Sega In New York City: Part 1

Recently I had the opportunity to attend a Sega event held at the Shoreham Hotel in NYC and got a look at Sega’s upcoming lineup and yes there was plenty of Sonic to go around and there is one game I am particularly stoked for but due to an embargo I can’t talk about what I saw so I wont even tease you about the game as you will see my take on this sequel that is going to be well worth the wait and the improvements are noticeable right away, but that is for another day (October 22nd) and I promise to bring along some screen shots for your viewing pleasure.

First up I will give you my take on Vanquish that will be coming our way 10/19/2010 for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 respectfully. Now if you are looking for a multiplayer aspect of this third person sci fi shooter this game is not for you, but if you are looking for a great single player game I suggest you take a look at this one. Right from the beginning the mechanics of this game feel tight and the graphics are great. I was taken through the game and than I was let on my own.  You play as Sam a government agent that is the ultimate weapon with his futuristic battlesuit and a huge cache of weapons at his disposal.  I will not go much into the backround of the game as you must have read Steven Artlips’ take on the game and I concur with Steve as this game was not on my radar but is a must have for me now.  Vanquish is one of those sleeper games that is going to take everyone by surprise so do yourself a favor checkout the demo for the PS3 and Xbox 360 and see for yourself.

Virtua Tennis 4 3D This title as it is still in the distance but as you could guess it is a Move title that proved to be very responsive even with the sun shining in through a window in the background. The simplicity of this game is what will make it a must have for young and old as there is no learning curve or buttons to press while playing.  If you are a tennis fan you will recognize the all-star lineup and the courts they play on.  This game was just fun to pick up and play and the 3D aspect was awesome.  Keep your eyes open for this one as we get more information we will pass it along to you.

Virtua Tennis 4 with the PlayStation Move motion controller isn’t just about hitting the ball; it’s about the angle of the racquet, the spin and speed of the ball and the power of the shot. The advanced motion sensors of PlayStation Move motion controller precisely track both the fast and subtle movements of the controller allowing for pinpoint accurate shots as players improve their racquet skills. Virtua Tennis 4 will also support 3D technology delivering unprecedented realism to the experience, bringing you closer than ever to being out on the court.

Shogun 2: Total War: Here is one for the PC gamers out there and I was assured by James Russell (Creative Assembly, Lead Designer) that even with an older system this game will perform and look just as it was being played on a new gaming PC.  If you are familiar with the Shogun series or even a past player you will love this turn based strategy game.  The game picks up where the last game left off in 16th Century Japan in the aftermath of the Onin War. You start by choosing your clan and moving to eliminate your enemies and become Shogun in feudal Japan.  The game will feature a lot of improvements from the previous game to include better graphics and new multiplayer features.  RTS fans keep this one on your radar.

In 2011, the makers of Rome and Empire: Total War will release the sequel to the game that started it all. Shogun 2: Total War will take long-time veterans and newcomers alike to the next level of strategy gaming on PC. Based on 10 years of experience in making Total War, Shogun 2 is the perfection of the series with a new Artificial Intelligence (AI), revolutionary multiplayer modes, brand new campaign map options and epic 3D real-time battles.

It is the middle of the 16th century in Medieval Japan. The country, once ruled by a unified government, is now split into many warring clans. The player takes on the role of one Daimyo – the clan leader – and will use military engagements, economics and diplomacy to achieve the ultimate goal: re-unite Japan under his supreme command and become the new Shogun – the undisputed ruler of Japan.

Set during the golden age of Samurai warfare, Shogun 2 brings to life the most turbulent period of Japanese history.

Crazy Taxi: Still have Crazy Taxi for your Dreamcast but you don’t have it hooked up? Well Crazy Taxi is back and it keeps that retro feel and look but you are playing on this generations console. Available for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 for the price of $9.99 (PSN) and 1200 MSP (360). Crazy Taxi will  make the old school gamer feel nostalgic just looking at this game than you will pick up the control and the feel will make you think of the days of yesteryear. So why would you want to play a game that still looks like it did and plays like it did? Here are my reasons.  First it was done right it did not take away from the game and I am playing it in HD 720p. Next if you aren’t feeling nostalgic or you weren’t even born when this game first came out, Crazy Taxi does have leaderboards and achievements and trophies for the respective console to make it feel new to the younger generation.  This is a great game to pick up and play for 5 minutes or an hour as you are picking up fares and dropping them off in a timely fashion.  Here are some of features found in Crazy Taxi.  So strap in grab up some fares and speed to your destination.

• Extra large hills for extra long hang time
• Parked transporters with conveniently angled ramps
• Painfully slow buses and cable cars to frustrate and annoy
• And occasional deep sea exploration opportunities

Yakuza 4: Heading to us Spring of 2011 for the PlayStation 3 is Yakuza 4.  This game picks up one year later where Yakuza 3 left off and brings us back to Tokyo for some brawling goodness.  You will watch the action unfold through four characters and see Tokyo through their eyes.  We did not get to see much of the game but I was able to play a little bit and the fighting system is just awesome.  The scenery is breathtaking as you walk through Tokyo and watch as the story unfolds around you.  Keep a look out for Yakuza 4 and be ready for some serious brawling in the streets and nightclubs of Tokyo’s underworld.


• Experience the Japanese underworld under the guise of 4 characters – it would not be a Yakuza game if you couldn’t still play as Kazuma, but now play as three of the other key characters from the franchise. Each character has different missions and allows the player to explore the city from different viewpoints and engage in the Japanese underworld more than has ever been seen before.

• Authentic replication of Tokyo – In addition to the bright lights of downtown Tokyo, players can now go into the depths of the intricate underground, explore the backstreets of the city and take in the views from the rooftops of buildings.

• Become the ultimate fighter – enhanced battle mechanics and a new fighter training system allow players to work on their skills and become the ultimate fighter.

• Deep Japanese story – an intricate storyline that incorporates all aspects of Japanese culture including hostess bars, karaoke and city exploration.

Keep an eye out for Part 2 to see what Sonic is doing and what is coming our way from our favorite hedgehog.


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