Sonic's been stuck in a loop for years
We often feel like the franchise's heritage is a detriment to the series going forward. Those original SEGA Mega Drive titles were so important that it almost feels like nothing the publisher can do will please its fanbase anymore. But there is always the nostalgia card. Celebrating Sonic's 20th anniversary, Sonic Generations feels a bit like a "catch..
Dear Sonic The Hedgehog, We know our relationship is not always the best
Sometimes you get on our nerves. You need to stop hiding behind all that bravado, and show your true self. We know you're sweet and innocent behind that too-cool-for-school exterior, you just need to let people see it. Sometimes we wonder if you got in with the wrong crowd. Seriously, we wish you never made friends at all..
Sonic Generations is not out until the end of the year, but SEGA's decided to release a snippet of the new game early in order to celebrate its mascot's 20th anniversary
The demo will allow players to experience the first act, Green Hill Zone, as classic Sonic, and will even support 3D televisions. You'll need to be quick though, as the demo will only be available until July 12th. After that, it..
One of our favourite PlayStation franchises, the Yakuza series, has shipped over 5 million units worldwide SEGA has announced
The milestone was achieved with new zombie-gangster mash-up, Yakuza: Of The End, which has already shipped 400,000 units in its first two weeks on sale in Japan. We've got our copy. There have been seven games in the Yakuza franchise thus far: four mainline entries on PS2..
Knowing the Yakuza team's ability to craft compelling narratives, we think Binary Domain could surprise a lot of people when it launches in February next year
The SEGA published squad-based shooter has an air of Gears Of War to it for sure, but there's also that traditional Japanese anime aesthetic running through the art-style. We think it looks neat.
Demo to hit the net
It's Wimbledon time, which means many gamers will be wanting to pick up a virtual racquet and pretend they're Rafael Nadal. PlayStation 3 owners keen to get a Move on in the sport will likely be torn between Top Spin 4 and Virtua Tennis 4, but one deciding factor might be the free Move-enabled demo of VT4 that's coming to PSN...
Talk of new IP is so rare these days that we have to make a big deal out of it when the news comes along
To be fair to SEGA though, they've been about the only publisher consistently pushing new franchises throughout the entirety of this generation. We've seen Madworld, Vanquish and Bayonetta from the publisher over the past few years, and now SEGA's got something new lined up for Sony's latest..
SEGA's mobster-zombie mash-up, Yakuza: Of The End, has unsurprisingly topped the Japanese sales charts after a hefty delay
We received our copy earlier this week but haven't had a chance to check it out yet. It's sitting temptingly on the top of our "to play" pile though. Elsewhere it was a poor week for Japanese software, with the ridiculously titled Gekiatsu!! Pachige Tamashii Portable..
Plus a new IP
SEGA of Europe and SEGA of America CEO Mike Hayes has revealed that the company is preparing four additional titles for the PS Vita. This comes on top of the news that the company is releasing Virtua Tennis 4 as a Vita launch title. SEGA says one these four Vita games will be an all new IP from the company. Our line-up features all...
Ready for launch
SEGA's Virtua Tennis franchise has been through multiple iterations since its 1999 arcade debut, going from coin-op to home consoles to portable handhelds. The series has thrice been a launch title on PlayStation platforms, and now SEGA says it's bringing back the original development team for a revamped port of Virtua Tennis 4 for...
Regular readers will know about our obsession with tennis games
Naturally we're going somewhat gaga over the announcement of Virtua Tennis 4 for the PlayStation Vita. Let's not forget how good Virtua Tennis: World Tour was when it launched alongside the original PlayStation Portable. To this day it's one of the best games available for the platform. Virtua Tennis 4 for PlayStation Vita will be the..
Throttled up to Move – Sega style!
The PlayStation Store just recently raced back to action in North America, and Movers are finally able to download the titles Learning with Pooyoos and Under Siege. But, one game raced onto the PSN Store like an unexpected hairpin turn: Sega Rally Online Arcade. Sega Ra
Gearbox's Aliens: Colonial Marines has been in hiding for a long time now
But that's changed this afternoon, as SEGA's finally decided to bring the title out of the darkness and confirm a "Spring 2012" launch window for the game. To Gearbox Software and its peers throughout the industry, Aliens is one of the most influential science fiction properties of all time, said Gearbox boss..
