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May2012

  • News Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Slams PSN on 5th June

    DLC packs revealed

    Much-anticipated title Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown finally makes it to the PlayStation Store in North America on 5th June, priced $14.99. Europe gets it the very next day for £9.99. DLC packs for customising your chosen character will land alongside the game. Each fighter has his or her own pack, available for $4.99/£3.59,...

  • News Tag Your Screen with New Jet Set Radio Trailer

    Dope

    While the upcoming PSN port of Dreamcast favourite Jet Set Radio will primarily focus on familiar content, SEGA is adding a fresh layer of artwork to the classic. Sure, they're part of a user-created contest, but it's new content nonetheless. Scrub through the video below to see all of the new designs — and find yourself staggered by the...

April2012

  • Rumour SEGA Has Cancelled Bayonetta Sequel

    Don't shoot the messenger

    It sounds like SEGA has canned the sequel to Platinum Games' much loved character action title, Bayonetta. A report on Spong notes that the successor was culled as part of the publisher’s major restructuring plans. The website reports that the sequel was set to include “a new character, in the form of a member of the US...

  • News Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transforms to PS3 & Vita

    Get ready to race

    IGN's lifted the lid on SEGA's next character crossover, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. The mouthful of a title is coming to PS3 and Vita later this year. The transformed of the title refers to the vehicles' ability to transform into cars, boats and planes, but also the course's tendency to change and morph over time:...

  • News London 2012 Sprints onto PS3 in June

    Gold standard

    Fans of broken controllers and Jessica Ennis will be excited to learn that SEGA’s attached a 29th June release date to its upcoming tournament tie-in London 2012. The game will feature 45 Olympic events including cycling, diving and more. Some of the events – such as the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol – will feature PlayStation Move...

  • News Super Monkey Ball Vita Demo Rolls into Japan Tomorrow

    Do the splitz

    In news that should have fans of encased primates doing the monkey for the remainder of the day, SEGA has confirmed that a demo for Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz will release on the Japanese PlayStation Store tomorrow. The full game will be a mixture of the familiar and the new, allowing players to roll their way through a fresh...

  • News Binary Domain Sold Just 20k Units in March

    Bad news

    Binary Domain is a rare gem. Sure, it gets a bit repetitive in places, but it’s uncommon to find a new IP with a genuinely intriguing universe and likable cast. It’s just a shame the general public didn’t agree. According to this month’s NPD report, the Yakuza Studio developed third-person shooter sold just 20k copies in North...

  • News Lock-On to a Metal Sonic 4: Episode II Trailer

    Back in time

    Remember the Lock-On function of Sonic & Knuckles on the Mega Drive? It's making a resurgence in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2, as the trailer below shows. Anyone who owns Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I and the follow-up will be able to access four exclusive Metal Sonic levels that span the gap between Sonic CD and Sonic 4,...

  • First Impressions Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2

    Cycle shattered

    Well, it looks like SEGA got the abysmal message about Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 and actually did something about it. We're happy to report that, based on our time with two zones of the game at PAX East, the long-awaited Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 plays a lot closer to how our nostalgic hearts remember the series before...

  • News Sonic 4: Episode II Makes a Date with PSN on 15th May

    Open your heart

    If you’ve already read our Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II First Impressions, then you’ll probably be wondering when you can take the blue blur for a spin yourself. Well, there’s good news ahead, because SEGA has confirmed that Sonic’s latest adventure will kick off on 15th May in North America. There’s no word on a...

  • News Sonic 4: Episode II Japan-Bound on 16th May

    Spinteresting

    SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 just got its first official release date: 16th May in Japan. The second episode of the retro reboot will cost ¥1,500 — that's about £11.49 or $18, but expect Western prices to be much lower: the original was $14.99 before dropping to $9.99 after a few months. There's also a special bonus for...

March2012

  • News SEGA Cans Games, Focuses on Big Name IPs

    Blue sky gaming

    SEGA has revealed it will cancel games and focus on sales-proven IP in the future. The company's report cites Sonic the Hedgehog, Total War, Football Manager and Aliens as examples of the strong series it'll support in the next period and beyond. SEGA didn't reveal which titles would be canned, with a look through our list of

  • Japanese Sales Charts Vita Sturdy, Yakuza Spin-Off Strong

    What's hot in the land of the rising sun?

    The PS Vita managed to keep its head above water again this week, with its sales numbers boosting well above the dreaded 10k units mark in Japan. Sony’s new handheld was unable to outsell its predecessor, the PSP, though, which was boosted by the release of the anticipated Yakuza spin-off, Black Panther 2...

