Nostalgia does not a game make. Nostalgia is the stuff of memories, the stuff of impressions often from a time where taste is unrefined and based on "video games" versus reality (usually video games win, hopefully). Jet Set Radio feels really old. It's rife with this strange mix of a great gameplay idea, nifty characters and a zany environment but it's all bogged down with bad level design and flow. By no means is it "bad", but it's certainly not up to today's standards of platforming games, and the proof is in a classic Xbox game: Jet Set Radio Future. There's a reason they made it the same game but better.
For those of you out of the SEGA-centric loop, Jet Set Radio is an HD remake of the Dreamcast release of Jet Set Radio, a 3D action platformer involving crazy Japanese youth, graffiti and magnetized roller blades. The theme of a group of graffiti-wielding roller blade punks combattin an oppressive, insane private authority muscling in on the town of Tokyo-to (not to be confused with Tokyo) is the setup for Jet Set Radio. Players select from different characters from a group of rudies (the aforementioned punks) called the GGs. Tokyo-to is divided into three major areas each with three sub-areas where players must complete various story challenges to unlock more characters and get to the bottom of the recent craziness in the city. The idea works. It's just the rest of the game that's hit and miss.
Sega has announced it will bring nine titles to the Penny Arcade Expo (better known as PAX Prime) later this month – one of which has yet to be announced. All nine titles will be playable at the festival. Hit the jump for the games we know will be there, some of which include forthcoming XBLA titles.
It's interesting to me to see how different publishers are handling this still relatively new digital game world. Many have stuck their toe in the effectual water then scampered off because they felt it was too cold. Newcomers and small-fries have braved uncharted waters to find that they have success. Some have even dedicated much of their workforce to re-publishing their golden games from yesteryear. But why do some publishers still have a fear of the inexpensive digital market (XBLA, PSN, etc)? I'm not sure, but I have a few words for a handful of publishers–some of praise, some of pleading.
Sure enough, today Sega has officially announced an HD remake of the beloved Sega Saturn flying platformer. It will bring with it all the trappings one expects from an HD remake, including improved graphics (widescreen!), online leaderboards and achievements. In addition to that, you will also have the option to play the original Sega Saturn version of the game. Whether you're an old fan or someone wanting to see what all the fuss is about, you can check out NiGHTS into dreams when it comes to XBLA sometime this fall.
You can see the game in action in the announcement trailer above, and check below for a handful of screenshots.
One can't skim the internet without running into a forum thread about the potential release of Shenmue 3–the next installment in a saga that began on Sega's Dreamcast in November of 2000. Fans of the series sip on every drip of information on its development, though nothing of the sort truly exists. Shenmue's creator, Yu Suzuki, even left Sega last year though some reports suggest he still has a consultant role within the company. Despite these gloomy prospects, die hard fans are still hopeful that the third of the series will finally breach the coffin it had been placed in so long ago.
William Shakespeare once said: "Love me or hate me, both are in my favor…If you love me, I'll always be in your heart…If you hate me, I'll always be in your mind."
Had William Shakespeare been around in the 21st Century, we believe he'd be referring to Shenmue. Never will you discover a title so adored by critics and gamers and abhorred by others in the same demographic. You play as Ryo Hazuki, an unassuming young man on a quest to avenge his father's death. In order to achieve this, Ryo must emphatically harass the locals of a small Japanese town by asking questions like the infamous, "Are you guys sailors?" Ryo finds himself in a lot of trouble during his exploration of leads, but he can always stop by the arcade and play an emulated, in-game version of a few arcade hits.
It's been heavily rumored and after the lackluster showing of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2, things seem to be on the rocks for Sonic. But luckily someone on …