SEGA Facebook Poll Asks: “Which Version of Sonic is Your Favourite?”

SEGA’s RubyEclipse said yesterday that more questions and information regarding the new PS3 and Xbox 360 Sonic title were on the way to the official Sonic Facebook page, and today the page updated with one of those things; a question. A poll is now available at the page for you to take part in asking “Which version of Sonic is your favourite?”, with the answers “Classic Sonic” and “Modern Sonic” to pick from. Whether this poll is just for fun or will hold a significance to the game or anything else in Sonic’s future is unclear, but whatever it’s for, Classic Sonic currently has a very large lead of about 4,500 votes over Modern Sonic.

To place your vote, head on over to the official Sonic Facebook page.

Have you voted? Which version of Sonic did you pick? Let us know in the comments, but please, keep discussion civil. We’re all fans here, no matter what Sonic looks like.

[UPDATE] Sonic 4 PS3 Dynamic Theme Coming To PlayStation Store

UPDATE: ArchangelUK of SEGA Europe and Sonic Wrecks has received European and Australian pricing and release date information from SCEE. The theme will be available Wednesday 19th January for free to PlayStation Plus members, and cost €1.99/£1.59/$AU3.45 for everyone else.
Source: Sonic Wrecks/UPDATE END

SEGA’s RubyEclipse has revealed that a Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 Dynamic Theme will soon be available on the PlayStation Store for PS3 owners thanks to a joint effort from SEGA and Sony. This theme is based on the game’s first stage Splash Hill Zone and features Sonic running and spin-dashing around, with an appearance from Dr. Eggman every now and then. Another cool feature is the ring sound effect we’ve all grown to know and love that will trigger when toggling around the XMB.

This Dynamic Theme will be a part of this coming Tuesday’s PlayStation Store update in the U.S. and will be released shortly after in Europe, so maybe Wednesday’s European PlayStation Store update, if we’re lucky? The theme will cost $2.99 in the U.S. and for a limited time will be available free to all PlayStation Plus members. No European prices were given.

If you missed the announcement, SEGA added exclusive Sonic 4 Avatar items to the Xbox Live Marketplace for Xbox 360 owners in December.

Source: SEGA of America Blog & Sonic City Blognik

Thanks to CobraRoll at the SSMB for the heads up!

Will you be downloading this theme? Let us know in the comments.

SEGA Cutting Sonic 4 & Sonic Adventure Prices in PSN Sale

UPDATE: SEGA of America has announced that the U.S. PS Store will also see discounts. Check the list below for items and prices. /UPDATE END

Sony’s PlayStation Store Team has announced this week’s European PlayStation Store update two days early, and in it we can see all sorts of festive goodies from not only Sony, but a variety of third-party publishers, including SEGA. Sonic fans who haven’t yet bought Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, Sonic Adventure or its Sonic Adventure DX Add-On Pack are in for a treat, because SEGA will be dropping the price of all three items.

Here’s a full list of content SEGA are discounting and their upcoming prices –
EU and U.S.:

* Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode One(was – £9.99/€12.99/$14.99 now – £5.49/€6.99/$9.99)
* Sonic Adventure (was – £6.29/€7.99/$10 now – £3.19/€3.99/$5)
* Sonic Adventure DX Add-on Pack (was – £3.19/€3.99/$4.99 now – £1.19/€1.49/$1.99)
* After Burner: Climax (was – £7.99/€9.99/$9.99 now – £3.99/€4.99/$4.99)
* Valkyria Chronicles 2 (PSP) (was – £27.99/€34.99/$39.99 now – £13.99/€17.99/$15.99)
* Phantasy Star Portable 2 (PSP) (was – £19.99/€34.99/$39.99 now – £13.99/€17.99/$15.99)

U.S. only:

Gunstar Heroes (PS3) (was – $4.99 now – $2.99)
SEGA Genesis Collection (PSP) (was – $15.99 now – $9.99)
Iron Man 2 (PSP) (was – $19.99 now – $15.99)

These discounts will only be available during Sony’s Christmas sale, which runs from December 22nd until January 5th, so grab them while they’re there.

Sources: EU PlayStation Blog
SEGA of America Blog

Will you be taking advantage of these great offers? Let us know in the comments.

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing/Sonic Unleashed PS3 2 Pack Released

A combo pack of games has been quietly released in the U.S. over a week ago on November 19th at popular video game retailers GameStop and EBGames. Released by COKeM International Ltd, the pack contains 2010’s well received kart racer Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing and 2008’s not so well received (half of the game at least) Sonic Unleashed. This duo retails at the discount price of $34.99, saving you $5 on the RRP they both sell for separately, and could be a great gift idea for PS3 owning Sonic fans this Christmas.

