Showing posts with label Sega. Show all posts
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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

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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.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Streets of Rage 4 Reveals New Screenshots

Developer Lizardcube releases new screenshots of Streets of Rage 4, showcasing Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding.

The last game of side-scrolling beat 'em up series Streets of Rage came out more than two decades ago and no one has thought that the franchise would return anytime soon until it did with a bang in August 27, 2018 when Streets of Rage 4 was announced.

Although not much of the game is revealed yet, we see the 90's vibe is very much alive in the newest installment. Recently, developer Lizardcube has released a fresh batch of screenshots from the game for fans to look at before they come up with more.

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Streets of Rage 4 Reveals New Screenshots

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Right after the announcement for SoR4 was made through the official reveal trailer; long-time fans of the game just lost their minds and started posting some amazing line of fan-arts of protagonists Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding everywhere.

The newly revealed images depict how the studio reinvented the retro feel with hand-painted art for a better visual that would appeal to both the arcade goers of old days and modern day console lovers. They also hint at a hell of a lot of action to enjoy.

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Streets of Rage 4 Screen 1
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Streets of Rage 4 Screen 2
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Streets of Rage 4 Screen 5
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Streets of Rage 4 Screen 6

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Original developer/publisher of the series, Sega handed development of the third sequel to Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games, which DotEmu will publish. Even though beat 'em up is not as popular as once they were, the nostalgia could be a very powerful selling factor for the game.

Streets of Rage 4 is expected to release sometime on 2019 that is still unspecified and for yet to be revealed platforms but we believe the game will probably launch simultaneously on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

PlayStation Plus Free Games for November 2018

PlayStation Plus free games lineup has picked up Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition and Yakuza Kiwami for the month of November 2018.

Hope you are having a blast this Halloween whether trick or treating or just lazily sitting around playing video games, which is probably your favorite thing to do, right? We are at the endgame of the year 2018 and November seems to be very promising (for now).

Last month, not everyone was impressed with survival horror title Friday the 13th: The Game and futuristic sports game Laser League. So, a new free games lineup of this month for PlayStation Plus subscribers has been carefully chosen this time.

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PlayStation Plus Free Games for November 2018

Before we just jump into the PS Plus lineup, let's take a quick look at the short clip below showcasing all the titles for November 2018.




The very first game we got our hands onto is a first-person shooter titled Bulletstorm from People Can Fly and Epic Games that Electronic Arts had the Publishing rights to. You can play it in both solo and co-op mode in a 26th century setup.

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition gets you all the exclusive content of the game for a definitive experience. Players will take the role of Grayson Hunt, who runs a black ops team called the Dead Echo and on a mission to either seek payback or survive.

Next up is a remake of the first game from the acclaimed action-adventure Yakuza series, Yakuza Kiwami from Sega and Deep Silver. Originally released on PlayStation 3, the game was later launched on PlayStation 4 in 2016 and now is visually enhanced for 4K.

The game follows the story of Kazuma Kiryu, who is known as the Dragon of Dojima and he takes the fall for a murder of a crime boss at the hands of his friend. When he finally comes out ten years later, he discovers himself in the middle of a mess.

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Yakuza Kiwami on PlayStation Plus Free Games

Some more free games from PlayStation Plus lineup for the month of November 2018 is still there and let's take a quick look at the list below.

  • Jackbox Party Pack 2 (PlayStation 3)
  • Arkedo Series (PlayStation 3)
  • Burly Men At Sea (Cross Buy with PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4)
  • Roundabout (Cross Buy with PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4)

If the Battle Royale genre interests you and you don't mind playing H1Z1 (because this is clearly not PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, nor even Fortnite) then we recommend you get the PlayStation Plus Blueshift Pack with goodies for free until November 13.

Hopefully, Bulletstorm and Yakuza Kiwami will be able to sustain you for the month or long enough till games like Battlefield V, Fallout 76 and Spyro Remastered Trilogy comes out and makes you completely forget everything else.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Humble One Special Day Bundle 2018

Humble Store brings you a wide variety of titles and discounts on great games like Guardians of the Galaxy and Streets of Rage while contributing on Special Effect charity.

Starting today at 11 AM PT, digital video game storefront Humble Store has launched a handful of selected titles to support One Special Day fundraising event Special Effect. For those who don't know, the latter is a UK-based organization working hard to help every other disabled people regardless of their age to enjoy video game anyhow and anywhere possible.

On the official page of Humble Bundle, you can find this limited time special offer which will run till October 2nd.

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Humble One Special Day Bundle 2018

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There are a variety of genres to pick your preferred games from first person shooter to episodic graphic adventure and they all are divided into three tiers to make things easy for you to decide and pick up. Many high-profile game developers have taken part in this cause to add their contribution.

The One Special Day 2018 Humble Bundle lets you participate for as low as $1 and then step by step rises to $6.46 and then $9 or more, so that more contributors can chip in for a worthy cause and enjoy some good video games in their free time as well.

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Pay What You Want:
Pay as little as $1 to unlock games like third-person shooter title Binary Domain from Sega or hit the road for some wild ride with Crazy Taxi if racing is your thing. Want to do something slightly different? Pick up skateboarding game OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood from developer Roll7 and publisher Devolver Digital.

Get off some steam with 90's side-scrolling beat 'em up game Streets of Rage since this cult-classic series is making a comeback soon with a newest release; Streets of Rage 4.

  • Binary Domain
  • Crazy Taxi
  • OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood
  • Streets of Rage

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More Than Average:
Enter the average tier by spending $6.46 or more to pick up action role-playing game Alpha Protocol from Obsidian Entertainment, where you take the role of agent Michael Thorton and go into classified black ops missions.

Developer/publisher Codemasters have brought you some competitive racing fun with GRID 2 or just jump into the thrill of tactical shooter in Operation Flashpoint: Red River. Finally, get into the shoes of an expert surgeon in Surgeon Simulator: Anniversary Edition.

  • Alpha Protocol
  • GRID 2
  • Operation Flashpoint: Red River
  • Surgeon Simulator: Anniversary Edition

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More Than Average Tier

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Pay $9 or More:
As we come to the last two games of the bundle, we have real-time strategy from Stronghold Crusader II from Firefly Studios with positive reception and a five-part episodic graphic adventure Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series.

For obvious reasons, players may feel drawn towards the latter title because of its brand affiliation with Marvel and Telltale Games. GotG alone is originally priced $24.99 and given that, $9 is a flat-out super discount for One Special Day occasion.

  • Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series
  • Stronghold Crusader 2

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Pay $9 or More Tier

What else come along with these tiers are some bonuses like a 10% off your first month of Humble Monthly subscription when you unlock the first bundle. Second one grants you Surgeon Simulator 2013 Soundtrack and you are getting Stronghold Crusader 2 Soundtrack for free on the final row.

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One other friendly reminder we would like to give to you is that, popular team-based multiplayer shooter Overwatch from Blizzard Entertainment is currently available on the monthly bundle for October and by spending only $12 to subscribe, you can reserve a copy for yourself.

We certainly believe Humble Store has offered not one but two superb offer for any gamers to resist this month which also serves charity. So, to support a great cause and get some fine games, you should hurry before the offer expires.