SEGA has come out with a glowing statement of support towards Sony over the recent PlayStation Network data breach
The publisher, which admitted to suffering from similar small-scale hack attacks itself, said that the platform holder "couldn't have done anymore" to support developers during the outage. "It's a practice that we...
Do your bit folks: SEGA is currently holding a poll asking if PlayStation 3 owners would like to play Guardian Heroes
The former SEGA Saturn favourite was confirmed for XBOX Live Arcade last month, but a PSN version seemed unlikely up until now. The re-release of the classic Treasure brawler will include online co-op and rejigged visuals, all with...
SEGA has announced that there will be an official PlayStation 3 tie-in for the London 2012 Olympic Games
It will be called: London 2012 - The Official Video Game Of The Olympic Games. (We kid you not.) The game will release next year. No, Super Mario will not be in it.
Extended Cut on the way
SEGA's House of the Dead: Overkill on Wii was a fantastically gory and ludicrously tasteless reimagining of the classic House of the Dead arcade series, and now the game is coming to PS3 in the lengthily-named House of the Dead: Overkill — Extended Cut. As well as full support for PlayStation Move and stereoscopic 3D, we...
Fact: one of the best games available on the Nintendo Wii is House Of The Dead: Overkill
It released at a time when everyone was demanding "core" titles for Nintendo's system, only to be disappointed by their on-rails nature. But House Of The Dead: Overkill was genuinely one of the good ones, boasting an outrageously self-aware grindhouse style that was both hilarious and perfect..
SEGA's pushed Platinum Games' ambitious multiplayer melee title, Anarchy Reigns, into 2012 in Japan
SEGA's yet to confirm, but we're assuming the delay will occur worldwide. The brawler, which features the protagonist from Wii-exclusive Madworld, was originally due out this year. SEGA's given no reason for the delay, but we'd imagine it has something to do with the piles of great content coming out..
SEGA has announced its bringing back its Vintage Collection line, starting with a localisation of the previously unreleased Monster World IV, to PlayStation Network
The game will be released during the late 2011/early 2012 window and will be joined by a range of other enhanced SEGA re-releases, including: Wonder Boy In Monster Land, Revenge Of...
SEGA swings by
SEGA returns to court today with the North American release of Virtua Tennis 4 on PlayStation 3, 11 days after its release in Europe. Taking a different route to 2K's more sim-like Top Spin 4, VT4 embraces SEGA's arcade roots with a simplified board game-style World Tour, minigames and more. If you're planning to pick the game up, be...
Make a racquet
After the disappointment that was Top Spin 4 comes Sega's attempt at mastering the Move tennis game with Virtua Tennis 4, out today across Europe. Unlike Top Spin, Virtua Tennis limits the use of Move to offline-only modes: Exhibition and Party, with no Move support for the World Tour or online play. It does however use 1:1 motion...
Binary Domain might not be what we've come to expect from the team behind the Yakuza franchise, but that's not stopping it from looking properly amazing
Sure ok, there are robots and the characters look like they've been ripped straight out of Gears Of War — but if Binary Domain can bring the narrative success of the Yakuza franchise and marry it with a unique futuristic Japanese setting, count..
That's exactly what most Unreal Engine moden video games lack. Colours. SEGA understands that. Not content with the blistering blue skies of Okinawa in Yakuza, SEGA's still pumping out eye-wateringly bright Sonic games too. Sonic Generations will be no exception. We couldn't be happier.</em>
A bunch more gameplay for the brilliant looking Sonic Generations has popped onto the 'net this afternoon
Not only does it look uber-pretty, but the gameplay actually looks fun in both 2D and 3D. Regular readers will remember that SEGA confirmed all stages in Sonic Generations will be playable in both dimensions, making it an exciting proposition for old-school and newbie gamers alike. We're..
