The final title for Project Sonic 2017 has finally been revealed at SXSW. The game will be called Sonic Forces and will follow a similar gameplay style to Sonic Unleashed, Sonic Colours and Sonic Generations. The first footage of the game in action is currently only available via off-screen recordings from SXSW but you can view it in the following SEGA News Bits video:
The gameplay shows a ruined city that is interspersed with scenery that appears to have been taken from Green Hill Zone. This has lead many to speculate that the game will follow a plot that sees Modern Sonic and Classic Sonic’s worlds colliding and creating stages that look like they’ve fused together.
Sonic Forces will launch on Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC in Winter 2017.
The extremely rare 1993 Sonic-themed shooting game SEGASonic Cosmo Fighter Galaxy Patrol has finally been dumped and is now available to play within the MAME emulator. The ROM file itself has not been released so it still might be some time before the public can play it, but if the anonymous contributor does release the ROM file then it’ll be instantly available to play in the latest version of MAME.
The game is a hybrid children’s ride/shoot-em-up cabinet that tilts when you activate the “SPEED UP” ability. Take a look at some gameplay on the actual cabinet below:
Yakuza 0 is launching in the West early next year (Early 2017 for Europe but a firm January 24th 2017 date for the US) and those lucky Americans get a launch-day “Business Edition” of the game which includes a stainless steel business card holder that includes 3 cards based on characters and places in the actual game. As long as you pre-order the game in North America you will receive a Business Edition which means this edition basically takes the place of what is normally labelled a “day one” edition aka the first print run of the game.
You can also check out a new trailer for the game by clicking below. You can also watch the slightly different European version of the trailer (different release date, no mention of the Business Edition) by clicking here.
Watermelon Games have surprise-announced a new Mega Drive title called Papi Commando. Developed by Studio Vetea, the top-down shooter is reminiscent of games like Mercs and Ikari Warriors and is available to purchase right now by clicking this link.
At the time of writing, the limited edition boxed version has sold out, but the raw version which contains the cartridge, instruction manual and a paper insert for a clamshell case is still available to buy for only $29 before post and packaging. Another run of the game in a box is available for pre-order but it won’t ship until the 1st of January 2017.
SEGA Europe are collaborating with Deep Silver to finally bring 7th Dragon III Code: VFD to Europe. The previously Japan exclusive RPG has featured legendary SEGA talent at its helm with Rieko Kodama (Alex Kidd, Phantasy Star) producing and Yuzo Koshiro (Sonic 8 bit, Streets of Rage) composing the soundtracks. This will be the first time the franchise as made its way to Europe. Check out the E3 trailer for the 3DS game below as well as confirmation of its release date:
Those lucky North Americans are getting a limited Collector’s Edition of Sonic Mania which includes a massive box with new classic-style artwork, a 12″ statue, a metallic card with the download key on it and a replica Mega Drive cartridge that’s been cast with a gold ring on it.
If you’re lucky enough to live in North America or want to pay a big postage and packing fee, you can order the Collector’s Edition from the official Sonic Mania hub by clicking here.
BE WARNED: the Collector’s Edition plus shipping to the UK as well as import fees will set you back a whopping $107.35 which currently works out at £81.32 and that’s only if you don’t get a customs charge on top. Also, Xbox One and PS4 download keys are region exclusive so you’ll have to go for a PC version to make sure you can actually play the game.
The latest title in the Valkyria Chronicles franchise Valkyria: Azure Revolution finally has a release date. The title will launch on 19/1/2017 in Japan and that’s not all; a PS Vita version has been revealed alongside its PS4 brethren.
Day one editions will contain a download code for an additional scenario called Judgment Chapter: Vanargand Formation and TGS attendees can also get a download code for the Battle Demo Ver. 2.0 which will also be playable at the event.
Both versions will launch on the same day. You can check out the release date reveal in the teaser trailer below:
We were very lucky to be invited onto The Dreamcast Junkyard’s podcast, DreamPod. In this latest episode we join Tom, Aaron, Mike and Ross to discuss our favourite and most hated racing games for the Dreamcast. You can stream the episode below via YouTube below or you can click here to get links to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and many more.
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