Grab it now at GameStop and EB Games.

Source: PS3Stuff

Rumour: New Mario & Sonic Not Sports Themed, Sonic Colours May Go HD

The rumour mill is churning again and this time it’s from a random 4chan forum member who goes by the name Wentos The Travelling Salesman, who some may recall spoke out early last year claiming to be an employee at SEGA. This guy claimed to know that the next “main” game in the Sonic series would be based on Sonic Unleashed‘s daytime stages, but never provided any proof to his identity or claims. The claim may have turned out to be true, with Sonic Colours‘ stages playing out like those levels, but these are predictions anyone could make given such positive feedback on those stages from fans who played the game that SEGA quickly became aware of.

New rumours from Wentos’ sudden return to the 4chan forums begin with SEGA going for something different in the next Mario & Sonic game, straying away from the sports theme of the last two games in the franchise, but wouldn’t say anything more on the subject.

“Without giving anything away…this time, it’s not a sports game. It’s turning out quite well. I think some of you may be a little surprised.”

When asked why Sonic Colours isn’t on PS3 and Xbox360, Wentos cited cheaper development costs and developmental freedom as reasons.

“…Wii/DS is a much more cost-effective pairing, especially for an ‘experimental’ Sonic game like this where they needed the financial and developmental freedom to craft 50+ (!) stages,”

Wentos also claims that development of an HD version of Sonic Colours is all set to go, but first SEGA will need high sales of the Wii & DS versions to justify it ever leaving the cutting room floor.

“The technology and design plan is all set up to do the port on Sonic Team’s end,” he said. “Of course, they need strong sales to justify releasing it on the other two platforms (with enhancements, more money spent, etc) in the first place, so it’s all up to you guys.”

Again, no proof of Wentos’ identity or his claims has been provided and for the most part these rumours have been going about since Gamefest 2010, so we’re strictly filing this under rumour and suggest you take this with the tiniest pinch of salt possible.

For more and an extract of a chat log with Wentos, head over to SEGA Bits.

Sonic 4 Speedrun, Out Now On XBLA & EU PSN

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GamesRadar’s Justin Towell, who gave Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 a 9/10 in his review has put out the world’s first speedrun of Splash Hill Zone Act 1 and it’s a very impressive run at 40.79 seconds. Towell currently holds the Guinness World Record for the Xbox Live Arcade version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s Emerald Hill Act 1.

Source: GamesRadar

UPDATE: The game is now available on the European PlayStation Store for £9.99/€12.99 and weighs in at 197MB. /UPDATE END

In other news, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 has just been released on the Xbox Live Arcade for 1200 Microsoft Points and weighs in at 191MB. If you want to give the game a try before you buy, a demo is available. The PS3 version will release in Europe on the PlayStation Store later today. We’ll update when that goes live.

Source: Xbox Live Marketplace
(The game is not immediately visible right now. You’ll need to look under the ‘Top Rated’ section to find it.)

Will you be buying the game today? Do you think you can beat Justin Towell’s time? Let us know in the comments.

Sonic 4 Launch Trailer, U.S. PS3 Version Out Now

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UPDATE: The game is now available to download from the U.S. PlayStation Store. /UPDATE END

SEGA Japan has today released the above launch trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, which showcases all of the game’s four zones in action, including some of the bosses. The PS3 version will be released on the U.S. PlayStation Store later today for $14.99, so fans looking for an HD experience will now have that option. Tomorrow sees the launch of the PS3 version in Europe and the Xbox 360 version worldwide, followed by the Wii version’s European release on Friday.

Will be you be buying the PS3 version today? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Official Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Japanese website

Thanks to Shaddix for the heads-up and Woun for the YouTube conversion.

[UPDATE: IGN 8/10] First Batch of Sonic 4 Reviews

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8__PP88BCY&feature=channel[/youtube] UPDATE: IGN has posted up their review of the Xbox 360 version, in written and video form (see above). They give the game an 8/10. /UPDATE END

The first batch of reviews are in for the iPhone and PS3 versions of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 and they’re all pretty positive. We’ll focus on two of the reviews here and provide links to others at the bottom of this article.

AppTilt’s Dan Lee gave the iPhone version a 9/10, claiming SEGA has done well in bringing Sonic back to his roots, while still keeping him fresh.

Every level is bright, colourful, detailed and screams ‘Sonic’ at the top of its lungs. SEGA has done a fantastic job of bringing Sonic back to his roots, but also making him feel fresh and modern.

Lee says the game meets the classic Sonic level design of multiple routes, which encourage the various play styles of those who like to speed through a zone and those who like to be more adventurous and explore.

