studio who made Valkyria Chronicles and lead by veteran 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. Rise of Nightmares gained somewhat mixed reactions, though most were positive with many stating that they were surprised how well the Kinect functions worked. It will be available this Halloween.

Shinobi 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.

Many previewers stated that the game was enjoyable and challenging like the series is known for. It will be released exclusively to the Nintendo 3DS this November.

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. The game will feature both “Classic” and “Modern” variations of Sonic gameplay with different levels from various releases in the franchise. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions were playable on the show floor, and received positive press.

However, the Nintendo 3DS release which is a different game received many negative opinions as the “Classic” variations of the levels were the exact same levels from their original title and the “Modern” variations being “incredibly stale straight-forward levels with minor platforming”.

The House of the Dead: OVERKILL Extended Cut

Designed as an upgraded port to the 2009 Wii light gun game with “60% new content”, 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.

Virtua Tennis 4 Vita

Virtua Tennis 4 was shown with the new features, such as touch screen gameplay and camera functionality demonstrated thoroughly. It is expected to be a launch title for the PlayStation Vita, which releases later this year in Japan and in many other regions early next year. For more information on the game, check out our very positive review.

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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