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
Via Game Watch Impress.</em>
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..
If there's one genre we love, it's the tennis game genre
Seriously, we just can't get enough of games involving racquets and balls. We know it sounds absurd (you probably like your shooting and killing), but ever since we first tried Virtua Tennis in an arcade we've been in love with the genre. So it's with massive announcement we can confirm that Virtua Tennis 4 is coming to the PS3 with..
If you're lucky enough to understand Japanese, you're probably going to be wanting the upcoming PSP Yakuza title, Black Panter: New Yakuza Chapter
If you're picking it up, make sure you buy it from Bic Camera. They're giving away Yakuza branded razors with the game. Doesn't really get much cooler than that now does it?
If Japanese developers have to start appealing to Western tastes, we hope they take a leaf out of Vanquish's book
While the game appeals to the shooter culture this current generation has bred, it still looks and feels distinctly Japanese. The voice acting and dialogue is horrendous, the gameplay is fast-paced and ostentatious, and the environments have that pseudo-futuristic anime vibe to them..
SEGA's confirmed via their official blog that Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing RC cars are available in US Toys 'R' Us Stores right now
The remote controlled goods will set you back $25 and are available in Sonic or Knuckles variations. They look awesome too.</em>
What the hell? If there was any company we'd have bet on losing money this quarter, it'd be SEGA
Not that we have anything against the company - heck no, we love them - but a lot of their releases this quarter were weak. At least, that's what we thought. Turns out we were wrong. Very wrong. SEGA actually managed profits of 7 billion yen ($80.8 million US) for the quarter ending June 30th. For..
Similarly to Bayonetta's automatic mode, Platinum Games has confirmed that their upcoming shooter, Vanquish, is set to benefit from a "Casual Auto" mode -- which will presumably make the game really easy
Director Shinji Mikami said of the mode on Platinum's blog, Before we started work on it, I cant say that I had high hopes; however, once we got it up and running, I was pleasantly surprised..
You know the voices in trailers? The ultra gruff, super low, over-the-top voices? We want you to read PushSquare in that voice from now on
We think it would make things a little more interesting. Especially over the summer months, when there's nothing to talk about but teaser trailers for Thor: The Video Game; which, incidentally, provides no information about the game whatsoever.
It may already be a part of the SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection, but SEGA's not yet convinced you've had your fill of the classic 16-bit Rogue-like, Fatal Labyrinth
An ESRB listing suggests the game is to get a stand-alone PSN release akin to Gunstar Heroes. Whether it actually deserves one, is another question.
Vanquish director, Shinji Mikami, has revealed that his upcoming action shooter was once envisioned as a more "open" game
However, in a long blog on Platinum's website, Mikami's revealed that the game quickly took on a more linear direction. Vanquish was originally an open battlefield type of game, said Mikami, where the goal was to move around crushing enemy positions; however, once we..
Don't fret -- Goro Majima may have been the first character name out of the hat alongside the Yakuza 5 announcement, but SEGA's announced that he's not the last
Seasoned Yakuza protagonist, Kazuma Kiryu, is set to make a return in the next franchise entry. It seems like SEGA are taking the multiple character route again, which was a huge success for Yakuza 4. Both Kazuma and Goro will be playable..
SEGA's announced today that they're bringing the God Of Thunder to the PlayStation next year
If Thor: The Video Game isn't the perfect place to try and imitate the God Of War formula, we don't know what is. The game will take players on a journey involving an array of enemies from Norse mythology. Thor will be able to use his hammer to command a series of elemental powers including lightning, wind..
SEGA's dropped details on the slew of extra content you can expect to get out of Valkyria Chronicles II should you choose to pre-order it
The extras include two missions:Exercise vs. Class E An exterminatory war exercise against rival class E using all the areas of Leanbluff Forest. Destroy all enemies in each area to win this challenge. Exercise vs. Class F A defense exercise against..
Completing the set of Vanquish release date announacements, SEGA's confirmed that the Shinji Mikami produced shooter will hit North America on October 19th
If you pre-order the game at GameStop, you'll get exclusive access to the three guns announced alongside the European version of the game.
SEGA's confirmed that Shinji Mikami's space-shooter, Vanquish, will hit European PlayStation 3s on October 22nd
That's just a day after Japan gets the game. In addition, SEGA's confirmed that certain retailers will be giving out exclusive weapons access to anyone who pre-orders the game. The press release notes:"The Tri-Weapon pack contains a small arsenal of experimental technology, made up..
