Showing posts with label Sega. Show all posts
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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Yakuza Kiwami 2 Coming to PC

Sega recently announced for PC version of Yakuza Kiwami 2 to come out on Steam next month.

Looks like developer/publisher Sega is about to bring another of their PlayStation 2 title from their renowned action-adventure crime thriller series Yakuza on PC platform by introducing Yakuza Kiwami 2 on Steam next month.

Back in February, Yakuza Kiwami of 2016 made its debut on Valve's popular digital outlet after some initial teasing with a GIF of Goro Majima and now, they announced an official release date for YK2 to arrive on May 9, 2019.

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Yakuza Kiwami 2 Coming to PC

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Sega dropped an official trailer for PC release of Yakuza Kiwami 2 with a brief glimpse at its story premise as well.




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Player assumes the role of ex-yakuza member and series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu who has left behind his old ways but forced to return to action once again when Yukio Terada of Tojo Clan is killed by a rival group named Omi Alliance.

Kiwami 2 will also feature "Majima Saga" that explores an adventure trip by Goro Majima detailing events of how he got past his troubles from prior. This remake didn't forget to add some new features along with a few mini-games like Cabaret Club.

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Pre-order is already open and early purchasing players will receive "Clan Creator Bundle" that includes all DLCs, rare Clan Creator Leader cards, exclusive weapons and several outfits alongside a few other in-game items as bonus.

By the end of 2017, Yakuza Kiwami 2 saw a PlayStation 4 release in Japan and in August 2018 for Western region. Like its predecessor PC version, the game will have 4K resolution with unlocked frame rates and custom control options.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Judgment Will Still See Western Release

Despite pulling off the game from all marketplaces, Sega will still release Yakuza spin-off Judgment on PS4 over UK and US.

Even before Yakuza series spin-off and PlayStation 4-exclusive action-adventure game Judgment from developer/publisher Sega was pulled from sales for alleged drug scandal of voice actor, Western audience was curious about the title.

After voice cast Pierre Taki was arrested for possession of cocaine, the game was removed from every outlet in Japan and people wondered whether or not it is coming to the West but Sega decided not to halt its international release.

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Judgment Will Still See Western Release

RELATED: Judgment Pulled From Sales in Japan

When Taki is taken to custody for illegal use of drugs only weeks after official announcement for a long-awaited Western release, both digital and physical copies of the game was removed from all marketplaces almost immediately.

This caused a vacuum of sudden demand for any retail copy available for the game (locally known as Judge Eyes) and thus, created a massive price rise of ¥45,000 or $400 within Japanese market that made it a "Collector's Item" for players.

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Any drug related controversy is quite a huge deal in Japan and they were quick to remove the game off store shelves to avoid any possible backlash. Creative chief Toshihiro Nagoshi recently states that the decision was not easy for them as it was already been out for a few months.

Although return of Yakuza sub-series crime thriller is uncertain for local market, Sega is still on board to release it on UK and US because Taki is not involved among localized cast and therefore, his arrest would not likely be a concern to Western customers.

RELATED: Yakuza Kiwami Comes to Steam

As previously planned, a recently released trailer revealed that the publisher is about to launch the game on June 25, 2019.




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Interestingly enough, the character Kyohei Hamura played by Taki is noticeably not around much in entire announcement trailer they posted on social media even though he was more prominently featured in an earlier version of the clip.

If everything regarding Judgment drug scandal situation remains the same as it is right now, then it would become one of the rarest case when a game that was originally meant for Japanese region is released and become available in UK and US except for Japan!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Streets of Rage 4 Gameplay Teaser

New Streets of Rage 4 gameplay teaser trailer shows off reinvention of classic combat system and a modern art style.

Officially revealed back in August 2018, upcoming Streets of Rage 4 by developer Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games with DotEmu and Sega acting as publishers, is aiming to revive the renowned side-scrolling beat 'em up game franchise.

A long-awaited sequel to Streets of Rage 3, the classic franchise has managed to return after a decade of hiatus. Ahead of PAX East 2019, creators of the game have announced earlier to offer a new look at their gameplay, which is right below.

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Streets of Rage 4 Gameplay Teaser

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Take a brief peek at what a piece of art Streets of Rage series has evolved into from its Sega Genesis debut in 1991.




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SOR4 brings back series favorite martial art expert ex-cop Axel Stone and police detective Blaze Fielding to tame down a city ruled by crime. Packed in less than a minute clip, there is a couple of new street goons and gameplay feature to point out.

One prime aspect of combat turns out to be juggling around enemies between two players to perform more follow-up attacks or against walls. This would not create more room for extended combos but also help uplifting its co-op spirit.

