We have some good news for retro game-lovers today, as Sega launched the classic version of Sonic the Hedgehog to Google Play. On the game’s official page on the Google Play store, Sega states that this is the full original version, and includes some pretty neat exclusive features, such as the ability to play as Knuckles and Tails. The game is available for download at only $2.99. Enjoy, gamers! Let us know how you like it. The Google Play link is available after the break, as well as a preview video. » Read the rest
At the Game Developers Conference 2013 today, SEGA dropped some news for fans of the old school fun known as Sonic the Hedgehog. The original version of the game has been remastered to run natively on Android devices and is expected to be available in April for $2.99. Hopefully the combination of sensors in modern smartphones and tablets, combined with some touchscreen controls, will prove to be a powerful combination with a game that did such a good job of portraying a sense of speed. Some gameplay video is expected to be released so that may give us a better idea of what to expect. SEGA also indicated they are working on Sonic 2 and progress is on schedule.
source: Android Police
‘Tis the season to be jolly and famed video game developer Sega is certainly trying to get into the holiday spirit by offering some great deals for some of its popular titles for those of us here in North America. Between now and January 3rd, gamers will find games such from the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Jet Set Radio and Total War Battles between 99¢ and $1.99. Of course you’ll want to make sure your device has enough space to hold each game and you’ll want to set aside an hour or two (or two or three or four) in order to have time to play the addicting titles, but hey– it’s a nice problem to have, right?
Hit the break to see the full list of titles and the Play Store links for purchase and download.
Football fans, the global kind not the American football kind, may want to check out Sega’s latest update to their Football Manager Handheld series. Released yesterday, the new 4.0 version of the game is ready for the 2013 season. Football Manager Handheld 2013 has two different modes, a full career mode and a “Challenge Mode.” The challenge mode provides a series of short-term scenarios with very specific goals to be achieved. Full career mode gives players the ability manage any club from a choice of leagues in 14 different countries over the long haul. Players control their team’s player transfers, training, tactics, and overall management of the selected team. » Read the rest
We gave you the heads up a couple of weeks ago about the 12-year old game that was originally released on the ill-fated Sega Dreamcast. Today is the day to get your retro tag and grind on – jet set, in-line skate style on your Android device. Cell-shaded games were all the rage back in the late 90′s and early 00′s. Now, those feeling a little nostalgic can go back in time and enjoy a faithful port of this niche game. » Read the rest
Jet Set Radio, the 12-year-old Sega Dreamcast title, has seen numerous adaptations on several platforms. Today we learned Sega plans to release the Android, PlayStation Vita and iOS versions later this month. Vita users will get fist crack at it on November 20th. Android and iOS users will have to wait a little longer for a November 29th release. Not quite the summer release Sega had promised back in July, but if it’s the faithful port of the original Dreamcast, I doubt too many people will mind.
Hit the break for the game trailer.
Gamers who remember the Sega Dreamcast may be familiar with Jet Set Radio. The game offered players the opportunity to skate around a virtual world with the goal of graffiti “tagging” different locations. Jet Set Radio was regarded as one of the top titles for the Dreamcast platform with a vibrant universe of cel-shaded graphics and a great soundtrack.
Anyone who was a fan of the game will be glad to know that Sega has announced plans to release a new version of the game later this summer that will run on Android devices. It sounds like it will be a faithful port of the old classic with only some minor tweaks or additions to allow for new technologies such as the use of cell phone pictures in game. With the improved capabilities of today’s HD devices, the graphics should be stunning.
No release date or pricing information is available. TalkAndroid will keep our eyes open for any updates.
Sonic lovers can rejoice since Sega just released Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II in the Google Play Store and NVIDIA TegraZone. It’s optimized for Tegra 3 devices and delivers a near console-like experience that you won’t find on any other mobile platform. Thanks to NVIDA’s Tegra 3, it has dramatically higher quality textures, better lighting and glow effects, and objects that are absent from other mobile versions. It’s the most technically advanced mobile version of the game, and you will find it’s a near mirror-image of the PS3 and Xbox versions. Just take a look at the images below to see the difference (click images to enlarge).
