Pre-Order Sonic Generations PS3/Xbox 360 at GameStop and Get an Exclusive DLC Pack

Planning on picking up the PS3 or Xbox 360 versions of Sonic Generations? Well, if you’re in the U.S. you can bag yourself an exclusive DLC pack by pre-ordering a copy of the game at GameStop.

Here’s what you can get:

* Casino Night’ Pinball Stage: Play through this all-new mini-game inspired by Casino Night’ from Sonic The Hedgehog 2′, and relive some of your favorite gaming memories in stunning HD.
* Super Sonic Costume: Give your avatar the ultimate make-over with the iconic super transformation’ character.
* Theme: Give your console the ultimate Sonic experience with a theme created exclusively for this pack.

Source: GameStop

Thanks to SSMB member Eternal Awesomeness for the heads up!

Sonic Unleashed: Mazuri and Adabat & Empire City DLC Now On EU PS Store

We’re just over a day late, but forgive us as this news was unexpected and came completely out of left field; it was even missing from the PS Store Update blog entry at the Official EU PS Blog. Looking at the EU PS Store, you’ll now find SEGA Europe yesterday FINALLY released the final two pieces of downloadable content for Sonic Unleashed on the PlayStation 3, content that Xbox Live and other territories PS Stores got June 12th last year, namely the Mazuri Adventure Pack and the Adabat & Empire City Adventure Pack. The packs cost £2.39 each, with the Mazuri pack containing four daytime and two nighttime stages, and the Adabat & Empire City pack containing five daytime stages and four nighttime stages.

Any EU PS3 version owners out there glad to finally see this? Let us know in the comments.

ASR DLC Ball In SEGA’s Court Now

After returning from a holiday in Japan (welcome back) Steve Lycett Executive Producer at Sumo Digital has begun his community support in the SEGA/Sonic community forums again and today revealed the current stance on future downloadable content for Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing in a post at the SSMB.

Yep, you’ve missed one. Switch the leaderboards to Local only and then play through the tracks, if any have the ‘Staff Ghost’ racing on them, you need to beat it still. If it says ‘Sumo Ghost’ you’ve beaten the default ghost and can skip that one.

On the update, ta for that Mr. Casanova. Pretty much as I expected really

Someone else has a Ryo Forklift toy then? We got ours the other day, I was expecting something… nicer! Still, can’t complain, it’s now in our trophy cabinet – boxed up and never to be opened. Ours also didn’t come with a number painted on it. So therefore I can only assume it’s 1/1000 and Doctor Eggmans’s is 2/1000. You can quote me on that

Future DLC is all up to SEGA now. They’ve put out all the bits we’ve done, personally I think they’ll now look to see how the existing stuff goes and decide if they want some more. Not seen any figures yet, but then I’m only nicely getting back into the groove!

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So it looks like the ball is in SEGA’s court as to whether future DLC will happen, currently for the game fans can buy Ryo Forklift and a Metal Sonic & Death Egg pack. Outside of the game Xbox 360 fans can buy Avatar items and a Premium Dashboard theme, there were reports of a PS3 Premium Theme being released on the 22nd April but that never appeared. Will sales of the current DLC be good enough to peek SEGA’s interest? Only time will tell and if we hear anything we’ll let you know.

ASR Metal Sonic & Death Egg Zone DLC Pack On PS Store NOW


UPDATE: OUT NOW IN EU & U.S.!!

PS3 fans waiting for some Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing DLC action who missed the leaking of it a few weeks back need wait no more as the Metal Sonic & Death Egg Zone pack is released this afternoon on the PlayStation Store for £4.79/€5.99 rated PEGI 7. If you want a gander at what’s on offer before you buy you can check out the official screens from SEGA above.

