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Oh come on! After delay upon delay, it seems as if SEGA is now setting Anarchy Reigns up for a “Quarter 1 2013 release”. According to Platinum Games, they were left completely in the dark about this delay, as the international version is completely finished.

As always, the PS3 version will be region free (and it’s reported that the 360 version may be as well, but I’d check that), so you can import to your heart’s content. I think I may just do that.

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No one is afraid of a “Jeffry”. Except of course, the great Jeffry McWild. Imagine a bulky, towering man with no shirt and fury in his eyes stomping his way toward you Mike Haggar style.: to be blunt, there is no way that encounter will end well. Luckily, Mr. McWild is relegated to the fictitious world of Virtua Fighter.

The latest installment, Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, is a reprise that boasts better tuned fighting mechanics, among other enhancements that SEGA has been rolling out since 2007. For diehard VF fan, the game hits on all the high points. It’s those who are on the fence who need some convincing.

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Star Wars day is here again, prompting this gamer to reflect back on all the franchise games that have been published throughout the years. First memory takes us all the way back to the late 1980′s playing the titular DOS wire frame shooter in the morning hours before having to be shuttled off to school. Some of the other Star Wars games don’t bring back the same pleasant memories.

Instead of a celebrating with a list of all the Star Wars titles that have graced PC, console and arcade screens throughout the years (which I’m sure has been published elsewhere today), lets focus on one in particular – Star Wars Trilogy Arcade.

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With PlayStation Move’s release last year, Sony opened a world of possibility for publishers to give Wii titles a second chance at success as HD experiences on the PlayStation 3. Such is the case with Sega and Headstrong Games’ House of the Dead: Overkill: Extended Cut. The Guinness Book of World Records may have called Overkill the most profane videogame in history but, like many hardcore titles in the Wii library, it certainly didn’t break any records for sales.

So, here it is again for Sony’s waggle wand complete with 3D visuals. Impressions await after the break.

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Over the weekend, WikiLeaks began releasing files on Gitmo detainees. Among the mounds of paperwork was a file on Abu Farajal Libi, the supposed operational chief of al-Qaeda. According to the files, Libi directed operations against US and coalition forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

On the gaming front, Libi was the mastermind behind turning Sega cartridges into bombs to take out the opposition, according to the release. It’s not clear whether they were Genesis or Master System cartridges, but the documentation did reveal that they would be packed with explosives and detonated via cell phone.

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Today Sony announced that PlayStation Plus subscribers will be getting some free Sega Genesis games. On top of being free, subscribers get these retro games before they are available to the rest of the PlayStation audience. Be warned though, they will only be available for a limited time.

The games that will be available include: Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Golden Axe 2, Comix Zone, Altered Beast, and (my favorite game ever made) Streets of Rage 2.

To see the full release windows for both PlayStation Plus subscribers and non subscribers, hit the jump. Read more… »

In the short time since they popped onto the scene Platinum Games have delivered a series of unique games, across a wide array of genres, imbuing each with such style that I don’t think we can rule out the fact that they might just be wizards.

Teaming up with SEGA (as they have done for each of their four previous titles; MadWorld, Infinite Space, Bayonetta and Vanquish), autumn 2011 will see the Japanese developers step into the world of online as they release Anarchy Reigns, a third-person multiplayer brawler incorporating a diverse range of multiplayer modes to provide players with different challenges.

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This is a big week for Nintendo’s downloadable services. Not only is the first episode of Sonic the Hedgehog 4 now available on Wii-Ware, but Ivy the Kiwi? is also making its way to DSi-Ware.  So turn on that Wii and DSi and get downloading!

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Last week Sega producer Takashi Iizuka made the bold claim that Sonic Colors would not fall victim to the dreaded Sonic Cycle. With an exciting trailer, gameplay seemingly ripped straight from the brilliant Sonic Unleashed daytime stages, and a bright, cheery aesthetic reminiscent of Super Mario Galaxy, it was easy to believe Iizuka’s words. However, maybe someone at Sega should quiet the guy down before his mouth jeopardizes the title’s success.

In a recent interview Iizuka told British retailer GAME that Sonic Colors is not for core gamers, and has some pretty interesting ideas about who plays Sonic titles. His startling words await you after the break.

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Believe it or not, Sega has been listening to fans. Sonic 4 alone is proof of that. However, Sega is not just leaving it at that. Everyone’s favorite anthropomorphic blue hedgehog is also making an appearance in an all new three dimensional adventure as well – Sonic Colors.

While that may sound like bad news, producer Takashi Iizuka is here to assure us that fans will not be disappointed with Sonic Colors and that this title will break the dreaded Sonic Cycle. Iizuka’s words, a brand-new gameplay trailer and the final box art await you after the jump.

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After playing Panzer Dragoon Saga, I found myself a bit torn. Here was a game from the Sega Saturn widely heralded by RPG fanatics as one of the greatest games in the genre, and it didn’t completely blow my mind. It’s my own fault;  no one is immune to the unstoppable force of the hype machine, and I came into the experience with preconceived notions after hearing for years that it sits pretty amongst the best games in the genre. I’ve recently replayed Final Fantasy 7 – the other ‘big deal’ JRPG of that console generation – and though it’s not a personal favorite, it’s easy to see how it maintains its place as one of the best JRPGs ever made. I have trouble saying that PDS withstood the test of time as well as other RPG greats.

And yet, there’s no doubting that Panzer Dragoon Saga is a very good game. It’s easily the best RPG I’ve played on the Saturn, and one of the best RPGs of its generation. As the third installment of a series that started out (and continued afterward) as rail shooters, PDS combines unique gameplay with its own brand of original storytelling and style. You’ve probably never played anything quite like it, and unfortunately you probably never will. Unless, of course, you’re playing this very game.

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Some dismiss it as mere myth; others believe it was part of an elaborate conspiracy fabricated by Sony to improve the credibility of its inaugural console. Well, allow me to let you in on a little secret, friend: the Sega Saturn did exist. And it was good!

Yes, it may have been the ginger kid of the console world, but the unpopular system saw some fantastic exclusives that have sadly been relegated to the dusty space beneath our memories along with the console itself. Well, I’m here to grant one such title a final encore before the curtain closes on it for good: allow me to introduce Mr. Bones (stop giggling in the back). Read more… »