LEGO and Sonic the Hedgehog. Now there’s two things we never thought we’d see officially put together in the same product. Sure, maybe it’s not as earth-shattering a crossover as the Mario & Sonic series (I mean, who’d have ever seen that one coming, and at the Olympic Games no less?!), but it’s just as mind-bogglingly unthinkable. But, then again, almost anything is possible in the crazy world of TT Games’ LEGO Dimensions. You know what’s even crazier though? This bonkers mash-up of blue blurs and bricks is arguably the best thing to come out of Sonic’s 25th anniversary celebrations this year.
The updates feature lots of tucks and tweaks, should address many of the issues you’ve reported to us and also pull in improvements we’ve been doing on PC. Don’t expect any extra tracks or characters though, just before you ask…!
Those are the words of Executive Producer Steve Lycett on the Sega forums yesterday. The PS3 & Xbox 360 versions of the game are to get a second patch next Monday which will follow a little later on the Wii-U.
No patch notes have been released just yet. However from the language used, (“tucks and tweaks”) it sounds like as well as a bug fix, the patch might also alter some of the balancing or even difficulty of the game.
Source: Sega Forums.
US ratings board the ESRB has rated Sonic Heroes for the PlayStation 3, suggesting the PlayStation 2 game will finally be making its way to the US PS Store following its release on the European PS Store last February. No official word from SEGA or Sony, but as soon as there is, we’ll be sure to pass on the details.
If you’ve been holding out for when this game would receive a discount, today’s the day! Well… for PS3 owners living in the EU that is. As part of Sony’s Festive Sale, Sonic 4: Episode 2 is now half price and members of Playstation Plus can receive an additional discount too.
From now until January 9th 2013 you can get the game for £4.99 or if you’re a PS+ user £4.49. Considering the original price on this was £9.99 that’s quite a decent saving. Remember this is only for people living in the EU right now, you will probably have to wait until next week to find out if the same deal is offered to US residents.
Thanks to Carbo for the tip.
You know… Every time I hear the words “kart racer” I always have a negative thought. Am I wrong to do that? Let’s think about it for a moment. How many times have we seen a random character or series suddenly decide that they can make a video game? The result is usually a random party game or… “kart racer”. Crazy Frog, DreamWorks Super Starz Kartz, Wacky Races, Beanotown Racing and even Disney have made either a very poor or incredibly average “kart racer”. Yes, there are some very good kart racing games out there, but considering how the bad vastly outnumbers the good, I can’t be alone with instantly coming to a negative disposition when I hear “there is a new karting game starring *insert character/series here*”.
So here we go again; Sega’s stars are entering the racing world once more. Is Sumo’s new offering one of “those games” I listed earlier? A shining diamond in the rough? Or is it something else entirely? Continue reading TSS Review: Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed
Whilst everybody has been getting excited over ASRT and Sonic the Fighters, it seems something has slipped under the radar. Website PSNStores.com who list sneak peeks of what will be on the Playstation Store in the coming weeks are claiming that a ‘Sonic Classic Collection’ will be coming to the PSN next week.
This is… rather strange. Mainly because whilst Xbox 360 owners have been able to enjoy more or less all the main classic Sonic titles via the Xbox Live Arcade, PS3 owners have only had Sonic 1 & 2 since 2011 with no sign of Sonic 3 or Sonic & Knuckles.
Seeing release in Europe today on the Xbox 360 and PS3, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is now
officially becoming available to the public! Eager racers whose mouths have been watering in anticipation of this title for months may finally race up and down and all around SEGA memory lane on land, sea, and sky!
Sumo Digital’s latest piece of work will be available to all in North America on the 18th, which includes the Xbox 360 and PS3 iterations, along with the Wii U version for the launch of Nintendo’s newest console. The Wii U version of S&ASRT (as well as the console) will release in Europe on the 30th!
Now, there is one more thing about this game that we would like to share with you – a screenshot of the “Special Thanks” section from the credits of Transformed. However, there is a few spoilers included, so do look at your own discretion.
We got a look at the main twelve Achievements for the Xbox 360 version of Sonic Adventure 2 a few weeks back, and now the PS3 version’s Trophy list has been revealed, including the three extra Trophies the Battle DLC provides. You can check out both lists with coloured icons after the jump.
Continue reading Sonic Adventure 2 HD PS3 Trophy List Revealed, Including Battle DLC
UPDATE: The game is up on the PS Store and actually costs £14.99.
