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SEGA Tokyo Game Show 2012 Roundup

September 23, 2012

Compared to last year, SEGA’s showing at Tokyo Game Show (TGS for short) was hugely gimped by lack of multiplatform titles, something the publisher is greatly known for. A general shift in focus towards touch-based platforms is apparent with not just SEGA, but the entirety of the event across all publishers.

That said, SEGA has still revealed and demonstrated several titles, although as always it is unclear how many of these will receive English language releases.

After the break we have compiled a list of every title involving SEGA at the event.

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Dynamite Deka now available on Japanese PlayStation Network

August 23, 2012

The SEGA AGES 2500 PlayStation 2 release of SEGA’s arcade classic ‘beat em up’ Dynamite Deka is now available on the PlayStation 3 for download on the Japanese PlayStation Store for 800 yen.

Titled Die Hard Arcade (after the popular 20th Century Fox film series) in many regions, this version of the game features updated graphics and various additional features, such as a mode where the characters are replaced by the cast of Golden Axe or Altered Beast and a digital remake of Periscope, one of SEGA’s earliest ever arcade experiences.

Unlikely to be released outside of Asian regions, interested players are able to purchase and play it regardless of their PlayStation 3’s region with a Japanese PlayStation Network account and with yen added to their account through purchasable ‘Point cards’. Several import sites exist that email the point card’s code, meaning those previously unprepared should not have to worry about shipping costs or dates. It is also worth noting that although very little of the English language is used in the game, the menu layouts and designs are simplistic, meaning those who do not read or speak Japanese should have little trouble navigating the game.

[Source: Official Site]

SEGA Vintage Collections: Golden Axe and Streets of Rage now available on XBLA

May 30, 2012


Continuing on with their wave of newly ported classic games, six more classic SEGA titles are now available worldwide in two brand new SEGA Vintage Collections on Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE Arcade

Developed and altered by M2, these HD ports feature a variety of new changes and enhancements both inside the games and out, including slick, interactive menus, the addition of save states and replays, online leaderboards, fully customizable controls, and online co-operative play for both the main game and duel modes. Several new features have also been added, such as unique trials and challenges for each game, as well as a jukebox mode where one can listen to every music track in the collection. The trials are separate and distinct from the main game in that they require the player to play through a specific section of the game under certain conditions in the fastest possible time, with the best overall times and percentages being added to the online leaderboards.

SEGA Vintage Collection: Golden Axe:

Golden Axe (arcade)
Golden Axe II (Genesis/Mega Drive)
Golden Axe III (Genesis/Mega Drive)

SEGA Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage:

Streets of Rage (Genesis/Mega Drive)
Streets of Rage 2 (Genesis/Mega Drive)
Streets of Rage 3 (Genesis/Mega Drive)

These games can only be bought as part of their respective bundles and cannot be purchased individually. Each bundles sells for 800 Microsoft Points, or roughly $10 USD. It’s also worth noting that the original releases of Golden Axe (arcade) and Streets of Rage 2 (Genesis/Mega Drive) have been delisted from Xbox Live Arcade service, as those versions — developed by Backbone Entertainment — were deemed inferior and poorly constructed, making these new releases the definitive versions of these two games. All games included also have each regional release selectable, a feature which allows players to access a variety of region-specific content that would otherwise not be available in all versions of these games.

The House of the Dead 4 (PlayStation 3) Review

May 19, 2012

Date Released: April 18, 2012
Date Reviewed: May 19, 2012
Genre: Lightgun Shooter
Players: 1-2 Local Players
Length: 40+ Minutes
Replayability: Good

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Introduction

The House of the Dead 4 is the 2005 lightgun arcade shooter developed by SEGA-AM1. The title has become available to home consoles for the first time in 2012 as a download on the PlayStation 3’s Sony Entertainment Network. This newly released version includes both the original arcade game and it’s direct sequel The House of the Dead 4: Special for a budget price point. Functionality for PlayStation Move and the standard PlayStation 3 controller is also included.