Vanquish is the next game by industry veteran Shinji Mikami
It looks bonkers. It also looks rad. The game's due out on October 21st in Japan. Apparently a European date is on the way. We're looking forward to it. Of all the mountains of shooters planned for this year (and there are lots of them), Vanquish looks to be the most "different" of them. Well, at least we hope so. You better hope..
SEGA's West president Mike Hayes has stated that there's unlikely to ever be a sequel to Alpha Protocol
Talking to CVG, the SEGA exec put the situation very bluntly, "Let's speak very commercially; the game hasn't sold what we've expected, therefore we won't be doing a sequel." Simples. Hayes added that the espionage RPG title never reached the "upper echelon" due to the amount..
SEGA's just confirmed that Valkyria Chronicles 2 will launch on September 3rd in the UK
In addition, they've also confirmed that Phantasy Star Portable 2 will launch a couple of weeks later on September 17th. To be honest, that's all we've got to tell you. Take note though - two big games on PlayStation Portable. Y'know, the system does still get good games, contrary to what you people like to..
E3's only just finished, GamesCom's on the horizon and then
.. Well, then there's TGS. A partial list of Tokyo Game Show exhibitors has been released, including plenty of familiar faces. SEGA, Square Enix, Capcom, Konami; they'll all be there. As will Sony. Over 138 companies are currently confirmed for the show, with that number certain to rise as the September show nears. Andriasang's got the..
SEGA Yosuke Okunari has revealed that his employers are currently considering the potential of porting SEGA Saturn games to the PlayStation Network
SEGA's already announced that Dreamcast games are set to make the jump onto Sony's digital store, but Okunari worries about the Saturn's popularity. When you look globally, the Genesis and Dreamcast...
We love the Yakuza franchise
Love it. It's consistently brilliant. But with a PSP Yakuza title in the works, we had hoped SEGA would take a break from their annual release schedule and take a bit longer with the next home-console entry in the franchise. They're not — there's a new Yakuza game in development right now for the PlayStation 3. Talk about cranking them out. Unlike other games in the..
Yakuza is a franchise firmly fixed in familiarity
Of the three Yakuza games that have launched on the PlayStation in the past, not much has changed. Yakuza 4 hasn't changed much either - instead it's tweaked one pivotal element that separates it from its predecessors. Here, Kazuma Kiryu is no longer the lead protagonist - instead he shares that...
We have to preface this post by stating that any Dreamcast ports on the PlayStation Network are better than none
So keep that in mind while we tell you the damage. First up - Crazy Taxi. As expected, the PSN re-release of this title will be without its licensed gubbins. That means no Offspring, no Bad Religion, no "Ya, Ya, Ya, Ya, Ya!"...
SEGA's confirmed that Valkyria Chronicles 2 will launch on the PlayStation Portable this August 31st in North America
The game will be available on UMD and digital download from the PlayStation Store simultaneously.
" the Offspring scream as a yellow-cab with a green-headed driver launches himself over a hill of a fictional US city. Name the intro? Crazy Taxi, innit. If you didn't know, you'll soon be able to school yourself, as SEGA's just announced that Crazy Taxi and Sonic Adventure are heading to the PlayStation Network this Fall. Sonic...
SEGA's just confirmed that Yakuza 4 will be launching in the West sometime next year exclusively on Playstation 3
The game released in Japan a few weeks ago to both critical and commercial acclaim. Meanwhile, after months of "will they, won't they" speculation, us Western gamers got our hands on the excellent Yakuza 3 in March - albeit a stripped down version. Hopefully, given the..
Perhaps, just perhaps, we're the only people in the world excited by this announcement
Perhaps. But we still remember that cold, dark winter day sometime after Christmas. We were younger back then, and new games consoles felt like the unattainable holy grail with which every inch of our persona must work towards. The Dreamcast was out, and every...
Shinji Mikami's Vanquish looks like a Dreamcast launch title
Re-read that statement and then watch the trailer. There's something about the physics, art-direction and even overlying concept that feels very SEGA. It looks awesome too. We're not too interested in the story and stupid voice-acting — but the dude can boost into cover. It's like a third-person shooter crossed with Burnout..
How good was Phantasy Star Online? Very good is the answer - we still have fond memories of the days when we hooked our Dreamcast up to the phone-line in order to spend a little time in SEGA's online universe
Those days are now gone - but at least SEGA's announced the Western release of Phantasy Star Portable 2 to ease our Phantasy Star-cravings. The game's due this Fall, and is set sometime after..