This one caught us by surprise
Despite launching late in the year, we assumed Gran Turismo 5 would probably be the highest selling PlayStation 3 title in 2010. Either that, or some weird mech game we've never heard of. But no, the top-selling Japanese PS3 game of 2010 was actually the fantastic Yakuza 4. The numbers, reported by Siliconera, note that the free-roaming crime-thriller netted 577,199..
It took a long time, but it looks like SEGA finally understands what Sonic fans want
Sonic Generations' blend of 2D and 3D Sonic gameplay looks stunning in this short 60 second gameplay sizzle. The game was formally announced for the PlayStation 3 this afternoon. Watch the trailer and believe.
The Sonic cycle may well become a thing of the past this year, as SEGA has officially announced Sonic Generations for the PlayStation 3
The game, which was teased last week, blends an intriguing mix of 2D and 3D Sonic gameplay — a first for the series. As you'd expect, the narrative set-up is utter tripe, with Sonic stuck in weird "time holes". It's a perfect set-up for tossing Sonic..
Stop worrying: Virtua Tennis 4 plays exactly how you'd expect it to with the PlayStation Move
While a little forgiving, SEGA's anticipated tennis sequel provides the intricate motion control many of us have been dreaming of since first experiencing Sports Champions' excellent table-tennis mode. The publisher really deserves kudos for unlocking the potential of the PlayStation Move controller in a..
No matter how many bad Sonic games we've played over the past decade, we always get excited by the prospect of a new title
As previously promised, SEGA has released the first teaser trailer for a brand new Sonic The Hedgehog title due out on PlayStation 3 this year. The game's set to mark Sonic's 20th anniversary. The trailer — which you can watch on Facebook — shows Sonic speeding through a..
Our import pre-order of Yakuza: Of The End has been sitting in limbo ever since the recent string of disasters struck Japan
Pushed out of its original March launch window, SEGA's given the apocalyptic spin-off to its soap-opera series a June 9th release date in Japan. That's still some time off, so you're probably best to reign in your excitement until then. The good news is that it's coming..
Get a slice of the action
Sega's Virtua Tennis 4 is hurtling towards its launch date at the speed of an Andy Roddick serve, but cautious gamers keen to try before they buy might want to hang fire and pick up one of the PlayStation 3-exclusive demos coming to PlayStation Network in the near future. The first demo reaches PlayStation Store next week...
This time next week we'll be pulling a sickie
We don't even care if Sony announces the PlayStation 4, you won't find us in the PushSquare office. Why? Because SEGA's just confirmed that a PlayStation 3 exclusive Virtua Tennis 4 demo is on the way. And it's not a one-set taster either. The demo will allow you to get a taste of Virtua Tennis 4's...
Sonic turns 20 years-old this year -- but don't worry, we're sure he won't be tossing aside his rad attitude for a more mature lifestyle and a placement at University
(More's the pity.) Given that it's a milestone year for SEGA's mascot, video games super-sleuth Superannuation has been digging for dirt. The Internet investigator has pulled up two new domain registrations filed by SEGA for a game..
What a racquet
Virtua Tennis 4 is on the way to Move in April, and Sega wants to help you get into the swing of things with a new bundle for the game. While we've seen plenty of bundles including Move and the game at hand, Sega's taking a different approach with VT4, bundling the game with two plastic racquet attachments for existing controllers...
If you wanted to turn your PlayStation Move controller into a plastic representation of a tennis racket, then SEGA's got your back
Posting on the PlayStation Blog, veteran SEGA executive producer, Mie Kumagai, has revealed a bunch of exclusive features for the PlayStation 3 version of the upcoming Virtua Tennis 4. So ok, the tennis rackets look terribly tacky, but the other features are pretty..
Start a Net Blitz
After the disappointment of the PlayStation Move controls in Top Spin 4, tennis aficionados are now looking to Virtua Tennis 4 for a better racquet experience. Sega has just announced the game will land on PlayStation 3 with exclusive content compared to Virtua Tennis 4 on Kinect and Nintendo Wii. Virtua Tennis is as well known for...
