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All Japanese Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd DLC is coming West

Posted by TrackerTD on Oct 30th, 2014

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The official US Playstation Blog has confirmed that all of the Japanese DLC for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd will be made available for the Western release!

The EU Blog has also confirmed the DLC.

According to the blog, SEGA will “be releasing content every two weeks or so for nearly six months straight,” with three categories of DLC available:

  • UI Skins: $0.99, but free for the first 39 days after release
  • Costume Modules: $1.99 each
  • Rhythm Game Songs: $2.99 each

If that wasn’t enough, some special “sales initiatives” are being launched which gets you all the content as it’s released, as opposed to buying separately.

SEGA’s Valkyria Chronicles officially announced for PC – here are the details!

Posted by Barry the NomadFollow Barry the Nomad on Twitter! on Oct 30th, 2014

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When a PEGI rating leaked that Valkyria Chronicles was heading to PC, the internet exploded. Our news story brought in ten times the usual traffic, and “Valkyria Chronicles” was trending worldwide on Twitter. SEGA finally confirmed the news with a tweet that more news is to come, and the news has finally arrived! Read SEGA’s press release after the break!

Update: You can now pre-purchase the game on Steam, and if the concept of pre-ordering a digital title is silly to you, note that you save 10%.

Comic Book Review: Sonic Boom Issue #1 (Archie Comics)

Posted by Barry the NomadFollow Barry the Nomad on Twitter! on Oct 30th, 2014

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When SEGA’s Sonic Boom was unveiled in October of last year, all we had to go on was four silhouettes and a press release detailing the people behind the TV series and the general direction. What a difference a year makes, as here we are now with a much better idea of what Sonic Boom is all about, as well as an expanded offering of Sonic Boom materials ranging from the TV show and video games, to toys and comic books. Never before has an offshoot of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise spanned so many forms of media, and such a broad spectrum says a lot about how invested SEGA West is in Sonic Boom. While the TV series is a little over a week away (Saturday, November 8th on Cartoon Network) and the games release in the following weeks, we have the first form of narrative content from Sonic Boom available to us in the form of Archie Comics’ Sonic Boom issue #1. I’ve read it, and now I’m going to review it!

“Hi☆sCool! Seha Girls” anime Episode 4 is here, and so are our impressions

Posted by TrackerTD on Oct 29th, 2014

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It’s that time again: Hi☆sCool! Seha Girls has a new episode out, and it’s available now on Crunchyroll!

We’re back into the world of games in this episode, as the girls enter Space Channel 5 on the Dreamcast, to save Professor Asobin’s friends who have been taken hostage by Morolians; with the help of Space Diva Ulala of course! The girls must also raise their ratings up to 100%; it won’t be easy however, as they face setbacks such as Mega Drive’s struggle to dance and the fact the World Cup qualifiers are being broadcast at the same time!

It then turns out that the first of Asobin’s friends is actually Jeffry from Virtua Fighter! His mere presence manages to up the ratings of the Seha Girls’ broadcast; but then Dreamcast uses her internet capabilities to find other ways of getting 100%. And the result leaves Saturn… parading around in swimwear. It was only a matter of time before we got some fanservice folks.

…and hey, it’s Saturn so I’m not exactly going to complain.

My Life with SEGA celebrates Halloween with Zombie Revenge for the Dreamcast

Posted by AJ on Oct 29th, 2014

‘Tis the season to be scary, SEGA fans! That’s why A.J. Rosa of My Life with SEGA is reviewing Zombie Revenge for the SEGA Dreamcast.

Zombie Revenge is a side story of the SEGA arcade smash, The House of the Dead. Point of fact, according to our wiki (SEGA Retro), the working title for Zombie Revenge was Blood Bullet: The House of the Dead Side Story…. Yeeeaaah, no.

Anyway, Zombie Revenge is a beat-‘em-up/shooter, similar to Die Hard Arcade (Dynamite Deka). Gamers must punch, kick, shoot, slice and dice their way through the walking dead in order to stop a demented madman from wiping all of mankind off the face of the planet. So, how does this mash-and-bash stack up after 15 years? Turn down the lights and crank up the volume. It’s time to kill.

