Normally with these retrospective articles my aim is to provide more information for video games that people may have heard of before. As an example, I doubt a lot of people have played Panzer Dragoon Saga mainly due to rarity. The quality of the game spread by word of mouth and is now considered a cult classic. The same applied to Vagrant Story and many other games that I’ve done. However, as a self processed “video game connoisseur” in the field of cult classics, even I would have NEVER have guessed that a game like Wachenröder existed, even less so that it would be without a doubt one of the most unusual experiences that I’ve ever had in a video game. Continue reading Wachenröder Retrospective
I am in no way a Sonic fan. I played the original three games on Genesis and liked them at the time, but I stopped keeping up at around Sonic Adventure 2. Even when I went back to play the original three games I found myself not enjoying them today. Despite all that, I absolutely love Sonic Generations.
In case you are still holding out for a PSP release of Valkyria Chronicles III, SEGA put to rest those hopes confirming that the lack of popularity of the platform will keep the title in Japan.
Hiroshi Seno, team manager of console sales at Sega cites high localization costs and low sales of Valkyria Chronicles II as the reason for the title not seeing a localization.
The lack of western interest in the PSP is a problem plaguing a lot of titles right now, like Capcom’s Monster Hunter Portable 3rd that hasn’t shown any sign of localization.
It may not be time to give up entirely, though. While nothing is confirmed, Seno said Sega will speak to Sony about a release on PlayStation Vita next time they meet.
SEGA has announced that Super Monkey Ball is rolling to the Playstation Vita sometime in the year of 2012. The game will utilize the features of the Playstation Vita such as the dual analog sticks and front and back touch controls. SEGA states that there will be new worlds and updated graphics. As well as four player multiplayer over Wi-Fi and revamped mini-games. Check out a short trailer below.
Takashi Iizuka has revealed that the long known about Episode 2 of Sonic 4 is in the works. While the long term Sonic Team member never gave a release date, he admitted we would see release in “the near future”
Talking to Siliconera, he revealed the third Sonic game due to be released in the next year alongside The London Olympics with Mario and Generations after it made a no-show at E3. When asked on the future of the project, he answered “We named Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, so there will be an episode 2. Since this year is the 20th anniversary of Sonic we wanted to focus on Sonic Generations,”
S4: E1 was a welcome return to the 2D style that seems to be refined in Generations if the gameplay videos for Retro Sonic are any indication. Thankfully, they aren’t doing a Valve and remembering the reasons behind episodic content is to actually release it.
You didn’t think we wouldn’t be covering all the smaller updates, did you? Here’s the first of today’s updates and news about games we already knew about, but with some new information.
SONIC GENERATIONS: PS3, 360, 3DS – Release date: November 22nd 2011
A recent interview undertaken by Machinima at E3 with Patrick Reily, Director of International Development for Sega, revealed a bit more information about the celebration of Sonic’s 20th birthday. The game is essentially that, bringing back Genesis/Megadrive levels, Dreamcast levels, and current gen levels in an HD, all shiny new style with a storyline threading it all togerher.
With two distinct gameplay style with Retro Sonic having only his moves from the original Quadrilogy ((No Homing attack!)) as well as Modern Sonic having gameplay styles from Colours and Unleashed ((He didn’t mention 06, as well he shouldn’t)) – Both have their own storyline and make cameos in each others, and are the only playable characters, according to a statement from Takashi Iizuka. Prior reports of a PC version have been quashed, however the 3DS version has been confirmed.
Zombie Apocolypse 2: XBLA and PSN – Fall/Autumn 2011
Nothing more than an announcement, but Konami announced on their website that a sequel to a surprise hit of 2009, Zombie Apocolypse, is getting a sequel to be released in the Fall/Autumn.
However, they are hinting at a new gameplay style, as in the original, your character was trapped in a small map, and you had to survive for a certain amount of time, now four new survivours must work together to fight through a reclusive island and not die. With each character getting unique abilities and weapons, this will add a certain level of tactical depth that was lacking in the original. While no gameplay footage was available, here”s some from the original to give you a taste of what you can expect.
Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One: Ps3 Exclusive – Released 18th October 2011 ((US)), 20th October ((Australia)), 21st October ((Europe))
Insomniac gave a glimpse of the first level of the latest four-person co-op game in Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, with features Ratchet & Clank, failed Ego hero Captain Quark, and Doctor Nefarious who must work together to escape a trap that Nefarious’s latest scheme forced them to fall for. With the exception of one or two games, the Ratchet and Clank series has always been of a ratehr high standard, and the gameplay looks promising – not as cluster-frenzied as NSMBWii was, mainly thanks to the third dimension to move around on.
It has been announced by SEGA that Shinobi, one of the original trifecta of flagship properties from the late 80’s and early 90’s that Sega had ((Alex Kidd and Sonic were the other two)) is ending a nine year absence – Nightshade doesn’t count – from gaming to return as simply Shinobi 3DS. While no official release date has been given, September is flying round as the most likely time.
While not much information has been released, the gameplay looks nigh identical to the old-school Shinobi trilogy with updated graphics. From the trailer, it seems that the new 2.5 plane – 2D gameplay with 3D graphics – will be used to keep the feel of the game similar to nostalgic memories. Is this a game, alongside Ocarina of Time, that is enough to tempt you to buy a 3DS?
If you’re looking forward to Sonic Generations but don’t have a Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, you’re in luck! During SEGA’s finnancial briefing, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 releases of Sonic Generations were listed alongside previously unannounced PC and Nintendo 3DS versions as well. Unless there was an error, this should be pretty much confirmed.
SEGA hasn’t released any official detials regarding either version. We can safely assume the PC release will probably be along the lines as the 360 and PS3 releases, but who knows about the 3DS release.
Honestly, it’s kind of interesting that their bringing the title to the Nintendo 3DS, especially since they left out the Wii due to the platform not supporting HD. Either-way, the more platforms the better.
Sonic Generations as of right now is only coming to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Considering the franchises’ history, it was a bit odd to see Nintendo’s platforms missing out on the action. But a recent GameStop listing suggests that the title might be heading to Nintendo’s latest handheld, the Nintendo 3DS.
It seems a little odd that SEGA wouldn’t have announced it yet, but maybe it will show up at E3. If this listing isn’t a mistake of course.
Depending on who you are, you may feel that SEGA has set a low bar for Sonic games. Whether or not that may be true, at the very least you can find comfort in knowing that SEGA has at least some sort of bar.
Recently a user on Youtube started uploading footage from a title called Sonic Extreme, not to be confused with the similarly canceled Sonic Xtreme. The footage shows that the title is a Sonic skateboarding title, possibly the precursor for the Sonic Riders series. The title was claimed to be found in a development system for the original Xbox.
There’s no real credentials here, so it could very well be fake. Either way, it looks really bad. Sure the game is in an unfinished state, but this build doesn’t give the impression it would have been anywhere near a decent title.
You can check out all the footage below.