As we already know, SEGA's bringing a bunch of classic Mega Drive titles to the PlayStation Store over the coming months
Each of the titles will be free to PlayStation Plus subscribers (you should already own Sonic The Hedgehog, in fact). Something we didn't know though, is that a couple of the titles will be updated with online co-op. While we...
You really do learn something new every day
For yonks now we believed Just Cause developer, Avalanche, was a subsidiary of Eidos (and latterly Square Enix), but we were obviously completely wrong. The studio's just announced a brand new downloadable project in collaboration with SEGA. The title, Renegade Ops, is a co-operative military vehicular...
Our character is huddled over a group of feral kittens, desperately trying to prompt a response from the litter
The homeless people that appealed for our help tell our character that they think the animals may be injured, and have attempted to tame them without success. Our character tries to reason with the animals, making recognisable "miaow" sounds, which appear to work. The kittens..
Y'know, you can't really say that there's a "lack" of stereoscopic 3D content out there anymore
It was a common criticism last year, but seriously, it seems like virtually every game supports the additional dimension these days. Take SEGA's Marvel tie-in games for Captain America and Thor. You'd assume that both games would just be cheap cash-ins, right? Well they probably are, but still, they're..
If you're living in North America, we officially hate you
Why? Because you're probably playing Yakuza 4 as we type. Meanwhile, we're sitting in a lonely room rocking forwards-and-backwards, muttering to ourselves about how "we have to wait another three days until we get to play Yakuza 4." If you think we've gone mad, then, well, you're probably right. But Yakuza 4, guys. Yakuza 4. We're..
The Yakuza franchise has always been a fickle thing
Being such a Japanese centric series, it relies on the sales of its predecessors to warrant future Western releases. We're only getting Yakuza 4 (this week!) because of decent sales for Yakuza 3, and we assume a similar situation will occur with Yakuza: Of The End. But what of historical spin-off Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan? Posting on GAF, SEGA..
In light of the recent events in Japan, SEGA has pushed the release date of its upcoming zombie shooter, Yakuza: Of The End, out of its original March 17th release window and into "TBA" territory
SEGA cited "various circumstances" for the delay. Obviously it's a very disappointing situation, but one we totally understand. You'll just have to make do with our hands-on preview for now.
We don't know that we'd like to go on holiday in Kamurocho
Place looks like a bit seedy for our liking. It's the kind of seedy that we're going to lap up as we play through Yakuza 4 [it's out next week, squeee - Ed]. But in real-life... Yeah. Not our cup of tea.</em>
"When was the last time you pressed Square to shoot," we asked rhetorically in response to the opening stages of Yakuza: Of The End's Japanese demo
"Erm. Fade To Black," came the unnecessary response. "Exactly," we said in a matter-of-fact tone, "Fade To Black is a PSone game." The proposed point being that Japanese developers continue to ignore the trends of modern..
Entitled Yakuza fans will probably still feel burned by SEGA's decision to remove hostess bars from the localisation of Yakuza 3
While we were definitely disappointed by the change, we felt lucky to be playing Yakuza 3 in English at all. It's hard to be too disappointed when you worry about the translation of one of your favourite franchises with every iteration. Thankfully the localisation of..
We're not sure we can take the constant "will they, won't they" drama pertaining to the development of Shenmue III anymore
We want the game more than you could possibly imagine, but wanting it means we've had to take our fair share of heartache too. We're just not sure how much our feeble ticker can withstand. Take the latest comments made by Yu Suzuki at this week's GDC conference. The industry..
If you want to get us excited about an arcade re-release, all you need do is mention a SEGA property
Afterburner, Outrun, Super Hang-on, SEGA Rally... Speaking of which, the upcoming SEGA Rally Online Arcade is looking distinctly SEGA. Just look at that blue sky. Now about that Space Harrier HD re-release, SEGA...
Remember Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1? Vaguely, right? The downloadable main-line Sonic adventure was good, but not good enough
For SEGA though, it was a big success. Despite the wonky physics and forgettable level design, SEGA made a ton of money off the noscon, and it's looking to get feedback for a follow-up. According to comments made by...
