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 —..
Cover-based third-person shooters are getting awfully predictable
But Vanquish, from legendary game designer Shinji Mikami, is anything but predictable. Oh, it's still a cover-based third-person shooter — but it's also ten times more awesome than that. You can drift, you can slow-down time and there are robotic creatures the size of a small planet to fight. Basically it looks absolutely..
Look, there's no Offspring
We're sorry. We want them in there too, but they're not. We've no idea who the band in this trailer is but they're not that bad. Well, ok, they're terrible — but so are the Offspring. The Offspring are only good because they trigger memories of your earlier days. Oh, and that "Want You Bad" song was passable...
One of SEGA's top-bods, Jurgen Post, has revealed that there's to be a new Sonic title on the way next year
He dropped the megaton in an interview with MCV: We know we have Sonic and Football Manager this year, a new Total War next year, and a new Sonic and Virtua Tennis next year. These are the kind of titles that will allow us to focus on being healthy and profitable, said Post. Perhaps..
SEGA's confirmed that they will re-release Crazy Taxi on the PlayStation Network on November 24th in Europe
Americans will get it a day earlier on November 23rd. Ya-ya-ya-ya-ya, right? Actually no. There'll be no Bad Religion or The Offspring, so it's going to be a bit different. Also - remember when Tower Records were actually a retail chain? Yeah,...
Chalk up the heartbreak, cry a few tears and get over it
Ex-Shenmue sound designer Osamu Murata has claimed he's "certain" Shenmue's creator, Yu Suzuki, wanted to bring the franchise to PlayStation 3 or XBOX 360. Murata's comments followed last week's announcement that the Shenmue franchise was to return on the Japan-only social network service Mobage-town. Murata reckons that the game is..
Sometimes that's an enjoyable mechanic in video games. Going by this debut trailer, Captain: America: Super Soldier appears to have plenty of it. If SEGA can make that punching fun and not repetitive, Super Soldier could be a success. What are the chances though?
Platinum Games are renowned for being, well, a bit amazing
Bayonetta has a huge cult following and the upcoming Vanquish is destined to sell about 4 million copies too few (it looks brilliant). So the thought of them tackling a multiplayer game gets us a bit excited — namely because online multiplayer needs more forward thinking like we're certain to get from Platinum Games. "We haven't..
The furore surrounding Yakuza 3's cuts were a bit exaggerated
No-one likes getting half a game, but when it came to Yakuza 3 there was more than 50 hours worth of content still on the disc. The removal of hostess bars was a silly move by SEGA, something the publisher admits to. That's why they're being a lot smarter with the Western handling of Yakuza 4. Speaking to Kotaku, SOA's community manager..
It was only mere weeks ago we were demanding the next edition of Valkyria Chronicles come to PlayStation 3
As it happens, Valkyria Chronicles 3 was announced for the PlayStation Portable. People were upset. We're assuming they've got over it now. This week's Famitsu reveals that a demo for Valkyria Chronicles 3 will release on the PlayStation St
SEGA and Marvel's announced Captain America: Super Soldier for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable
The game's due sometime next year, despite being outed in a Marvel financial over a year ago. Videogame players the world over can now become Marvels iconic Super Hero Captain America, said Gary Knight, senior VP of marketing at SEGA Europe and SEGA America. Captain America: Super..
Whatever your personal opinion, a helluva lot of people played the cream-crackers out of Platinum Games' zany brawler Bayonetta
Naturally, a lot of people are pushing for a sequel. Going by the words of Platinum's co-founder Atsushi Inaba, a sequel looks certain. The developer told Eurogamer that Platinum would "love" to make a sequel to the cult series. There is no concrete plan or..
We might have got a taste for Vanquish's big enemies in the recent PlayStation Network demo, but this trailer tells us we're yet to really see anything
SEGA's released this "enemies" trailer which gives a few hints about what we can expect from the game's boss fights. Namely gigantic creatures big enough to feel several 60-inch televisions piled on top of each other. The best part? You..
Update @ 12:07 BST: Now confirmed for the PlayStation Network on October 13th (12th in the US)
It'll cost £9.99. Microsoft's just slapped a date on Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, scheduling it for October 13th (that's just a couple of weeks away by the way). Seeing as the source is Microsoft, we can't guarantee a same-week release for the...