  • News Even at 10% Complete, PSO 2 Vita Looks Good

    Energy shots

    We only recently found out SEGA's Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming to Vita, although the publisher deflated our hopes of playing it this year by saying it's only 10% complete. Still, to say it's got a gruelling 90% of development ahead, it looks pretty good already. SEGA released these screenshots of the game following a press event in...

  • News Take a Look at Bayonetta in Anarchy Reigns

    Anarchic manes

    Platinum Games has released the first images of Bayonetta in online brawler Anarchy Reigns. The crossover was announced earlier in the week, and will see all first-edition copies of the game bundled with a code opening up access to the hairy witch in the title’s 16-player online component. With Madworld

  • News Bayonetta Struts into Anarchy Reigns

    Hair she is

    Platinum Games’ pert protagonist Bayonetta is set to make a cameo in the upcoming arena brawler Anarchy Reigns. The sassy star will be made available for all those that pre-order the game (known as Max Anarchy overseas) ahead of its Japanese release. Publisher SEGA’s yet to share any gameplay details, but more information is expected...

  • News Virtua Fighter Legend Chibita Talks Final Showdown

    The 'little kid' speaks

    SEGA's Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown is out in a few months, hoping to draw in a new breed of players to its "speed chess" gameplay. If you practise for years and years and years, you might be as good as VF legend Chibita. The Japanese pro talked to the official SEGA Blog about his play style, career and the...

  • Rumour Shenmue HD Was Finished Over a Year Ago

    "I see..."

    Here’s a story to get the old blood boiling: according to GamerZines, SEGA has been sitting on finished versions of Shenmue HD and Shenmue II HD for over a year. The website reports that the Japanese publisher decided to hold back the hotly anticipated re-releases in order to get a feel for the future of the Shenmue franchise as a...

  • News SEGA Shifts Exclusive Yakuza: Dead Souls DLC from GAME

    No prizes for guessing why

    There’s a good chance you might have pre-ordered SEGA’s upcoming Yakuza: Dead Souls from GAME, seeing as the UK retailer had the exclusive on the game’s Densetsu DLC pack. The problem is, the troubled retailer has opted not to stock the spin-off title this week, meaning SEGA has had to transfer the bonus to other...

  • News House of the Dead 4 Shoots Up the PlayStation Store Next Month

    Braaains

    Shooting zombies never gets old. Sure gamers might lament the lack of creativity when developers spew out yet another title featuring the undead, but, let’s be honest, shooting their limbs off never really loses its sheen, does it? There’s good news for PlayStation Move owners then, as SEGA has announced that House of the Dead 4 is...

  • News Jet Set Radio HD Loses Some of its Original Songs

    Super brothers

    A big part of the appeal of SEGA’s cel-shaded graffiti franchise Jet Set Radio is the music – so there’s been warranted concern over the upcoming HD remaster’s soundtrack. The good news is that SEGA’s managed to relicense just over half of the original playlist; the bad news is that it couldn’t nab rights to the other...

  • News No More Sonic 4 Episodes Planned Beyond Episode 2

    Cutting things short

    Episodic content is a curse – just ask fans of Half-Life. Sadly it looks as though SEGA’s not going to be the ones to break that curse, announcing that it has no plans to continue its Sonic the Hedgehog 4 series beyond the upcoming Episode 2. Sonic Team producer Takashi Iizuka broke the depressing news, telling Digital Spy...

  • News New Sonic 4: Episode 2 Screenshots Sprint Online

    Egged on

    SEGA’s released some brand new screenshots from Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 and it’s all looking delightfully pretty. The shots show a variety of new districts, including a theme park, an underwater stage and a rather festive snowy carnival. There’s also room for a sneak peak at one of the game’s boss fights, which looks...

  • News Super Monkey Balls Rolls onto PlayStation Vita in June

    AiAi

    The latest entry in SEGA’s premium primate puzzler Super Monkey Ball is set to spin onto Japanese PS Vitas on 14th June, the publisher has announced. Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz promises to revisit the classic gameplay formula from previous titles, in addition to adding motion controls, rear touch pad features, wireless two-player co-op,...

  • News Sonic 4: Episode 2's Physics to be Based on Mega Drive Games

    Getting it right

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 was not a bad game by any means, but it just didn’t feel right. Over the years, the Sonic series has developed a distinctive “feel” which was completely missing in SEGA’s episodic debut. Thankfully, the Japanese publisher is not planning on making the same mistake twice. Speaking with...