We're probably the only video games blog consistently singing the praises of this year's suite of tennis titles, but someone's got to do it
With 2K's Top Spin 4 already confirmed for March, SEGA's followed up with an April 29th release date for Virtua Tennis 4 in Europe. North America will be made to wait until May 10th to get their tennis on. Virtua Tennis 4 is being developed in-house by the team..
Europe gets it earlier
Move is sure to see a real tennis tussle this year: 2K Sports' Top Spin 4 and Virtua Tennis 4 will go head-to-head on the motion controller, with Sega's title following its opponent onto centre court in May. European gamers get Virtua Tennis 4 on April 29th, with a North American release to follow on May 10th, giving European...
PlayStation Plus, we're truly beginning to adore you
So much content. And it's free (in kinds). The latest batch of goodies for subscribers comes from SEGA, with a bunch of Mega Drive Genesis classics pledged for the PlayStation Network at a grand cost of zilch. While the European PlayStation Blog is a little more cagey with details (don't worry,...
Murray vs. Federer in action
Sega says Move is the most accurate way to play Virtua Tennis 4, and the tail end of this new footage shows the game's first-person viewpoint in action with PlayStation Move. Graphically the game appears superb, with excellent presentation and character models, although it's worth bearing in mind this footage is...
So come out swinging
As Sega's flagship sporting franchise, Virtua Tennis 4 isn't just coming to Move: you'll also be able to play Virtua Tennis 4 on Kinect and Wii as well, but the game's producer Mie Kumagai believes Move has the edge. In an interview with Computer and Video Games, Kumagai explained that only Move offers the precision of a hand...
In an interview with CVG, SEGA's Mie Kumagai has described the PlayStation Move "the most accurate" motion technology for Virtua Tennis 4
It's reassuring news, particularly after the announcement of Wii and Kinect versions of the game, as we'd worried SEGA might tone down the Move's motion tracking potential. Anyone that's played table-tennis in Move-exclusive Sports Champions will know just how..
SEGA's told Eurogamer that while there are no plans for a Virtua Tennis game on NGP right now, "if people want it then we'll obviously answer wishes"
Ok, here we go: please, please, please SEGA, we'd love Virtua Tennis on NGP. "They should write on forums and elsewhere on the internet that they want it." Virtua Tennis: World Tour was a launch title for the original PSP, and is still one..
Perhaps it's our abnormal tennis game-hype that's causing us to flip-out over this shot of a Virtua Tennis 4 court, but we can't help it
ARGH, so amazing. The SEGA Sky is in place. All the screenshot is missing is the SEGA Rock. Do your best to imagine it though, it's not hard. It's like: power-chord - power-chord - riffy melody - chug - chug. Y'know what we mean. By all accounts the..
We know you've been sitting on your chair, anxiously waiting for more news on the North American version of Yakuza 4
Ever since we announced last week's European "Kuro" Edition, we know you Americans have been wondering, "What about us?" Worry not, SEGA's not leaving you out. Every new copy of Yakuza 4 will include all the...
All over our face: British retailer GAME has listed a special edition of Yakuza 4
The packaged, named Kuro Edition (or Black Edition), includes a SteelBook case and some additional in-game content. The DLC includes wrestling outfits, a survival boss "rush mode", a racing mode and an underground fighting arena. Sounds like the special edition is only coming to Europe. GAME are the only..
Sonic The Hedgehog (2006) is widely considered one of the worst games on PlayStation 3
We're big fans of Sonic and SEGA games in general, but even we have to admit that the early PS3 title was shoddy at best. Having said that, we've already committed to playing through the game again. Why? Trophies. The game mysteriously appeared on this morning's...
SEGA's confirmed that a demo for Yakuza 4 -- probably one of our most anticipated games of the year -- will be going live on February 23rd
PlayStation Plus subscribers will get in on the action a week early, on February 16th. The demo promises to offer a taste of each of the game's four protagonists. Yes! There's a new trailer after the jump focusing on the hostesses. Yes, we are so going to spend..