SCEE has revealed a list of the first budget PS3 Essentials titles that will be released for download from the EU PS Store later today, and Sonic Generations is one of them. Sonic’s 20th Anniversary game will be available at the cheap price of £15.99.00/€19.99/AU$24.95. Sonic Unleashed and SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection have also been announced for the PS3 Essentials range, but it appears they will be coming at a later date. Gamers who prefer physical media will also be able to pick up PS3 Essentials games in stores.
Source: EU PS Blog
Sonic Adventure 2 has returned to Xbox.com after a long time away following its initial leak on the website back in June. Ten screenshots were posted back then with one of them of Sonic and Shadow racing showing a PlayStation circle button, but this time that screenshot has humorously been replaced with one of both characters jumping so as to not show the brakes option. The Chao Karate screenshot has also been replaced with one of Sonic in the Chao Kindergarten. You can view both new screenshots in our gallery below.
Together with the announcement of the new super slim PS3 model, Sony has announced the first wave of PS3 Essentials titles joining the new PS3’s launch in Europe next week on September 28th. PS3 Essentials is a budget range of some of the best games released on PS3 over the years and Sonic fans will be pleased to see Sonic Unleashed and SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection (which includes Sonic’s Mega Drive outings) among the first games to be re-released. These and all other PS3 Essentials games will be available at retail for €19.99 (just over £16 in the UK) making them perfect stocking fillers this Christmas.
Source: EU PS Blog
UPDATE: HD screenshots are available for your viewing pleasure after the jump! Original article below!
Crusaders of dreams and adventurers of the world, mark your calendars and ready your wallets!
SEGA has just announced the exact dates and prices for the upcoming HD rereleases of both Sonic Adventure 2 and NiGHTS into dreams…! And by ready your wallets, I mean ready your wallets. Both games are set to come out at the same time.
Playstation Network users will find both Sonic and NiGHTS’s returning journeys on their market on October 2nd for 9.99$ (US), while the XBLA versions of the two classics will be available on October 5th for 800 MSP each! No word on the PC version’s release, but gamers on that field might want to prepare themselves in advance.
The Battle Mode DLC, which will compliment Sonic Adventure 2 just as the DX Mode DLC did for Sonic Adventure, is priced for 240 MSP/3.49$ (US). It is here where the multiplayer mode will be fully expanded on, with more maps and playable characters, as well as the unlocking of Chao Karate.
NiGHTS fans will be pleased to know that Christmas NiGHTS will be a packaged bonus for NiGHTS into dreams…!
So, which one of these two highly anticipated titles will you be picking up first? Or will you end up getting both at once? What are you looking forward to the most in both games? Let us know in the comments!
Some new screenshots and details have been released online regarding SEGA’s upcoming racer Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. The US official PlayStation website has put up product pages for both the PS3 and PS Vita versions of the game which reveal that the Sony handheld version will support motion steering and will make use of the touchscreen for firing weapons and activating your character’s All-Star move. DLC support is also revealed. The PS3 page confirms the game will not feature 3D TV support.
The official Xbox website has also put out a product page for Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, and within are 12 screenshots and the confirmation that Xbox Live Avatars are returning. DLC support is also revealed for the Xbox 360, and the overview states that the game will support up to ten players online, while the online features section oddly lists 8 players. The PlayStation pages also state 8 players for both PS3 and PS Vita. We’ll try to get this cleared up with Sumo Digital and update.
You can check out all of the new screenshots in our gallery after the jump where we also have screencaps of the new information in case it is taken down.
Continue reading ASR Transformed: Xbox Avatars & DLC Confirmed, New Screenshots & PS Vita Info
With Gamescom 2012 underway, SEGA has today released twelve new screenshots for the PS3/Xbox 360 versions of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed showcasing a variety of the game’s tracks and vehicles. You can check them out in our gallery after the jump.
Continue reading New S&ASR Transformed PS3/Xbox 360 Screenshots
On your marks, get set, GO!… to your local game store, that is, because those of you who pre-order the upcoming Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed will be getting your mitts on a special Bonus Edition of the game, containing exclusive content including an OutRun inspired track and Metal Sonic as a playable character.
SEGA Digital Brand Manager Ken Balough has revealed at the SEGA Forums that Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I sold best on the PlayStation 3 platform on consoles. Xbox 360 came second and Wii last. The news is quite a twist when compared to retail Sonic titles, where Nintendo’s consoles usually come out on top. No information was given as to where PC and mobile platforms ranked.
