Import Gaming: Yakuza 6 Trailer

My heart pounds with excitement. No Western release information yet but with SEGA currently trending towards catering to fans – one can hope this gets some kind of boutique release.

It looks like Beat Takeshi is in this one as well (he might have been in 5, I haven’t played it yet). The action seems to take place in a variety of the locations of previous games with Hiroshima being a new focus.

It promises to be the final chapter of the saga of Kazuma Kiryu. Hit the jump for the Western subtitled trailer courtesy of CaptainEpic3 from Youtube: Continue reading Import Gaming: Yakuza 6 Trailer

Sonic Mania has “Saturn-esque retro 2D” Graphics!

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The Taxman himself has gone on record calling the graphics of Sonic Mania “Saturn-esque retro 2D” over on NeoGAF. I couldn’t be happier because I will no longer need to think what would have a really great Saturn Sonic title looked like…because his team is making it.

The team is using this style so they can focus on crafting quality levels. They will be adding CRT filters as well. Good stuff! I captured the NeoGAF forum post after the jump: Continue reading Sonic Mania has “Saturn-esque retro 2D” Graphics!

What Could Make An Elite Console Poker Game?

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While it’s still primarily a game that’s played in casinos, on kitchen tables, and on the web, poker has been the subject of several attempted arcade and console games over the years. Sega has had a few different attempts (including Solitaire Poker for Sega Game Gear, which you can still play on the internet), and last year we even saw a title released specifically for the PS4 in an attempt to redefine the concept. Pure Hold’em was a bold effort, though the reviews were mediocre. Now, we’re seeing some focus on the development of a poker game for virtual reality headsets, which is another thing entirely. But the question here is simple: if Pure Hold’em couldn’t do it, what would make an elite console poker game?

There’s not a definite way to answer this question, but to get an idea let’s take a look at what’s worked in the past.
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Retro Round up: Swabby Shmup, Ecco DC II, Cave Story, Wind & Water

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I’ve been thinking a lot about Outrun and how it is one of the best racing games ever. I would love to one day own an Outrun 2 SP cabinet. I really hope that SEGA revisits the series soon in its more modern form and doesn’t leave a quality AM2 developed home port with force feedback support in Japan (like it did during the PS2 era).

I get the sense a lot of fans would love to get their hands on this game again as the PC version isn’t on STEAM and the HD version on PS3 and Xbox 360 disappeared when SEGA lost the Ferrari license.

But none of that has to do with this round up, I’ve been just thinking about Outrun. Anyway, there have been a lot of neat happenings in the SEGA universe. Here is round-up of things I spotted on the interwebs that were pretty cool: Continue reading Retro Round up: Swabby Shmup, Ecco DC II, Cave Story, Wind & Water

Project Sonic 2017 looks like that Sonic Generations Sequel We Wanted!

Well look at this…not only do we get a retro Sonic title we get a seeming sequel to one of the best modern Sonic titles. Look at the squidgy, chubby Retro Sonic! I love it.

Interestingly, this one is coming the NX as well as the Xbox One, PS4 and PC. I wonder if it will have 3DTV support like the last one…

[Source: Sonic Youtube]

7th Dragon III Code: VFD Out Now

Uhhhh…I have this lovely title sitting on my desk as I type this out. It has been on there for the last 3 days…the trials of parenting and time management :/ It is still sealed and I haven’t smelt the ink of the art book.

Even worse, I’ve had Yakuza 5 since launch and haven’t had a chance to play a minute of it.

Anyway, the game has been reviewing very well on all major sites and I was quite happy to see SEGA bring this one over. Check out the trailer! Continue reading 7th Dragon III Code: VFD Out Now

Sonic Mania Looks Like Sugar Sweet Nostalgia and the Way Forward!

As some of you may know (or not) – I am a father of a bouncing baby boy. Sonic Mania is the classic type of Sonic game that I want him to play with me. Not 3D, not Boom, not Knight, no! Classic 2D pixel loving Sonic.

If this trailer is anything to go by this looks like it will be Sonic done right. My nostalgia gland is being tickled and I love it. Why didn’t SEGA do this years ago? Whatever, at least they are doing it now.

The team looks to be right with the creator of retro engine Christian Whitehead (Reworked Sonic CD & iPhone Sonic titles) seeming to spearhead the project along with Headcannon Games (Sonic 2 iOS) and Pagodawest Games (Major Magnet). Continue reading Sonic Mania Looks Like Sugar Sweet Nostalgia and the Way Forward!

MEGA VISIONS Magazine Kickstarter!

I just got back from London and magazine culture is still alive and kicking over there. I picked up an awesome copy of Retro Magazine’s Outrun Issue and there was a deep stirring in my soul when I saw a classic SEGA videogame on the cover.

That brings me to the Mega Visions project which is being run by the crew who started SEGA Nerds. They are attempting to craft a multimedia digital magazine and bring some of that magazine magic back.

They have Tom Kalinske and Al Nilsen as columnists for the magazine run. That should prove very interesting!

Check it out on Kickstarter.

Shadow Gangs Dreamcast – 80s Action on Kickstarter

Shadow Team from the UK is trying to bring back the arcade action seen in classic titles such Bad Dudes and Shinobi. You know what? We need more games that bring back that classic style of action.

The gameplay looks fantastic and graphic style definitely reminds me of Bad Dudes as I was playing the arcade PCB a couple of weeks ago. I dig the background art and music Continue reading Shadow Gangs Dreamcast — 80s Action on Kickstarter