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Virtua Tennis

This is our last chance to buy Virtua Tennis 4 digitally


Sega's delisting the Steam version on April 23
Apr 15
// Jordan Devore
Sega plans to pull Virtua Tennis 4 from Steam on April 23, 2015. After that point, the title (which is still tacked on to Games for Windows Live, darn it all) "will be unavailable to purchase digitally." Good news is tha...
Genesis on 3DS photo
Genesis on 3DS

A new batch of Sega Genesis games is getting the 3DS treatment


Streets of Rage 2, Gunstar Heroes, and Sonic The Hedgehog 2
Apr 14
// Brett Makedonski
Nintendo 3DS owners have a fairly solid stable of new videogames to choose from. Sega's going the other direction and offering experiences that are remembered by most of the bygone days of Genesis gaming. In fact, the movemen...
Alien glitch photo
Alien glitch

Maybe Ripley's arms are made of fire?


Amanda? More like Ash
Apr 13
// Brett Makedonski
In what was probably an alternate ending to Alien: Isolation, Amanda Ripley looked down and noticed that her arms were fire. How she went through decades of life without realizing that her limbs were constant chemical combus...
Project X Zone 2 photo
A follow-up to Sega, Capcom, and Namco's mashup
Back in 2013, Capcom, Bandai Namco, and Sega teamed up to give us a healthy serving of fanservice in the form of Project X Zone for the 3DS. Our own Kyle MacGregor called it a "love letter from Japan," and I think that'...

Dead or Alive photo
Dead or Alive

Shenmue enters Dead or Alive 5 thanks to mods


Now do the forklift
Apr 07
// Jordan Devore
Forget the Dead or Alive 5 Last Round nude mods. This is where it's at. A modder named Esppiral used their retexturing skills to turn DoA's Jacky Bryant into Shenmue star Ryo Hazuki, and Akira Yuki into Longsun Zhao. Even the...
Gross Sonic statue photo
Gross Sonic statue

Make an unholy shrine to Sonic out of bones


Preferably chicken bones, but whatever works
Apr 06
// Jordan Devore
In this episode of Craft Lab, hosts Anna Akana and Greg Aronowitz craft a Sonic the Hedgehog statue partially out of chicken bones. It's cut down the middle to show his insides. Eww. If I went into someone's home and saw one of these on display, I wouldn't expect to leave alive. Would've been less creepy if they had kept Sonic's legs nice and lanky.
SEGA Steam sale photo
SEGA Steam sale

Steam SEGA Super Bundle gives you $370 worth of games for $80


There are also a bunch of separate bundles if only certain things interest you
Mar 27
// Steven Hansen
Sega is sailing onto Steam with sales this sweekend. On this page you'll find a general list of things on sale. It is deceptive because a $2.50 Jet Set Radio or a $6.80 Valkyria Chronicles share as much screen space as the "S...
Dreamcast 3DS theme photo
Dreamcast 3DS theme

This Sega Dreamcast theme for 3DS is legit


Hold your breath. Make a wish. Count to three
Mar 18
// Jordan Devore
The first time I booted up my Dreamcast with The House of the Dead 2, I believe it was, I thought the machine was broken. I'd ordered it along with a bundle of used games and controllers on eBay, so that was a real possibili...
Japanese sales charts photo
Japanese sales charts

Yakuza 0 tops Japanese charts, spurs PS4 sales


Western release still in question
Mar 18
// Kyle MacGregor
Sega's open-world beat-'em-up Yakuza 0 was the top-selling game in Japan last week, debuting with a combined 236,329 physical sales across both PS3 and PS4, according to Media Create. While the lion's share of purchases came ...
Valkyria Chronicles deal photo
Valkyria Chronicles deal

PSA: Valkyria Chronicles (PC) for $6.80, which is real cheap


One of my favorite turn-based strategy RPGs
Mar 12
// Steven Hansen
Hey. Because I'm an idiot, I missed out on picking up Valkyria Chronicles for $8 two weeks ago. Because I am handsome, cool, talented and have nice eyes, Valkyria Chronicles is now on sale on the videogame website GamersGate ...

