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Archive for July, 2010

Video Spotlight: Sonic Unleashed was made for Dragonforce

Friday, July 30th, 2010



Fan Scene: They Hunger Ported to Dreamcast

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Like all great games, it doesn’t take long until someone makes a zombie mod for it. Half-Life was no exception. The mod in question is titled ‘They Hunger’ and was released exclusively through PC Gamer in 3 episodes.

All 3 episodes have been collected and ported to the Dreamcast thanks to the lovely people at Dreammatrix and hosted at to download for free. Click here to be taken directly to the page.

Here’s a little insight into what you can expect:

Obviously, this is being played on a PC but you’ll be delighted to here that the Dreamcast version plays incredibly well despite some occasional loading and some slowdown during sections with a high density of enemies.

So what are you waiting for? Get yourself a copy of Discjuggler and a disc to burn the game on! Long live the undead console!*

*Thanks Dreamcast Junkyard!

More Info On Spencer Nilsen

Monday, July 19th, 2010

I’ve added some additional information on Spencer Nilsen in the Musicians section.

Spencer’s website conveniently forgets he composed the soundtrack for Ecco: The Tides of Time. I haven’t heard it myself but if Spencer can’t remember he created it doesn’t fill me with much hope that it is any good! It’s also available on the CD ‘Ecco: Songs of Time’ which I provided a track list for.

The Sonic CD soundtrack is also available on CD as Sonic the Hedgehog Boom along with some arranged versions of tracks from Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball. Details on this have been added as well.

More Musician Details Added

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Just in case you’ve never noticed it, Roareye Black opened a ‘Musicians’ section on the site with the goal to provide detailed information for all musicians that have worked with SEGA.

However, he didn’t announce it and it’s been sitting there for a while with 2 sections open; 1 for Crush 40 and another for Hideki Naganuma.

I’ve just added another 2 musicians to the section. There is now detailed information regarding Spencer Nilsen (famous for the North American Sonic CD soundtrack) and The Offspring (famous for Crazy Taxi 1 and 2).

Let’s rock!

Fan Scene: Sonic 2 XL

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

If you don’t know, there is a large community of people who hack and alter the original Mega Drive Sonic games. There have been a wide variety of hacks over the years that do simple things like change the colour palette, add new graphics and levels or change the gameplay.

Sonic 2 XL is a hack that changes all the rings into onion rings. Upon eating multiples of 5 onion rings, Sonic will put on weight and become more difficult to maneouver. The concept is ridiculously simple but absolutely hilarious in action.

It also adds an incredible amount of depth to the game and makes it a lot more difficult to play. You will constantly find yourself stuck near more onion rings, running back and forth to burn the weight off before you can continue. Eating too much will cause Sonic to become morbidly obese and immobile, eventually resulting in his death.

To play Sonic 2 XL you will need a Mega Drive emulator and a copy of the ROM which can be downloaded from Sonic Retro. What are you waiting for? Hop to it! I mean… waddle to it!

[Source: The Sonic Stadium]

Review: Yakuza 3

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

I still can’t believe Yakuza 3 actually got a Western release and Yakuza 4 is already pencilled in as well. The much loved but criminally ignored series about Japanese, gang-related violence is a SEGA fan’s wet-dream. You should check out our review to find out exactly why you need to own this. You can go straight to it from this link.

Fan Scene: Dreadknux and T-Bird’s Entries to the Sonic 4 Contest

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Haven’t you heard? There’s an awesome Sonic contest happening where fans can win the chance to visit Sonic Team’s Japan HQ courtesy of SEGA! All you have to do is show in video form, what Sonic means to you and how he’s affected your life this far.

2 fantastic examples of how to do this correctly have been done by 2 very good friends of mine; Dreadknux and T-Bird of The Sonic Stadium. They are both very touching, entertaining and humble showcases of how Sonic has made their lives more fulfilling.

Dreadknux’s entry sees him take a wistful look back into the past with his favourite plushie:

T-Bird steps things up a notch by detailing his love for the character all whilst painting a rather lovely picture of the blue blur (with Jun Senoue’s signature guitar) in public!

The contest is now closed but on the 14th of July, the top 10 entries will be revealed and you can vote for your favourite! Go to for the full details.

Nights into Dreams Fansite Interviews Yuji Naka

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Now this is cool! We often see interviews with Yuji Naka with respected gaming press, but a Nights fansite? Mr Naka just went from ‘awesome’ to ‘legend’ in our book.

Here’s some choice cuts from the interview:

Nidcom: Is there meaning behind the lower case ‘i’ in the name NiGHTS? Some fans speculate that it may stand for ‘imagination’ or ‘Id’ from Freudian research.
Yuji Naka: The “i” in the logo, was imagined from the gem on NiGHTS’ chest. At first, the logo design was created to distinguish the word NiGHTS from Nights. NiGHTS was then used throughout the game.

Nidcom: Is it true that in the 1990′s a PC version of NiGHTS into Dreams was planned? There was a rumour that it existed at one point and one of the new levels was called ‘Sparkle Attic’? Can you tell us more about this, perhaps?
Yuji Naka: I thought production was completed. Wasn’t the PC version put on the market? I actually participated in the release of the PC version of NiGHTS in Akihabara. So I thought it was on the market. But this is for sure, there is no new level.

Nidcom: There had been talk of a NiGHTS sequel for many years after the Saturn game. The sequel, Journey of Dreams was made however you were no longer part of Sonic Team by that point. If it were somehow possible would you ever consider making another NiGHTS game, if you were asked to?
Yuji Naka: I have been asked hundreds of times to make the sequel of NiGHTS, but have no desire to create one.
As I feel the same way that my beloved Mr. Steven Spielberg would never make a sequel to ET because it was his first work and such a fantastic film. I feel the same way about NiGHTS.
Oh, the first person to play NiGHTS, other than the SEGA team, was Mr. Spielberg. During the development of the NiGHTS game, he visited SEGA and we asked him to play with an experimental version of the new controller. Since then we called it the Spielberg controller.

Read the full thing at now!

Video Spotlight: Black Leopard – New Yakuza Chapter Trailer

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Here’s the new trailer of Black Leopard: New Yakuza Chapter straight from the SEGA of Japan YouTube Channel. You can expect to see a whole load of cutscene artwork, fight gameplay and other bits and bobs.

[Source: SEGAShiro]

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