SEGA has revealed Sonic Boom, a reboot of its classic Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, spawning new Nintendo Wii U and 3DS games, an animated TV series, and a new toy line, though the designs are already causing controversy. Set to screen on Cartoon Network as well as France's CANAL J and GULLI in the 2014/15 season, and arrive on Nintendo's home and portable consoles as an exclusive "prequel", Sonic Boom sees a new style of character design that has some fans of the original disappointed.
After months of development and a rather successful crowd-funded venture last year, the folks behind the game Redux: Dark Matters are ready to bring their game to the public. This game is, believe it or not, set to be released for the Sega Dreamcast, a gaming console that was last sold in the year 2001. While the console itself is largely hailed as one of the biggest flops in video game history, Hucast Games has found a pocket of gamers that still want to use their precious machine for new games - hence the one we're seeing here in 2014!
Back in October 2013, the first grumblings that a new game in the classic horror/sci-fi Alien franchise was in the works surfaced. The game had a working title at the time called Alien: Isolation. That working title has been confirmed this week by Sega and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer products to be the official title for the game.
There's a video game being developed right this minute by Sega with a main character that, if you've never seen the Director's Cut of "Aliens", you might never have known existed. This character is the daughter of Ellen Ripley, a character that died (or so this one tiny scene suggests) while Ripley was floating home from her original Alien mission - not all that far from Prometheus. Here in a new game with a working title of Alien: Isolation, we're to take to a sparse universe not unlike that original film, doing so behind the eyes of the younger warrior.
Sega, which was hit with a lawsuit in May over false advertisement for the game Aliens: Colonial Marines, has confirmed that it has laid off some of its employees in the United States, though specifics -- namely, the number of employees who were let go -- hasn't been specified. Such a move comes a handful of months after the company experienced hefty losses.
For the nostalgic SEGA fans amongst us, Tommo has announced a slew of SEGA-themed accessories styled after popular consoles of days-gone-by, including the Dreamcast, Saturn, and Game Gear. Among the offerings will be headphones, mobile device covers, battery chargers, and more, all of them created to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the SEGA Genesis.
So you're in the mood for playing games from 9 different consoles from the past couple of decades, but you want to do it all on one device - you're in luck. There's a device with just that set of features aimed at appearing on the 10th of December, and it goes by the name Hyperkin RetroN 5. This machine will be released in both the USA and in Europe at the same time, so they say, and it'll be appearing at less than a hundred bucks - with several key improvements since its last appearance at E3 2013.
Nintendo is aiming to democratize E3 2013 next week, partnering with Best Buy in the US and Canada to give access to unreleased games to those who can't attend the annual gaming event. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime revealed the plans at the tail-end of a Nintendo Direct presentation; "this year," Fils-Aime said of E3, "it's all about the games." That will include an exclusive title with SEGA from the Sonic series.
Aliens: Colonial Marines popped up in the news a few times last year, perhaps most notably last summer when word had it the game wouldn't have any female characters, a rumor that was squashed a couple months later. Now that the game has finally released, gamers have discovered a different area that has proved disappointing: the differences between the game demos and the game itself, which is different enough to be false advertisement, according to a recently filed lawsuit.
Namco Bandai has confirmed that Project X Zone, its strategy RPG-game featuring over 50 characters from Namco Bandai, SEGA, and Capcom's games, will be making its way to North American and PAL regions over the summer. The official release date for North America is set for June 25th, 2013 for the Nintendo 3DS. European countries, however, are looking at a vague "Summer 2013" release date.
There are a number of military-themed shooters on the market today with some of the big ones being the Battlefield franchise and Call of Duty. A lot of gamers are also big fans of the Company of Heroes franchise and Sega has offered up some new news for the second game in the franchise. Sega will be running an exclusive early access beta phase that will launch on April 2 for Company of Heroes 2.