In 2007, something inconceivable happened: platform mascots Mario and Sonic joined forces as the champions of their very own crossover game, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games – a collection of sport-centric minigames. It did well enough to spawn an entire franchise; the thing is now a biennial staple to celebrate both the Summer and Winter games.
I love platformers; they’re probably my very favourite sort of games. I grew up playing Mario, Adventure Island and just about every other game that involved jumping in and on things. I, rather naturally, have an old love for Sonic the Hedgehog. It’s been whittled away over the years, following bad Sonic game after bad Sonic game. 2010’s Sonic Colors and even the more recent Generations very nearly made me a believer again, rekindling a bit of the old fire. Sonic: Lost World for the Wii U has undone it all – leaving nothing but pure, festering hate for the blue spiny bastard
It's been twenty years since I first encountered Sonic the Hedgehog, his buddy Tails and the vile villain Dr Robotnik (currently operating under the alias, Dr Eggman). It's hard not to judge SEGA's latest iteration of Sonic via a healthy dose of nostalgia and two decades worth of platform gaming experience. But, nostalgia made me more sympathetic towards the speeding blue hedgehog's latest adventure.
If I had to compile a list of some of the worst games released this year, Aliens: Colonial Marines would be at the top of that list. That game is just a terrible lie and a waste of time, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it killed off future titles based on that franchise. But in space, no one can hear you spin-off.
I was actually really looking forward to Sonic: The Lost World; the Nintendo-exclusive sonic game that seemed to recapture the magic of the bastardly-fast blue hedgehog’s first games, only infused with a little Super Mario Galaxy inspired gameplay. I honestly don’t know what I was thinking. Modern Sonic games, barring a few exceptions, have been pretty piss-poor. Surprise! the new one’s not great either.
Man..with all this nonsense about consoles become closer and closer to being PC’s, it makes me long for a simpler time; when consoles were consoles – and you just stuck a damned cartridge in to a system and it worked. No patching, no installs and no forced online. This rad as hell retro SEGA apparel isn’t helping either.
Ever had some cash, a burning hole in your pocket and your eyes set on something that could make you some premium bucks in the future? Sega certainly did, as they just forked out over $140 million to buy cult game developer Atlus.
For some reason, many are convinced that Nintendo is doomed (it’s not) and that the best course of action for the Japanese company would be to do a SEGA; abandon the hardware business and stick to just making those incredible games. Well, it’s not happening.
Fans of military real-time strategy games have been starved for a good, triple A, not free-to-play game for ages – pretty much since Command and Conquer went down the tubes. That changes soon though, when Company of Heroes 2 from Relic Entertainment and new publisher SEGA releases. Here’s a new trailer showcasing the RTS' three core bits of warfare, giving you a bird’s eye view of infantry, armoured vehicle and aerial assaults.
You may have heard that EA is not exactly supporting Nintendo’s Wii U much – and likely won;t support it in the future. That in itself is bad enough – but now we have one of EA’s software engineers taking the gloves off completely, saying that the Wii U is “crap.”
Finally, there's some good news for Nintendo's Wii U. Unlike all the other studios who are apparently avoiding it, SEGA is planning seven releases for the Wii U.
Marketing a game is pretty easy these days. A mysterious package here, a bribe over there and a few teaser trailers thrown in for good measure and BAM! Job done, time to hit the bar. The thing is, gaming adverts these days are missing a certain something, a particular ingredient that has been lost over the years. I’m talking about downright tripping the light fantastic madness. Here’s ten adverts from yesteryear that downed a bottle of absinthe and then had some crystal meth for breakfast.
As we told you yesterday, SEGA and Gearbox are set to find themselves in court over a class-action suit that claims they misrepresented the game, and ended up delivering a product that was substantially worse than the one advertised. This isn’t a bold claim; it’s plain and simple fact. Still, the defendants claim the suit is “frivolous.”
Are you still angry about Aliens Colonial Marines not living up to expectations or agreed gameplay footage? Well good news then, because I can help YOU get back at Gearbox and Sega for that travesty. It’s time to get your legal pants on, because we’ve got a lawsuit to file!