Speedy blue hedgehog teams with a little green robot.
Sonic the Hedgehog is potentially gaining access to a whole new audience and generation of gamers who never got to experience the fast and fun ride on the Genesis. How so? Sega today pointed its iconic game character in the direction of Google Play and told him to keep running until he got there, which he did today. Available now on Google Play, the game costs $2.99 and gives fans a new look at Sonic's world on Android.
It appears that yet another gaming company has come under online attack resulting in the theft of user data. This time it’s Sega and its Sega Pass system. No one has claimed responsibility for this attack yet, but most observers are pointing the finger at LulzSec.
Those of you with heaping doses of nostalgia for the Total War series' humble beginnings will be happy to hear that it's finally time to dust off your big, impractically ornate helmets and ride back out to battle. Napoleon? Who's that? Isolationism and civil war are where it's at.
In fact, Shogun 2: Total War aims to be a trip down memory lane in more than name alone. The nitpicky complexity of recent series entries has been scaled back, so as to keep the focus on quick-witted strategy and tactics. Gone are the bloated unit lists of Empire, and in their places are about 40 basic units that each perform unique functions.
Also of note: the game's AI is apparently cribbing notes from the one and only Sun Tzu. So if you've ever wanted to test your militaristic mettle against the man who wrote “The Art of War,” this is probably the closest you're ever gonna get.
And lest all this talk of “strategy” and “tactics” turn your red manly man blood down from a furious boil to a lukewarm simmer, keep in mind that we're not talking about glorified virtual chess here. Up to 56,000 units can duke it out at once in Shogun 2 – resulting in the biggest, messiest melees this side of Peter Jackson's take on “The Lord of The Rings.” Minus the tree people, of course.
So far, no release date's been given. Creative Assembly's not leaving you completely empty-handed, however. Click through the link for a quick teaser trailer, which is hopefully meant to serve as a lead-up to next week's rumored E3 showing.
Feeling morally torn over the questionable legality of all those Sega ROMs you've been playing with? Starting June 1st, you'll be able to purchase the first batch of Genesis games coming to Steam and sleep much more soundly at night. At launch, these will include:
Ecco the Dolphin
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
Sonic 3D Blast
Space Harrier II
Pricing will start at $2.99 and go up from there, though Steam didn't say exactly how high it would go. Still, that's not bad considering you'll pay $8 each on the Wii. Other popular Genesis games are rumored to be coming to Steam, however nothing has yet been confirmed.
Many of you may be of the opinion that the only good DRM is no DRM, but Sega’s take on the tech world’s most reviled acronym is definitely a step in the right direction.
Here’s how it works: super-spy RPG Alpha Protocol will require an online connection precisely one time for an initial activation – after which, you can play the game on a boat, in a moat, in a box, with a fox, or in other less Suess-inspired locales. Better still, for those stranded on desert islands or other areas that have somehow avoided the Internet’s dominion, there’s an official workaround. The only drawback? Installs are limited. However, deactivating installs will be as painless as possible.
Here’s the kicker, though: Sega’s guaranteed that it’ll release a patch that removes the DRM entirely within 18-24 months. In other words, if Sega’s servers ever kick the bucket, Alpha Protocol will still be alive and kicking. Other game publishers have implied that they’ll employ a similar strategy, sure, but Sega’s the first to look us in the eyes and actually promise it.
It’s not ideal, obviously, but we can live with it. Now, we promised ourselves we wouldn’t beat a dead horse by rambling on about a certain other type of DRM that’s been flooding the news streams lately, so we’re going to be as subtle as possible about it. UBISOFT SHOULD DO THIS. Now then, honest opinion: is that too subtle? Should we maybe add some neon lights?
Rather than mourn the passing of your Super Nintendo or Sega Genesis (from relevance, mind you -- we're well aware some of you still have a functioning SNES or Sega console stuffed in your basement), dreamGEAR's giving you a chance to relive old times with a throwback-style controller designed for the Wii.
The new controller looks almost identical to the old SNES pad, but unlike the original, however, this one comes with six buttons on the front, giving it a bit of Sega Genesis DNA. The ultimate love child, perhaps?
Not quite, but it does complement the assortment of old school titles available from Wii's Virtual Console section, and because it comes with six buttons, you're a Street Fighter download away from dredging up days of killer combos (and remembering how much more fun it was to play at the arcade).
Best Buy's Outlet Center has the dreamGEAR pad in stock for $15.
Our spies may have failed to infiltrate Sega’s innermost info-santcum – or even make it through Sega’s PR minefield, for that matter – but it doesn’t matter anymore. The word’s out: Alpha Protocol’s delay is official.
Sega’s website now lists the game as launching in “Spring 2010.” Originally, it was supposed to be out around – oh – today.
As you can imagine, we’re pretty bummed. From what we saw, Alpha Protocol was set to sneak behind the holiday season’s jam-packed frontline and surprise everyone. Now though, the wait continues. Also, our small army of Bothan spies is in various states of exploded-ness. That’s kind of disappointing too, we guess.
We were pretty thrilled by what we saw of Obsidian’s spy RPG Alpha Protocol at E3, so obviously, we’re not-so-thrilled to hear that the game might be facing a rather large delay. Originally scheduled to launch this month, Alpha Protocol’s now listed as infiltrating consoles and PCs in June 2010, according to both GameStop and Amazon.ca.
We contacted Obsidian in an effort to confirm the slippage, only to be pointed in Sega’s direction without a solid “yes” or “no.” Sega has yet to respond to our – or anyone else’s – queries as of this time.
Our guess? It’s been delayed. Not necessarily all the way into June, but Sega’s silence reeks of an upcoming announcement. And as much as we hate to see it happen, we actually think the delay will be good for Alpha Protocol. Sega’s under-the-radar promotion of the game is befitting of the game’s stealthy spy theme, but sadly, that’s not how you sell a videogame. Maybe by the time 2010 rolls around, Sega will have drummed up some more hype around the game.
Despite what your middle school history classes may have led you to believe, the past is pretty interesting. After all, the past invented wars, backstabbing, and catapults. How can you say “no” to that? For those who’d still rather drain their brains with videogames than learn about history, though, Creative Assembly’s got you covered. See, with the newly announced Napoleon: Total War, you can do both.
The game’s the first in a new line of “story-based” Total War games. This one, obviously, is set to dig up dirt on the titular diminutive dictator, telling the story of his rise, fall, and everything in between.
Spanning three campaigns, the game will allow you to control Napoleon or his enemies all the way up to good ol’ Waterloo.
So basically, more of the Total Warfare you love, with a smidge of story on the side. We don’t know about you, but we could find worse ways to, er – knowing this series – probably spend hundreds of hours.