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Here, take a moment to appreciate how nicely Axel and Blaze makes butt-kicking action fun through juggling thugs.


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Aside from stylish hand-drawn visuals and engaging gameplay system, we are also teased of at least two additional playable characters from an easily missable background silhouettes shown in a title card near the end of the teaser trailer.

We are still due for a release date and select platforms Streets of Rage 4 will be available on but we are hoping that we will see the beat 'em up title to on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and even Nintendo Switch within 2019.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Judgment Becomes Collectible Item in Japan After Drug Scandal

After making headlines for drug scandal, price for Yakuza spin-off Judgment goes sky high and becomes a must-have item.

As an action-adventure game and a Yakuza series spin-off by developer/publisher Sega and Ryu Ga Gotoku studio, PlayStation 4-exclusive title Judgment was doing great after it came out in December 2018 and was set for a worldwide release on June 2019.

However, things went south pretty quick when one of the game's voice actors, Pierre Taki was arrested on a drug scandal and the game is entirely pulled off from sales in Japan, which has made it a collector's item for players these days.

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Judgment Becomes Collectible Item in Japan

RELATED: Judgment Pulled From Sales in Japan

Only weeks after a long-anticipated Western launch date announcement, Taki was arrested for alleged possession and usage of cocaine, leading Sega to voluntarily stop distribution of the game from digital and retail stores in response.

Although there was no official statement on when they will come back in marketplaces, it is easily predictable that the publisher may not resume sales anytime soon as long as the investigation on Taki is ongoing, thus creating a high demand for the PS4 title.

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Judgment drug scandal has caused a massive spike in price in all over Japan and since there are no new copies available, used copies are currently being sold for as much as a whooping ¥45,000 or $400 following the controversy.

Originally, it used to sell for a price of ¥8,953 or $80 only but now that supply is scarce from source, even retailers are charging somewhat $100 or more. It all happened so fast within a few months of its release and the game is a must-buy item all of a sudden.

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Kyohei Hamura Voiced by Pierre Taki

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Aside from serving as a voice actor for the game, Pierre Taki has also dubbed voice for Olaf in animated musical fantasy Frozen and reprised his role in Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts III, which will be replaced soon according to Square Enix.

Known as Judge Eyes in Japan, Judgment probably won't see an unusual price hike when it will be released worldwide but then again, we don't really know for sure yet that whether or not dates will be pushed back because of Taki's arrest.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Judgment Pulled From Sales in Japan

Yakuza spin-off title Judgment was pulled from sales by SEGA in Japan after voice actor arrested for drug scandal.

An official spin-off title of the acclaimed Yakuza series, developer/publisher Sega has released action-adventure game Judgment back on December 2018 in Japan for players on PlayStation 4, also eyeing for a Western release this year.

The title was commercially doing pretty well and fans were eagerly waiting for a summer 2019 release worldwide. However, it has been pulled from sales after one of the game's voice actors was arrested for alleged possession and usage of cocaine.

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Judgment Pulled From Sales in Japan

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Japanese actor and musician Pierre Taki, who has voiced over for in-game crime boss character Kyohei Hamura for the PS4 title has been arrested recently after tips on suspicion of his using a small amount of cocaine was received by police.

Initially, there was no drug to be found but when given a urine test, Taki was tested positive for cocaine usage. Right after this incident, Sega voluntarily came out with a press release for halting distribution and promotion for the game in response.

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Following their brief statement, the publisher completely pulled the game off from digital and retail stores while the investigation is ongoing. Also, the planned release date of Judgment on June 25, 2019 is now in question until the investigation comes to a conclusion.

For many people, it may seem like a lot of drama over some routine drug charges but Japan has a very strict outlook on drugs and possession of cocaine can lead to seven years of prison sentences for voice actor Pierre Taki.

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Pierre Taki Plays Kyohei Hamura

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Originally developed as codename Project Judge and known as Judge Eyes in Japan, the game follows private detective Takayuki Yagami working on a serial murder case and engages in a beat 'em up adventure in third-person perspective.

This sudden drug scandal fiasco and Taki's arrest is obviously quite disheartening for everyone who put a lot of effort and labor in creating and promoting Judgment, both from within and outside of Japan, considering the studio announce a worldwide release date only a week ago.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Yakuza Kiwami Comes to Steam

PC version of Yakuza Kiwami reveals a February release date by publisher Sega to arrive on Steam.

A remake of Yakuza, action-adventure game Yakuza Kiwami was originally a title for PlayStation 2, which has been rumored to receive a PC port ever since E3 2018 after developer/publisher Sega announced to bring Valkyria Chronicles 4 and Yakuza 0 on the platform.