Will the same happen for Episode II? Time will tell. Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II is out now on Steam in the UK, and will be released later today in other territories. The PSN version will also be released later today in the US, then Europe tomorrow. The Xbox Live Arcade version is due out worldwide tomorrow.
Source: SEGA Forums
Following yesterday’s teaser by Sumo Digital’s Steve Lycett aka S0L and the many reports since we first brought you news of a possible sequel to Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, a listing has just appeared over at GamesRadar for a PS3 title called Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. Has GamesRadar let the cat out of the bag?
SEGA’s Mike Kebby has today revealed on the EU PS Blog that they will be releasing the first ever Sonic PSN Avatars on the EU PS Store. Kebby didn’t say who or what the Avatars will be of or how much they will cost, but did say they will be available from tomorrow. No information was given about a US release. In other news, Kebby announced that Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 will be released on the EU PS Store on Wednesday the 16th May for £9.99/€12.99, which is a day later than SEGA Europe has been advertising on their website for a while now (and still is at time of posting).
We’ll update with more information about the Sonic PSN Avatars tomorrow.
Source: EU PS Blog
UPDATE 08/03/12 23:59 GMT: Well, that didn’t take long. The product pages on eStarland have now been wiped clean and all versions of the game no longer show up in searches.
Listings for the Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing sequel we first brought you word about in January have appeared at US retailer eStarland.com. The site lists Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing 2 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii platforms and says the game will be released November 30th 2012, which is likely a placeholder date, because games usually release in the US on a Tuesday, not a Friday. There are no signs of Wii U, 3DS and PS Vita versions, but at this early stage anything could change.
A placeholder box art is also on display on the site featuring the first game’s logo with a number 2 underneath it. The product description simply reads “Sonic and friends go back to the track in the sequel to their 2010 kart racing outing.”
Could these listings mean an official announcement is soon on the way? We’ll keep you posted.
PS2 Classic Sonic Heroes has randomly been released on the European PlayStation Store today. PS3 owners can download it for £7.99/€9.99, and if you do purchase it, you’ll need to make sure you have 4.5GB of storage space free. There is no word from SEGA or Sony about whether this game will also be made available on the US PS Store.
If you want to refresh your memory or have never seen/played Sonic Heroes before, here’s an old trailer for the game.
Source: EU PS Blog
Thanks to SSMB member Hogfather for the heads up!
SEGA has released the PS3 version of Sonic Generations for download as part of yesterday’s EU PS Store update. Those of you who enjoy the convenience of on-demand gaming can now purchase and download Sonic’s 20th Anniversary title for £31.99/€39.99. The game weighs in at 8704MB and is available in all European locales.
In other news, SSMB member Hogfather informs us that SEGA has also released a free Sonic CD PS3 XMB theme on the EU PS Store. The theme is based on the game’s Stardust Speedway race between Sonic and Metal Sonic and changes now and then from a bad future design to a good future design. Continue reading Sonic Generations Now on EU PS Store, Free Sonic CD Theme Also Available
SEGA has revealed that they will be releasing some Sonic Generations themed content for sale to style your PS3’s XMB and Xbox 360 Avatar with this week. On December 7th (tomorrow), European PS3 fans can purchase a Classic Sonic and a Modern Sonic Dynamic Theme, each costing £1.59/€1.99. On December 8th, Xbox 360 owners worldwide will be able to buy items to dress their Avatar with, each ranging from 80 MSP to 240MSP.
Super Sonic Avatar Costume – 240 MSP
Classic Sonic Avatar Costume – 240 MSP
Classic Amy-Rose Avatar Costume – 240 MSP
Sonic Generations T-Shirt – 80 MSP
Sonic Generations Cap – 160 MSP
You can find two videos of the PS3 Dynamic Themes at the SEGA Blog link below.
Source: SEGA Blog
Will you be downloading any of this content? Let us know in the comments section below.
Despite a full week of sales for the Nintendo 3DS and retail PC versions, Sonic Generations has failed to move higher in the UK Top 40 All Formats chart this week and instead retained its position at no.25. In the Top 30 PS3 chart, the game held on to its place at no.13, while in the Top 40 Xbox 360 chart it stepped up two places from no.21 to no.19. In the Top 10 Nintendo 3DS chart and Top 20 PC chart, it’s not good news, as Sonic Generations has fell from no.4 to no.8 in the former and dropped off the latter completely.
However, it’s good news for Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, with the Wii game having moved up two places from no.13 to no.11 in the Top 40 All Formats chart and retaining its no.2 spot in the Top 30 Wii chart.
