Tag Archives: Sega

Games Review: Sonic Mania Plus (Switch, 2018): Must go faster

Look, I reviewed Sonic Mania when it launched last year. I found it to be a breath of fresh air in a series comprehensively and aggressively starved of it for decades. It was the kind of modern update that walks an incredibly fine line, paying homage to what came before and pushing the property forward in a meaningful way. I’ve written this all already and you can read that review here if you like. This review piece will be about what’s new in Sonic Mania Plus, the game’s first big content update since launch. Continue reading Games Review: Sonic Mania Plus (Switch, 2018): Must go faster

Games Review: Sega Mega Drive Classics (Xbox One, 2018): Old school cool

I have bloviated at length on this website about my upbringing as a Sega kid. While the SNES dominated the market, those of us who chose the Sega life knew we had a machine with true gems among its library. The arcade-centric counterpart to the SNES’ far broader appeal, the Mega Drive did its own thing and did it well. Now, a substantial collection of quality titles from the platform are available on modern consoles in pristine 4K. Continue reading Games Review: Sega Mega Drive Classics (Xbox One, 2018): Old school cool

Games Review: Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia (PC, 2018): The shape of wars to come

Don’t let the new title fool you. Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is still a fully-fledged entry in Creative Assembly’s long-running series of historical strategy games. But where older Total War titles have selected a particular real world empire or historical era to focus on, Total War Saga narrows its scope. It focuses not on the rise and fall of the British Empire (they’ve actually done that one before) but on a specific historical flashpoint: King Alfred the Great’s desperate bid to stop the Viking invasion of Britain at the Battle of Edington in 878 CE, and the years of massive social instability that followed. Continue reading Games Review: Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia (PC, 2018): The shape of wars to come

Games Review: Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (PS4, 2018): Stay strong

In the last twelve months, I’ve gone from having never played a Yakuza game to having played three of them and what I didn’t expect was for them to grow on me so quickly. This series has always felt very By Japanese People, For Japanese People, there’s so many cultural nods and gestures that don’t translate if you’ve never lived in Japan for a long period. The core, however, is always an artfully constructed crime story and this is what reliably pulls me through. Continue reading Games Review: Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (PS4, 2018): Stay strong

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