Tag Archives: Sega

Games Hands On: Yakuza 6: The Song of Life Takes the Fight to the Streets

In Yakuza 6, you can put a dude’s head into a microwave at a convenience store and have the store assistant fry him to death with the push of a button. Aside from being wildly impractical and likely causing lifelong trauma for all involved, the fatality underscores the inherent wildness and absurd humour of the game. Continue reading Games Hands On: Yakuza 6: The Song of Life Takes the Fight to the Streets

Theme Hospital developers open new studio at Sega, announce spiritual successor

Former developers and artists from now defunct studios Bullfrog and Lionhead (Black & White, Fable) have found a home at SEGA, launching their new outfit Two Point Studios. Their first title? A spiritual successor to Theme Hospital, one one of Bullfrog’s most popular titles. Continue reading Theme Hospital developers open new studio at Sega, announce spiritual successor

The Opposite of a Rude Awakening: What the SNES Classic Mini taught me about being a Sega kid

At the beginning of my holiday break, I started working on a piece about using the SNES Classic Mini to play games I’d missed out on in my childhood as a Sega kid. The plan was to play each of these games and produce a few pars on each to illustrate the experience, how they stacked up to my childhood expectations and how they played now, 20+ years after launch. The piece quickly became about something else though, a cognitive reframing of a childhood spent with a Sega Mega Drive, always wondering what might have been if I’d asked for a SNES instead. Continue reading The Opposite of a Rude Awakening: What the SNES Classic Mini taught me about being a Sega kid

Games Review: Total War: Warhammer 2 (PC, 2017) is as close to perfect as the series has ever been

The next time you have a creative project that you feel isn’t coming together quickly enough, I want you to remember that it took Creative Assembly 20 years of rigourous experimentation, honing the things that worked and pruning back the things that didn’t, to get their Total War series to the point where it’s damned near perfect. Continue reading Games Review: Total War: Warhammer 2 (PC, 2017) is as close to perfect as the series has ever been

Video Games Review: Yakuza Kiwami (PS4, 2017) is yet another blast from the video game past

Yakuza Kiwami is the sum of every other game in the series. I don’t know that it would exist without every other game that has preceeded it (though I guess, if you want to be pedantic, most come after it in the greater series timeline). What Yakuza Kiwami can’t quite do is bring itself to be better than any of them. Continue reading Video Games Review: Yakuza Kiwami (PS4, 2017) is yet another blast from the video game past

Video Games Review: Sonic Mania (Switch, 2016) is the first true Sonic game in nearly 25 years

Sonic Mania is a gift. For Sega kids everywhere, it is a portal to your childhood. For long-suffering Sonic fans, it is a well overdue homecoming. It is proof that the Sonic the Hedgehog formula, abandoned in the Saturn era, is as fun, interesting and engaging as it was in the early 90’s. After nearly 25 years of Sonic games that made me want to forget he ever existed, I can’t tell you how good it is to have the Sonic I know and love returned to me. Continue reading Video Games Review: Sonic Mania (Switch, 2016) is the first true Sonic game in nearly 25 years

Video Games Review: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III (PC, 2017) ties itself in knots to be the RTS fans want

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III seems to want to be all things to all people. Did you miss the base building from DoW2? Good news, bases are back. Heroic units? Large-scale armies? All present and accounted for. It wants to be all things to all people (specifically fans of the DoW series and tabletop game), and it damned near pulls it off.  Continue reading Video Games Review: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III (PC, 2017) ties itself in knots to be the RTS fans want

Video Games Review: Yakuza 0 (PS4, 2017) is an engrossing, flawed, clever and defiantly Japanese experience

Yakuza 0 is the latest addition to SEGA’s long-running series of adventure games set in the Japanese criminal underworld. A prequel to the 2005 original, Yakuza 0 is all about how series mainstay Kazuma Kiryu began his bloody career in the mob. Continue reading Video Games Review: Yakuza 0 (PS4, 2017) is an engrossing, flawed, clever and defiantly Japanese experience

Video Games Review: Sega 3D Classics Collection (3DS, 2016)

Nostalgia never dies, and is almost always a completely viable way to market something. That notion has been proven by Nintendo time and time again, and while riffing on past triumphs may have worked to the brand’s detriment at times, no one can deny the joy of being able to revisit your childhood through gaming. Sega understand this, and their love of releasing compilations over the past decade has mirrored, and at times trumped, Nintendo’s retroactive shtick. Hence this year we’ve received yet another Sega compilation, this time in the form of Sega 3D Classics Collection, developed for the Nintendo 3DS by the ever-reliable emulation experts over at M2. Continue reading Video Games Review: Sega 3D Classics Collection (3DS, 2016)