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    by Published on July 25th, 2014 23:06



    Today we are going to review the SEGA Mega Drive: Ultimate Collection for Xbox360, now being someone who grew up with games from the golden generation of 16 bit gaming, i can honestly say this one ticks all the boxes for me.

    The Snes and MegaDrive days were in my opinion the best of what gaming is all about, the classics from that time had decent graphics for the day but also there was a massive variant of types of games, anyone these days must be bored with the never ending line up of First Person Shooters that offer nothing majorly new.

    Another reason for liking this collection is my love of emulation and the ability to play older games on systems never intended to be played on, with this being an actual Sega Release you know or indeed hope they will get it right

    The collection boasts an impressive 40 Megadrive Games:

    Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
    Alien Storm
    Altered Beast
    Beyond Oasis
    Bonanza Bros.
    Columns
    Comix Zone
    Decap Attack starring Chuck D. Head
    Dr. Robotnik's MBM
    Dynamite Headdy
    Ecco the Dolphin
    Ecco II: The Tides of Time
    E-SWAT
    Fatal Labyrinth
    Flicky
    Gain Ground
    Golden Axe I
    Golden Axe II
    Golden Axe III
    Kid Chameleon
    Phantasy Star II
    Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
    Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium
    Ristar
    Shining in the Darkness
    Shining Force
    Shining Force 2
    Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
    Sonic 3D Blast
    Sonic and Knuckles
    Sonic Spinball
    Sonic The Hedgehog
    Sonic The Hedgehog 2
    Sonic The Hedgehog 3
    Streets of Rage
    Streets of Rage 2
    Streets of Rage 3
    Super Thunder Blade
    Vectorman
    Vectorman 2

    If thats not enough theres also 9 unlockable Master System/Arcade games:

    Alien Syndrome (arcade)
    Altered Beast (arcade)
    Congo Bongo (arcade)
    Fantasy Zone (arcade)
    Golden Axe Warrior (Sega Master System)
    Phantasy Star (Sega Master System)
    Shinobi (arcade)
    Space Harrier (arcade)
    Zaxxon (arcade)

    Thats some seriously great amount of games, me personally the Sonic games, Ecco the Dolphin, Super ThunderBlade (best helicopter game ever ?) and Dr. Robotnik's MBM are my personal faves. In a time where you pay £4 or more for replaying retro games like this on Xbox Live, to get them all in one collection is value in my book, yes the graphics will look dated but gameplay is king here.

    The Review

    This is where our reviews will differ from other site reviews, i am a 40 plus year old gamer brought up on the days of the 16 bit generation and an emulation fan for ever. My 18 year old son has played games since the age of 4 and can slaughter games in a way even i cant. So 2 viewpoints.

    Wraggster Review

    Well from the moment i popped the game in the drive i was impressed, the menu is one of the best ive seen from these compilation games of yesteryear, when you get onto the main screen you are met with the menu itself, you can give ratings on games from 1 - 5 and when you scroll down the games it tells you what the genre is and on the right hand side theres a cartridge showing the loading screens, quite a nice touch. Seems very polished so far.

    The manual gives instructions to a selection of the best games out of this collection, with games like Ecco and the Story of Thor youll need to read up on them.

    Ok lets get to the games, now in this world of HD TVs if you have tried connecting a megadrive or Snes to a HD TV youll agree with me that the screen looks crap, to play these games like you did in their glory days you need an old style CRT TV. Well you can put that one to bed.

    First game i tried was Sonic the hedgehog 1, it grabbed me straight away how damn good the graphics looked, they are still 16 bit graphics but they look like they are on steroids, i completed 5 levels just to be in awe at how good this looked.

    The speed of the game was just as i remember it and the music sounded perfect, best news ever is the addition of a save game feature which lets you save whenever you want, perfect for those damn hard games with no save features or daft passwords that you can never remember.

    Ecco the Dolphin was up next and it simply looked excellent, again the graphics looked way better than i remember, the game was still as hard as ever (for me anyway). Not all games looked as good as the 2 above but having never got any of them looking this decent on a modern television i for one was in heaven.

    One thing i did notice was that Achievements were being handed out, great for the modern generation who collect such things but of no interest to me who was brought up in this generation of games.

    Theres no online multiplayer but there wasnt in the originals, so whilst it would have been an interesting feature its not one i miss.

    Lets be honest, the games listed are great, 49 in total with the unlockable ones but theres some gems missing, Earthworm Jim, Virtua Racing, Megalomania and Super Skidmarks to just name a few.

    Being an emulation fan i would have loved it if Sega would have introduced a way of loading roms of USB to play in addition to whats on the disc, but that would kill off sequels to this collection i suppose.

    So out of 10 i would personally score it a quite high 9.1 out of 10, yes its missing a few games but overall the list is impressive and you really need to see the likes of the Sonic and Ecco games and youll fall in love with 16 bit gaming all over again.