One thing we've noticed about Japanese developed fiction is that they love to marry the future with the past
A popular character choice is a hulking robotic dude armed to the teeth with classic Japanese blades. Take Zero, a character in Platinum Games' Anarchy Reigns. He's a ninja with a katana sword, but he looks like a robot. There's a trailer after the jump.
Yakuza games are brilliant
They're over-the-top, silly and a little bit self-indulgent, but brilliant all the same. We could soak up their obsessive reverence for Japanese culture over and over again. So it's nice to know that Yakuza 4 has over six hours of cut-scenes. Digest that: six hours. That should keep us satisfied.</em>
Over jump. Long medium left. Checkpoint. Easy left, maybe. Racing games really don't get much better than SEGA Rally (we're ignoring boxart in that assessment). It's why we're properly pumped over a press release that landed in our inbox last night: SEGA Rally Online Arcade is coming to the PlayStation Network this year. The announcement...
One of the challenges many people thought Sony would face with their Next Generation Portable is third-party software support
Despite selling an enormous amount of hardware, software always struggled on the platform outside of Japan. Therefore, t's been refreshing to see publishers — both Western and Eastern — extend words of encouragement about the NGP. The latest positive comments come from..
Remember we told you about Platinum Games' new multiplayer melee title Max Anarchy the other day? Well SEGA's just confirmed that the game is due in the West this Fall under a different guise
The game will be known as Anarchy Reigns in Europe and North America. SEGA claims the game "challenges the boundaries of the conventional brawler genre" with its simultaneous online multiplayer..
Yakuza: Of The End and Lost Planet 2 are PlayStation 3 games
But that doesn't stop them running on Sony's latest portable device, the NGP. During Sony's PlayStation Meeting press conference in Japan, Capcom's Jun Takeuchi took to the stage to demonstrate Lost Planet 2 running on the new handheld. Takeuchi said the demo was running MT Framework Mobile and was put together in just two weeks. Takeuchi..
Platinum Games were one of the most exciting developers in the video game industry last year
Not only did they release the completely bonkers Bayonetta, they also delivered the equally zany Vanquish in the same year. The studio's announced that it will return in 2011 with another brand new IP, Max Anarchy. According to Andriasang the game will be the studio's first attempt at online multiplayer,..
SEGA Europe's revealed to VG247 that it's cancelled the PSP version of the upcoming Thor video game
Alarm bells started ringing when the game mysteriously disappeared from SEGA's release schedule. SEGA told VG247 that "there won't be a PSP version".
It's been a while since we got any information regarding Virtua Tennis 4, but in order to spoil 2K Sport's Top Spin announcements, SEGA's decided reveal all
On top of this evening's player roster trailer, SEGA's reconfirmed that Virtua Tennis 4 will release this Spring on PlayStation 3. All the PlayStation Move implementation touted last year is of course still in place. Virtua Tennis 4 will..
It's been a while since we heard anything about Virtua Tennis 4, so it's pretty exciting to get a new trailer
Pretty convenient that it should drop on the same week 2K Sports detail Top Spin 4 too. Honestly, it matters squat to us. Traditionally Virtua Tennis and Top Spin have wildly different gameplay styles, so we'll be buying both to get our racquet swinging fix. As for the names, it's the usual..
Drop everything: open up your diary
What are you doing on March 18th? You've got a date with the nice young lady from the ASDA checkouts? Ahem, cancel it. Go on, we'll wait while you pull out that universally useful red Sharpie from your pencil case and put a big cross through it. Y'see, SEGA's announced that Yakuza 4's due out on March 18th in the UK. All makes sense now doesn't it? Look, we're..
There are two games in SEGA's 2011 release schedule that give us bigger boners than Kim Kardashian in a leather catsuit: Yakuza 4 and Virtua Tennis 4
That's some synergy right there; the two PlayStation 3 exclusive four-quels [does that work? - Ed] are due out at some point this year, with Yakuza 4 coming first in the Spring. SEGA's been pretty quiet about Virtua Tennis 4 lately so it's good to see..