The pack contains Metal Sonic as a playable character in his Metal Booster vehicle with his Maximum Overdrive All-Star Move aswell as the Death Egg Zone: Egg Hangar track which includes cameos from Ristar(offline only), the first Death Egg Zone boss from Sonic & Knuckles and Eggman’s rocket ship in the Doomsday Zone also from Sonic & Knuckles. Also contained are Time Trial staff ghosts for Egg Hangar, 5 music tracks for Egg Hangar which are Space Gadget, General Offensive, Cosmic Fall, Egg Fleet and Never Let It Go aswell as Metal Sonic’s and Egg Hangar’s profile which are an interesting read.

Source: European PlayStation Blog

The PS Store update hasn’t been posted on the U.S. PlayStation Blog yet at the time of this article but we expect it will be released in the U.S. today too.

[New Art & PS3 Info] Metal Sonic & Death Egg Zone Track Now Available On XBLM



UPDATE 7:ArchangelUK has made an entry to the SEGA Europe Blog and Sonic City Blognik with the above new artwork of Metal Sonic in his Metal Booster vehicle aswell as new screenshots of Egg Hangar. Details have also been given as to when PS3 users will get the Metal Sonic and Egg Hangar DLC which is April 22nd. Also revealed is a Premium Theme PS3 owners will be able to decorate their XMB with.

Metal Sonic & Track Pack £4.79 €5.99 $7.99
Premium Theme £1.59 €1.99 $2.49

A statement has also been given regarding the incorrect price issue earlier today –

NOTE: Due to an issue earlier it was being mistakenly priced at 800 points – apologies for this, we put out a warning across the fan boards as soon as we found out. We’re speaking with Microsoft to see if anything can be done for those of you who purchased early. Please make sure its says 560MSP when you purchase it.

UPDATE 6: The price has now been corrected in all countries from 800MSP to 560MSP. Big shout out to thank ArchangelUK for his work on getting this fixed and keeping everyone updated.
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UPDATE 5: From AAUK at the SSMB

Re: Refunds – Yes I’m asking about that, don’t worry. My first concern was that.

I can confirm no PS3 DLC today… when the blog goes up (its being delayed by waiting for the price to change and getting some confirmation on the above) it’ll have the date/prices for PS3.

UPDATE 4: Mike Kebby of the the SCEE PlayStation Store Team has posted his weekly PlayStation Store update on the EU PlayStation blog revealing there will be no ASR DLC released today for EU PS3 version, we’ll keep an eye out for the U.S. PlayStation Store update.

UPDATE 3: WARNING! We’ve just heard from AAUK that there’s a price issue with this DLC so we recommend you hold off just a little until this afternoon.

UPDATE 2: Metal Sonic & Death Egg Zone: Egg Hangar DLC weighing in at 152MB is now available on the U.S. Xbox Live Marketplace and the UK Xbox Live marketplace for 800 Microsoft Points.

UPDATE: We’ve just got word that the patch allows Banjo & Kazooie to be used by the CPU players. Thanks go to FireKingX at the SEGA Forums!/UPDATE END

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing fans may remember a bug-fix and DLC enabling patch was released last Wednesday for the PS3 version before the Metal Sonic and Death Egg Zone: Egg Hangar DLC was released the very next day but then quickly pulled off the PlayStation Store. Well now the same patch has just been released this morning for the Xbox 360 version, if you download it and then check the online multiplayer matchmaking screen you will see a DLC tab which informs players that room is using DLC content meaning you can only enter that lobby if you have the DLC being used in that room. The Ryo Forklift DLC is the only exception to that rule since you only download a key to unlock him on the disc, Metal Sonic and the Death Egg Zone: Egg Hangar and any future DLC is all new content.

The PS3 version got the patch the day before the DLC was released so with tomorrow’s Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Store updates we will hopefully see the Metal Sonic and Death Egg Zone: Egg Hangar content released, we’ll let you know if it appears.

Thanks again to Yuluga for the pic!