Sega brings back OutRun with style for the 3D Classics Series

Mar 11 // Alessandro Fillari
For those not quite familiar, OutRun is an arcade-style racing game that tasks players with racing their shiny Ferrari Testarossa across a stretch of land. At several points, you'll be able to choose which path you'd like to take, which will take you to a brand new setting that you'd likely not see in previous playthroughs. This nonlinear gameplay was rather unconventional for a racing title, which made it quite popular with arcade goers who wished for repeat plays. Over the years, it's developed quite a legacy for Sega, and it has even inspired musicians like Kavinsky for its portrayal of style in high-speed. It was a rather seminal title for Sega, earning a lot praise and finding much success in the arcades. Developed by Yu Suzuki, the creator of Shenmue, Virtua Fighter, and After Burner, it focused on fast gameplay while giving players a soothing and equally pulsing soundtrack to listen to. It even got several followups over the years. But with this remaster of OutRun, the folks at Sega had to put in extra work to retain the the original's style and feel without watering down the experience. "OutRun and After Burner II are two games that were the most important games in Sega’s history through the 1980s. However, due to a number of reasons, there was a time when there were no opportunities to port these two titles to other platforms," said producer Yosuke Okunari. "The most important thing for these kinds of games, and this is apparent from a video of the game you may have seen, is not to take these important games and try to remake them completely from scratch, but rather to recreate the playstyle as faithful to the original as you possibly can. And because the game preserves the feeling of the era it was made in, that history and the memories of those times can be communicated to everyone." During my playthrough, I immediately noticed how much smoother it felt. I played a bit of game when I younger in the arcades, so seeing this in action on a handheld was kind of a trip. And with the 3D enabled, the game doesn't lose performance one bit. It was impressive to see that a super fast racing game like OutRun would be able to make the transition so well. Honestly, it felt a bit hypnotic going over 200 km an hour. Once you're in the zone, you're kinda in a trance. Okunari-san explained that with the success of the previous titles on 3D Classics, they were able to tackle the necessary hurdles porting OutRun would take. "The 3DS is a notable piece of hardware, but it’s not a console that’s particularly well suited for creating faithful ports," he explained. "And so we were not able to include these two titles when we first began the development for the Sega 3D Classics. Only through the success of the first batch were we able to obtain the technical know-how and development budget to work on these two titles. It’s because of all the fans’ support." Often times, the 3DS tends to have some trouble with handling ports of classic or even recent titles. Which made porting the game, despite its age, somewhat of a challenge. One of the techniques that titles like After Burner and Space Harrier use is a way of presenting 2D sprites as pseudo-3D visuals, which is done with unique sprite-scaling designs. But in order to keep it consistent with other titles, the developers had to double the performance on OutRun, upgrading it from thirty frames per second to sixty. "Tying to get squeeze out more performance that the original title supported was a very difficult undertaking," said the producer. "Simply straight porting the game as is would prove to be a challenge in and of itself, but we had to optimize and improve the programming so it would run twice the speed as the original. Also, we added two new songs to the game, and made a point that they had to blend naturally and feel completely natural in the game, which was also a great challenge. Essentially using the same sound sources as the original, while ensuring that they would sound different and unique compared to the original three songs. New songs in the style and feel of the era when the game was originally released, back in the '80s." It's certainly eye-opening to see the amount of work that goes into remasters for classic titles. I supposed with the technology we have now, it's easy to think of products and software from the past as easy to make, or even easy to transition onto current hardware. Given the limitations they had and parameters they had to work within, I'm very impressed with what I played. I spent a good amount of time with OutRun on the 3DS, and it played like a dream. I highly recommend giving it a shot, especially if you're a first-timer. The sense of speed is just as sharp as it was back in the arcade days and experiencing it within the palms of your hands is real rush.
Sega 3D Classics photo
Race with flair on March 12
One of the great things about Sega's ongoing 3DS Classics series is that it allows retro games from the publisher's past to find a new audience. And given its rich and diverse history of quirky and fan-favorite titles, there'...

Sega x Game Freak photo
Sega x Game Freak

Sega and Game Freak join forces for Tembo the Badass Elephant


PC, PS4, and Xbox One this summer
Mar 11
// Jordan Devore
Game Freak (Pokémon, Drill Dozer) and Sega (Sonic Runners, Sonic Boom) are collaborating on Tembo the Badass Elephant, a side-scrolling action game about a commando elephant who will seemingly level entire cities on h...
GDC photo
GDC

Creative Assembly reveals inital pitch video for Alien: Isolation


See the never before shown video that started development
Mar 04
// Alessandro Fillari
Alien: Isolation was one of my biggest surprises of last year. As huge fan of the film series, I always wanted to play a title that emulated the original movie's tone and style. Though the action of the James Cameron-he...
GDC photo
GDC

Never seen Alien: Isolation third-person footage shown at GDC


Gameplay showing abandoned alternate camera set-up shown during panel
Mar 04
// Alessandro Fillari
One of the great joys of attending GDC is going to panels conducted by developers talking about your favorite games. Not only will you learn new and exciting details about the development, but you might even see somethi...
Sonic the Hedgehog photo
Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic Team lead plans to continue making Sonic for consoles


Boom, there it is
Mar 01
// Jed Whitaker
Recently, there have been rumors going around that Sega would be leaving the console market and only releasing games for mobile devices. Takashi Iizuka, the Sonic Team lead, put that rumor to rest in an interview with 4g...
Deals photo
Deals

$8 Valkyria Chronicles returns, big Sega sale including Shining Force II, Golden Axe


Segahhhh
Feb 27
// Dealzon
Based on recent reports, Sega is now focusing on digital titles. So it's not much of a surprise that Green Man Gaming has launched a huge Sega sale with discounts on recent titles such as Valkyria Chronicles and Alien: Isolat...
Sega/Capcom crossover photo
Sega/Capcom crossover