Whereas both of these above-mentioned titles have already saw release on Steam last year, the titular game in question on Valve's digital distribution storefront had no mention of the launch date until now and we have a release window of February 19, 2019.

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Yakuza Kiwami Comes to Steam

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Up until this point, the app page for Yakuza Kiwami on Steam only stated "Coming Soon" for so long and Sega didn't stop people from speculating whatever they could come up with. They simply uploaded a GIF with a heading "MAJIMAAAA!"


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The animated file showcase a brief glimpse of Goro Majima, a rival for series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu appearing out of a manhole in the middle of a city street. There is a frame for a brief split-second that says "February 19th" and you know what that means.

This is not the first playful tease Sega has been giving us as earlier this month; they posted a tongue out image of a Sheep on the Steam page of Bayonetta to herald the news of Catherine coming to PC before it was confirmed by an ESRB Rating.

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The Yakuza remake saw release on Japan for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles in January 2016. PC version of the game will be offering options for 4K resolution, customizing controls, uncapped frame rates and widescreen support.

Yakuza Kiwami is already available for pre-order for the price of $19.99 only and the Digital Deluxe Edition will cost you $21.99. The site is also offering a 10% discount on pre-purchase of the title, which is a part of special promotion that will end on February 19.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Catherine Classic on PC Out Now

Sega introduces the PC port for action-adventure puzzle title of 2011 as Catherine Classic, available now on Steam.

It was only a week ago when publisher Sega decided to tease players of the upcoming release of Catherine on PC platform through the News tab of the Steam page for Bayonetta, which was then confirmed shortly after by an ESRB Rating.

Today, the critically and commercially successful 2011 puzzle platformer from Japanese developer Atlus has made its way to the digital storefront of Steam and Humble Store, debuting on Windows PC as Catherine Classic, a port to the original console release.

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Catherine Classic on PC Out Now

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Sega was also generous enough to drop an official announcement trailer for series fans from the past and the normies to sink their teeth in.




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The recently launched port has received a several upgrades over the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 console versions. Players can unlock the frame rate while enjoying the nightmare quests in 4K resolution with now customizable controls for a better experience.

Also, the game offers you to choose between English and Japanese-language voiceover, something that was not a part of Western release in the past. Catherine Classic is priced $19.99 only and comes with all three original game modes.

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Although you get to play the story campaign and enjoy the two existing multiplayer modes, Atlus decided not to include an online multiplayer feature, which they plan on to include on the remastered version of the game, Catherine: Full Body with a third character named Rin.

Full Body will come out later at some point on 2019 and the Western version of the game will only be launched on PlayStation 4. Catherine takes you to a twisted journey of love, betrayal and the terror of a romantic thriller of protagonist Vincent between three women in his life.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Catherine on PC Confirmed by ESRB

After teasing on Steam, a recently revealed ESRB rating confirms that puzzle platformer game Catherine is coming on PC.

Before Catherine: FullBody was announced for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita as a remaster version of the 2011 puzzle platformer Catherine by developer/publisher Atlus, the original title was also available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Recently, an image of a Sheep with its tongue out was posted on the news section of the Steam page for action-adventure title Bayonetta by publisher Sega and people took it as a hint of Catherine coming to PC but it was later confirmed by an ESRB Rating.

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Catherine on PC Confirmed by ESRB


Even though there was no solid confirmation, fans were quick to point out that Catherine is coming to PC seeing the sheep on the site and taking it as a messenger. What the curious players want to know now is which version of this puzzle adventure game are they getting?

The game gets a Mature 17+ rating from ESRB for most obvious reasons like having partial nudity, sexual themes and strong language within its content but people already knew that. The updated version, Catherine: Full Body has additional contents that have everyone interested in it.


To simplify things, we took a look at the Australian Classification Board rate for the game where it is titled as "Catherine Classic", which most likely to suggest that this one is the 2010 release version and it was submitted by Sega as well.

Having to re-release a game when they are already developing an updated version is pointless but is it because the company wants to keep Full Body as a Sony consoles exclusive while re-launch the original on Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One?


It doesn't sound simply anymore, does it? If Atlus wanted, they could simply make the game backwards compatible on Xbox One. Or maybe they are doing this because they wanted to avoid confusion among fans on which version are they getting by renaming it.

It could also be that Catherine Classic will add the newly introduced third girl named Rin and new endings for her but will not include the many newly developed animated cut scenes and content from Catherine: Full Body. We hope an official announcement clear this out soon.