PS3 ASR DLC: Metal Sonic, Death Egg Zone and Ryo-F [Update 7: DLC Removed]


UPDATE 7: Mike Kebby of the PlayStation Store team has just revealed the reason as to why the Metal Sonic & Death Egg Zone DLC pack has been removed in reply to a comment at their PS Blog

We were just informed that the release date for this has changed, hence removal from store yes.

The Ryo-F DLC is still available on both the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Marketplace. Thanks to Amorbis at the SSMB for the heads up!
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UPDATE 6: The Metal Sonic and Death Egg Zone DLC pack has been removed from the PlayStation Store, it’s unknown at present why it’s been removed but we’ll update you when we know more. Thanks to Casanova for the heads up. /UPDATE 6 END

UPDATE 5: Ristar cameo confirmed, thanks to Yuluga at the SSMB for the pic.
These are the new music tracks for the Death Egg Zone track –
-Comic Fall
-General Offensive
-Never Let If Go
-Egg Fleet
-Space Gadget
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UPDATE 4: We’ve just got word that the not so subtle cameo Steve mentioned is Ristar from the Mega Drive/Genesis title of the same name. /UPDATE 4 END

UPDATE 3: Both pieces of DLC are out now on EU PS Store. Metal Sonic’s vehicle is called Metal Booster and his All-Star Move is Maximum Overdrive. The Death Egg Zone has 1 track and it’s called Egg Hangar. /UPDATE 3 END
UPDATE 2: Ryo-F is now available on Xbox Live Marketplace for 320 MS Points. /UPDATE 2 END

UPDATE: Executive Producer of Sumo Digital Steve Lycett has made the following post at the SEGA Forums

Don’t worry – it’s real. 360 should also be available shortly 😛

Let’s see who is first to spot the not so subtle Cameo we snuck in too 😛


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Sony Europe have just announced via their PlayStation Blog that DLC for Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing will be hitting the PlayStation Store later today. What is the DLC you ask? Fans of Ryo who didn’t get hold of the Ryo-Forklift pre-order code will be happy to be able to finally nab it and Sonic fans will definitely be pleased to be able to race as Sonic’s robotic nemesis Metal Sonic. Retro Sonic fans will be chuffed to be able to race and explore Eggman’s classic Death Egg Zone base.

Here’s the list of prices –

Sonic & SEGA Allstars Racing –
Metal Sonic & Death Egg Zone (£4.79/€5.99)
Ryu Forklift Character Pack (£3.99/€4.99)
Rating: PEGI 7
Availability: All locales

No word on if the U.S. will be getting this today, we’ve checked the U.S. Blog but no store update yet. We’ll let you know when this is made available later today, meanwhile let us know what you think in the comments.

UPDATE: Sonic LBP DLC Out Now, Sonic PSN Price Reductions

Today is the day for the Sonic themed LittleBigPlanet items you may remember we reported about last week. The items are out now in todays PlayStation Store update but that’s not all as a lot of other Sonic related goodies including a price drop on PSP title Sonic Rivals 2 from £11.99 to £6.29. Continue reading UPDATE: Sonic LBP DLC Out Now, Sonic PSN Price Reductions

First Piece of ASR DLC Hits Xbox Live Marketplace

The first piece of downloadable content for the Xbox 360 version of Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing at least has hit the Xbox Live Marketplace. Priced at 400 Microsoft Points you get what is essentially a key to unlock all content in the game, so those hoping for characters, tracks or music will have to wait a little bit longer.

The content is described as below –

Race past the competition and speed your way to victory with a whole host of Sonic & SEGA All-Star characters and exhilarating tracks. Unlock all 24 tracks and 22 characters from the start with this exclusive download. Winning has never been so sweet!

In a post at the SSMB Steve Lycett Executive Producer at Sumo Digital has confirmed there is better DLC coming –

Yeah, that’s the boring DLC, it gets better

Laser gates? LOL – yet another one to add to the gaffe list. The Final Fortress tracks used to have laser gates that popped out of the tracks to block you. We took them out as they really slowed the race down – and could pop up right when you least wanted them.