For young football fans (soccer for my American friends) of the 80′s and 90′s, Football Manager wasn’t a game, it was a way of life. For the purists amongst us, you will no doubt remember the game by its original name Championship Manager. This was a game that you could load up on a cold, wet Saturday morning with a view to playing one or two matches before realising that it’s nearly time for your Sunday night bath ready for school the next day. When engrossed in Football Manager, days seem like hours and hours seem like minutes such is the manner in which the game sucks you in.
For the uninitiated, Football Manager is not your typical football (soccer) game, you don’t use a direction pad to run your players around the pitch etc. Football Manager, as the name obviously suggests, puts you as the manager of your chosen team and tasks you with the day-t0-day running of a football club. This covers everything from stadia, player transfers, finances, match tactics and so much more. You set up everything behind the scenes, pick your team and then sit back and watch as your players perform according to your instructions. Depending on the team you manage a successful season could be anything from winning the Champions League to surviving relegation to the bottom division.
The Main Game
From its humble beginnings on the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST, Football Manager is one of those games that receives an annual update around the same time each year updating the player rosters and adding new features. It hit the PSP and iOS last year and finally it’s landed on Android.
Football Manager Handheld is not a direct port of the desktop version, anyone expecting that could end up slightly disappointed. The handheld version is a cut down version that’s designed to be easier to access in order to cater for the more casual gamer who may just be looking to kill some time on the daily commute. The game transfers to a touch-screen format nicely with a simplified layout, there are less options and not as many facets of the managerial role. Let me reassure you now, a stripped down game does not mean stripped down fun, the game is still as much fun and just as addictive as ever.
All of the major leagues and clubs are represented and there’s a huge database of over 20,000 real life players. The main match view will be familiar to those who have followed the franchise over the years. Watching the match involves watching 22 coloured dots swarming around the screen, moving along a white dot (the football). It may not sound like edge of the seat stuff but just try it for yourself and see!
Just like the desktop version, the game lasts as long as your managerial career does. You might find yourself poached by clubs from other countries, you may find yourself called up to manage a national team or perhaps you’ll get the sack. I recall entering the 20th season of my career on the 2002/2003 desktop version of the game, an achievement that I won’t (but undoubtedly could) replicate on the handheld edition.
In order to really make the most of the handheld edition, there is a separate challenge mode designed for the more casual gamer. Challenge mode throws you into the middle of one of four set scenarios where you are tasked with leading your team through a particular crisis or campaign. The challenge must be complete before the end of the season.
The challenges include scenarios such as steering a poor performing club from relegation, avoid being sacked from an injury struck club, and leading a top club to an undefeated season. They are each straight forward enough to pick up and play easily however they are tough enough to keep Football Manager veterans satisfied. All in all, a welcome edition to the main game.
Football Manager Handheld 2012 will cost you £6.99 (approx $11) and brings all of the polish and playability you would expect from a Sega title. Long time followers of the series will enjoy this game, the stripped down handheld edition actually feels a lot like the desktop version did circa 2003 which, in my opinion, was when the game was at its best. Subsequent releases became a little too complex with the sheer number of options available almost getting in the way of just playing the core game.
Casual gamers and Football Manager newcomers may well enjoy the main game however the four challenges are sure to be the ideal way to introduce people to the game and allow them to cut their teeth before progressing to the big wide world of career mode.
This is an addictive and immersive game that will help the longest train journey pass in a flash as well as being responsible for losing entire weekends without trace. So what are you waiting for? Dig out your sheepskin coat and hit the link below to get downloading!
Sega just announced that Phantasy Star Online 2 will be coming to the PC and PS Vita, but it will also be hitting Android and iOS. It will be a little different though as in it won’t have the same online cross-platform gameplay, but focus instead on social game elements, simpler controls, and character creation. Basically, the Android version can transfer data to either the PC or Vita version. The understanding is that you will be able to play the game on your Android device, but it will be solo gameplay, and the progression will transfer to the PC or Vita, which are the actual online games.
Phantasy Star Online 2 will be free to play and transaction based (freemium). The PC version will be out this summer and the Vita version will be out in early 2013. We are hearing that the Android version will release some time in between, which has a Winter release written all over it.