Remember our excitement for the retail Dreamcast Collection rumours late last year? Despite our anticipation for Shenmue and Jet Set Radio, we closed that story with the grounding statement, "Were going to assume the retail collection will just be a packaged compilation of the PSN titles though
Its best to set your standards low in order to avoid disappointment." Disappointment averted..
SEGA's released two new trailers for Yakuza: Of The End
Any day with Yakuza trailers is a damn good day. The first trailer details some of the game's odd-ball plot points, while the second highlights the game's weapon upgrade system. It's a bit of a departure from the traditional Yakuza games, but it ain't looking any less awesome. Andriasang's also confirmed the existence of celebrity zombies in..
The ESA's opened up registration for E3 2011 with a massive list of confirmed exhibitors
Amongst the confirmed names are Sony, EA, Activision and SEGA. "Big video game publishers go to big video game convention". Shocking news. You can view the full exhibitor list through here. What do you think's going to be at this year's E3? Ahem. PSP2, no? Ahem.
SEGA may have stepped away from the console business, but if the "Toylet" is anything to go by, the Japanese giant's never stopped being awesome
If you didn't guess from the pun, SEGA's Toylet is a bizarre video game platform operated by the steady stream of your own urine. The device, which has been installed in four Tokyo metro stations, has LCD screens mounted above the urinal and is fitted with..
Many people consider SEGA's Yakuza franchise to be the spiritual successor to Shenmue
While the games share some themes, it's not really an apt comparison. Yakuza is much more of an RPG than Shenmue, despite including all of the "free-roaming" gameplay elements that Shenmue introduced. Considering the nature of the upcoming Yakuza: Of The End — SEGA's latest title will take a radical..
So now we know all about Akiyama, SEGA's decided to release another couple of trailers detailing Yakuza 4's cast
There's footage dedicated to series stalwart Kazuma Kiryu and also jailbird Taiga Saejima. With our Yakuza craving bordering on "unbearable", these trailers are getting a little testing. Just give us the game SEGA. Please.
Famitsu's slapped a March 17th release date on SEGA's PlayStation 3-exclusive zombie shoot 'em up
The bizarre Yakuza spin-off, Yakuza: Of The End, is set to release in Japan on March 17th. With Yakuza 4 due out on PlayStation 3 in early 2011, we're crossing our fingers Yakuza: Of The End makes it over here by mid-2012. Never take anything for granted with the Yakuza franchise though. We're still..
Reality check: if SEGA was still a hardware manufacturer, PushSquare would not exist
That's fact. Don't tell anyone, but the guys behind PushSquare, yeah, they're SEGA fanboys. They're kinda Nintendo fanboys too, but anyway... Let's move swiftly on before this gets all kinds of awkward. Fact is, here at PushSquare we like the Dreamcast a lot. A lot, lot, lot. We've been getting all excited over the..
Sega's Virtua Tennis 4 is one of the most promising Move and stereoscopic 3D-enabled titles for 2011, and it's this winning combination that producer Mie Kumagai believes will help the series to reach new heights. In an interview with TechRadar, Kumagai spoke of the advantages of using a controller that works in 3D space with a 3D...
Piling on the heart-ache, 1Up's currently running a massive retrospective on SEGA legend Yu Suzuki
Why should you care about Yu Suzuki? Because he's the guy behind Shenmue. We all know Shenmue is the best thing since sliced bread. Shenmue is so good, we're still writing about it ten years later on a website dedicated to a platform it never released on. Speaking with 1Up, Suzuki's revealed that..
Following up on reports we posted earlier in the week, SEGA's confirmed that the Yakuza team are indeed working on a third-person sci-fi shooter known as Binary Domain
The game's set in 2080 Tokyo during a conflict between humans and robots (a-hah), and it has seen the city split into two: the rich and the poor. What I wanted to create this time was a dramatic and energetic sci-fi shooter. When..