The good news is that the level design is classic Sonic. Each act has multiple routes depending on your play style – so those who enjoy the speed can simply put the hammer down and blast through, whilst the more adventurous can slow things down and eek out every ring there is on offer; just be wary of the ten minute level time limit!

The only complaint Lee had was with the controls. Lee didn’t find the touch or tilt controls to be as accurate as buttons and an analogue stick.

So now for the bad news – the iPod controls aren’t as slick as they could be, and occasionally ruin parts of a level. There are two ways to play the game – ‘Touch controls’ or ‘Tilt controls’. Touch gives you a faux analogue stick in the left hand corner, which controls movement, whilst a circle in the right corner simulates a jump button. This button is far too small and in the full flow of a level it’s very easy to miss – which usually results in death. Both the move and the jump buttons sometimes fail to register as well, which is beyond frustrating.

Tilt controls enables you to move left and right by tilting the iPod in that direction. Jumping is taken care of my tapping any part of the screen. I quite enjoyed the Tilt control as it removed the small jump button – however it lacked the precision of the analogue stick. Neither of these controls schemes are awful; they could have just done with a bit more tweaking. In terms of longevity Sonic 4 is as deep as you want it to be.

Lee finished up by highly recommending the game:

So there we have it – overall Sonics return is a rousing success. The occasional unresponsive controls are not enough to put a dampener on some top notch level design and good old fashioned fun. Highly recommended.

Full review here

GamesRadar’s Justin Towell reviewed the PS3 version of the game and also gave it a 9/10, stating that like most fans, he noticed the physics differences in early footage and had doubts the game would live up to its name, but after playing the full game he says that it surprisingly does live up to the title Sonic 4.

The physics are different, the art design is different… perhaps it was just too different to be worthy of the name ‘Sonic 4’. How could anything possibly live up to that name? To my utmost surprise, it does.

Towell also wasn’t overly bothered by another factor often complained about in the game, the homing attack.

You get the lock-on attack from Sonic Adventure, which threatens to change the game too much, but is actually used sparingly and works well almost all of the time. There are a couple of occasions where you want to use the air dash to power over a spiked enemy’s head, but the game thinks you want to attack it, resulting in a cascade of lost rings.

Towell explains there are new speed tactics not found in the previous Mega Drive classics that he enjoyed playing with and improve Sonic’s speed without having to wait for the next steep hill to come along.

Going back to Sonic 1 after spending hours with its new sibling feels very strange. Sonic 4 handles very differently. It’s more… bold. Clinical, even. Every movement seems more deliberate, and while the finer nuances of low-speed control have arguably been lost, it’s at high speed that it reveals its true depths.
I mentioned that lock on attack can be used as a simple air boost. When running at speed, this has a noticeable acceleration effect, allowing you to reach speeds on open stretches that old Sonic simply wouldn’t be able to do without a hill to help him. Jumps on hills still react as you’d expect, and landing a jump on a decline results in a welcome burst of speed, just like those loop-jumps of Sonic 2.

Towell then goes into the games replayability through various modes like Time Attack and brings good news that Super Sonic’s times will be ranked separately to Sonic’s.

So how much game is there for Sonic experts? I was able to beat the entire game, collected all the emeralds and beat the secret zone in one evening. After that, there are separate score and time attack modes to try for every stage, complete with online leaderboards. These are split into all/friends categories, and scores attained with Super Sonic are categorised separately from regular Sonic.
Add in the countless hidden routes through levels and it’s clear there’s a truck-load of replayability. Finding the fastest routes and mastering them is going to take weeks, maybe months. Maybe years.

Towell finishes up the review with the following positive thoughts and verdict:

A friend on Facebook asked me to sum up the game in one word. It’s a tough thing to do. I wouldn’t say ‘magnificent’ – it’s still a little too unambitious for that. I certainly wouldn’t say ‘disappointing’, because Sonic Team and DIMPS have done the impossible and managed to make this most critical of Sonic fans love a new Sonic game.
So I’m going to plump for ‘deserving’. And I mean that in two ways. It’s deserving of your time and your money despite its length. But more importantly, it’s deserving of the name ‘Sonic The Hedgehog 4’. That was always going to be this game’s biggest challenge, but it’s succeeded with aplomb.