Source: Chart Track
Sony’s got a Christmas treat for European PlayStation Plus subscribers with its ‘The 12 Gifts of Christmas’ promotion. Starting today, PlayStation Plus members will be able to download one free game, every two days, and you will be able to keep them for as long as you’re a subscriber. SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is the first game, with seven more PSN titles, two minis and two PSone Classics to come. The next game will be available December 3rd, so be sure to grab Sonic 2 before then.
Source: EU PlayStation Blog
With some discounts on the console version this past week and the release of the Nintendo 3DS and retail PC versions, Sonic Generations has jumped back up 12 places in the UK Top 40 All Formats chart this week, from No.37 to No.25. In the Top 30 PS3 chart, the game rose from No.16 to No.13, and in the Top 40 Xbox 360 chart it stepped up two places from No.23 to No.21.
The newly released Nintendo 3DS and retail PC versions of Sonic Generations performed well in their first two days on sale. The Nintendo 3DS version debuted at No.4 in the Top 10 Nintendo 3DS chart, while the PC version entered the Top 20 PC chart at No.14.
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Wii also saw a rise in the charts with its first full week of sales. In the Top 40 All Formats chart, Mario & Sonic’s latest Olympic collaboration shot up seven places from No.20 to No.13, while in the Top 40 Wii chart it rose from No.4 to No.2, with Ubisoft’s Just Dance 3 keeping it away from the top spot.
Will this turnaround for Sonic Generations keep up? Check back next week.
Source: Chart Track
The game was only released on the 4th of this month, but already Sonic’s 20th Anniversary title Sonic Generations has been deeply discounted at various retailers. Chart Track records so far have shown the game has struggled to compete for gamers’ money against the many other headline titles released this month. Could this be why retailers are reducing their prices of Sonic Generations so low?
Check out all of the new low prices available below:
Gameplay: £18.99 (Special Edition) – Xbox 360/PS3
Zavvi: £19.95 – Xbox 360 (with Avatars)/PS3 (with Dynamic Themes)
GAME: £19.99 (Special Edition) – Xbox 360/PS3
Gamestation: £19.99 (Special Edition) – Xbox 360/PS3
Amazon: £19.99 – Xbox 360/PS3
Blockbuster: £22.99 – Xbox 360/PS3
Simply Games: £24.85 – Xbox 360/PS3
The Hut: £24.95 – Xbox 360 (with Avatars)/PS3 (with Dyanamic Themes)
Play: £24.99 – Xbox 360/PS3
DVD: £24.99 – Xbox 360/PS3
Base: £24.99 – Xbox 360/PS3
101CD: £24.99 – Xbox 360/PS3
Blah DVD: £24.99 – Xbox 360/PS3
ShopTo: £25.85 – Xbox 360/PS3
Thanks to SSMB member KrazyBean14 for the heads up!
It seems Sonic’s 20th Anniversary game Sonic Generations just can’t compete with the many other big name titles released this month. In the top 40 All Formats chart this week, Sonic Generations plummeted from No.21 to No.37, down 16 spots from last week, while in the top 40 Individual Formats chart, the game is nowhere to be found. In the top 40 Xbox 360 chart, Sonic Generations has dropped from 12th to 23rd, and in the top 30 PS3 chart, the game is down from 9th to 16th.
As for Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Wii, things looks much better. With just two days of sales behind it, Mario & Sonic’s latest mash-up entered the top 40 All Formats chart at No.20, the top 40 Individual Formats chart at No.23 and the top 40 Wii chart at No.4.
We’ll see next week if the release of the Nintendo 3DS and retail PC versions of Sonic Generations this Friday can give the game a lift in the charts.
Source: Chart Track
SEGA Japan has released a new trailer which gives a look at some gameplay footage from the console and 3DS versions of Sonic Generations to promote the game’s release over there in a couple of weeks. SEGA Japan and SEGA Europe have also together released one hundred and fifty new screenshots of the 3DS version, which showcase all seven stages in the game, as well as the game’s multiplayer mode. You can view all of the images in our gallery below.
Sources: SEGA Press & SEGA-Mag.com
The console and PC download version of Sonic Generations may have already been out for a few weeks now, but SEGA’s not done showing it off just yet. The publisher has released forty new screenshots of the game’s Planet Wisp stage in both Classic and Modern flavours, and in them we can see Classic Sonic using the Pink ‘Spike’ Wisp and Modern Sonic using the Orange ‘Rocket’ Wisp. You can view all of the images in our gallery below.