  • News Yakuza: Dead Souls Launch Trailer Sets the Scene

    Karaoke

    The Yakuza series is well regarded for its melodramatic plotlines and ridiculous minigames, but by bringing zombies into the fold, Yakuza: Dead Souls hopes to set a new precedent. The game’s launch trailer sums up the silly nature of the title by showing eye-patched series veteran Goro Majima doing his very best karaoke performance...

  • News Phantasy Star Online 2 is Only 10% Complete on Vita

    Still a way away

    If you thought that the Phantasy Star Online 2 footage released earlier today looked a bit rough, then worry not: SEGA’s Satoshi Sakai has revealed that the PlayStation Vita version of the title is only 10% complete. The game was announced as part of Sony’s Vita Game Heaven promotion earlier today, but the footage shown was...

  • News Phantasy Star Online 2 Confirmed for PS Vita

    Pioneer 2

    SEGA's revealed that it's bringing Phantasy Star Online 2 to PlayStation Vita. The sequel to the Dreamcast original was announced last year for PC, but as part of today's Game Heaven promotional event SEGA's confirmed it'll come to Vita in 2013. The game also looks like it'll support cross-platform play with PC gamers, as the video below...

  • News Yakuza: Black Panther 2 Demo Drops in Japan

    Like a dragon

    SEGA’s released a demo for Yakuza’s second PlayStation Portable spin-off, Yakuza: Black Panther 2, in Japan. The demo, which is exclusive to Famitsu for the time being, features four components, including a sample of the game’s story mode, a chunk of hub-world Osaka to explore, a battle tutorial and a taste of the game’s...

  • News Virtua Fighter's Akira to Appear in Dead or Alive 5

    Synergy

    It would appear publishers can’t release a fighting game without a cameo of some kind. Dead or Alive 5 is the latest tile to jump on the crossover bandwagon, with Virtua Fighter mascot Akira Yuki set to join the roster. Team Ninja’s Yosuke Hayashi said: Gamers will have an opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable battle with an esteemed...

  • News First Jet Set Radio Footage Skates Past

    Slick

    SEGA's posted the first trailer for its upcoming digital release of Dreamcast classic Jet Set Radio, and it looks... well, like a sharper version of Jet Set Radio. The trailer's got everything you'd want: Captain Onishima, skating, tagging and some of that awesome music too. Here's hoping the game's legendary soundtrack survives intact, though...

  • News SEGA Teases Major Shining Series Announcement

    Coming next week

    SEGA has a big surprise up its sleeve for Shining fans next week. The official Shining Blade Twitter — via Andriasang — tweeted that the "biggest thing in series history" will happen next week. Previously the account has hinted that information about the next game will be included in the packaging for Shining Blade,...

  • News SEGA and Arkedo Reveal Hell Yeah!

    The rabbit is coming, you better start running

    SEGA’s finally lifted the lid on its collaboration with Parisian developer Arkedo. As confirmed on IGN overnight, Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Rabbit is coming to PlayStation Network later this year. The game is about a rabbit prince who embarks on a bloody rampage when compromising photographs of him are...

  • News SEGA Opens Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Website

    New modes detailed

    SEGA's preparing to drop Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown this summer, launching an official website to explain a bit more about the new gameplay features of the PSN download. While the PS3 version of Virtua Fighter 5 missed out on online play, Final Showdown includes online multiplayer as well as a revamped offline single player...

February2012

  • News Yakuza Creator Named Chief Creative Officer at SEGA

    No Nagoshiation

    Toshihiro Nagoshi’s hard work on the Yakuza franchise has not gone unnoticed: SEGA’s announced this morning that the Yakuza Studio boss has been promoted to the role of Chief Creative Officer at the publisher. The change comes as part of a wider corporate shuffle at the company, caused by the impending retirement of SEGA Chief...

  • News First Jet Set Radio HD Screenshots Get Scratching

    Looking good so far

    SEGA's followed up last week's announcement that classic Dreamcast title Jet Set Radio (Jet Grind Radio in America) is coming to PlayStation Network with the first HD screenshots. SEGA has also confirmed the game will see release this summer and revealed a Jet Set Radio art contest that could see your art included in the finished...

  • News Binary Domain Outlines Multiplayer Mechanisms

    Being human helps

    Contrary to common opinion, Binary Domain is not simply a single-player experience. The cyborg shooter also features a comprehensive multiplayer suite, as detailed by a new post published on the PlayStation Blog. The multiplayer features five different classes, each augmented with different skills and weapon loadouts. The choices...

  • News Yakuza Studio Boss "Committed" to PlayStation

    But feels consoles are done

    Yakuza creator, Toshihiro Nagoshi, has pledged his allegiance to the PlayStation brand, while also suggesting that consoles are on the way out. In a candid interview with CVG, Nagoshi hypothesised that the market for home consoles will diminish, as portables become gamers’ main platform of choice. He said: Consoles –...