9/10
You’ll love
+ The purest Sonic game for ten years
+ Works on so many gameplay levels, like its predecessors
+ So much game to master, despite its diminutive size
+ You’ll hate
– Can be ‘completed’ in one evening
– Physics are different, not necessarily worse
– Visuals could have been even better

Full review here

GamesRadar also shared the completed map screen:

Other iPhone version reviews:
GameShard 9/10
AppAdvice 4/5
iLounge (B)
Pocket Gamer 7/10
TiPb 5/5
SEGABits (B)
AppSpy 4/5

What do you think of the game’s positive critical reception so far? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Sonic Adventure DX DLC Pack Now On EU PS Store

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SEGA Europe has today released the Sonic Adventure DX: Director’s Cut downloadable content pack on the European PlayStation Store. EU PS3 owners of Sonic Adventure can now now upgrade the game with 60 missions and playable Metal Sonic character for (£3.19/€3.99). Be warned though, you need to collect all of the 130 emblems in the game before you can play as Metal Sonic. To see Sonic’s robotic rival in action, check out the above video of him in action on the Gamecube/PC version of the game, courtesy of YouTube user burgerkingJ.

Source: EU PlayStation Blog

Will you be downloading the pack? Let us know in the comments.

Sonic Adventure Now Available On EU & U.S. PSN

A week after the Xbox Live release, Dreamcast classic Sonic Adventure is now available to purchase and download on the PS3’s PlayStation Store, for £6.29/€7.99/$9.99 and weighs in at 1.52 GB. It was made available yesterday in the U.S. and just minutes ago in Europe. If you’re in the U.S. and you’re after more content for the game, a DLC pack that upgrades the game to Sonic Adventure DX: Director’s Cut with extra missions and Metal Sonic character (after obtaining 130 emblems) is available for $4.99 and weighs in at 173 MB. Europe will have to wait until at least possibly next week for the DX DLC pack, according to Sony Europe’s Mike Kebby at the EU PlayStation Blog.

> It looks like the Sonic Adventure DX Upgrade is out next week, though don’t hold me to this just yet.

Will you be downloading the game? Let us know in the comments.

Full PS Store updates for this week:
Europe
U.S.

New Wii and Xbox 360/PS3 Sonic 4 Screenshots

Been wondering what the Lost Labyrinth Zone looks like on Wii? Wonder no longer, because Andriasang has released two batches of new and old screenshots of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, a batch for the HD version and the other for the Wii edition. Both sets show us more of Splash Hill Zone and Lost Labyrinth Zone and you can check them out below.

Xbox 360/PS3:

Wii:

Source: Andriasang via GoNintendo
Xbox 360/PS3
Wii

SEGA Superstars Tennis PS3 Re-released In Compilation For Charity

A PS3 game box set has been released in the UK by charity Games Aid, the compilation consists of three games namely SEGA Superstars Tennis, Fuel and Tomb Raider Underworld donated by well known publishers SEGA, Codemasters and Eidos. All money raised by sales of the compilation will be donated straight to Games Aid who will distribute the money to various charities.

You may have never heard of GamesAid as they’re a new charity representing the games industry, here’s some info from their ‘About’ page on their website –

Rationale
GamesAid is a new UK video games industry based charity. It distributes funds to a diverse range of charities; it is a means of giving something back on behalf of the industry.

GamesAid acts as a broker of charitable activity on behalf of the industry, taking advice from all sectors. It is a non trading body. The charity is administered by Trustees, who operate on a fixed term basis. It is formally run by a chairman, who is also on a fixed term.

GamesAid is a children and young people’s charity.

Scope
Funds will predominantly be used to support children’s charities in the UK, with limited application for overseas causes; for education, health, housing and social welfare. Funds may also be deployed for career guidance and sport. Where possible, there will be some form of technology/interactive play element, but that is not a funding stipulation.

Funds can only be raised for Registered Charities.

The charities supported by GamesAid are more likely to be small-to-medium sized, rather than the better-funded larger ones.

Source of funds
Monies are to be raised through a number of routes including, but not limited to:

•Industry activities, such as social or sporting events
•Individual and corporate donations and memberships
•Game packs / titles (if appropriate)

The compilation is available in all good game retailers for the RRP of £39.99 though many retailers like Zavvi are selling it for as little as £27.95 if you’re not able to donate that much. Hopefully the compilation will raise some well needed funds for the various charities involved and bring new audiences to the three games in the compilation, SEGA Superstars Tennis’ online multiplayer modes could do with a bit more life in them.

Thanks to Gnasher for the heads up!

Sonic Adventure Officially Announced for XBLA and PSN With Enhancements

Well, if the leaked Sony documents, various ratings from the different ratings boards, and leaked photos from Xbox Live’s BETA service weren’t proof enough, SEGA has finally announced that Sonic Adventure, along with Crazy Taxi, will be coming to Xbox Live and PSN. These games will be the first in a slew of Dreamcast games that will be hitting the service in the future. Continue reading Sonic Adventure Officially Announced for XBLA and PSN With Enhancements

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 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.
Link

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!
/UPDATE 7 END

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
/UPDATE 5 END

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 😛


S0L

/UPDATE END

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.