Of course there was a cameo on the Final Fortress tracks too….


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This first piece of DLC hasn’t hit the PS3’s PlayStation Store yet but we’ll keep an eye out for it.

UK Xbox Live Marketplace

U.S. Xbox Live Marketplace

Lycett Comments on ASR DLC

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing producer Steve Lycett (“S0L”) fielded some questions in the game’s thread in the SSMB today, one of them involving the prospect of DLC.  Member PSI Wind FTW asked:

Hey S0L, is it possible for DLC to be on all 3 console versions and even the PC version?

Steve’s reply:

Chances are DLC will be limited to 360/PS3.

Whilst it’s entirely possible to do it elsewhere, the big stumbling block is how you actually make it available.

On Wii there’s no DLC store as such – so you have to write some form of in-game store, that also safely handles transactions and deals with downloads that may get paused or corrupted. Then you’ve got the limited storage space, unlike an unlock key or music track, game assets here are pretty big. You’re looking at over a 100Mb for something like an extra track and character. Which would soon fill the Wii’s internal memory, meaning you then have write SD card support – which has it’s own set of problems…!

Plus you can’t update games on Wii (not so far as I know) unless the DLC is supported by shipped code, you can’t add anything once the game is done.

It’s not undoable of course, but all the effort has to be paid for.

PC is a similar story, whilst the game will likely be made available via Steam, and you can offer DLC via the same method – what about disk owners? Again you’d have to write some method or store, then there is the whole security issue too, it’d have to made pretty difficult to extract back out – else people will just share it about for free.

Again, this can be overcome, but again, it bumps up your cost.

That’s before you consider the cost to test assets over multiple platforms to boot :P

If the cost for implementing the content and getting it working exceeds the money you’ll make for doing it…

So whilst I can never say never, I think outside of 360/PS3 it’s not likely to be something that will happen.

There you have it.  Wii DLC?  Ain’t gon’ happen.

First UK Retailer Stocking Ryo Forklift DLC Code Revealed

In the UK and waiting to find out whick retailers will be stocking the Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing pre-order exclusive Ryo Forklift DLC code? Well your wait is over as Gameplay.co.uk have revaled they will be stocking the code.

Simply put your pre-order down for the Xbox 360 or PS3 version and you will get your code when yor game is delivered. An added bonus is that right now Gameplay are one of the cheapest retailers for this game with the Xbox 360 version priced at £30.99 and PS3 version priced at £28.99.

Preorder Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing for Xbox 360/PS3 and receieve a bonus unlockable DLC character – Ryo Hazuki from Shenmue with his famous forklift! Please note that you will require Xbox Live/PSN access to download your bonus. Offer available while stocks last.

Be warned Gameplay are an online retailer only and you must have access to the Xbox Live Marketplace or Playstation Store to get you Ryo Forklift DLC.

Source: Gameplay.co.uk
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Exclusive: Ryo’s Forklift DLC Revealed For ASR


UPDATE 2: ArchangelUK at the Sonic City Blognik has revealed what Ryo Forklift’s All Star Move will be, how it works and confirms he doesn’t replace normal Ryo.

Ryo gains his ASM, he does not summon another vehicle – you have a different animation for this sequence. He clenches his fist and with his right foot FLOORS it. Yes Ryo litterally puts the pedal to the metal* and the whole forklift rears up and you charge forward with the same power as normal Ryo’s ASM.

So Ryo-F is different, in a sense. I’ll confirm he doesn’t replace normal Ryo either as a few of you were worried about that. I’ve just spoken to one of the senior SOE staff working on the game and hopefully we might see some footage down the line. We’ll have to wait and see.