Sonic ain't Sonic without a casino themed level
That's a fact, by the way. So we're pleased to see SEGA reveal a neat looking Casino zone for the upcoming PSN release, Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1. That's Sonic The Hedgehog 4 by the way. It still feels weird typing it. The title's starting to look like a genuine Sonic game. Which is what we want...
Japan is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first KFC opening with a SEGA collaboration
Colonel Sanders will show up in Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity, as will other Yum! Brands fast-food outlets. There'll be Pizza Hut box shields and much more. If you think about it, it's kinda neat.
Bayonetta's creator, Hideki Kamiya, might have nothing to announce regarding a sequel to the crazy brawler; but he "believes" in it
"I believe so," he said when asked if there'll be a sequel to the critically acclaimed game. "She'll be back if you believe so." The previous game released early this year. Keep believing, we guess.
Traditionally, the Yakuza franchise is a fairly serious one
It typically deals with family, politics and friendships. There's some exaggeration to its narrative for sure (it's a video game!), but on the whole it's a pretty grounded franchise. Yakuza: Of The End introduces zombies, however. That's kind of unusual for a franchise so set in reality. So why on Earth is it happening? We want to spread..
Look, we're sorry alright
We know you wanted a PlayStation 3 game, but Valkyria Chronicles III is on the PSP. You're going to have to get over it at some point. We know you're mad, but you can't keep shooting the messenger. Besides, Valkyria Chronicles II was a great PlayStation Portable game by all accounts, and we're certain the next game will build upon that. We mean, the
Yesterday, we weren't too keen on the idea of SEGA shoving zombies into the Yakuza franchise
But after seeing the game's bonkers TGS trailer, we're totally sold on the bizarre marriage. So what if it does away with everything the Yakuza franchise has stood for over the past few years — some might argue it's a change the franchise needed. And to be fair, it does look flippin' fantastic in this..
SEGA Europe's confirmed that the re-release of Dreamcast launch title, Sonic Adventure, will hit the PlayStation Network on September 22nd for a lowly £ 6
29 / 7.99. Seeing as Sonic Adventure was our first Dreamcast title, we have a bit of a soft-spot for the 3D platformer. The update includes trophies and digitally remastered graphics. We're...
Look, don't shoot the messenger, ok? We wanted Valkyria Chronicles III on the PlayStation 3 as much as everyone else
But the fact is, SEGA's making these games for the PSP now. You know, the PlayStation Portable. The system that's supposedly dead and buried according to most publications. The game's been confirmed for PSP in the latest issue of Famitsu. It was semi-revealed after a slip-up on..
Call it a kneejerk reaction, but when we read that the next edition of the Yakuza franchise - Yakuza: Of The End - was going to get zombies, we nearly punched ourselves in the balls
The one question running through our mind was, "Why SEGA? Why would you do this?" When SEGA revealed that initial Yakuza artwork, showing a wrecked and ruined Kamurocho we thought, "Oh cool. Perhaps..
SEGA's even gone to the trouble of "accidentally" announcing it in fact
While a TGS appearance of Valkyria Chronicles III has been teased for a while, an upload error on SEGA's part has seemingly spilled the full can of beans. See, this ".gif" time-table says nothing more than "Coming Soon" in a couple of the publisher's TGS slots. But last night, those who switched the file..
Remember that kooky little teaser of the new Ryu Ga Gotoku game [that's Yakuza to Westerners like you and me - Ed]? It showed the franchise's famed Kamurocho district in flames
Well SEGA's revealed a little more about the new PlayStation 3 title (not yet confirmed for Western release). According to the game's official website, it'll be called Ryu Ga Gotoku: Of The End. Of The End? We don't like the..
In many ways, Vanquish is exactly what you'd expect it to be
It's Japanese developers attempting to create a Western game. And so it feels distinctly like Gears Of War. Character movement is chunky, targeting is smooth and the gun-play is beefy and responsive. But it's also being developed in Japan; so it's all a bit bonkers. For example, your...
Scrawl's managed to grab hold of the US boxart for Yakuza 4
It's actually proper amazing. Which is surprisingly, considering the utter atrocity that was Yakuza 3's cover. Thanks for learning your lesson SEGA. We forgive all. If you missed the new trailer this morning, you can grab it through here.