ASR PS3 Patch Out Now In The U.S. And Europe

UPDATE 2: The patch is now available in Europe too and is 21MB instead of 28MB like the U.S. patch. /UPDATE 2 END

UPDATE: AugieD369 at the SEGA forums says the patch definitely fixes the Trophy unlock problems and also adds a short cut via the square button to the ASR section of the PlayStation Store confirming the patch does indeed prepare the game for the upcoming DLC just like Sumo Digital’s Steve Lycett said it would./UPDATE END

Clisp of the SSMB has revealed via the SSMB that the Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing patch Steve Lycett of Sumo Digital has been informing the community about is now live and weighs in at 28MB. Steve has said in the past that the patch will fix Trophy unlocking issues among other things aswell as prepare the game for the upcoming downloadable content.

The patch is also due to be released for Xbox 360 too, so we’ll keep an eye out for that. We’ll also let you know when the PS3 patch is available in Europe and if we find out any other problems the patch fixes.

Thanks to Clisp at the SSMB for the heads up!

Fan Creates Sonic LBP Special Stage

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The Sonic themed downloadable content for Media Molecule’s innovative PS3 title LittleBigPlanet has barely been out for a day and there’s already some imagination at work. The above video showcases user Green_Scorpion’s very well crafted rendition of Sonic 1’s rotating maze Special Stages together with similar music.

Very well done to Green _Scorpion! Thanks to JasonTheJackass for the heads up and recording the stage.

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

Want Sony Characters In ASR PS3? Place Your Vote!

The team at the Official U.S. PlayStation Blog have set up a new feature simply called PlayStation Blog Share where users can set up suggestion polls to get their idea’s out there for consideration and get a clear idea of how high or low demand is for said suggestion with a positive and negative vote system.

Casanova at the SSMB has set up a suggestion poll there for Sony exclusive characters for DLC in Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing PS3. If you are interested you can place your vote here.

PS3 ASR Trophy Fix Coming With DLC & Patch

UPDATE: In a post at TSSZ correcting a statement made in an article regarding the upcoming ASR patch Steve Lycett has revealed the patch will not only prepare the game for DLC and fix some problems but will also give Xbox 360 and PS3 owners the ability to access the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Marketplace in-game. Steve also reassures fans that the update will be released soon.

You won’t have to pay for the update – that’s going to go out free. It purely add’s support for us to do DLC and provides in-game access to the PSN store and XBLA marketplace. As a bonus, it’s allowed us to address a few concerns players are having to boot.

End of that day, sometimes things get missed, despite extensive testing. It does work for the majority of users, just there are fringe cases where it doesn’t. We know why and it’s fixed now, update not too far off.


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/UPDATE END

There have been reports from some but not all PS3 owners of Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing including myself claiming that the Dreamarena Trophy will not unlock. The bronze Trophy is described as “Play with a Friend online.” but despite many efforts it still wont unlock but now you can put your worries to rest as Sumo Digital have discovered the cause of this problem.

In a post at the official SEGA forums Steve Lycett Executive Producer at Sumo Digital had this to say –

I’ve been looking for the thread of this…

We are looking at it, especially as we’ve figured out why it doesn’t work for some folk. It’ll be sorted soon…


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A member at the SEGA forums has received the following e-mail response from a query they sent in about the problem but doesn’t state their source be it a rep from Sumo Digital or a SEGA rep. Here is the response –

just to let you know i got a reply today..

“Thanks for your email. We’ve been looking into reports with an issue with the Dreamarena trophy. It seems depending where the player exists in your friends list, sometimes this may not trigger.

We are looking to release an update to support new DLC in the near future, our plan is to include some new code to address this.

Apologies for the problem you’re having, hopefully we’ll have the update out soon and it should make this work as expected!”

Yiippeee hopefully it will be fixed soon!

Also of interest is the mention that the patch will enable the game to support the earlier reported to be coming sooner rather than later DLC, so anyone worried that the DLC will just be an unlock key for content already on the disc can now rest assured that this will be pure and fresh new content.

We’ll keep an eye out for the patch and any further information regarding this and DLC then update you here.

ASR PS3 Wheel Bundle Revealed

GAME’s Spanish website has revealed a new wheel bundle for Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing only its not for the Wii but for the PS3 version instead. The wheel is an officially licensed product made by 4Gamers which you may recognise from the recent PS3 trailer where those actors are utilizing it to showcase the PS3 controllers Six-Axis motion control.

