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We’ve known for a while that Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed was getting a PC version. Today SEGA announced that some new characters would be joining the crossover.
While Wii U and Xbox 360 gamers could gloat at having special console characters, PC gamers now get to brag at having THREE. Popular characters from Valve’s Team Fortress 2 have been confirmed. During their vehicles car state, the Pyro drives while the Heavy pilots the boat and the Spy flies the plane. In addition Creative Assembly’s Total War series has its Shogun join while Sports Interactive’s Manager Man from Football Manager gets in on the action. It’s not known what vehicles they will pilot, but what is known is all three characters will be unlockable from the start.
The PC version can be downloaded starting January 31st for $29.99. With a lower price and extra characters, the PC version may end up being the best for fans of crossover action.
It’s time again for our editors to square off in a RoboDebate! This one is a bit different. Rather than praise one game over another or a series over another we’re taking a look at the more negative side of things. A lot of video game companies thrive on their mascots and franchises but are all franchises treated equally? Today Jessie and David duke it out over who handles their characters worse, SEGA or Capcom? Continue Reading
Good News Everybody! Today SEGA announced that Phantasy Star Online 2 would in fact be coming over to the United States and Europe. This makes me and many of my friends very happy. If you don’t believe me, take it from SEGA themselves.
SEGA ANNOUNCES THE WESTERN RELEASE OF PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2 SEGA’s Epic Free-to-Play Multiplayer Action RPG Coming to North America and Europe in Early 2013
SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON – July 9th, 2012 – SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd today announced that free-to-play multiplayer action RPG Phantasy Star Online 2 will be coming to North America and Europe in 2013. For a first look at this new entry in the legendary Phantasy Star series, check out the official Phantasy Star Online 2 teaser site at www.pso2.com.
“Phantasy Star Online was a revolutionary game when it was released, and we want to make sure that its successor in the series is every bit as ambitious,” said Chris Olson, Vice President of Digital Business at SEGA of America. “We look forward to introducing Phantasy Star Online 2’s unique, easy-to-access multiplayer action to the rest of the world next year!”
“The number one thing we want to provide players in Phantasy Star Online 2 is an adventure that changes every time they log in. Just as great table-top RPG experiences revolve around imaginative and unexpected encounters, we want players to consistently be surprised as they explore dungeons and undertake quests,” added Satoshi Sakai, Phantasy Star Online 2 Producer at SEGA of Japan.
Over ten years have passed since the release of the boundary-breaking Dreamcast hit, Phantasy Star Online, and SEGA is poised to continue the Phantasy Star series’ multiplayer legacy on PCs worldwide with Phantasy Star Online 2. In the Year 238, the New Era of Light, players will join a new band of Arcs in the fight against mysterious D-Arkers, embarking on another epic adventure of infinite possibilities!
Phantasy Star Online 2’s features include:
- Deep sci-fi fantasy universe filled with lush landscapes, extraordinary creatures, and epic adventures
- Revolutionary real-time combat and third-person action with devastating combos and counters to master
- Flexible, class-based leveling system that lets players define their own play-style with distinctive melee, ranged, and magic weapon types
- Randomized dungeon maps and unexpected mid-quest encounters that ensure each quest is different for each player
- Deep character creation system with a nearly limitless number of potential appearances
- Three degrees of humanity to experience across three unique races: the versatile Humans, spiritually-powered Newmen, and artificial CAST
For more information about Phantasy Star Online 2, visit the official site at www.pso2.com.
About SEGA® of America, Inc. SEGA® of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment. SEGA® of America’s Web site is located at www.sega.com.
About SEGA® Europe Ltd. SEGA® Europe Ltd. is the European Distribution arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, and a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. SEGA’s global website site is located at www.sega.com.
Project X Zone is the Japan exclusive 3DS game that brings characters from three companies together. A new trailer shows how the game will play and all the craziness fans can expect. Continue Reading
Phantasy Star Online was the first online RPG that I really cut my teeth on. It was so fun back then on the Dreamcast to play with your friends. It also had a great sound track to boot. Even hearing one of the songs now sends me into a nostalgia fit. While Sega tried to re-kindle the flame with Phantasy Star Universe, it didn’t stay hot long enough to really give me that old burning PSO feeling I wanted. Now, Sega has been working on Phantasy Star Online 2 and it is currently in open beta. If you can’t read moonspeak, it can be quite challenging to get into this open beta, but lucky for us there is someone with a handy dandy guide to help you try and make sense of all those wacky squiggly lines. If you are interested in giving it a try, be my guest by clicking this link.
It will help a lot with the basics of set up and installation. Beware though, I had trouble mapping buttons to my controller, so I had to use the keyboard and mouse, which honestly wasn’t so bad. Character creation is VERY in depth, and the guide is a little confusing when it comes to that, so I pretty much just clicked something and went for it. It definitely has that PSO feel, especially with the music. The tutorial has you teamed up with an NPC and gives you the basics of combat. From there I got to wander around the main hub where I ran into another English speaker and we chatted for a moment. I then went on a mission and was joined by a healer half way. I didn’t do a whole lot, because it being in Japanese, all the stuff I wanted to do was overwhelmingly difficult with the language barrier. I did figure out where the shops were and how to equip weapons, so that is good. I hear that someone is working on an English patch to hold us over until we get an American release. I’ll have my fingers crossed and update you as soon as we learn more. Until then, enjoy the video!
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SEGA has released a very silly new trailer for October’s Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz. The Vita title will utilize multiple unique Vita functions, such as full tilt control and custom stage building using the camera. Banana Splitz rolls (heh) onto the PlayStation Vita on October 23rd.
SEGA announced today that Super Monkey Ball will make its debut on the PlayStation Vita with Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz. Banana Splitz will drop on October 23rd and aspires to be the most advanced titles in the series thus far. The game will make use of many of the Vita’s features, including the tilt sensor, camera, and GPS. Continue Reading
There’s no use in sugar coating it: the first episode of Sonic 4 was a mess. I know it, you know it, SEGA certainly knows it. The Aesop-esque promise of a return to form for the super rad furball yet again ended in disaster. Nobody was surprised, until Sonic Generations came along and reminded everyone, even if just for a moment, why the speedy little jerk is considered a classic character. Sonic 4 was quickly and appropriately forgotten. SEGA, in their admittedly admirable attempt to bring Sonic back from the land of who cares, has put forth a surprising amount of effort in addressing the problems fans had with the first game, and making a better follow up. The good news is that they succeeded. The bad news is that they didn’t do much else. Continue Reading
SEGA and Sumo Digital’s Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing was a fun little kart racer that did fairly well. Now they have announced a sequel, with a twist. Continue Reading