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Archive for February 23rd, 2010


Valkyria Chronicles DLC Spotlight #1 – Jann’s Lancer Challenge!

Howdy Valkyria Fans!

As promised, it’s time for the first look at what’s coming this Thursday in the fourth batch of Valkyria Chronicles DLC! The DLC, which you can pick up for $4.99, comes packed with a total of six different missions, all of which will also become two extra pages in your Skirmish section. Today, we’ll be taking a look at Jann’s challenge – the Lancer mission!

As a fan who came to work at the company, I must admit that I have become a little jaded over these last two years. I have seen and heard things that weren’t exactly what I’d have liked or hoped for. But I have also witnessed great successes and fantastic games, and there are some series that still manage to rekindle the spark that I hold for the future of SEGA. Needless to say, Valkyria Chronicles is one of them.

So it was with a smile on my face and no small bit of unsuppressed glee that I sat down to finally immerse myself in the latest addition to one of my favorite PS3 games ever. In the Lancer Challenge, one of (in my opinion) the funniest characters in the game, Jann, immediately greets you and briefs you on the mission. I won’t spoil it all, but his lines crack me up every time – like this one:

Big ol’ rockets, indeed.

Now, knowing it was the Lancer challenge I figured it would be wise to take in a few more lancers than normal. Four lancers later, I started up the mission and braced myself for some fun. Immediately upon starting, three things went through my mind:

  • “Wow, they weren’t kidding. That’s a lot of Tanks!”
  • “…Wait… there’s more?”
  • “…Oh my God. I’m so going to fail this.”

My almost-complete failure was saved only by the grace of the Alicia cutout standee we have also sitting in the community room, who started giving me tips on how to turn things around.  Thanks to her, things held together- and so, ahead of the curve, I’m going to pass on some of those tips for you guys, if you’d like them.

Jann’s Lancer Challenge Tips:

Go get ’em, Jann!

  • Bring Lancers – at least two or three.
  • Likewise, remember to include some units that can handle infantry. It’s not just tanks out there!
  • Look behind you. Trust us.

With Jann’s Lancer Challenge, what awaits you is a mission in the game with more tanks than any other mission in Valkyria Chronicles – period. I found that it was satisfying in two ways: First, at that moment of realization when winning seems almost impossible, and two – and most satisfying – when you finally beat the odds and victory is almost within your grasp.

Oh, and God bless you, Aika. After as many tank rounds as you dodged in that battle, you deserve a medal the size of Pirates’ Isle. (If you don’t get that reference, you need to play another game from some of the people behind Valkyria Chronicles!)

That’s it for today’s look at the DLC –  in the meantime, the three new screenshots above can also be found in full size here on our flickr page.

Tomorrow, check back in as we check out another much-loved character’s mission: Marina’s Sniper Challenge! Until then – if you guys have any specific questions about the DLC, feel free to ask them in the comments below!


Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Toys

We’re collecting questions for Joe Amaro at Jazwares about the making of Sonic toys like these. If you have a question for Joe, leave it in the comments!

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Toys

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing fans! Many of you asked about the toys that we gave away during our last Free Stuff Friday, and that our European friends are giving away this week. Now that the game is out, I’ve got some great news for you…  these sweet toys are on sale now exclusively at Toys ‘R’ Us! There are three of them — Sonic, Shadow, and Knuckles. They are 3 inch toys that are removable from their 5 inch vehicles. They are on sale for $14.99 each.

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Toys

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Toys

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Toys

I’m lucky enough to have a few of these toys to give away during Free Stuff Friday, so keep your eyes peeled for these in an upcoming giveaway.

You Ask, They Answer

So what goes into making these toys, anyway? Joe Amaro at Jazwares is the one to ask! He’s in charge of all the Sonic toys made by Jazwares, from concept to production. He even visits the factories that make the toys to ensure that they are being made correctly! Joe’s worked on Mortal Kombat, Viewtiful Joe, Astro Boy, Planet 51, Percy Jackson, and A-Team as well, so he has quite a background. I’ll soon be doing a Q&A with Joe about everything related to the Sonic toys that Jazwares makes, and I want to add your questions. Ask Joe what you want to know about Sonic toys, and check the blog in a week or two for the full Q&A!


Napoleon: Total War is Here!

Napoleon Total War is now available! Head on over to your favorite retailer or pick up a copy on Steam. The game features a ton of improvements over Empire: Total War and includes a number of requested features, such as campaign multiplayer and improved battle AI. To help get you pumped for the release, we have our final community trailer featuring a 2v2 battle narrated by Kieran Brigden. Enjoy!

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Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing On Sale Now!

All Characters in Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing

All the characters in Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is in stores today! To celebrate, we’ve got a launch trailer for you.

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I’ve been playing the game a lot, and I can tell you that it’s totally fun. But if you don’t want to take it from me, here are some links to articles from people who played it last week at our preview event:

GameZone Preview – “The game is a visual treat”

GameZone interview with game producer Omar Woodley

The Kartel (SEGA Nerds) interview with Omar Woodley and brand manager Dan Gallardo

Looking forward to hearing what you all think of the game! I have to say, I’m pretty fond of Ryo and the Shibuya Downtown track.