Sega-Capcom crossover comic 'Worlds Unite' features characters we haven't seen in years


Got the world in my wingspan
Feb 26
// Jason Faulkner
Originally billed as another crossover of the Sonic and Mega Man universes in the vein of their Worlds Collide storyline, Archie Comics' upcoming Worlds Unite crossover is shaping up to be so much more. Not only will Sonic an...
Valkyria Duel photo
Valkyria Duel

Sega shuts down Valkyria Chronicles mobile game


Social card game Valkyria Duel hits the end of the line
Feb 26
// Kyle MacGregor
Sega and NHN are terminating service for their card-based social game Valkyria Chronicles Duel. The lights began going out today, as the companies have already discontinued sales of the browser and mobile game's virtual curre...
Sonic X-Treme photo
Sonic X-Treme

Fans cobble together playable demo for abandoned Sonic X-Treme


Canceled for being too extreme
Feb 26
// Steven Hansen
The titled epitome of '90s raditude done in by hubris, Sonic X-Treme, was meant to be the first full 3D Sonic -- a Mario 64 colleague -- and the first of SEGA's star series for its Saturn system. Like so many subsequent 3D S...
Archie photo
Archie

Archie's Mega Man and Sonic 'Worlds Unite' crossover will be bigger than we thought


More characters
Feb 24
// Chris Carter
[Update: we now have the full image available in the gallery below.] This year, Sega and Capcom will join forces yet again in a Mega Man meets Sonic Archie comic crossover. This time is billed as 'Worlds Unite,' which wi...
All you need is Rez photo
All you need is Rez

Note to self: Replay Rez at least once a year


'The journey will begin anew'
Feb 23
// Jordan Devore
On the rare occasion I use my Xbox 360, I'm amazed the thing still works. It's laughably slow to boot up, full of games as it is, and having gone through several broken systems last generation, there's a lingering fear that t...
Hatsune Miku: PM2 photo
Hatsune Miku: PM2

Beard View: Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2


I know too much about Hatsune Miku and I don't even know that much
Feb 20
// Jed Whitaker
Oh hello Destructoid! Its your old beard buddy Jed here, and I guess I'm officially part of the Dtoid team now. Are you proud yet dad!? This time on Beard View we're taking a look at Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2, the Vocalo...
Sonic Runners photo
Sonic Runners

Finally, a Sonic Runners trailer with all gameplay


It looks good if the microtransactions don't ruin it
Feb 19
// Chris Carter
"It looks good if the microtransactions don't ruin it." Why do I get my hopes up for Sonic games? Am I part of the dreaded "Sonic Cycle?" Sometimes. Every so often DIMPS or Sonic Team will crank out a good game like Gen...
Remember Vectorman? photo
Remember Vectorman?

True fact: Shooting the Sega logo in Vectorman is life's greatest pleasure


Also, what was up with level two?
Feb 11
// Jordan Devore
It's been almost two decades since I first played Vectorman, BlueSky Software's treasured run-and-gun game for the Sega Genesis, and I still can't get over how absurd its second level is. That's what I had intended to write...
Alien: Isolation photo
Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation's latest add-on serves up a gruff face to the Xenomorph


Axel's back
Feb 10
// Brett Makedonski
Just like Alien: Isolation's last piece of content, the newest add-on again asks you to decide what's more important: a shot at leaderboard fame or safety? The two are mutually exclusive, and there's a pissed off Xenomorph t...
Sonic Runners photo
Spring 2015
Sonic Runners debuted its first trailer, and it sure looks like a runner, guys! The game is set to arrive in spring 2015 in Japan, but it will likely get a localization because mobile games make tons of money. How ...

New Monster Boy photo
New Monster Boy

Wonder Boy creator working on new Wonder Boy-esque game


Wonderful
Jan 30
// Jordan Devore
While covering the action-adventure platformer Flying Hamster II last year, I said that fans of the Wonder Boy / Monster World series would want to take a look, and that's even more true today. The Kickstarter may have failed...
Sega photo
Sega

Sega of America downsizing, relocating, and narrowing product lines


Cancellations are still up in the air
Jan 30
// Brett Makedonski
Sega of America, like all companies, has its eyes set on becoming as efficient as possible. Today, the publisher revealed plans to take drastic steps toward that goal by streamlining through downsizing and relocation. In a no...
Dengeki Bunko fighter photo
Dengeki Bunko fighter

Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax coming to PS3, Vita


Sega and ASCII Media Works' fighter heads west this summer
Jan 29
// Kyle MacGregor
Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax is coming west this summer, Sega just announced. The crossover project celebrates the 20th anniversary of Dengeki Bunko, pitting characters from Sword Art Online, Spice & Wolf,&nb...
Sonic Boom photo
Sonic Boom

Sonic Boom Wii U gets a massive 1GB mystery patch


Fans figured out what's in it
Jan 19
// Chris Carter
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric was a messy game, and it's taken far too long to patch it. After weeks of waiting though European fans have finally gotten a fix of sorts (it's not out yet in the US), but the problem is Sega hasn't ...

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