Source: QTE Gamers
Despite a full week of sales last week, Sonic Generations has dropped in the UK charts. In the top 40 All Formats chart, the game dropped eleven places from No.10 to No.21. In the Individual Units chart, the Xbox 360 version has plummeted from No.14 to No.32 and the PS3 version dropped from No.21 to No.37. In the top 40 Xbox 360 chart, Sonic Generations fell six places from No.6 to No.12, while in the top 30 PS3 chart, the game dropped just three places from No.6 to No.9.
With big titles like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception released last week and more heavy hitters to come, Sonic Generations may find itself struggle to grab sales. We’ll update you next Monday with this week’s sales chart results for Sonic Generations and Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, which is released this Friday on Wii in Europe.
Source: Chart Track
It seems SEGA’s not done dishing out assets for the console and PC version of Sonic Generations, despite the game already being out on those platforms. The publisher has today released artwork for three of the game’s bosses, namely the Death Egg Robot, Perfect Chaos and Egg Dragoon. You can view them all in our gallery below.
Source: SEGA Press
Last week’s UK chart results are in and Sonic’s big 20th Anniversary title Sonic Generations has just barely managed to make it into the top 10 All Formats chart at the number 10 spot, which isn’t bad for just two days of sales. In the Individual Units chart we can see the Xbox 360 version sold more than the PS3 version at the 14th and 21st positions respectively. In both of the Xbox 360 and PS3 charts, the game has ranked 6th place.
We should get a better idea of how Sonic Generations is faring with the public next Monday when the game will have a full week of sales behind it.
Source: Chart Track
Those who have played Sonic Generations may have heard about the game’s hidden Statue Room and the code system used to unlock the statues. Well, in an update to their official Sonic Generations website, SEGA’s revealed that you can obtain a code at posh UK retailer Marks & Spencer which will unlock exclusive statues. It’s unknown if you need to purchase anything to obtain the code right, though. We’ll update when we know more.
SEGA has also offered the below instructions about the Statue Room for those new to it.
Head to the Collection Room in Sonic Generations™ – it’s located to the left of the Green Hill Stage Gate in the White Space.
When you’re in the Collection Room, press and hold SELECT (PS3™) or BACK (Xbox 360®), and Sonic will drop down to the Statue Room. You can return to the Collection Room by jumping on the Spring in the Statue Room.
How to enter the code
To unlock your statue, press SELECT (PS3™) or BACK (Xbox 360®) and enter your code.
Hey presto, you have a new statue!
Viewing your statue collection
To view your statue collection, push up on the left stick and you’ll go into “Viewing” mode. You can then use the left stick to rotate your statue. To go back, press the CIRCLE (PS3™) or B (Xbox 360®) button.
You can find your nearest Marks & Spencer store over at their website.
Thanks to SSMB member Blur of Blue for the heads up!
Note: Please do not share the leaked codes or where to get them in the comments. Comments doing so will be deleted.
In a very odd move, SEGA has re-opened its Sonic Generations website today, which, as you know, is the day of the console version’s release in the US, making that half of the website at least, redundant. Even weirder is the fact that nothing has been added to it since we last saw it about a month ago, apart from the recent trailers. Stages for both the console/PC and 3DS versions are still locked out, despite the console version’s release and almost all of the 3DS version’s levels already being revealed.
You can find the site at this link.
Thanks to SSMB member Shade Vortex for the heads up!
Sonic’s big 20th Anniversary title Sonic Generations is now available to purchase in the US and the press are all unleashing their final verdicts on the game. Most critics seem to have enjoyed the game, with many scoring the game an 8 or an higher variant of the number. Below, we have a list of many of the reviews out there listed from highest to lowest.
Australian gaming website PALGN has also released its review of Sonic Generations today and has given the game its highest score yet – 9.5/10.
What are your thoughts on the critical praise so far? Share your opinions in the comments section below.
Thanks to SSMB member Blue Blood for the list!
SEGA Europe has today released a launch trailer for the console and PC versions of Sonic Generations, which release this week in the US, Europe and Australia. The video gives a look at all of the various stages and boss battles the game has to offer in both Classic and Modern flavours.
The publisher also released an hi-res piece of artwork of the mysterious force known as the ‘Time Eater’.
Sources: SEGA Europe and SEGA Press
Thanks to SSMB member Blur of Blue for the heads up!
Will you be purchasing the game? Let us know in the comments.