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Yakuza: Like a Dragon Launches on PS5 Alongside Free PS4-to-PS5 Upgrade

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

The PS5 version of Yakuza: Like a Dragon lands today! This version of the title offers 4K resolution support as well as a locked 60fps framerate. Loads times should also be dramatically reduced across the board.

PS4 owners can now also upgrade to the PS5 version free of charge. Simply navigate to the game’s page on the PS5 dashboard and select “Upgrade” on the right-hand side of the screen. Unfortunately, saves cannot be transferred from PS4 to PS5, so a new game will have to be started from scratch.

Check out the PS5 launch trailer below and its fantastic choice of music:

New 4 Disc Hiro Compilation CD Boxset to Release as Part of SEGA 60th Celebrations | Merchandise

Friday, February 26th, 2021

A new SEGA 60th soundtrack release is on the way courtesy of SEGA music maestro Hiroshi Kawaguchi. This new ‘Go SEGA 60th Anniversary Album’ will feature 4 discs of classic SEGA music and 108 songs, all chosen by Hiro himself.

The CD boxset will be available from the 24th of March 2021 in Japan only. It will retail for 6,460 yen which currently converts to around £43.45 in British sterling.

The full tracklist is featured below:

Disc 1
01. Amazing SEGA ~ New Corporate Identity ~ (Top Ver.)
02. SEGA Sound Logo (SEGA Call)
03. Company Song (Young Power / 135)
04. Head on (play sound) | AC
05. Monaco GP (play sound) | AC
06. Tranquilizer Gun (play sound) | AC
07. Pengo (Main BGM / Popcorn) | AC
08. Super Locomotive (Main BGM / Rydeen) | AC
09. Congo Bongo (Title-Odd side-Odd side clear-Even side-Even side clear) | SG
10. Flicky (Theme-Clear) | AC
11. Teddy Boy Blues (Teddy Boy Blues) | AC
12. Zoom 909 (main BGM) | SG
13. Hang on (Main Theme) | AC
14. Space Harrier (Main Theme) | AC
15. Fantasy Zone (Opa-Opa!) | AC
16. Quartet (FM Funk) | AC
17. Enduro Racer (Main Theme) | AC
18. OutRun (Magical Sound Shower) | AC
19. Alex Kidd in Miracle World | MKⅢ
20. Space Harrier (HAYA-OH) | MKⅢ
21. UFO CATCHER DX (Greensleeves-arm operation) | AC
22. SDI (System Down) | AC
23. Super Hang-On (Sprinter) | AC
24. After Burner II (After Burner -With Melody-) | AC
25. Thunder Blade (Type II) | AC
26. Phantasy Star (Dungeon 1 -FM Ver.-) | MKⅢ / MS
27. Galaxy Force II (Beyond the Galaxy) | AC
28. Power Drift (Like the Wind) | AC

Disc 2
01. Gain Ground (Primitive-Ki–Theme of Heroes-) | AC
02. Turbo OutRun (Rush a Difficulty) | AC
03. Phantasy Star II At the end of non-return (Rise or Fall) | MD
04. Golden Ax (wilderness) | AC
05. THE SHINOBI | MD
06. Columns (Clotho) | AC
07. R360 [G-LOC] (Earth Frame G) | AC
08. Sonic the Hedgehog (Star Light Zone ~ Mega Drive version ~) | MD
09. Mega CD (startup sound)
10. Virtua Racing (Waiting Your Entry) | AC
11. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sonic –You Can Do Anything) | GG
12. Streets of Rage II Requiem for Death Fight (Go Straight) | MD
13. Soreike !! Cocologie (Soreyuki! Kokorojin -1993- / Takenobu Mitsuyoshi) | AC
14. Virtua Fighter (Beginning -Advertize-) | AC
15. Phantasy Star At the end of the millennium (The end of millennium) | MD
16. Daytona USA (Let’s Go Away) | AC
17. Rail Chase the Ride Hero Revival (Suite) | ATP
18. Virtua Cop (Gang Headquarters) | AC
19. Virtua Fighter 2 (Beginning -Mai-Beginning of a new challenge-) | AC
20. Sega Saturn (startup sound)
21. AM2 (sound logo)
22. Virtua Racing Deluxe (Replay)
23. Panzer Dragoon (Flying ~ Episode 1 -Orchestra Version-) | SS
24. Sonic Drift 2 (Emerald Hill) | GG
25. Fighting Vipers (Armstone Town Day) | AC
26. Sega Rally Championship (Desert Replay) | SS
27. Cyber ​​Troopers Virtual-On (In the Blue Sky) | AC
28. NiGHTS into dreams … (Dreams Dreams) | SS
28. Sakura Wars (Imperial Combat Revue / Chisa Yokoyama (Sakura Shinguji) & Imperial Combat Revue) | SS