    Jamie Wraggs Review

    A lot of the points above i agree with but from my point of view the graphics are nothing to shout about to todays games but however the difference between the collection on the original Xbox and this version shows how much time has gone in and they have somehow enhanced the graphics way beyond what the Xbox version showed us. I was impressed with the style of the menus and the ease of it to understand games that i had not previously heard of. The achievement implementation was a masterstroke, not only will it attract the attention of the new generation of gamers who enjoy the challenge of collecting achievements but it will also give the older generation who played the games it adds replay value to games they may have already played in their younger days. The addition of saving means that some of the harder games are much more user friendly. If i was to give a score out of 10 i would give this Ultimate Collection a 8.5 out of 10.



    SEGA Mega Drive: Ultimate Collection for Xbox360 is available at stores like Viking Direct and Amazon UK.

    Thanks to Viking Direct for the review copy of this excellent collection.
    by Published on July 14th, 2014 21:00
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    New Video Game Releases: Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Nintendo Wii U, 3DS, DS, PSP, PS Vita, Xbox 360 Pre-order Bonus!
    Amazon has recently added a number of upcoming new video game releases to the list of titles with notable pre-order bonus offers. We've scanned the upcoming titles set to release this year and pulled out the related pre-order bonus offers. These offers are fairly dynamic, so check back often for the latest updates...
    Here is the updated Amazon pre-order bonus list:
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    by Published on July 7th, 2014 23:56
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    Grab Call of Duty: Ghosts - Xbox One for $19.99 (Reg. $59.99) at Amazon!
    Call of Duty: Ghosts is an extraordinary step forward for one of the largest entertainment franchises of all-time. This new chapter in the Call of Duty franchise features a new dynamic where players are on the side of a crippled nation fighting not for freedom, or liberty, but simply to survive. Fueling this all new Call of Duty experience, the franchiseís new next-gen engine delivers stunning levels of immersion and performance, all while maintaining the speed and fluidity of 60 frames-per-second across all platforms.
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    by Published on July 7th, 2014 23:55
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    Amazon Deal Match!Amazon has deal matched a couple weekend ad promotions for the PS4!Grab Killzone: Shadow Fall (PlayStation 4) for $19.99 (Reg. $59.99) or inFAMOUS: Second Son Standard Edition (PlayStation 4) for $39.99 (Save $20)!Killzone: Shadow Fall is the latest installment in the hugely successful Killzone franchise, developed exclusively for PlayStation 4, by Guerrilla Games. Thirty years after the events of Killzone 3, the world is a very different place, with two rival factions, the Helghast and the Vektans, living side by side divided by a vast wall. In the midst of it all stands a Shadow Marshal, an elite soldier, the best of the best. As Shadow Marshal Lucas Kellan, youíre sworn to protect your home and the values you believe in. Maintaining the fragile peace is difficult when there is no trust between either side. A series of escalating conflicts puts you on the path of a Helghast intelligence operative named Echo, who fights for the same reasons but on the opposite side. Strive to uncover the whole story as the intense, immersive combat of the Killzone series is reborn on PS4.
    inFAMOUS Second Son, a PlayStation 4 exclusive , brings you an action adventure game where surrounded by a society that fears them, superhumans are ruthlessly hunted down and caged by the Department of Unified Protection. Step into a locked-down Seattle as Delsin Rowe, who has recently discovered his superhuman power and is now capable of fighting back against the oppressive DUP. Enjoy your power as you choose how you will push your awesome abilities to the limit and witness the consequences of your actions as they affect the city and people around you.

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    by Published on July 7th, 2014 23:38
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    Sprint and T-Mobile may have been the first big US carriers to announce launch plans for LG's G3 smartphone, but they won't be the first to actually carry it. AT&T hasrevealed that both the G3 and the Android Wear-based G Watch will reach its stores on July 11th, with online orders beginning on the 8th. In both cases, pricing is par for the course. You'll pay $199 on contract for the G3, or $29 per month in one year's worth of Next installments; the G Watch will cost you $229 up front. The AT&T-native G3 doesn't particularly stand out (unless you really, really like Big Blue's logo), but it may be your best bet if you just have to get a quad HD-capable Android phone as quickly as possible.

    http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/acc...id=_ZQkiAedUEt
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    by Published on July 7th, 2014 21:17
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    Ubisoft's hit continues to perform, though Freedom Wars takes number one
    The PlayStation Vita RPG Freedom Wars topped the Japanese charts last week with nearly 190,000 sales - but Ubisoft's Watch Dogs wasn't too far behind.
    Sales of Vita hardware nearly doubled on the release of Freedom Wars, though it still finished a few hundred units short of the 3DS XL. However, the most surprising story of the week was arguably Ubisoft's Watch Dogs, which sold almost 95,000 units across both PlayStation consoles - with more than 63,000 on PlayStation 4.
    And it was a busy week on the software chart in general, with every one of the top six spots occupied by a new release. The software top ten is below, with lifetime sales in parentheses:

    • 1. [PSV] Freedom Wars (SCEJ, 06/26/14) - 188,888 (New)
    • 2. [PS4] Watch Dogs (Ubisoft, 06/26/14) - 63,595 (New)
    • 3. [PS3] Kamen Rider: Battride War II (Bandai Namco, 06/26/14) - 62,649 (New)
    • 4. [3DS] Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu's Space-Time Great Adventure (Bandai Namco, 06/26/14) - 53,095 (New)
    • 5. [PSV] Girls und Panzer: Master the Tankery (Bandai Namco, 06/26/14) - 31,526 (New)
    • 6. [PS3] Watch Dogs (Ubisoft, 06/26/14) - 31,028 (New)
    • 7. [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) - 29,590 (1,147,202)
    • 8. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) - 23,520 (492,837)
    • 9. [3DS] Pokemon Art Academy (Nintendo, 06/19/14) - 15,373 (46,454)
    • 10. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen (Konami, 05/22/14) - 13,026 (136,893)

    The altogether more static hardware chart is below, with the prior week's sales in parentheses:

    • 1. 3DS LL - 22,803 (21,459)
    • 2. PlayStation Vita - 22,192 (11,937)
    • 3. Wii U - 10,653 (10,715)
    • 4. PlayStation 4 - 8,059 (7,009)
    • 5. PlayStation 3 - 7,480 (6,339)
    • 6. 3DS - 5,081 (4,582)
    • 7. PlayStation Vita TV - 2,727 (1,444)
    • 8. PSP - 1,445 (2,335)
    • 9. Xbox 360 - 201 (214)


    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/article...apan-last-week
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    by Published on July 7th, 2014 21:07
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    Rebellion and 505 Gamesí Sniper Elite 3 is once again at the top of the UKIE GfK Chart-Track All Formats Top 40 this week.
    It holds on to the top spot despite a 36 per cent week-on-week drop in sales, matching the successive No.1ís of its predecessor.
    Watch Dogs sits at second place for the third week in a row, while retail discounting helps FIFA 14 climb from sixth and third and 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil climb three places to eighth.
    A 53 per cent increase in sales sees 3DS outing Tomodachi Life jump from 16th to 11th Ė again, thanks to discounting.
    Despite the lack of new releases the overall market declined by just three per cent thanks to strong budget sales.
    Hereís the UK Top Ten for the week ending July 5th:
    1. Sniper Elite 3 (505 Games)
    2. Watch Dogs (Ubisoft)
    3. FIFA 14 (EA)
    4. Titanfall (EA)
    5. Wolfenstein: The New Order (Bethesda)
    6. Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision)
    7. EA Sports UFC (EA)
    8. 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (EA)
    9. Minecraft: PS3 Edition (Sony)
    10. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (Microsoft)

    http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/snipe...k-no-1/0134987
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    by Published on July 7th, 2014 20:58
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    Divinity: Original Sin has claimed the top spot on Steam during last week's sales period, which included the fading days of the digital distributorís summer sale.
    Wolfenstein: The New Order and Payday 2 finished with their own flourishes, thanks to significant promotional discounts. The pair finished in the runner-up and third spot, respectively.
    Chart regular DayZ never faltered in terms of dropping off the list during the sale, taking a relatively solid fifth place finish this past week.
    Here's the full list:

    1. Divinity: Original Sin
    2. Wolfenstein: The New Order
    3. Payday 2
    4. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
    5. DayZ
    6. Skyrim V - Legendary Edition
    7. Dark Souls II
    8. Civilization V: Complete Edition
    9. Borderlands 2 Game of the Year
    10. Space Engineers

    http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/steam...july-5/0135018 ...
    by Published on July 7th, 2014 19:45
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    The Kinect 2.0 may have split from the Xbox One, but it will be ready to find new love with PC partners soon. A Microsoft Store listing highlights a July 15 release date for the Xbox logo-less, PC-compatible 3D camera, meaning we can put Xbox head Phil Spencer's belief that people will still buy the Kinect to the test as soon as next week.

    The PC version of the Kinect 2 boasts a price tag of a not-insignificant $200 - $100 more than the price difference between a Kinect-less Xbox One and an Xbox One with the peripheral pack-in.

    http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/...ctID.298810500
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    by Published on June 16th, 2014 21:26
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    Watch Dogs retained the No.1 spot on the UK all formats all prices chart during the week ended June 14.
    The game held off competition from 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, which jumped four places to No.2 as the real tournament kicked off in South America.
    Wolfenstein The New Order, Mario Kart 8 and FIFA 14 rounded off the top five, while there were no new releases in the top 40.
    GfK/Chart-Track Top 10 (previous week)


    http://www.computerandvideogames.com...ld-cup-brazil/ ...

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