The wheel bundle costs 12 more Euros than the game on its own so like the Wii Wheel bundle its not a freebie. This isnt the first SEGA racing game to use Six-Axis, SEGA Rally(SEGA Rally Revo to you guys in the U.S.) fans may recall that game supported the feature to add optional motion steering which worked well in my experience.

At the moment we only know of Spain getting this bundle but if we find more retailers selling it we’ll let you know.

Thanks to Blue Blood at the SSMB for the find.

EU & U.S. PS3 ASR Demo Out Now

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iawAKqO0FBk&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] Thanks to Kamicciolo at the SSMB for the video.
UPDATE: Both the EU & U.S.demo have now hit the PlayStation Store weighing in at 827MB, playable characters are Sonic and Doctor Eggman. PS3 users get a Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg track to test out, named Blizzard Castle: Rampart Road. The Yakuza 3 demo is also out now. /UPDATE END

Mike Kebby of SCEE’s PlayStation Store Team has just posted on the European PlayStation Blog a list of items hitting the store later today. PS3 owners patiently waiting for a Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing demo will be happy to hear its coming today, SEGA fans will also be getting a Yakuza 3 demo to try out too. No details about what the demo’s contain are revealed but we’ll let you know once they’ve gone live. SCEA have yet to post todays update contents but we’ll update here when the list is posted.

Thanks to DSR3 over at the SSMB for the heads up.

GAME UK, bol.com & JB Hi-Fi Now Also Offering Ryo-Forklift DLC Pre-order Code

UPDATE: ArchangelUK has informed via Sonic Wrecks and the Sonic city Blognik that bol.com/nl/ (Benelaux) and JB Hi-Fi(Australia) are getting the Ryo-Forklift pre-order DLC code though JB Hi-Fi arent listing it yet. If you’re in Spain and missed our earlier report, GAME are also offering the code – PS3 & Xbox 360.
bol.com/nl/ :
Xbox 360(Netherlands)
PS3

JB H-Fi (Australia) :
Xbox 360
PS3
/UPDATE END

You may remember when we informed you that Gameplay.co.uk will be offering the Ryo-Forklift DLC pre-order bonus, well now you have another retailer choice as GAME UK have updated the product pages for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Sonic & SEGA All Star Racing with a notice about the pre-order bonus code Ryu spelling error and all.

GAME UK still arent offering the game as cheap as Gameplay though –
Gameplay:
Xbox 360 £30.99
PS3 £28.99

GAME:
Xbox 360 £32.99
PS3 £32.99

Wether GAME will be offering the pre-order DLC code in-store is unknown at present but we’ll try to find out as soon as possible and let you know.

ASR Demo Next Week for XBL Silver Members and PS3 Owners?

After Mondays release of a Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing demo for Xbox 360 Gold Members ArchangelUK of SEGA Europe/Sonic Wrecks and Steve Lycett of Sumo Digital have hinted at a demo for PS3 coming in the future aswell as explaining that the Xbox 360 demo should hopefully be coming to Silver members next week.

Well ShopTo.net have apparently managed to get some clear details, if they are to be believed the Xbox 360 demo for Silver members is definitely coming next week and the PS3 demo is also definitely coming next week instead of tomorrows PS Store update like many PS3 owners were hoping for.

Here are their statements on each version of the games product pages –
Xbox 360

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing
Demo Available NOW

We’ve just released a playable demo of Sonic and SEGA Racing onto Xbox Live Marketplace. Gold members can download and play the demo right away. Players can take control of Sonic or Banjo Kazooie across a selection of tracks.

You can add the demo to your marketplace queue by visiting this link http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-GB/games/offers/0DDF0001-0000-4000-8000-00005345883E and hitting the download to Xbox 360 button. It’s also visible on the dashboard as usual.

The demo will be available to Silver Xbox Live members next week.

PS3

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing
Demo Available on the Playstation Network NEXT WEEK.

Retailers aren’t usually reliable for info, especially release dates so take this with a grain of salt though its not out of the norm for Xbox 360 Silver Members and PS3 owners to get a demo a week after Xbox 360 Gold Members.

ASR: Xbox 360 Secret Achievements and PS3 Trophies Revealed

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Xbox360Achievements.org have unveiled the Secret Achievements for the Xbox 360 version of Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing which like the other Achievements have references to other SEGA games in their names. The site has also updated the Achievements pictures with colour, we have the Secret Achievements for you below –

Sonic Unleashed 15
Use Sonic’s All-Star Move to take out Dr. Eggman and show him who’s boss!
Feel the Magic 15
Use Amy’s All-Star Move to send Sonic dizzy with love!
Working Man 15
Use Ryo’s All-Star Move to take out Jacky and Akira and show them who’s the ultimate martial artist!
Giant Egg 15
Use Billy’s All-Star Move to squash the Crows!
Top Skater 15
Perform three tricks in one jump with Beat on Tokyo-to – Shibuya Downtown.
The Chariot 15
Use Zobio and Zobiko to send one hundred Curien Mansion Creatures back to the grave.
Cat Mania 15
Summon the giant KapuKapu and gobble up Big the Cat for mouse revenge!