Disc 3
01. Scud Race (Flight in the Dark / Hiroko Hamano) | AC
02. Sega Saturn / Segata Sanshiro ~ CM Song ~ (Sega Saturn, Shiro! / Segata Sanshiro [Hiroshi Fujioka,])
03. Burning Rangers (Burning Hearts ~ Flame ANGEL ~ / Takenobu Mitsuyoshi) | SS
04. SpikeOut (Theme of SPIKEOUT) | AC
05. The House of the Dead 2 (AMS Agent -Arranged From THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD 1-) | AC
06. Dreamcast ~ TV / CF Episode 4 Reservation Campaign Song ~ (Dreamcast / Managing Director Yukawa)
07. Sonic Adventure (Open Your Heart / Crush 40) | DC
08. Space Channel 5 (mexican flyer (Original)) | DC
09. Shenmue Chapter 1 Yokosuka (Shenmue ~ Kagi ~) | DC
10. StarHorse (first Starhorse Medley) | AC
11. Phantasy Star Online (The whole new world -Lyric Version- / LOREN) | DC
12. Sakura Wars 3: Is Paris Burning? Yoshino (Kitaoji Fireworks)) | DC
13. Segagaga (Segagaga March -Vocal Version- / Tsuyoshi Kaneko) | DC
14. Super Monkey Ball (Jungle Stage) | GC
15. Beetle King Musiking (1st Musiking Sound) | AC
16. The Key to Avalon (Vive Memor Mortis ~ Live without forgetting death ~) | AC
17. Dragon Treasure (Dungeon -Mountain-) | AC
18. OutRun2 (Shiny World) | AC
19. Sonic Heroes / Crush 40 | PS2 / GC / Xbox
20. Quest of D (vs. Black Knight) | AC
21. Fashionable Witch Love and Berry (Re-Born / Rabbi ☆ min) | AC
22. DARTSLIVE (startup sound)
23. I’ll die for you (I’ll die for you [Complete Edition] / Kenichi Tokoi & Rub Rabbits) | DS
24. Sangokushi Taisen (Marvelous Brave) | AC
25. Ryu ga Gotoku (Receive You / MAKOTCH) | PS2

Disc 4
01. Sega Rally 2006 (Temptation of Speed) | PS2
02. Sega Network Taisen Mahjong MJ4 (Default BGM) | AC
03. DERBY OWNERS CLUB 2008 feel the rush (Feel the Rush Special) | AC
04. UFO CATCHER 8 (UFO Ondo / Asami) | AC
05. Phantasy Star Portable (Save This World -νMIX-) | PSP
06. WORLD CLUB Champion Football Intercontinental Clubs 2006-2007 (Main Theme) | AC
07. Puyo Puyo 7 (Puyo Puyo no Uta / Ando Apple [CV: Asami Imai]) | DS
08. BORDER BREAK | AC
09. Sonic Colors (Reach For The Stars / Jean Paul Makhlouf of Cash Cash) | Wii
10. Rhythm Phantom Thief R Emperor Napoleon’s Legacy (Invasion of the Louvre Museum) | 3DS
11. Yakuza 5 Dreams, Realizers (Idiot [Taxi Driver Edition] / Kazuma Kiryu [Takaya Kuroda]) | PS3
12. Puyo Puyo !! Quest (It’s been a while since I crossed time and space! -Puyo Que Ver.-) | iOS / Android
13. Holka x ToruCa (The Great Journey -Original Ver.- / Takenobu Mitsuyoshi) | AC
14. Chain Chronicle (Battle For Justice II) Android / iOS
15. Wonderland Wars (Battle In Wonder Forest) | AC
16. maimai ORANGE PLUS (welcome to maimai !! with My Maimer / Hiro feat. Takahito Koshida & Beat Mario) | AC
17. CHUNITHM AIR PLUS (Beyond Chaos, Praise Our Holy Tuner) | AC
18. Sonic Forces (Fist Bump / Douglas Robb [Hoobastank]) | PS4 / Switch
19. Mega Drive Mini (Menu Music -Original Ver.-)
20. New Sakura Wars (Kai! Imperial Huadan / Ayane Sakura (Sakura Amamiya), Marei Uchida (Hatsuho Shinonome), Hibiki Yamamura (Azami Mochizuki), Ayaka Fukuhara (Anastasia Palma), Saori Hayami (Claris)) | PS4
21. Game Gear Micro (Good Gear Next Level -Menu Music A-)
22. Game Gear Micro (Which one do U play today? -Menu Music B-)
23. Astro City Mini (Menu Music)
24. Sega Moba & Sega Store ~ ​​Image Song ~ (I want to see you again … / Takenobu Mitsuyoshi)
25. Sega Shiro (Shin Fujioka) (~ I want you to know now. 60th Anniversary Sega! ~)
26. Amazing SEGA ~ New Corporate Identity ~ (Last Ver.)