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Sonic the Hedgehog fan game Sonic: After the Sequel is today’s featured article on Wikipedia

Posted by Barry the NomadFollow Barry the Nomad on Twitter! on Oct 28th, 2014

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Every day, Wikipedia posts a featured article on their main page. This article could be just about anything, given the size of Wikipedia, so for the day’s featured article to be a SEGA related thing is pretty rare. Rarer still, when that featured article is a SEGA fan work. Today, Sonic the Hedgehog fan game Sonic: After the Sequel made Wikipedia’s main page! Developed in 2013 by Felipe Daneluz (LakeFeperd), the game is based on the series official canon, taking place between the official games Sonic 2 and Sonic 3. You can learn more about the game at Sonic Retro and download it yourself at the official site. A big congrats to LakeFeperd!

Yakuza Zero Releases in Japan on March 12, 2015

Posted by InTheSky on Oct 28th, 2014

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According to SegmentNext, Toshihiro Nagoshi recently announced a March 12, 2015 release date for Yakuza Zero in Japan. As far as known Japanese release dates for other games are concerned, Yakuza Zero comes out two weeks earlier than Sword Art Online: Lost Song for PS3, and comes out within a two week range earlier than Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Senran Kagura: Estival Versus, and Disgaea 5 for PS4. It isn’t currently releasing simultaneously with any other title. The game will also be priced at ¥8,190.

Yakuza Zero is a prequel title that allows players progress through story mode campaigns as either Kazuma Kiryu or Goro Majima that the pasts of the iconic Yakuza characters. Be sure to check out this extended story trailer if you have not done so already!

Credit for the featured image goes to this AnimeNewsNetwork writeup.

UK Charts: Bayonetta 2 debuts and Alien: Isolation still charting

Posted by GeorgeFollow George on Twitter! on Oct 28th, 2014

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Its the holiday season, so you know the sale charts are on fire as new released games continue to make their mark on the UK charts. This week we have the debut of Bayonetta 2 and Alien: Isolation staying on the top ten. Check out the chart below:

FIFA 15
Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
The Evil Within
Destiny
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Bayonetta 2
Forza Horizon 2
Alien: Isolation
Skylanders Trap Team

Considering that Bayonetta 2 is competing against games that debuted on multiple consoles and debuting on a new platform that hasn’t be selling a truck load of units (especially compared to the first Wii), I’d say this is a good debut.

Is SEGA’s Valkyria Chronicles heading to PC? A recent PEGI rating says it is! [Update: Confirmed by SEGA]

Posted by Barry the NomadFollow Barry the Nomad on Twitter! on Oct 27th, 2014

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While there have been whispers of Valkyria Chronicles heading to PC, a recent PEGI rating for the game has appeared that all but confirms that the game will be hitting PC soon! The rating is for Europe, but it is likely that the game will be releasing to the United States and other territories as well. This is exciting news for fans who wished to see more recent SEGA classics on the PC platform, and once we learn more we’ll be sure to share. In the meantime, here is a screen grab of the rating:

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Update: SEGA has confirmed it! Interesting choice of photo they picked, given it’s the same one we used when originally posting the news. ;)

SEGA Cinema Halloween Special: Sonic the Hedgehog Double Feature

Posted by Barry the NomadFollow Barry the Nomad on Twitter! on Oct 27th, 2014

SEGA Cinema has risen from the dead with a spooktacular boogielicious Halloween Special! Okay, so it’s actually not scary at all. Barry and George are joined by Sonic Retro’s David the Lurker to watch two Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons featuring clowns, ghouls, sea monsters, and a half-man half-sponge who lives in the sea. No, it isn’t Spongebob.

First up is Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog‘s “Boogey-Mania”, which plays out like a cross between NiGHTS into Dreams and A Nightmare on Elm Street. And then, interrupting the Sonic cartoons are a compilation of cutscenes from the SEGA Saturn’s Deep Fear and Mr. Bones. Ending the special is the scariest thing of them all, an episode of Sonic Underground titled “The Deepest Fear” in which Sonic faces his fear of water. Don’t worry, he doesn’t drown and the story ends with an awful song. Enjoy the special, and Happy Halloween!

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