You can check out the list in full here.

PS3Trophies.org have also revealed the Trophy list for the PS3 version which as you would guess are the same as the Xbox 360’s Achievements. At present they do not have pictures and the Secret Trophies haven’t been revealed yet but will likely be the same as the Xbox 360’s Secret Achievements.

Play3’s Video Preview of ASR PS3

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As seen in the above video German PlayStation gaming site Play3 have recently got some hands-on time with the PS3 version of Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing. It looks to be the same build Playr recently got to try out but this time we get to see some more of the Jumble Jungle track and a glimpse of other characters in action such as Ryo and Shadow. It sounds like even German fans get a crazy commentator too.

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Thanks to Tom over at the SSMB for the heads up.

ASR PS3 Exclusive Revealed: Supports Six-Axis Control

PS3 users have been wondering for ages now what exclusives they will be getting on their system of chioice, well now we have 1 answer at least for now. Amazon.de have revealed that the PS3 version of Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing will support Six-Axis Motion control. This feature will most likely be used for steering your vehicle like other driving games before it such as the PS3 version of SEGA Rally and like with that game it will no doubt be optional.

Especially on the PS3: Even more dynamism in breathtaking races with Sixaxis control

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Also revealed on the same site is that the PC version is compatible with Windows XP and Vista.

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Amazon.fr reveal the PC version is also compatible with Windows 7.
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Amazon.de is also listing on all 5 versions that the game has 27 tracks instead of the 24 total retailers have been listing up until now.

Stunning graphics: Prove your driving skills at 27 racetracks, which now on medieval ramparts, through lush green rainforests, or lead a busy urban landscapes

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SEGA Europe & Australia Reveal ASR Release Date

SEGA Europe and SEGA Australia have just revealed on their product page’s for Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing that the game will be revealed on all 5 platforms PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS and PC Friday 26th February 2010. Continue reading SEGA Europe & Australia Reveal ASR Release Date

ASR not enough? How about Sonic & Shadow Modnation Racers?

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Own a PS3? Annoyed that the Xbox 360 version of Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing get’s Avatar support and Banjo-Kazooie? Well, relax as some lucky fan’s who have got to try out the PS3 exclusive title Modnation Racers beta test have made Sonic and Shadow models to race with among many other video game characters. Check them out here.

New PS3/Wii/DS All Stars Racing Screens & Art

Fox Gungrave from fellow Sonic fan site Eversonic was recently invited by SEGA France to playtest all 4 console versions of Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing and was given screenshots from the PS3, Wii and DS versions of the game aswell as pictures of some old and new artwork.

You can check out Eversonic’s preview here but be warned, it’s obviously in French.

Here’s the screenshots below:

DS –
ASR DS 1 ASR DS 2 ASR DS 3 ASR DS 4 ASR DS 5

Wii –
ASR Wii 1 ASR Wii 2 ASR Wii 3 ASR Wii 4 ASR Wii 5 ASR Wii 6

PS3 –
ASR PS3 1 ASR PS3 2 ASR PS3 3 ASR PS3 4 ASR PS3 5 ASR PS3 6 ASR PS3 7 ASR PS3 8

New art –
New ASR Art 1 New ASR Art 2 New ASR Art 3 New ASR Art 4

Rumour: Leaked Document Reveals ‘Sonic Anniversary’

megatonMany different news sources are reporting that a SEGA America FTP bungle has resulted in a communication with Sony Computer Entertainment America being leaked on the Internet. The document, appearing to be notes from a meeting dated 5th August, include mention of special console-specific DLC characters for Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing, a new ‘Sonic Anniversary’ title to arrive on PS3 and multiple ways of SEGA offering exclusive content to Sony’s home console – including an introduction of classic Dreamcast titles on the PlayStation Network.

Of most note to Sonic fans, the ‘Sonic Anniversary’ project appears to be a new title – either in development or consideration – that aims to collect “all Sonic games on one BD [Blu-Ray Disc] disc”. The document ponders a retail price point of $99, which may be reasonable depending on whether it really is an entire collection of Sonic titles. Most intriguing is a note that says: “SCEA would love PSN exclusive power ups/different game modes (like Castlevania’s flip it over/backwards)” – raising hopes that such a collection would be in the vein of Sonic Jam more than simple emulations like Sonic Mega Collection. Spin Dash in Sonic 1 once again?