Total War Three Kingdoms Fates Divided Gameplay Reveal | Video Spotlight

Friday, February 26th, 2021

The Total War YouTube has given us our first look at the Fates Divided chapter pack coming to Total War Three Kingdoms of March 11th 2021. The new chapter pack brings “significant improvements to several existing mechanics” as well as the following features:

– The tumultuous 200 CE start date
– A new cross-generational faction playable in 190 CE, 194 CE, and 200 CE
– Over 20 new units, including formidable Northern Army units
– Unique missions and narrative events
– Additional mechanics added to your favourite factions
– New systems and mechanics to improve overall gameplay

You can watch the gameplay reveal trailer below:

Total War Three Kingdoms Fates Divided from The Creative Assembly launches on PC on the 11th of March 2021.

YouTuber Archiving Footage of Sonic Cafe i-Mode Games Before Service Closes | Video Spotlight

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

If you’re unfamiliar with the Sonic Cafe line of mobile games they were a series of i-Mode titles released exclusively in Japan between 2001 and 2007. The service is due to be discontinued which has sparked Japanese YouTuber Ruwa into action. Ruwa is currently capturing as many i-Mode games as possible and among them are direct feed captures of various Sonic Cafe titles like Sonic Darts, Sonic Golf, Sonic Jump and Sonic Kart 3DX. It makes for some truly fascinating viewing for Western SEGA fans as these games never made their way across the pond.

There’s also a number of SEGA i-Mode games like Out Run, Pengo and Monaco GP in there. Here’s an incomplete list of SEGA i-Mode games captured by Ruwa. I would list them all but there’s honestly just too many for me to list here. Check out the channel to browse more of his i-Mode captures by clicking here:

Sonic Jump
Sonic Kart
Sonic Kart 3DX
Sonic Darts
Sonic Golf 3D
Shadow Shoot
Sonic’s Time Limit Train
Sonic Billiards
Sonic Speed DX
Out Run
Pengo
Head On
Monaco GP
Hang-On
Virtua Racing DX
See Saw Jump
Woody Pop
Rock-Paper-Scissors Warrior
Pyramid Magic
Pyramid Magic II
Duel Kart
Animal Mountain

[Source: Slopes Game Room on Twitter]

Sonic 11″ First 4 Figures Statue Review | YouTube Channel

Sunday, January 3rd, 2021

The lovely people at SEGA Europe have kindly sent us the new 11″ Sonic the Hedgehog statue from First 4 Figures. In this video we share our own opinions on this statue and see how it compares to similar statues in the First 4 Figures range:

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The First ROM Dump of a Sonic 1 Prototype Has Finally Been Released Thanks to Hidden Palace

Friday, January 1st, 2021

Hidden Palace have gifted the community one of the most significant ROM dumps of any SEGA game for their final release of 2020.

The team have released the very first publicly available prototype of the original Sonic the Hedgehog for Mega Drive, and it is downloadable right now and playable in either an emulator or on real hardware.