/UPDATE 2 END

UPDATE: ArchangelUK has now made this DLC official at the Sonic City Blognik, this will be a pre-order bonus code for people who pre-order the Xbox 360/PS3 version and will be exclusive to Europe and Australia. Info regarding this form of Ryo’s All Star Move will hopefully be available tomorrow along with images of the France exclusive double ASR Wii Wheel bundle. Info on which store chains in which territories this pre-order gift will be obtainable from will be available soon. /UPDATE END

Original story below:

You may remember a banner ad at retailer GAME’s Spanish website that we reported on which revealed a Ryo character as a piece of downloadable content you can receive when you pre-order the game for Xbox 360. Well GAME have updated the banner to clear things up, the banner now reads “Downloadable Ryo’s forklift” suggesting Ryo from Shenmue’s Forklift will be playable as a seperate vehicle outside of his All Star Move but this leaves the question what would Ryo’s All Star Move be when riding the Forklift as his main vehicle(if he has one)?

It’s unknown at present wether this will appear as DLC for people who don’t pre-order, wether it will be available outside of Spain or wether it will appear on other formats.

We’ll keep you updated. A HUGE thanks to Jolt at the SSMB for the heads up and translation.

ASR To Get Characters And Tracks As DLC?

A polish car enthusiast website called Gry V10.pl has posted a preview (if you can call it that) for Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing, dated 14th January 2010. In the preview they go into detail listing all of the features of the game that have recently been announced but then they get to a subject we aren’t as clued up on as they appear to be, which is downloadable content.

Up until now we’ve seen Xbox.com’s product page list DLC as a feature, but not what form/s it will arrive in, then yesterday we found out retailer GAME’s Spanish website are listing a pre-order bonus for a code to download a Ryo character. Now this car enthusiast website claims SEGA will be releasing characters AND tracks as DLC.

Here is a Google translation of the article/preview –

Racing games are simulators that not only production car with a perfectly odwzorowanymi. Racing games are also arcade’owe productions transferring players fairytale worlds, which might be prosecuted fancy, armed to the vehicles. SEGA company specializes in such wyścigówkach and the latest to be crowned the long years of SEGA in the market.

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is arcade’ową ścigałką in which there are well-known characters from different games Japanese concern. Of course, the main character will be Sonic cult, reveling players around the world for many years. Is responsible for a game studio Sumo Digital have a proven successful OutRun racing series.

The game will debut on the market at the end of next month for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii and DS and the PC. Sonic & SEGA Racing All-Stars in addition to the heroes of the Games SEGA group will also include avatars on Xbox Live and Mii characters from the Nintendo Wii console. In the future, SEGA is going to release add-ons to the game with new characters and tracks.

The game will offer players a number of races and competition of skill played on several tracks referring to the gaming group. Sonic & SEGA Racing All-Stars is designed primarily to give a lot of fun and enjoy both the fast lane younger fans as well as adult players.

We’ll try to get an official word on this and update you as soon as we know more, but for now take this with a grain of salt.

Source: Gry V10.pl

Holoska Adventure Pack Now On EU PS Store

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European PS3 users have been very patient while they have been lagging behind with Sonic Unleashed downloadable content packs. For the past couple of weeks the European Playstation Store has been two packs behind Xbox 360 users and PS3 users from other regions but today you can now download the Holoska Adventure Pack. Unfortunately the Mazuri Adventure Pack is still to come but with no downloadable content released today on Xbox Live or the Playstation Store in other regions at least you EU PS3 users aren’t far behind now.

SEGA Releases Mazuri Download Pack on 360

Those rumblings of more downloadable content has appeared to pan out. SEGA has today released three new levels and three new missions for Mazuri on Xbox Live. Like past DLC packs, this pack costs 250 points. You can get a look at what the content looks like below, in video provided by the Youtube user 1stkirbyever. Why don’t you tell us what you think of this content below?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DIShwa8Gu4[/youtube]

#2 OMG, UNLEASHED DLC

So out of nowhere Kevin (Aka AAUK) posts on the blognik that Sonic Unleashed has DLC online. So I pop onto the 360 and there it is. The Chun-nan Adventure Pack offers new acts and missions to the Chun-nan area which overall are a bit “meh” but then again, they are actually worth the measley 250 points they are asking for them. We’d recommended them only if you actually enjoyed Sonic Unleashed lol.