  • News Fresh Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Gameplay Trailer Sprints Online

    Miles Prower

    The first gameplay footage of SEGA’s episodic downloadable, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2, has spin-dashed online. The trailer shows Sonic and his flame furred associate, Tails, sprinting through a series of distinctly SEGA-like environments, including funfairs, ruins and snowy mountains. Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 promises to...

  • News Jet Set Radio to Tag PlayStation Network

    Bringing the Beat back

    SEGA is preparing to bring much-loved Dreamcast title Jet Set Radio — aka Jet Grind Radio to PlayStation Network. The publisher embedded a short teaser video on its blog, with the simple title "Guess Who's Back?" The answer, it would seem, is "everyone from Jet Set Radio." No price, release date or...

  • News Binary Domain Turns Up the Melodrama

    There's been a terrible mistake

    Surely Binary Domain can’t get any campier? In the game’s latest trailer, a partially exposed robot learns about his mechanical internals via the reflection of an arrogant idiot's sunglasses. Bad times. He then goes on to get his head blasted in by about 15 pistol rounds, and his carcass transported away in a...

  • News SEGA Serves Up New Virtua Tennis 4 Trailer

    Down the line

    The delayed guitar riff and soft voice over in this trailer might give you the impression that SEGA’s promoting life insurance or retirement homes, but it’s actually pimping soon-to-be-released PS Vita launch title, Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition. The trailer’s a back to basics affair, focusing on all of the game’s core...

  • News Yakuza: Dead Souls Unwinds with Pachinko

    Even the Yakuza need a break

    The Yakuza franchise has always been stacked with goofy mini-games, and you’d be foolish to think that a zombie epidemic would break that trend. No, the upcoming Yakuza: Dead Souls will be packed to the brim with quirky distractions such as fishing, table-tennis and, erm, pachinko. And yes, for those curious, all of...

  • News Binary Domain Trailer Makes a Case for Native Voice Acting

    Cringe worthy

    The Yakuza franchise gets away with its daft dialogue and silly plotlines because SEGA doesn’t even bother hiring voice-actors anymore. (We’re ignoring Eliza Dushku’s turn in the original title for obvious reasons.) It’s a shame, then, that SEGA hasn’t extended the same faith to Binary Domain – a title developed by the...

  • News First Shiny Sonic 4: Episode 2 Screens Leak Out

    Heads or Tails?

    Trust Xbox.com to leak screenshots of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 before SEGA's given us more than a teaser and some concept art. The screenshots — all embedded below for your pleasure — show Sonic and Tails engaging in some, er, co-op action, with online and offline options available. Sonic fans will pick up on any number of...

  • News Binary Domain Brings Robotic Warfare to PSN This Week

    Shooting cyborgs

    You’ll be able to get your first taste of SEGA’s uber-Japanese futuristic third-person shooter this week, when a demo for Binary Domain drops onto the PlayStation Store. American players will get to go hands-on with the Yakuza Studio developed squad-shooter from 14th February, while European players will be made to wait a day...

  • Rumour Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Sequel Hinted

    Obscure, please

    Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing was a great game, make no mistake about it. The racing was top-tier, the netcode was great and the fan-service was good enough to make old-school fans like ourselves giddy. But while it was nice getting our hands on with Beat and B.D. Joe after so many years – we kind of wished Sonic & SEGA...

  • News Binary Domain Takes the Fight Online

    Connected chaos

    We’re hopelessly excited for Binary Domain, we really are. But the online component’s pretty meaningless to us, and this trailer affirms our ambivalence. Sure the gun-play looks solid, the maps look cool and the game modes seem interesting; but is anyone really going to choose to play Binary Domain over Call of Duty or...

  • News Yakuza: Dead Souls Limps onto the PS3 on 16th March

    Hellish hostesses

    SEGA’s Yakuza franchise is consistently brilliant. The zany open-world series is well recognised for its mix of serious and silly, and Yakuza: Dead Souls – the Western name for Yakuza: Of the End – promises to take things to the next level. Having spent several hours with the import release we can confirm that Dead Souls...

  • News SEGA Attacks with Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Trailer

    Evading throw escape!

    We're just a little bit excited about Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, due to land on PSN this summer. The latest entry in what some would call the greatest fighting game series ever, VF5FS introduces new character Jean Kujo and brings back sumo champion Taka-Arashi, not seen on a home console since Dreamcast's Virtua Fighter 3...

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