You may have seen the various unused gameplay elements and alternate artwork from this prototype in pre-release footage or the various magazine coverage from the time. This includes the UFOs in Marble Garden Zone, the different neon signs in Spring Yard Zone, the checkerboard ball that Sonic can run on in Green Hill Zone and the different stage titles for Spring Yard Zone and Scrap Brain Zone. Well, they’re all in this prototype and it makes for a fascinating insight into the game’s development.

Download the Sonic the Hedgehog prototype now by clicking here. Thank you to everyone at Hidden Palace for digitally preserving such an important piece of SEGA history.

[Source: Hidden Palace]

New Sonic Adventure 2, Spinball & Mean Bean Machine Prototypes Released by Hidden Palace

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

Fast becoming one of the most important resources for digital archiving of prototype software, Hidden Palace have released another slew of prototype versions of various Sonic the Hedgehog titles. These new dumps of late development builds of Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Spinball and Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine showcase some fascinating insight into their development and feature a slew of differences from their final builds.

Sonic Adventure 2 features many grammatical errors that would be corrected for the final build, Metal Harbor and the final Sonic and Shadow battle are considerably more difficult and the driving stages feature different collision results when driving into other vehicles. The full list of differences can be read on the Hidden Palace entry for this release.

Sonic Spinball features an entirely different menu theme which was infamously changed at the last minute due to STI discovering they didn’t have the license to use the original Sonic the Hedgehog theme. The full list of differences can be read on the Hidden Palace entry for this release.

Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine features the smallest amount of differences between this dump and its final release, with only the staff credits missing from this build. The full list of differences can be read on the Hidden Palace entry for this release.

All of these dumps can be downloaded and played through emulation or on real hardware from the Hidden Palace entries linked above. Hidden Palace will be streaming and revealing their “last present from under the tree” tonight (31/12/2020) at 10pm GMT on Twitch, so if you’re excited to see more prototypes from their team then be sure to tune in.

[Source: Hidden Palace]

SEGA Forever Retrospective Series Continues With a Look at the Streets of Rage Franchise | Video Spotlight

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020

SEGA Forever continue their franchise retrospective series on YouTube with an in depth look at the entire Streets of Rage series. It’s a very interesting little piece that even makes mention of the 8 bit ports and the failed franchise revival from 1999. Check it out via the video embed below:

SEGA Hard Historia Book to Release in Japan in July 2021 | Merchandise

Monday, December 21st, 2020

A brand new book from the publishers of Japan’s Beep! Mega Drive, SEGA Saturn Magazine and Dreamcast Magazine will release in July 2021. This new book is described as a “tankobon & catalog” of magazine “contributions & retrospectives from many former staff, reprints of the famous reader ratings & more”.

The book will also include 10 Mega Drive games for the PC, a Takara Tomy Mega Drive minifig set and 3 volumes of the Sega no Game wa Sekai Ichi~i~i manga in PDF format. The first 4 Mega Drive titles announced for inclusion with this book are Chelnov, Langrisser, Star Cruiser and Undeadline. The games included have been chosen specifically so they don’t overlap with anything included on the Mega Drive Mini.

The book can be pre-ordered from Amazon Japan right now for ¥16,500, equivalent to £118.31 at the time of writing.

[Source: GSK on Twitter]

Lost ‘The Simpsons: Bug Squad!’ Tech Demo for Dreamcast Discovered

Sunday, December 20th, 2020

A tech demo for a Simpsons game on the Dreamcast has been discovered by ‘sreak’ over at the Dreamcast-Talk forums. This demo of a game called The Simpsons: Bug Squad! was dumped from a Dreamcast dev kit and developed by Red Lemon Studio in 2000 as a pitch to Fox Interactive. It was never greenlit and this demo is the only evidence of it ever existing.

It’s an interesting little title putting you in the shoes of a bug in The Simpsons’ homestead, and you explore the area in a similar way to Toy Commander. You can check out the game in action via the video embed from the Dreamcastic Channel below:

If you would like to play The Simpsons: Bug Squad! tech demo you can download the raw data from the Dreamcast dev kit dump via this forum post over at the Dreamcast-Talk forums.

[Source: Eurogamer]

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