SEGA's made a comment on Yakuza 3's sales, which launched earlier in the year exclusively on Playstation 3
The game's overt Japanese nature made it a tough-sell for many consumers, and many were worried about how the game would be received. But SEGA's come out to say, "hey, it was all good", providing the following statement on the SoA forums:"As was mentioned a couple times above,..
We're probably never going to get to play Yakuza PSP - or Kurohyu: Ryu ga Gotoku Shinshou as the game is known in Japan - but that's not going to stop us from checking out this massive story trailer from the game
The game's due on September 22nd in Japan. We can only dream of a Western port. But it ain't gonna happen folks. (We're hoping reverse psychology has a positive effect here).
The upcoming Playstation Portable iteration of the Yakuza franchise has been officially named and dated by series' director Toshihiro Nagoshi
Previously announced as Yakuza: Project K, the game's been given the formal title of Kurohyu: Ryu ga Gotoku Shinshou — roughly translating as "Black Leopard: A New Yakuza Chapter". There are tons of details on the game's franchise refreshing plot..
SEGA's just dropped word that Obsidian's espionage RPG Alpha Protocol is all done and dusted
That's right folks, it's gone gold and been sent off to the manufacturing plant. The Dynamic Stance System will allow you to play the game whichever way you see fit. The game's due out on May 28th here in Europe.
These details regarding SEGA's Yakuza: Project K don't make us sad because of their content
They make us sad because a Yakuza title on the Playstation Portable is almost certainly never going to get released here. As we told you recently, the game ditches usual Yakuza protagonist Kazuma Kiryu and replaces him with eighteen-year-old delinquent Tatsuya Ukyou. The kid's been expelled from school and..
Remember SEGA Superstars? Probably not but let us tell you it was awesome
Kind of. It was a Playstation 2 EyeToy game that was very much designed with the casual gamer in mind. Simple actions, simple gameplay, pretty cool results for the traditional gamer who could get starry eyed over a new product featuring Nights. SEGA wants to recapture the SEGA Superstars audience, with their new Playstation..
We told you this morning that the next game in the Yakuza franchise, Project K, will actually be on the Playstation Portable, and now Andriasang's got some hard details on the game courtesy of Famitsu magazine
First, why the switch to Playstation Portable? Director Toshihiro Nagoshi reckons the move is to encourage younger audiences, and to deliver a message to be more assertive. Nagoshi says the..
We're still itching and praying that SEGA will bring Yakuza 4 to Western shores, which recently launched in Japan
Alas, attention in the East has already turned to "what's next" - with Yakuza: Project K the topic on fan's lips. The game was teased back in March (which many including us assumed to be Yakuza 5), with no real details given at the time. Famitsu's blown the doors open on the..
SEGA's confirmed this morning that their San Francisco studio - responsible for the Iron Man and Golden Axe: Beast Rider games on the PS3 - has been shut down
SEGA issued a statement to IndustryGamers offering condolences to those employees whom are now unemployed. "Sega of America is sad to announce the closure of Sega Studios San Francisco. It is an immensely talented studio and we wish..
The worst day in a bloggers life, April Fools' Day. This one comes out of SEGA, who've apparently decided Virtua Fighter's next installment should be a bit more like Street Fighter. Nice try guys. Nice try.
After Burner is coming to the Playstation Network, get in! That's right, SEGA Of America has dated their blue-skies flight combat title After Burner Climax for April 22nd in the USA. No price has been announced as of yet, but expect it to be in the $10 ballpark. Update @ 16:47: the date's been confirmed for Europe now too.
SEGA's Yakuza 4 has topped the Japanese software charts for this week, shifting a hearty 384,000 copies
The numbers are a little lower than those of Yakuza 3, but still extremely respectable. Elsewhere, the God Of War Collection managed to place 13th in the Japanese software charts this week, with Battlefield: Bad Company 2 not far behind it in 15th.
The latest trailer for Iron Man 2 reveals just a glimpse of what you will be fighting in SEGA's latest tie-in
Among the highlights: giant robotic crab like beings. Sweet. The game's looking good so far, with some great character models. We'll be watching this one closely.
Hey, whaddup Sonic fans - excited? You bloody should be, 'cos SEGA's just updated the Sonic The Hedgehog 4 website including new screens, character information and a free MP3
It's all related to Splash Hill Zone, presumably Sonic 4's Green Hill. Get all the content through the link. The song's great.