Long time readers of this site will know that we like our music a bit more electronic and a lot less chuggy
But in the case of this Yakuza 4 trailer, we're making an exception. Some trailers go for wild production techniques — flashing lights, catchy slogans, CGI and more. This Yakuza 4 trailer does away with all that. It proves that all you really need to sell a game is burning money, pretty..
TGS ain't too far away
Valkyria Chronicles II is out this week. So it seems just about time to talk about a new Valkyria Chronicles title, don't you think? Well, SEGA's not being particularly explicit about anything. But they are teasing an announcement of kinds. You know - like every game publisher does these days. Hot from the rumours of a domain registration last week, SEGA's opened a brand new..
3D motion control is the way forward
Sega's Virtua Tennis series is the longest-running rendition of the sport, having been going since the days of the much-missed Dreamcast, and it's come a long way since those zombie-like characters skulked up and down grass courts. Virtua Tennis 4 is the next instalment in the series, and has enough features to...
Black Panther: New Yakuza Chapter is unlikely to release here in the West
Yakuza's already a niche franchise on the home consoles; spending enormous amounts of money to localise it on a platform in decline (and riddled with piracy) would not make any sense. We realised this a while ago, and to be honest, we didn't really mind. Shortly after Black...
Made2Game's just dropped word that SEGA and Japanese site 4Gamer
net</a> have teamed up to release a demo of the upcoming Yakuza title on PSP — Black Panther: New Yakuza Chapter. The demo's all in Japanese and weighs in at minor 200mb (though the site appears to be smashed at the moment, we're only getting a couple of kbps). Still, we'll be checking it out, and we urge you to do the same..
Don't get too excited: this isn't an official SEGA trailer
It's not even a real game. It's the product of 3D artist (and Sonic fan) Robert Medina. A stunning 2.5D recreation of Sonic & Knuckles' Mushroom Hill Zone. It's incredible. Heck, even SEGA thinks it's "awesome". Now imagine this, running on your PlayStation 3 with a 3DTV. Yeah, exactly.</em>
There are scant details regarding the new PlayStation 3 Yakuza game at the moment
Much of SEGA's marketing muscle is going into the upcoming PSP title, which is due much sooner than its PlayStation 3 brethren. Hence why this morning's Famitsu magazine is so shocking. Building up to the game's full reveal at next month's Tokyo Game Show, SEGA's placed a mysterious advert in the Japanese Gaming..
Valkyria Chronicles 2 is out soon
And by soon, we mean like next week. The game's latest trailer is filled with sketchbook graphics and plot background. We're assuming the people in this trailer are important because they have such fancy names. The Gassenarl family? Still, should tide you over until Valkyria Chronicles 3 shouldn't it?
If you're in the UK and planning on ordering Platinum Games' speed-shooter, Vanquish, you should probably know that SEGA's giving away some goodies with pre-orders from Amazon
There's a little look at the extras in the trailer above. The game looks fantastic. There's a demo coming next week.
Valkyria Chronicles is a strange little franchise
Despite being showered in praise, it's yet to really capture a substantial audience. Those few that love the franchise, love it though. Hence the excitement on message boards around the world when it was discovered that the publisher had registered valkyria3.jp in May. One could assume that SEGA might simply be protecting their interests by..
SEGA's confirmed that Vanquish's Velocity Attack demo will hit the PlayStation Network on August 31st for the US and September 1st for Europe
This is the same demo that was confirmed for Japan during the weekend. We're hyped about this game so we can't wait to check out the demo next week. Hopefully it'll get some buzz flowing around the game ahead...
Vanquish producer, Atsushi Inaba, has revealed that Platinum Games plan to release a demo for their third-person action game on September 2nd
The date was dropped in an interview with GameSpot Japan. According to Inaba, the demo will be called "Velocity Attack" and will feature a prologue sequence aswell as a boss fight with Argos — no,...
Because they're showing off the latest PSP title in the Yakuza franchise, duh
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One of our favourite announcements from yesterday was the that Virtua Tennis 4 will be coming to the PlayStation 3 with full PlayStation Move integration
Despite being 3D, this video from GameTrailers gives a good idea of how the game will play out. It adopts a new camera system that switches into a first-person view-point when the ball comes close to the player. That allows you to concentrate..
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