Xboxworld published some new screenshots and a trailer of Creative Assembly’s strategy game Stormrise.
Check them out
*REZ gets a temporary price-cut. Americans should be able to buy the XBLA version for 500 Microsoft points untill next week.
*Yakuza 3 (or: Ryu ga Gotoku 3) gets a date. The game will be on sale February 26, 2009 for ¥7980. (Source: Gamefront)
Two weeks ago the XBOX 360 achievements for Sonic Unleashed were uncovered, you can now also check out the PS3 trophies (which are pretty much the same, really).
It’s unusual to ‘do’ two updates a day (time permitting, really) but we couldn’t deny you this one.
In the latest Weekly Famitsu magazine two SEGA games were rated. SEGA’s DS game Blazer Drive did well with 8/9/9/8, however their latest Wii title 428: Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de scored a perfect 10/10/10/10!
Currently there a no plans to release this action adventure abroad (it’s very Japanese in style) but this score can only mean good things when the game goes on sale in Japan next week.
Thanks to Gamefront for the news.
Football Manager 2009 drops four places to #7 in the all-format chart but still rides high in the PC (#1) and PSP (#3) charts. A full year after its release Mario & Sonic at the Olympics still sold well enough to claim the #5 spot in the Wii chart.
On budget there’s just the one (and it ain’t The Golden Compass); SEGA Superstars Tennis moves up two places to #4 in the XBOX 360 budget chart.
*Watch the Let’s Tap commercial
*It ain’t exactly the first set of Virtual-On action figures, but for some reason someone at SEGA thought it would time for a new set. Despite sporting slightly new design by Kotoki Hajimi, these virtuaroids still have the little Saturn systems on their back!
*Gamespot uploaded a new video of the upcoming PC game Empire: Total War.
Several rumours were floating around that Aliens: Colonial Marines was cancelled and Gearbox would be laying off 15-26 employees.
Gearbox president Randy Pitchford now confirmed the game is still in production but couldn’t provide an update on its ship date. “But I will say that I am as eager as anyone for us to reach the point where we should reveal it with more detail,” Pitchford added.
Pitchford didn’t address the issue of layoffs directly, but he acknowledged that the company had been “adjusting our internal strategy to move from being about Opportunity, Ambition and Growth to a strategy that is oriented towards Quality, Focus and Performance” in a statement.
Read the full article at Eurogamer
One of the new features of the NXE update is to install games on your HD to speed up loading times. Here’s an overview of some the SEGA games, together with their install size. Thanks to Xboxworld for the overview.
*Chromehounds - 4.2GB
*Condemned: Criminal Origins - 5.4GB
*Condemned 2: Bloodshot - 6.8GB
*Football Manager 2006 - 3.4GB
*Football Manager 2007 - 3.4GB
*Football Manager 2008 - 3.4GB
*Full Auto - 3.4GB
*Golden Axe: Beast Rider - 6.4GB
*Phantasy Star Universe - 6.8GB
*SEGA Rally - 4.2GB
*SEGA Superstars Tennis - 3.4GB
*Sonic the Hedgehog - 5.6GB
*The Club - 5.2GB
*Universe at War - 6.8GB
*Viking: Battle for Asgard - 5.9GB
*Virtua Fighter 5 - 4.7GB
*Virtua Tennis 3 - 4.1GB
Especially Sonic the Hedgehog and Virtua Fighter 5 seem to benefit from installing to your HD.
*House of the Dead: Overkill gets a date; European gamers can be expect this game to hit the Wii February 2009. Apart from the regular edition, SEGA Europe announced a limited edition including a special slipcase and graphic novel.
*Fushigi no Dungeon: Fuurai no Shiren DS 2 - Sabaku no Majou (quite a mouthful) does well; with 45.000 copies sold it entered the Japanese all-format chart at #4.
*WorthPlaying uploaded some packshots of Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis collection and some screenshots of Altered Beast in action (including the frankly rubbish smoothing filter).
SEGA USA uploaded the first part of a ‘Dev Diary’ of Obsidian’s action RPG Alpha Protocol, including the first gameplay footage.
Alpha protocol is due Q1 2009.
Football Manager 2009 was released and makes its debut at #3 in the all-format software chart (#2 in both the PC and PSP charts). Mario and Sonic at the Olympics drops one spot in the Wii chart to #5.
On budget The Golden Compass still ‘hangs in there’ at #10 in the PS2 chart while SEGA Superstars Tennis drops to #6 in the XBOX 360 chart.
A game by the name of ‘Out Run Online Arcade’ was recently added to the classification board. Apart from SEGA themselves, developer THQ(!) is mentioned in the record. Let the speculation begin!
*Some new Yakuza 3 screenshots were released. Check them out HERE
*New DLC for Samba de Amigo (Wii) includes the songs ‘Walking on Sunshine’, ‘Can’t stop‘ and ’Luv Shack‘. They can be bought for Wii points.
*SEGA Europe added a whole bunch of Sonic Unleashed info on things like the Sun & Moon medals, the collectable videos/records and book and the freshly produced merchandise.
*GameKyo uploaded a gameplay video of one of the rhythm games in Let’s Tap (due December 18 in Japan)
Pier Solar, the homebrew Genesis/Megadrive RPG by the Water Melon development team, won’t make its original deadline. (December 24).
Because one of the team members left, a whole part of the game’s art had to be replaced. Pier Solar will now be a game for 2009.
Pre-orders for the limited edition of Pier Solar were closed, but the regular edition is still available for pre-order.
People are probably still trying to unlock some of the achievements in the first Sonic game on the 360, so thankfully the achievements for Sonic Unleashed are a bit more fair.
There’s a total of 50 achievements based on things like buying items, eating various types of food (?), doing combos, improving your skills and collecting medals.
Check out the full list HERE
*Famitsu Weekly rated another SEGA game for DS: Saka-Tsuku DS: Touch and Direct (SEGA’s football manager game) was rated 8/8/8/8
*SEGA Japan announced a animated series based on Valkyria Chronicles.
It will be produced by A-1 Pictures.
*SEGA/Omiya Soft announced two new maps for Culdcept DS called ‘Junction’ and ‘S’. The maps can be played online with other players via WiFi.
As a further promotion users will also receive more new cards after battle during 1-25 December. Screenshots of the maps can been seen HERE.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympics moves up two places to #4 in the Wii chart.
The Golden Compass drops three places in the PS2 budget chart (#6). SEGA’s ‘PC budget stickies’ Football Manager 2008 and Medieval II: Total War finally dropped out of the top 10 (fair enough).
Two new entries in the Xbox 360 budget chart: Sega Superstars Tennis on #2 (thanks to the recently released Xbox 360 Arcade + SEGA Superstars bundle) and Beijing 2008 (now available on budget, apparently) at #7.
For Japanese gamers (or people with a Japanese Xbox 360) that didn’t pick up a copy of VF5: Live Arena yet: SEGA revealed the plans to re-release the game on the ‘Platinum’ label. VF5 Live Arena - Platinum will be on sale January 15 for ¥2940.
No news on similar deals for the USA or European gamers, but they should be able to find the game around the $20 / €20 mark these days anyway.
In Europe, that is.
Despite last weeks announcement by SEGA Japan that the game would be pushed back to ‘early 2009′, SEGA Europe will release the Xbox 360, PS2 and Wii versions of Sonic Unleashed on November 28th. The PS3 version is due for December.
In a period of only three months this SEGA news blog moved up rapidly on Google’s ‘SEGA news’ results! Considering the amount of commercial sites around coupled with SEGA’s own sites this is quite a feat.
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