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Binary Domain is Now Xbox Backwards Compatible Alongside FPS Boosted Sonic Unleashed + Other SEGA Titles

Monday, November 15th, 2021

A handful of SEGA Xbox and 360 games have been added to the Xbox Series X|S backwards compatibility list. The main highlight comes in the form of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s 3rd person shooter Binary Domain which also gets a 60 FPS boost with its arrival. See below for the full list of SEGA/Atlus additions:

– Binary Domain (with FPS boost)
– Gunvalkyrie
– Otogi: Myth of Demons
– Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors
– Rock of Ages (with FPS boost)

An additional handful of Sonic games that were already backwards compatible have also received a 60 FPS boost. The most interesting of these is Sonic Unleashed which has only ever been playable in 30 FPS. The full list of FPS boosted titles now follows:

– Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed FPS boost
– Sonic Generations FPS boost
– Sonic Unleashed FPS boost

All of these updates are available to Xbox Series X|S owners now. Series S owners will need to own the games digitally in order to play them.

[Sources: doctoroak and Nibellion on Twitter]

135 Unreleased Dreamcast Prototypes Released by Hidden Palace

Sunday, September 19th, 2021

Hidden Palace’s amazing archiving efforts with Project Deluge continue! This time we have a brand new set of 135 unreleased Dreamcast prototypes and some SEGA Xbox prototypes as well.

Some notable inclusions on the Dreamcast side of things are an unreleased English localisation of Shanghai Dynasty, an early build of 4 Wheel Thunder called Offroad Thunder, an early prototype of Deep Fighter and a prototype of SEGA GT that features a track called “sonygt2” and features Luigi (see above). This one was clearly not made for public distribution!

On the Xbox side of things we also have prototypes of Crazy Taxi 3: High Roller, ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth and Gunvalkyrie.

You can explore every new prototype released by Hidden Palace by clicking here. These disc images will work under emulation or on real hardware if you have a solution to play backups.

[Source: Hidden Palace]

SEGA Forever Release The House of the Dead Retrospective | Video Spotlight

Friday, November 13th, 2020

The next retrospective from SEGA Forever has arrived, and this time it’s all about The House of the Dead!

The video focuses mainly on the original arcade series, running from The House of the Dead all the way up to the most recent game in the original canon, Scarlet Dawn. That said, a nod is given to Overkill and even Pinball of the Dead; and they even give some love to The Typing of the Dead II, a great game that flew under the radar compared to its predecessor.

Each title also has the list of platforms it’s available on listed alongside it; very handy for those looking to shoot some mutants at home. We’re really loving this series, and we can’t wait to see what gets the retrospective treatment next!

 

SEGA Forever Releases Jet Set Radio Retrospective, Covering the Dreamcast Classic and Its Xbox Sequel

Sunday, November 1st, 2020

Just like Crazy Taxi a few weeks ago, SEGA has published another retrospective for its 60th Anniversary; this time covering the beloved (that might be an understatement) Dreamcast IP Jet Set Radio.

As always there’s some cool facts sprinkled throughout the video, such as how the Game Boy Advance version of JSR later had its engine repurposed for other games. There’s even a short section on De La Jet Set Radio, the second Japanese release that served as an ‘international’ edition, as was common at the time. And there is of course a section on Jet Set Radio Future, the Xbox sequel; as always, it leaves us hoping for a port down the road. Perhaps someday…

On the whole, it’s a great watch as usual; we can’t wait to see what series is up next on the retrospective block!

SEGA Forever Release Crazy Taxi Retrospective Video, Running Through the Series’ History

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

SEGA have released another retrospective via the SEGA Forever account, following up on the style of the previous NiGHTS into Dreams… video that revealed a previously unseen US boxart. This time, it’s all about the Crazy Taxi series!

This one doesn’t have any ground-breaking discoveries from SEGA’s archives, but it does serve as a pretty great way to familiarise yourself with the mainline entries in SEGA’s beloved cab-em-up series. It also provides a good excuse to listen to “All I Want”, though to be fair we never need an ‘excuse’ to listen to that song.

SEGA Forever’s also promised there’s more Retrospectives on the way as part of a series, so we’ll let you know when more go up.

Phantasy Star Online 2 Comes West for PC on May 27th, Will Have Crossplay with Xbox Players

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

True to their word that it would drop before the end of May, SEGA has announced that Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming to PC next week, on May 27th.

Phantasy Star Online 2 will launch as a Microsoft Store exclusive. Whilst technically only a North American launch, the process of getting the game in the UK and other non-US regions for Xbox One was extremely simple, so hopefully that’ll be the case here too. The PC version will allow players to fight alongside those on the Xbox One version, which isn’t too surprising but is very welcome all the same.

Alongside the announcement, PSO2’s first major Western collab has been announced and kicks off today in the Xbox One version; in a move I can only conclude is specifically trying to get me to make the jump from the Japanese version, it’s with VOCALOID. There’ll be a concert with Hatsune Miku and co, as well as their outfits being up for grabs. If you prefer playing MMOs like RuneScape but want to skip all the time-consuming grinding and get straight to playing with the items you want, you can visit https://farmingless.com/review/probemas/.

This information all comes via Forbes, who also have a comment on the launch from Fred White, Head of PSO2’s western marketing.

Will you be joining up with the ARKS in when Phantasy Star Online 2 drops on PC next week? Let us know!

SEGA Tunes: Funky Dealer from Jet Set Radio Future

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

We’re huge fans of Hideki Naganuma’s sample-driven, hyperactive, pop stylings so we thought it was about time we featured one of the man’s greatest moments. Funky Dealer comes from the Jet Set Radio Future soundtrack and contains everything Naganuma-san is known for: huge beats, sampled vocals, flourishes of guitar work and a certain catchiness that only this man can achieve.

Ace deuce craps wants four:

If you’re interested in owning a physical copy of the Jet Set Radio and Jet Set Radio Future soundtrack, SEGA re-released it on CD last October. Click here to order a copy!

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