This stretch hummer rolled around Shinjuku, Shibuya and Roppongi in order to celebrate the release of Yakuza 4 on the Playstation 3
Is it awesome? You bet it's awesome. (Now get to work on that Western port SEGA. Please. We only want subtitles.)</em> [Pic: Ryugagogotoku]
We only just got Yakuza 3 in the West last week
Japan gets Yakuza 4 this month. And guess what? SEGA's just announced Yakuza 5. SEGA announced the game at a press event in Tokyo last night. The trailer SEGA showed starts with a shot of Yakuza's Kamurocho night-spot, followed by the words, "A young guy appeared in Kamurocho. The young guy knew it, the weight of the crimes he continued to..
We've been playing Yakuza 3 this weekend and have fallen in love
We're in head-over-heels admiration for Sony's risky Japanophile experiment. But why's it so good? Well ahead of our review (check back mid-week for that), we wanted to justify the reasons why you should rush out to your local game store and pick up this under-rated gem right now. Love-child. In many ways, the Yakuza franchise..
If you've not been torn away by Battlefield: Bad Company 2 yet, SEGA would like you to know that they have DLC planned for Aliens vs Predator next week
The content's the same as what you might have got if you bought the Special Edition SKU of the game when it launched last month. For those of you that didn't get the SE though, you'll get four bonus...
In Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode I, Sonic is going it solo
But in Episode II, it looks like he's getting some company (sigh). Speaking in the latest issue of GameInformer, SEGA's Takashi Iizuka c0nced that fans will be very pleased with the cast in Episode 2. Obviously, fans are most pleased when Sonic's doing his thing against Eggman alone — so maybe that's what Takashi is reiterating here..
Hustle Kings has officially hit Playstation Home, occupying the Playstation Events Space
Players will be transported to a huge pool table where they'll have to live life on the edge, avoiding multiple shots from all over the table. Survive ten shots and you'll earn yourself a cape for your avatar. Top the leaderboards and you'll earn a crown too. In...
Platinum Games and Shinji Mikami's latest title, Vanquish, will release this year (in Japan at least)
The game's been announced for release on the Playstation 3 in this week's Famitsu. Mikami's revealed that the game is 80 percent finished and, contrary to popular belief, is a third-person shooter. We posted the debut trailer a few weeks back.
Hey folks, how are you finding the wait for Yakuza 3? Yeah, it's been a long year hasn't it? Still, at least we have a firm March release date to look forward to an announcement of a demo for, erm, Yakuza 4
Yep, Yakuza 4 is on the horizon for Japan, so if you have a Playstation Store account for the region you'll be able to check out the next installment in the franchise on March 4th thanks to a..
Update @ 19:21GMT: SEGA Europe's told us that the game will hit European stores on the 28th May
Awesome.</em> Following a hefty delay, SEGA's announced that Alpha Protocol will finally hit US stores on June 1st. The game was originally due in Q4 of last year, but has been MIA in more recent weeks. Obsidian's espionage RPG will put players in the shoes of super-sleuth Michael Thornton. We hope..
Sadly, SEGA's confirmed to IGN that the Western release of Yakuza 3 will have less content than the Japanese version
Apparently, due to time constraints and cultural differences, the hostess clubs have been removed from the experience. Hostess clubs are somewhat a Japanese tradition, in which males essentially pay for female company. Sure it sounds seedy to a Westerner, but much of the Yakuza charm..
Another week and another shooter has taken the crown from Ubisoft's current Wii phenomenom, Just Dance
Amazingly for Rebellion, Aliens vs Predator has become the fastest-selling game in 2010, topping last week's record holder, Bioshock 2 (now in third). Of course, they're both gonna get crushed by Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Either way, big congrats to SEGA and Rebellion, though we do have an issue..
We may well be waiting for Yakuza 3 here in the West, but for the folk in Japan, that game is old news
Y'see, the Japanese are hotly anticipating the release of Yakuza 4. And as you would imagine, the latest trailer for that game is sick as hell. We've embedded it above for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.
Sonic Team has enlisted on developer Dimps to help them create Sonic The Hedgehog 4, so Joystiq has confirmed
Dimps previously worked with Capcom on Street Fighter IV, so it seems like a fitting collaboration. Interestingly, Dimps also developed the excellent Sonic Advance titles for GameBoy Advance. Sonic Team's output has been rocky lately, so the external influence of developers like Dimps may..
It's just typical isn't it? You wait four or so years for a great Mario Kart clone on your platform of choice and then two come along at once
Modnation Racers looks to have all the makings of a great kart racer, and then some; though we are concerned with the some of the performance issues that were apparent in the beta. Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is a little less ambitious — this is..