Sonic Unleashed DLC and Patch released today!

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It’s been a good three or four months since the release of Sonic’s super fast/generic action’y title on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, Sonic Unleashed. SEGA have updated the Xbox Live Market Place today with some of the first Downloadable Content available for the game, a Chun-Nan ‘Adventure Pack.’

The adventure pack weighs in at around 530MB in size and contains four new day time stages (Act 1-2, 2-2, 4 and 5) and two new Werehog stages (Act 1-2 and 3.) While act 1-2 for both characters is simply a more difficult obstacle course of the standard Act 1 stages, Act 4 and 5 for Sonic and Act 3 for the Werehog offer entirely new areas of Chun-Nan for players to explore. Act 2-2 for Sonic simply adds an extra two ‘laps’ on to the already existing stage, though both of these are cleverly designed and a good challenge for even the greatest Unleashed enthusiasts.

Currently, the Xbox 360 DLC is avalible in Europe, Japan and America, while the PS3 DLC is only accessible in Japan. Worry not however, as word has it the European and American PSN will be updating later tonight with the content.

Alongside a DLC update, SEGA have released a patch for the game currently only downloadable through the Xbox Live Marketplace. While it doesn’t fix everything, incorrect totals on the map screen have been fixed and a slight optimisation of the code for the Adabat stage has been put into place, lessening the frame rate drops by a small amount.

Hopefully more Adventure Packs will be made available to download in the future, alongside more frequent patches for the game, hopefully fixing art book glitches and the loss of frame rate in Eggman Land especially.

Are you happy with the Chun-Nan DLC? Were you expecting something more? Entirely new stages? Remakes of classic zones perhaps? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: SEGA Nerds.

Sonic Team Offering Special Knuckles Chao Download for SA2 Battle at Japanese GameJam2 Festival

We’re not entirely sure if this isn’t an early April Fools gag or not, but if it’s not we’re incredibly jealous of this special Sonic Advance/Sonic Adventure 2 Battle download being offered at Japan’s GameJam2 festival, where Sonic Team is providing fans with a special Knuckles Chao! Continue reading Sonic Team Offering Special Knuckles Chao Download for SA2 Battle at Japanese GameJam2 Festival

Halloween Costumes Unveiled for Sonic Adventure 2

Sonic Team has released another download for Sonic Adventure 2 on Dreamcast! This time, to celebrate Hallowe’en, the studio is offering players the chance to give each character in 2P mode a spooky makeover. Sonic will don a pumpkin suit, while Rouge will be wearing a witches’ outfit. See some images after the jump, and check out the download page on the Sonic Adventure 2 Dreamcast webpage to get it. Continue reading Halloween Costumes Unveiled for Sonic Adventure 2

‘Eggrobo Toujou’ Race Track Released for Sonic Adventure 2

Sonic Team has released a new piece of downloadable content for Sonic Adventure 2 on the Dreamcast. Called ‘Eggrobo Toujou’, the VMU file contains a skin for Sonic in the Kart Racing mini-game that changes him into a classic Egg Robo from Sonic & Knuckles. The download also comes with a special ‘E’ shaped track, which when played features the ‘E.G.G.M.A.N.’ theme in the background.

You can pick up the file from the official SA2 website here.

SA2: Dr Eggman Theme Available for Download

Sonic Team has released a small update for players of Sonic Adventure 2 on Dreamcast. It’s the Dr. Eggman theme, which you can download and use as a menu screen voice/background for the game. As you sweep across various menu items, you’ll hear Eggman speak to you in his gravelly tones. If you want it go to the SA2 Dreamcast website and download to your VMU.