E3 2011: SEGA Mixes Classic Titles W/ New IP
E3 2011: SEGA Mixes Old And New
Legendary publisher Sega invited Newsarama into their behind-the-scenes, closed-door meeting rooms at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011 in Los Angeles to preview several of their games. We had some hands-on time, some hands-off, and overall, saw a lot of games with a lot of different styles.
While we've already talked at length about Captain America (and how much fun we've had with it!), here we have some sneak peeks at other Sega games of note.
Humanity and machines collide in the is sci-fi squad based 3rd person shooter. In 2080, robots have been come commonplace, but when somebody starts making robots that look like people in violation of international law, a multinational taskforce, nicknamed the Rust Group, is formed to infiltrate a newly isolationist Japan and root out the source of the androids. Separating Binary Domain from other squad based shooters is its trust system. Not only will selecting teammates, two from a pool of at least four, and keeping them alive will build their trust in you as a leader (and help them develop better stats but also improve their unique skills that you can choose to complement the squad) but with the support of a headset (or the Kinect's microphone) and advancements in voice recognition technology the player can verbally interact with your team; issuing orders, taking or rejecting tactical suggestions from them and engaging in banter. Getting your allies shot up, or ignoring their suggestions (or agreeing to them and not following through) will drop their trust in you and may result in them not coming to your aid when you need it. Foes in Binary Domain are a variety of robots from human size, which will continue to attack in the Terminator style even if partially dismembered or beheaded until they are destroyed, to giant walkers that must be defeated in stages. Binary Domain will be out for PS3 and the Xbox 360 in February of 2012.
Sold as a true sequel to the second film by Randy Pitchford of Gearbox, Aliens: Colonial Marines brings an all-new story to the Alien franchise. Pitchford assures fans that the game is very faithful to the world established by the films, even saying, "I have been stealing from this franchise my entire career." The gameplay looks to focus on a lot more close encountering than your average shooter. The xenomorphs are fast and have a pack-like mentality, not unlike the packs of Raptors in Jurassic Park. Luckily, you'll be able to have help from your friends with drop-in, drop-out co-op play. You'll need that help, as there are both old-school aliens (and plenty of easter eggs) for fans, plus new species, like a massive "rhino" style xenomorph. The fight continues in Spring 2012.
Next up from hot developer Platinum Games (Bayonetta, Vanquish) is this 3D brawler featuring Jack, the chainsaw gloved protagonist from MadWorld and an undisclosed multitude of other characters. The focus of the game is online multiplayer, where you and friends battle each other and others in arena style match including, but not limited to, Tag Team and Deathmatch/Battle Royal. There will also be a single player storyline with will breakdown into a series of arena battles against AI opponents. The single player game will be divided into two stories, one starring Jack (but unrelated to the events of MadWorld) and another starring Leo, a new ninja-like character with two long blades extending from his elbows. The pair share a only kinda-friendly rivalry, and in their stories will both be heading towards the same goal but by very different paths. Completing their stores will unlock characters in the multiplayer game. Anarchy Reigns will be out for PS3 and the Xbox 360 in January of 2012.
Downloadable games often run the risk of over-complicating things rather than finding a relatively simple formula and sticking to it. Luckily, that's not at all the case with this little gem. Named by Courtney as our Best Downloadable of E3 2011, this is fast and furious fun. Up to four players drive around in small (but detailed) tanks, which each has its own special attacks to make things go boom faster. The world is almost entirely destroyable, with bonuses delivered for more buildings, people, and enemy vehicles blown up. One of the cool powered-up attacks called in a full-scale air attack that decimated an entire area. There's fun friendly competition, as you and your comrades in arms are ranked after each mission, allowing for bragging rights while still also working together. It's a very fun game, and will be available within the next few months.
As much as a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Sonic franchise as a new game, a rip in space-time has the three 'eras' of Sonic games coming together in Sonic Generations. Every stage in the game is a call back to classic levels from either the Genesis, Dreamcast or current console generation Sonic games, but each is re-imagined to fit both the 2D and 3D Sonic gameplay style. For the example shown in the demonstration, the iconic “City Escape” zone from Sonic Adventure 2, which featured Sonic being chased down city streets by a massive semi-truck is depicted in 3D like it was originally, though with visual and game play enhancements (this time the truck has a trio of saw blades it deploys to attack Sonic). However, the other half of every level is presented in the 2D style from the original Sonic series, and uses 2.5D effects to allow you to take different paths through the level and for, in the same example, the truck to come charging in from the foreground or background to not only try to kill you, but change the geometry of the level. In other stages, like the hereto unseen Green Hill Zone, it will be the classic 2D version what will have the visual enhancements, and a 3D stage will be constructed using that 2D level as inspiration. Adding to the multi-dimensional excitement, the game will be available in stereoscopic 3D on consoles and a version of it will be released for the Nintendo 3DS featuring levels taken from other Sonic hand-held titles, and multiplayer mini-games. Sonic Generations will be released for all major consoles, save the Wii, on November 22, 2011.