Rumour. Rumour. A poster on Japanese message board 2ch claims to have an advanced copy of Famitsu magazine which confirms the existence of a new PlayStation 3 shooter from the Yakuza team. The sci-fi robot game, generically titled Binary Domain, is said to be a collaboration between Toshihiro Nagoshi Yakuza team and western developers. Apparently the game is set in futuristic Tokyo and has..
If you frequent this site, you'll know that we adore the Yakuza franchise with passion. It's a brilliantly paced series and we love it. We've been waiting on Yakuza 4 ever since the third-instalment in the franchise was localised for the West. Knowing that the fourth game's coming, we've been trying to keep our hype levels in tact. No need to get too excited when the game's not due..
Remember Bayonetta? Yeah, that came out this year
Can you believe it? It's kinda hard, we know. Bayonetta then — that was the game that starred an American politician and ran at like 400 frames-per-second? Sure, but an original version of the game didn't move quite so fast. The YouTube video embedded after the jump reveals the game's early menus and gameplay. Look how slow it is, we can almost..
Crazy Taxi is out right now on the American PlayStation Network
You didn't expect that did you? Nope, because the game was originally due to release on November 23rd. In case you didn't know, today is November 16th. It's like Christmas came early or something. Even neater is that PlayStation Plus subscribers get $1.99 off the asking price. That's...
Shenmue creator, Yu Suzuki, revealed his new Shenmue mobile phone title at a press conference yesterday
Honestly, it looks terrible. Still, it means the Shenmue franchise is alive once more, allowing Yu Suzuki to tell Famitsu magazine how much he'd like to make the long anticipated Shenmue III. I want to make three with the same volume as in the past, he said. There have actually been a lot..
House Of The Dead: Overkill is one of our favourite games on the Nintendo Wii
It's a no-nonsense entry in the rails-shooter franchise which plays heavily on the grindhouse horror movie scene with its gritty presentation and ridiculous narrative. NintendoLife reports that a sequel is well under way and should be released sometime in early or mid-2011. No platforms are mentioned, though it's safe to..
Stop teasing us like this SEGA
It's actually starting to hurt. Everytime we read the words "Shenmue III" it's like a dagger to our heart. We want the game so bad, but no matter how many times it's mentioned, we know it's never coming out. SEGA West's top gaffer is the latest to mention the esteemed franchise. Mike Hayes told CVG that Shenmue III is never off the cards, stating "never..
Platinum Games' publishing partnership with SEGA ends with the release of Vanquish today
But Platinum's Atsushi Inaba has told Develop that the studio may extend their partnership with SEGA beyond the four games the duo have released. Yes youre correct, we have made the four titles in our contract, he said when asked about the current deal. The partnership has been great, and we are in..
Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 was pretty good
But there's a sense that it could have been better. We're not saying the personal project of Phelikan13 and Mercury is better than Sonic 4, but it definitely gives the SEGA-created title a run for its money. Sonic Fan Remix, which is available to download through here, recreates three acts from Emerald Hill Zone and looks absolutely gorgeous to boot..
SEGA's confirmed the next set of Dreamcast re-releases, due to hit the PlayStation Network in 2011
The sexy dance-a-thon Space Channel 5: Part Two and SEGA Bass Fishing are among the goods, it'd be ace if the latter supported the PlayStation Move but there's no word on that yet. We were big fans of Space Channel 5 back in the day. Part Two actually got released on the PlayStation 2 after SEGA..
Never underestimate Shinji Mikami
Reviews for Platinum Games' upcoming three-dimensional sh'mup have gone live, and they're pretty darn favourable. The traditionally harsh Eurogamer has plopped a big-fat 9 on the title, while GameSpot and NowGamer both went for 9 and 9.3 respectively. Videogamer's gone for an 8 and CVG's pucker
Phew, where to start? How about -- they're seriously putting zombies in the Yakuza franchise
We did wonder if this was all just a joke. But there's no way SEGA would put together an eight-minute gameplay trailer for a game that's just a bit of fun. So first up: Yakuza: Of The End is real. It also looks janky as hell, in a totally amazing way. The game's clearly not taking itself too serious —..
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