Posts by Alex Riggen
What was once a Gamestop exclusive character for people purchasing Anarchy Reigns is now available for everyone as DLC on PSN. For $0.99, anyone can download the popular Platinum Games character and run around punching and kicking things until they’re heart’s content.
No word yet on if the DLC will come to 360 owners as well. I wonder if this new DLC will spark some people to return to playing the game online. Speak of which, is anyone still playing the multiplayer modes of this game? Is there a decent online community to play with?
Sega has created a new brand in Japan, SegaKawaii, that appears to be based around selling clothing and other accessories based on their consoles and properties. One of the first pieces of merchandise is the huge Dreamcast backpack you see above, which, will retail for roughly $146 in Japan.
The brand SegaKawaii translates to Sega “Cute” will start selling the backpack along with a Dreamcast t-shirt and a Genesis tank top on April 25th.
During a recent report from Phantasy Star Online 2 producer, Satoshi Sakai, it was revealed that Sega currently has an Episode 2 in development for the game. This new episode will contain a brand new story and new features and will have a teaser trailer shown tomorrow on April 9th during the Nico Nico broadcast.
In addition to the new episode news, Sakai also announced that the Vita version will be getting an update that allows players to customize their button layout and take in-game screenshots.
It’s been a long time since we last saw an Ecco game but with creator Ed Annunziata’s recently launched Kickstarter, it appears that there’s a chance we may finally see a spiritual successor to the unique franchise in his game The Big Blue. While it’s unfortunate that the Ecco series has seemed to disappear over the last decade, there have been games released with obvious similarities and potential inspirations from the game. Not only did Ecco break the mold with its realistic aquatic theme but it also showed us a very unique style of game where just playing around with the fluid controls and exploring the beautiful environment were as important as trying to “beat” the game.
We’ve created a list of 10 games we feel have noticeable similarities to the Ecco franchise. Hit the jump to read on!
On this week’s podcast, Mike turns into a Skype robot and I don’t edit our attempts to revive him out of the podcast episode. My original plan was to make this episode sound as professional as possible with editing… then I realized that our struggles to understand Mike was more entertaining than our usual proper Sega discussion so I kept it in.
In addition to our failed attempts to save Mike we discuss some SC-3000 games, the possibility of Shenmue 3, Sonic Dash going free and, of course, a wonderful selection of Acclaim games on the Saturn.
We’ll be recording episode 125 tonight as we journey into Part 11 of our never-ending Acclaim series. Games to be discussed are:
X-Men: Children of the Atom (Saturn)
NBA Jam Extreme (Saturn)
DragonHeart: Fire & Steel (Saturn)
The Crow: City of Angels (Saturn)
Bubble Bobble also featuring Rainbow Islands (Saturn)
If you got questions/comments about any of these games, Acclaim, and/or Sega in general please leave them in the comments below!
Remember how in-between the terrible medal collecting and werehog stages there was actually a good game in Sonic Unleashed? Well, it seems a group of Sonic Generations modders felt the same way as they’ve done some amazing work and ported the eight main daytime levels to the PC versions of Generations.
In addition to just being able to play these levels with Generations the modders have also went an extra mile and reworked the hub world, level progression, added higher-res textures, tighter controls and the customizable skills from Generations.
With the mod scene surrounding the PC version of Generations I’m getting more and more tempted to pick up a copy in addition to my 360 version. I did find moments of Unleashed to be incredibly good but I don’t think I could ever replay the game in it’s entirety again so this is looking like a great second option. Anyone out there have the game on PC and tried any mods out for it?
[Source: Sonic Retro]
FunStock, online retailer for products like the recent NeoGeo X Gold and other Sega handhelds, have announced that they will be presenting a the new Megadrive Arcade Ultimate Portable at the upcoming Gadget Show Live convention.
The new handheld boasts a bigger screen at 2.8″, 6 buttons, an SD cards slot, a rechargeable battery and an AV cable to play the system on your TV. Overall, it sounds like a nice system to have if you’re looking to play some Genesis games on the go and it will retail for about $75.
Anyone interested in picking this up? Have you played any other third-party Genesis systems?
Comedy and video games often don’t mix well together. Unlike movies, comics, books, stand-up and many other more controlled mediums, a player’s experience with a video game can drastic differently from other players who are playing the exact same game. Things like timing and delivery are much harder to judge when you can’t predict exactly how a player is going to approach your game.
However, even with these challenges, there are some developers who have done a great job of implementing comedy into their games by taking an approach that works with the format. We’ve taken a look back at ten games on Sega consoles or published by Sega that we feel did an applaudable job at making the player laugh, or at the least smile a bit.
Hit the jump to find out our top 10 comedic games!
On this week’s episode we realize that we’ve spent three months discussing just Acclaim games on Sega consoles and all start to go a little crazy. However, we always finish what we start so the show will go on even if we’re all speaking in tongues by the final part of this Acclaim mega-series.
Games discussed this week were: WWF In Your House (it’s not actually in your house), College Slam, Darius Gaiden, NFL Quarterback Club 97, Alien Trilogy and Starfighter 3000.