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New Shenmue III Trailer Showcases In-Game Arcades and Arena Battles | Video Spotlight

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

A new Shenmue III trailer has dropped at Gamescom 2019 and it showcases a “day in the life” scenario, which highlights some of the things you can experience in Guilin. This includes arcades full of electro-mechanical games, and arena battles against a variety of martial artists from the area. You can check it out via the embed below:

Shenmue III launches on November 19th 2019 for PS4 and PC via the Epic Games Store.

Yakuza Remastered Collection is Headed to PS4, Yakuza 3 Out Today Digitally

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

A leak on the American Playstation Store has revealed the existence of a Yakuza Remastered Collection. This collection is the localised Western versions of the previously Japan-only PS4 versions of Yakuza 3, 4 and 5. The games are being released digitally first with a new localisation and all the content that was previously cut for the Western versions.

Yakuza 3 will release today with Yakuza 4 releasing on October 29th 2019 and Yakuza 5 will arrive on the 11th of February 2020. Once all 3 digital releases are available, a boxed collection of all 3 titles will be available as well. Pre-orders will supposedly arrive at some point today but at time of writing I can’t find any listings.

The boxed version comes with some really cool exclusives if you pre-order the day one edition. Yakuza 3 and 4 come on one disc with Yakuza 5 on a seperate disc. This is because it is also bundled with a PS3 style case for Yakuza 5 which infamously only got a digital release in PAL regions. Also included is a 2 disc digipack case which houses the entire collection.

[Source: Nibel and Sam Mullen on Twitter]

SEGA & Amplitude Studios Reveal New God Game ‘Humankind’

Monday, August 19th, 2019

The “HMKD” teaser that SEGA made live on the 16th of August has been revealed as a new God game from Amplitude Studios. Revealed live on the Open Night Live show at Gamescom, the title is called Humankind and the focus is on changing the course of human evolution. It definitely has an air of Sid Meier’s Civilization series about it. Check out the reveal trailer below:

While no platforms have been currently listed, I think it’s safe to say that PC will be on the cards. Humankind is due to release at some point in 2020.

Adam Hunter’s Daughter Cherry Joins Streets of Rage 4 as a Playable Character, Release Platforms Finally Confirmed

Monday, August 19th, 2019

A new playable character has been revealed for Streets of Rage 4. Cherry Hunter is the daughter of Adam Hunter from the original game and is unique among Streets of Rage characters in that she fights with a weapon as default. Cherry uses her trusty guitar as well as her fists. Check her out in action via the trailer below which also features our first glimpse of Motohiro Kawashima’s contributions to the soundtrack:

We’ve also got official confirmation as to what platforms Streets of Rage 4 will release on. The game is coming to PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch. There is still no release date listed at this time.

Streets of Rage 4 is being developed by Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games and publishing will be handled by Dotemu under license from SEGA.

New Shenmue Easter Egg Discovered: Nozomi Jumps into Action!

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

A fascinating new discovery has been made in the original Shenmue – a certain set of conditions can trigger a fight scene where Nozomi joins Ryo in the action.

According to the fine folk at PhatomRiverStone.com, this scene can be triggered by visiting Sakuragaoka park before 7pm on a sunny or snowy day after Ryo’s brawl at the Heartbeats Bar. However, you must make your visit after the Heartbeats Bar brawl and before Ryo visits the tattoo parlor, which is the next location in Ryo’s quest.

Click the below embed to see what happens in the fight at Sakuragaoka park once the conditions have been successfully met:

For full details on how to trigger this fight scene in Shenmue, head on over to PhantomRiverStone.com’s post on the easter egg as they go into far more detail about the additional requirements that are needed to trigger this event.

[Source: PhantomRiverStone.com]

Sonic Amateur Games Expo Returns September 27th 2019

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

The Sonic Amateur Games Expo returns on September the 27th 2019. This long running Sonic fan game event has often been the key event in the Sonic fan gaming calendar, so if Sonic fan gaming is your thing then be sure to mark September 27th to October 4th in your calendar.

Submissions for the event aren’t currently open, but the announcement trailer does mention that further details will come directly from the official SAGE Twitter account which you can access by clicking here.

Please also bookmark the SEGADriven YouTube Channel as we cover the event extensively every year and try to review as many of the games on show as possible. We’re looking forward to another round of impressive and bizarre experiences so stay tuned for further SAGE coverage from us.

First Look at In-Game Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Action | Video Spotlight

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

SEGA have just uploaded the first in-game trailer for Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD, and as you can expect it’s basically Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz in HD. That’s no bad thing because the original game was certainly a good-looking game, and with that added clarity it now looks even better. Check it out:

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD released on the 29th of October 2019 for Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One. A PC port will arrive later in the Winter. Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz is also famous for being the last Super Monkey Ball game directed by series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi who would later find fame with the Yakuza franchise.

Sonic Adventure Music Experience Comes to the UK on 8th December 2019

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

The Sonic Adventure Music Experience is coming to the UK thanks to the people who brought you the Summer of Sonic convention.

Taking place on the 8th of December 2019 at The Garage in London, the Sonic Adventure Music Experience is a live music show lead by Jun Senoue and the SAME band where they perform new arrangements of music from the Sonic Adventure 1 & 2 soundtracks.

The event is being organised by Svend Joscelyne and Adam Tuff who have previously helmed various Summer of Sonic events. To secure your place at the event, tickets can be ordered via the event’s Kickstarter page which is now live and available to view by clicking here. Various ticket bundles are available for groups up to 4 and the event needs to raise £13,500 to secure all the various costs that come with putting on a live show in central London.

If you’re interested and available on the 8th of December 2019, click here to go to the Kickstarter and secure your ticket to the event.

New Additions to the Merchandise Section | Merchandise

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

A few new additions have been made to the Book Catalogue and Music Index in our Merchandise section. Click below to go straight to the individual pages for each of the additions:

Cathy Dennis – SEGA Power added to Music Index
The Essential Mean Machines SEGA Review Guide added to Book Catalogue
SEGA Power’s Really Groovy Tips Book! added to Book Catalogue
SEGA Mega Drive Secrets Volume 3 added to Book Catalogue

New Books and CDs Added to Merchandise Section | Merchandise

Friday, July 26th, 2019

A whole host of new books and CDs have been added to our Merchandise section. You can go direct to the Book Catalogue or Music Index to browse the various entries, or you can look below for a list of the latest additions:

Maximum Overdrive: Team Sonic Racing Original Soundtrack added to Music Index
Jun Senoue’s The Works III added to Music Index
Lemmings Adventure Gamebook 1: The Genesis Quest added to Book Catalogue
Lemmings Adventure Gamebook 2: The Hypnosis Enigma added to Book Catalogue
SEGA Force Presents Street Fighter II & Streets of Rage II: The Novels added to Book Catalogue
SEGA Pro-Master Volume 3 added to Book Catalogue
Sonic Adventure Navigation Guide added to Book Catalogue

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