Archive for the ‘AM3’ Category

Featured Video: Clockwork Knight intro

November 13, 2012



Five SEGA Model 2 arcade games announced for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network

October 18, 2012

Five classic arcade titles have all been announced at the same time for the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network download platforms. They include:

-Virtua Fighter 2
-Fighting Vipers
-Sonic the Fighters
-Virtua Striker
-Cyber Troopers: Virtual-On

All five of these games were created on the revolutionary SEGA Model 2 arcade hardware that was first released to the public in 1993 with Daytona USA, which was released to both download platforms late last year. Each one of these games is also developed by SEGA AM2 with the exception of Virtual-On, which was by SEGA AM3. The only game in the lineup that is not a fighting game is Virtua Striker, which is a soccer game.

Although each release will include new features — such as online play — every game is intended to play exactly like their arcade counterpart, which is especially notable for Virtua Fighter 2 and Fighting Vipers, as they have only ever been converted into similar products. Even more surprising, the highly obscure Sonic the Fighters will include Metal Sonic, Dr Robotnik and Honey the Cat (an animal version of Honey/Candy from Fighting Vipers) as playable characters that were not previously accessible without hacking.

The first three games listed will be made available for download this fall. Each will be 10 USD (800 Microsoft Points on Xbox 360), but a deal across both consoles will allow players to purchase all three titles together for 15 USD (1200 Microsoft Points). Virtua Striker and Virtual-On will be released some time next year.

Included after the break is the reveal trailer and official Japanese website.


Crazi Taxi released for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

October 9, 2012

A portable version of the hit arcade and home racing game, Crazy Taxi, is now availible for the iOS platform across several devices, including Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Originally developed by the now defunct AM3 division of SEGA, Crazy Taxi is a time-based racing game in which the player must pick up and transport fares to various locations across the city as quickly as possible, whilst performing many dangerous (and crazy) tricks and stunts in order to improve their score and gain time bonuses before their allotted time runs out. The series is well known for its absurd humor, fast pace, addicting and highly replayable gameplay, and most notably, its soundtrack, which consists entirely of songs provided by punk rock bands The Offspring and Bad Religion. The soundtrack is so heavily ingrained in the attitude and general style of the game that many fans consider the two synonymous, which is why some were left highly disappointed when the game was released for the PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE Arcade in 2010 with a different, generally worse soundtrack. With this new version, however, fans can once again rejoice, as the original soundtrack will be making a full return, as evidenced by the use of the song “All I Want” by the Offspring in the game’s brief trailer, which you can view after the break.

You can read our review of the Xbox LIVE Arcade version of the game here.

[Source: Apple Store]


Featured Video: Last Bronx Intro

June 20, 2012


Classic SEGA Music: Conditioned Reflex

June 15, 2012

SEGA Rally Championship is the 1994/1995 arcade rally racing classic developed by SEGA-AM5 and later ported by SEGA-AM3 to the Saturn console and eventually several other platforms. Designed by Tetsuya Mizuguchi, whom would go on to later create and be best known for several music-focused titles such as Space Channel 5, REZ and Child of Eden. A different style entirely, SEGA Rally Championship was no different by the importance of it’s music as the soundtrack was assembled to best emulate the frantic and unpredictable nature of the world of rally racing.

This time we will we will be listening to the song featured in Desert, the first course of SEGA Rally Championship. Included after the break are several remixes across various platforms.


Featured Video: SEGA at Tokyo Game Show 1996

April 24, 2012


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.


Binary Domain, Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour both available worldwide

February 28, 2012

The story-focused third person shooter Binary Domain is now available worldwide for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. This is the latest release by Ryu ga Gotoku Studio, creators of the Yakuza franchise with several different visionaries that have been with SEGA for decades. The title has been available in Japan for two weeks, while most of Europe and Australia has had it for around a week.

Also available today is the PlayStation Vita-exclusive Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour, an expanded port of their console and PC Virtua Tennis 4 from last year of which we reviewed near it’s release. The game can be purchased in all regions the PlayStation Vita is sold.

Both games have received positive reactions thus far.

Virtua Tennis Challenge announced for mobile platforms

January 11, 2012

A mobile phone version of what appears to be a significantly altered Virtua Tennis 4 has been revealed. Designed to take advantage of the high quality of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor for the Sony Xperia Play, it is set to have 25 customizable real-world professional tennis players and the renowned World Tour mode from previous titles. Touch screen as well as digital button controls will be available and the game is expected to have numerous multiplayer modes, some of which are playable on one shared mobile device instead of requiring other players to have the same platform.

Outside of the Xperia Play phone, no other platforms have been announced, although iOS and Android versions are expected. Although described as the first Virtua Tennis release on mobile platforms, it is actually the third.

[Source: SEGA Blog]

Classic SEGA Music: Into The Blue Sky

August 3, 2011

Cyber Troopers: Virtual-On is the 1995 classic SEGA arcade and Saturn game that became notable for it’s ‘Japanese mech’ art style, complex-yet-exhilarating gameplay design, unique control setup, detailed characters and plot. It is also one of the first full 3D home console fighting games to support online play.

Today we will focus on “Into The Blue Sky”, the song featured on the first level of the original title. It is also considered the main theme of the Virtualoid Temjin.

Hit the jump to listen to a handful of the remixes available, including some by fans.