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The House of the Dead 4 available for download now on PlayStation 3

April 18, 2012

Seven years after it’s initial arcade release, The House of the Dead 4 has been made available to home console users for the first time. This digital release also includes extra features, such as the extended ‘Special’ story events and PlayStation Trophy support. Like The House of the Dead III before it, although it is a lightgun game intended for the player to physically hold a fake gun and aim at the screen, players are given the option to use the standard DualShock 3, SIXAXIS controllers or the PlayStation Move motion accessory.

Available exclusively for download on the PlayStation 3 at 10 USD, members who subscribe to Sony’s PlayStation Plus service can subtract a percentage of the game’s total price off for a limited time. The European PlayStation Store will be updated sometime later today.

Be sure to check out the exciting new launch trailer after the break.

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Personal View: SEGA’s March 2012 layoffs – A nail in the coffin or the makings of a bright future?

April 7, 2012

Last week, news from SEGA of America broke that saw numerous members of staff fired, games canceled and a general downsizing of the entire branch of SEGA of America. Initially, rumors ran rampant and confused a large amount of fans across the globe, the worst of which was that the entire United States branch of SEGA had completely shut down, which of course is not the case.

Immediate reconstruction has taken place going into their new fiscal year. They expect a net loss of ¥7.1 billion ($86.4 million) as part of the reform and news of this dropped their entire company’s stock 4%. However, the day after their stock rose 5% and is showing signs of continual growth.

After the break I discuss the potential cancellations, their effects, observe the negatives and positives of the change and attempt to discover if SEGA truly is in trouble or if the downsizing is the start of a brilliant strategy. The rest of the post should be taken as speculation from a dedicated fan of the company and game industry as a whole and not as a financial advisor.

Out of respect of those whom lost their jobs, any subjects around them will not be mentioned at all.

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The House of the Dead III demo released to PlayStation Plus subscribers, full game coming next week

February 8, 2012

A very brief demonstration for The House of the Dead III is available now for PlayStation Plus subscribers on the PlayStation 3’s newly titled Sony Entertainment Network. The demo only allows players to use one credit and have one health point, making it very short and challenging. The full game will allow players to customize these features, however.

The title supports the use of standard DualShock 3 or SIXAXIS controllers, but is designed with the PlayStation Move peripheral in mind.

Due for release on February 14th for North America (Valentine’s Day) and soon after for PAL regions, the game will cost $7. Purchasing the game before February 28th will unlock a special avatar picture for your PlayStation account, whilst PlayStation Plus members will receive a 30% discount and a special The House of the Dead III theme for their dashboard.

The House of the Dead 3 and 4 getting PSN release

January 6, 2012

After the release of The House of the Dead Overkill Extended Cut on the PlayStation 3, fans of the THotD series and owners of the Move motion controller have reasons to smile once again. SEGA has announced the release of The House of the Dead 3 and 4 on the PlayStation Network. It marks the first time House of the Dead 4 will be available on a home console. The feature set is the usual from this kind of release: improved graphics and resolution, and trophies. It’s not known whether these versions will support the regular controller, but it’s quite likely as Overkill Extended Cut did as well. The House of the Dead 3 will be released on 7th February while the fourth game is set for sometime this Spring.

Source: SEGA

SEGA Bass Fishing and Space Channel 5 Part 2 available on PSN, XBLA this week

October 3, 2011

Initially announced over a year ago, tomorrow (October 4th) will see the release of the long delayed downloadable release of SEGA Bass Fishing and Space Channel 5 Part 2, on the PlayStation Network. The day after, these titles will be purchasable on the Xbox Live Arcade.

Both will retail for what translates to 10 USD, but the PlayStation Network version of SEGA Bass Fishing on PlayStation 3 will be unique in that it supports the PlayStation Move motion controller.

It should be noted that these games have been available on the Xbox 360 and PC since February as part of the Dreamcast Collection. The cause of the delay is unknown.

Rise of Nightmares out now in North America

September 6, 2011

Rise of Nightmares, the latest game by Ryuta Ueda (best known for his work on the Panzer Dragoon, Jet Set Radio and Yakuza franchises) and the first survival horror themed Kinect title for Xbox 360 was released today. It will be released for other territories within the following weeks.

Rise of Nightmares has been received well critically. After the break are the latest trailers.

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