Speaking on Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing, special non-SEGA characters could make an appearance in the form of DLC with the following note; “Open to DLC to differentiate PS3 SKU – not ratchet and clank but other characters… maybe characters from Rare or Fable universes”. The latter two franchises suggest that the same sort of DLC is planned for the Xbox 360 version too, although who would we see? Kameo? Joanna Dark? The dog from Fable? A shame that Ratchet and Clank is ruled out (probably something Sony said), as it sounds like a good fit for the game.

According to the document, Sony also has intentions to sell PS2 games on the PlayStation Network, referencing an unnamed Sonic game and GTA Vice City as examples. SEGA also muses the possibility of Dreamcast digital titles, stating a possible exclusivity deal with Sony; “If we provide a list of DC titles SCEA will let us know which ones they’re interested in having exclusively… If we give them a long period of exclusivity they’ll give us more marketing support.”

If true, it all seems to be very exciting news for both SEGA fans and Sony PS3 owners alike. It also means that this is the latest in several incidents where SEGA America’s FTP team has leaked documents by uploading them publicly by accident. You can see the entire thing at Sonic Retro.

Empire City & Adabat DLC Hits U.S. and Japan PSN! EU Waits

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SEGA of America must be feeling generous as the new Adventure Pack released on Xbox Live today has hit the U.S. Playstation Store today too aswell as the Japanese Playstation Store. The European Playstation Store also updated today but hasn’t received this pack or its long awaited Mazuri Adventure Pack.

If you U.S. PS3 Unleashed owners are interested in this new Adventure Pack it’s another double pack like the Apotos and Shamar Adventure Pack, costs just $2.99 and consists of 5 daytime stages and 4 nighttime stages. SEGA have revealed in the packs description on Xbox Live at least(don’t know if its the same on the Playstation Store description) that this will be the last piece of downloadable content –

Download all-new Empire City & Adabat adventures! For the final downloadable pack, play five daytime & four nighttime stages that range from a high-rise metropolis to an exotic jungle strewn with ancient ruins.

That’s Xbox Live, U.S. and Japan PSN wrapped up but we’ll keep you posted on if and when the European Playstation Store get’s its two missing Adventure Packs.

Apotos & Shamar Adventure Pack Now On U.S. PSN

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U.S. PS3 Sonic Unleashed owners can now finally download the Apotos & Shamar Adventure Pack from the Playstation Store for $2.99. If you didn’t catch our last two news stories on the European PS3 release or the Xbox Live release of the content then here are the contents of the pack yet again:

Shamar consists of
Sonic:
Act 1-2: Get to the goal in time!
Act 3: Find the Chao!

Werehog:
Act 2: Head for the goal
Act 3: Head for the goal!

Apotos consists of
Sonic:
Act 1-2: Head for the goal!
Act 2-2: Head for the goal!
Act 4: Head for the goal!

Werehog:
Act 1-2: Head for the goal!
Act 1-3 Head for the goal!

U.S. Official Playstation Blog: Playstation Store Update 4th June

The European Playstation Store hasn’t received any Sonic Unleashed DLC this week so it looks like you EU PS3 guys and gals will be waiting even longer for your missing Mazuri Adventure Pack.

Apotos & Shamar Adventure Pack Now On EU PSN

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European PS3 Sonic Unleashed owners can now download the Apotos & Shamar Adventure Pack from the Playstation Store for £2.39. If you didn’t catch our news story on the Xbox Live release of the content then here are the contents of the pack again:

Shamar consists of
Sonic:
Act 1-2: Get to the goal in time!
Act 3: Find the Chao!

Werehog:
Act 2: Head for the goal
Act 3: Head for the goal!

Apotos consists of
Sonic:
Act 1-2: Head for the goal!
Act 2-2: Head for the goal!
Act 4: Head for the goal!

Werehog:
Act 1-2: Head for the goal!
Act 1-3 Head for the goal!

The U.S. Playstation Store hasn’t received the pack this week, we’ll keep an eye out for it in next weeks update and let you know if it appears.

In other Unleashed DLC news SEGA Europe still haven’t released the Mazuri Adventure Pack on the European Playstation Store breaking the pattern that was mirroring Xbox Live’s Adventure Pack releases since the Mazuri Adventure Pack was the fourth pack released on Xbox Live before the Apotos & Shamar Adventure Pack. We’ll let you know if and when the Mazuri Adventure Pack is released on the European Playstation Store.