Videogames Declare Total War on Cinema

Posted by Michael Pinto on Sep 1, 2009 in Videogames

I’m blown away by the fact that Sega is making a Napoleon videogame: Because you’d have to be a Napoleon in your medium to take on the subject of Napoleon as an entertainment project! Firstly the man is larger than life, and his story is a canvas that stretches across all of Europe (and other places like Egypt). In fact silent film makers didn’t even touch this story until 1927: Directed by Abel Gance the result was one of the best known films of the 20th Century. Read more…



End of Eternity: Steampunk Heaven

Posted by Michael Pinto on Aug 6, 2009 in Videogames

Shown above is the new gameplay trailer for End of Eternity a role playing game for the PlayStation3 and Xbox 360 that’s being put out by Sega and tri-Ace (the game is suppose to come out at the end of this year). I’ve got to say that I really love the subtle steampunk look of this game colossal machine-city called Burzel. Below is the first cinematic trailer which came out in April: Read more…

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Sega’s Block People: Slab Stacking Fun

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 15, 2009 in Videogames

Sega’s Block People is an well done new arcade game — what makes it cool is that like a typical video game you have these cute creatures who need to crawl over blocks to get to their objective. But the twist that makes this arcade game is that the building blocks aren’t on the screen, but are in fact physical blocks that you have to place in front of the screen:

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Infinite Space: Sega’s Anime Game will Feature Bad English Dubbing!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 2, 2009 in Animation, Videogames

I’ve been getting excited about the Sega science fiction game Infinite Space for a while, but of course my main fear was that we’d never see this cool anime spaceship themed saga in English. Well be careful what you wish for because the above trailer shows the English dub is shown above, and the voice acting is kind of average to say the least. You’d think that Sega would have learned from the Anime industry in the United States, but that isn’t the case here. However on the flip side even if the voice acting is bad what counts is the game design which looks impressive from what I’ve been seeing so far…

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Sega’s Infinite Space: First Look at an Infinitely Amazing Detailed Game

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 14, 2009 in Animation, Videogames

If you’re an anime fanboy (or fangurl) who loves spaceship battles it looks like Infinite Space from Sega for the Nintendo DS will be a role playing game well worth checking out. These just released promotional films from Sega look amazing given the limits of the screen size on of the DS, the game itself allows you to build, control and outfit over 150 different spaceships and features over 200 anime styled characters to interact with during the course of your game. Read more…

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The Sega Storm-G Will Make You Queasy Quickly

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 28, 2009 in Videogames

It’s funny the world of arcade video games seems to be so stagnant that it’s amazing to see what’s going on in Japan where they seem to be having much more fun. A good case in point is the Sega Storm-G ride which will spin the rider a full 360 degrees — the game emulates a bobsled ride on steroids. The first ones will be installed at Sega Joypolis in Tokyo. Read more…

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Shining Force Cross: A First Look

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 21, 2009 in Videogames

Sega has just released the first video of the Shining Force Cross action-RPG game the latest chapter in their Shining Force series which got started in 1992. The game will only be available in Japanese arcades and will use Sega’s ALL.Net platform to link together four different players at a time: Read more…

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Trailer for the Upcoming Haruhi Suzumiya Nintendo DS Game

Posted by Michael Pinto on Mar 19, 2009 in Animation, Videogames

Here’s the latest trailer for Suzumiya Haruhi no Chokuretsu (also known as The Series of Haruhi Suzumiya) which is being produced by Sega for the Nintendo DS and due for release on March 26, 2009. Here are some screenshots from the game: Read more…

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Ryu ga Gotoku 3: Never Mind the Yakuza, I Want to Go Shopping!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Mar 3, 2009 in Videogames

This is the latest preview of Sega’s Ryu ga Gotoku 3 game for the Playstation 3: This series of games follows waring factions of Yakuza and this specific title is set in “the southern Okinawa Tokyo Kamuro town city that never sleeps”. What’s funny is that while the fighting action in the later part of the trailer looks average the footage of wandering around the shopping center of the city looks like much more fun: Read more…

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Enter the Space Fantasy Zone: The 1991 Retrogame That Never Was…

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 24, 2008 in Videogames

Space Fantasy Zone (スペースファンタジーゾーン)was the unreleased followup to the 1985 Sega arcade game Fantasy Zone (ファンタジーゾーン) which was later ported to a wide range of systems from the Nintendo Famicom to the Sharp X68000. The reason Space Fantasy Zone was never released was because NEC developed the game without getting permission from Sega who made it a point of not letting them put it out. The 1991 title was created for the NEC PC Engine Super CD-ROM2 platform which is known in the United States as the TurboGrafx-CD. Over the years a prototype of the game has been floating around (which is what this video is from) and rumor has it that an ISO of the SuperCD has been leaked in the past. Read more…

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Do the Sega Samba!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 20, 2008 in Videogames

Samba de Amigo is due out on December 11th for the Wii — this music based game goes back to 1999 when it first appeared in arcades, and jumped to the doomed Dreamcast video game console in 2000. What makes the game unique is that unlike other music games Samba is focused around popular latin music songs and of course — samba music! What’s cool about the Wii version is that it will allow you to use your Wii Remote as a maraca — although the game includes faux maracas for the full samba experience.

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