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Video Spotlight | Sonic Colours Gets “HD Upgrades Spotlight”, Showing New Modes and Features

Thursday, July 8th, 2021

A new trailer has been released for Sonic Colours Ultimate, the upcoming remaster of 2010’s Wii entry in the blue hedgehog’s 3D exploits. It focuses on what new features Ultimate will bring to the table over the original game, and there’s actually a hefty amount on show.

First up is the obvious graphical changes; the lighting is redone, the resolution is boosted to up to 4K, and the game now runs at 60 frames per second instead of the original release’s 30. Also shown off for the first time is Rival Rush mode, in which you face Metal Sonic in a race to the finish.

The ‘Park Tokens’ we’ve been seeing in various screenshots are elaborated on here too. They can be used to buy new cosmetics to change up Sonic’s look a tad, with auras, different boost effects, and new glove and shoe accessories. In addition, we’ve gotten our first look at how Team Sonic Racing’s Jade Ghost Wisp has been implemented; it’ll let you pass through walls at certain points of a stage, offering new shortcuts. You can also customise the control layout for the game; helpful as the original Classic Controller layout for Colours might not be to everyone’s taste.

Tails Save is also shown off, though it had been shown in other media prior. Essentially as long as you have a Tails Token handy, the two-tailed fox will scoop you out of a pit with no penalty should you fall down one. 100-Count Rings are the final new tidbit shown, and give Sonic a brief burst of the classic invincibility sparkles when collected.

In terms of hearing, there is one more thing. As previously noted, the soundtrack will be fully remixed. It’s not known yet if an option to use the original music is included.

On the whole, it’s quite a slew of new features; and it seems there may be more to come, given this is only Spotlight #1. Sonic Colours: Ultimate releases September 7th for Xbox, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via the Epic Games Store.

Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles Confirmed for Western Release, New Story Trailer Released | Video Spotlight

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

SEGA Europe and SEGA America are releasing Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles in the West. The game is based on the long-running Demon Slayer manga and features a stylistic, anime graphical style. You can watch the first trailer below which highlights some of the game’s story beats:

Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles will release on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC on the 15th of October 2021. The game is available in 3 editions: a standard physical edition, a standard digital edition and a deluxe digital edition that includes a raft of digital extras that include bonus characters, avatars and costumes.

New Sonic Colours Ultimate Gameplay Footage From Game Informer & IGN | Video Spotlight

Sunday, June 13th, 2021

2 new gameplay videos showcasing in-game action from the upcoming re-release ‘Sonic Colours: Ultimate’ have appeared online courtesy of Game Informer and IGN. Game Informer’s video showcases an act of Planet Wisp while IGN’s video showcases an act of Asteroid Coaster. You can watch both via the embeds below:

Planet Wisp from Game Informer

Asteroid Coaster from IGN

Sonic Colours: Ultimate launches for PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC on September 7th 2021.

[Source: Game Informer & IGN]

Amplitude Studios Reveal New Gameplay Footage of Twin-Stick Shooter ‘Endless Dungeon’ | Video Spotlight

Friday, June 11th, 2021

The developers of Endless Space 2 and Humankind are back with another title in the Endless franchise called Endless Dungeon. This time around we have a roguelike twin-stick shooter and it looks like you can play with up to 3 players in co-operative gameplay. The goal of the game is to fend off waves of alien baddies and defend a crystal from being shattered by the advancing enemies. You can check out the latest gameplay trailer below:

Endless Dungeon will release on PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC. There is currently no release date set for the game.

Running Through Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown’s Arcade Mode | Video Spotlight

Saturday, June 5th, 2021

SEGA has very kindly let us check out Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown, the latest entry in the beloved fighting game series. We’ll have a full review coming in due time, but to whet your appetite we’ve captured some fresh footage of the game in action.

Enjoy a run-through of the game’s Arcade Mode as Eileen, and try not to judge my own fighting game skills too hard. I tried my best, honest!

New Trailer for M2’s Senxin Aleste Arcade Game│Video Spotlight

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

M2 are having a serious amount of fun with the Aleste franchise at the moment. Following on from their brand new release of GG Aleste 3 that featured in the recent Aleste Collection, M2 are bringing another new Aleste title called Senxin Aleste to arcades. This title is very much a throwback to the 16 bit tate shooters of the early 90s and features 4 playable characters. You can check out a trailer for the game below:

There is currently no release date set for Senxin Aleste, but it will be arcade exclusive; specifically to SEGA arcades in Japan for the time being. Fingers crossed the game doesn’t stay Japan exclusive for long. Western fans will be more familiar with the Aleste series through games like Power Strike and M.U.S.H.A.

[Source: Zack Reese on Twitter]

First Trailer for The Housed of the Dead Remake Arrives | Video Spotlight

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

Confirmed back in October 2019, Forever Entertainment have been beavering away at remakes of The House of the Dead 1 & 2 and we’re finally getting our first look at the remake of the original The House of the Dead. Check out the trailer below:

The House of the Dead Remake is currently scheduled to be released on the Nintendo Switch later this year. There is no word on how the game will control at this time but we do have confirmation that the game is true to the original gameplay, will feature modern graphics/controls, feature multiple endings and support for one and two players.

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]

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:

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