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Archive for June 3rd, 2010


Vanquish Gameplay Trailer on GameTrailers TV This Friday!

Set your DVRs or be there for the live event- the very first trailer for Sega & PlatinumGames newest game, Vanquish, will be unveiled on GameTrailers TV this Friday (June 4)!

Vanquish Gameplay Trailer

A sneak peak of the episode is up on Gametrailers now, click the video image above to check it out. Get ready for Friday and check your local listings for when to catch the show as it happens this Friday night!


Announcing: Shogun 2 Total War

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Shogun 2: Total War Celebrates 10 Years Of Strategy Domination.

LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO (June 2nd, 2010) – SEGA® Europe Ltd. and SEGA® of America, Inc. proudly announce Shogun 2: Total War™, the sixth instalment of The Creative Assembly’s multi award-winning Total War™ strategy franchise on PC. Shogun 2: Total War returns to Feudal Japan 10 years after the release of the original Shogun: Total War™, and sees Creative Assembly using a wealth of new ideas and development experience to make Shogun 2 the revolutionary strategy game that their first title has proven to be.

Crushing Defeat

It is the middle of the 16th Century in Feudal Japan. The country, once ruled by a unified government, is now split into many warring clans. Players take on the role of one Daimyo, the clan leader, and will use military engagements, economics and diplomacy to achieve the ultimate goal, re-unite Japan under his supreme command and become the new Shogun – the undisputed ruler of a pacified nation.

Under Siege

Shogun 2: Total War will feature enhanced full 3D battles via land and sea, which made a name for the series, as well as the tactical campaign map that many refer to as the heart and soul of Total War. Featuring a brand new AI system inspired by the scriptures that influenced Japanese warfare, the millennia old Chinese “Art of War”, the Creative Assembly brings the wisdom of Master Sun Tsu to Shogun 2: Total War. Analyzing this ancient text enabled the Creative Assembly to implement easy to understand yet deep strategical gameplay.

Fiery Castle

“Developing Shogun 2: Total War gives us the opportunity to use recent technology to portray one of history’s most exciting civil wars.” commented Mike Simpson, Creative Director at The Creative Assembly and father of the Total War franchise. “Ever since we developed Shogun: Total War 10 years ago, the team at The Creative Assembly has always dreamt of using our accumulated experience to revisit Total War in Feudal Japan.”

Naval Fleet Destroyed

Shogun 2: Total War will be released exclusively for PC in 2011. For more information please visit

Naval Battle


Global Gifts from Fans

SEGA fans are the best. Well, okay, sometimes we get a little frustrated and snarky about our fans, but we really do appreciate you guys. We work some early mornings, long days, and late nights, to bring you the latest from SEGA, whether it’s a new game announcement, new screens or trailers, coverage from E3 or Comic Con, or just something silly like Metal Sonic in a bowl of Jello.

Our fans often repay us with great enthusiasm about our brands and products, and kind words about all the work that the community team does. It makes us feel really good that you enjoy the fruits of our labor. Sometimes though, our fans show their appreciation in a more, well, tangible way.

This past December, we got a huge (huge!) stocking full of holiday candy from one of our board moderators. We’ve received bags of candy from Canada (I’m a big fan of many Canadian candies, having grown up close to our northern neighbors). We received a big box of maple items (syrup, candy, etc) from someone who attended a maple festival.

In the past few weeks, we’ve received 2 packages from even farther away. The first, pictured below, was from Twitter follower Mav_Destroyer in Egypt.


He sent over some cool illustrations on parchment-like paper, along with some crystal pyramids with images of the pyramids inside (how meta!), a silver sphinx box, and a cute stuffed camel keychain that says Egypt on the side. It was really cool to get stuff from such a far away place. Thanks again!

Then yesterday, another box showed up at my desk. This one was from Phil at Capsule Computers in Australia.


In addition to a cute stuffed koala bear and some keychains, we got lots of candy and cookies. I really like vegemite (it’s a love it or hate it thing… I’m in the love camp) but have only had the original flavor. Apparently they make a cheesy flavor too, and Phil sent us a jar of it to try. On the candy side, I’m a huge fan of Violet Crumble (which is sort of like a crispy, airy, honey candy covered in chocolate), and while it’s not impossible to find in San Francisco, it can be difficult. Others I had heard of before (Curly Wurly), and others I had never heard of (Chomp, Picnic). Clumsy took a Chomp home with him and said it was very good. We also got these cool Create-a-Jelly candies – you supply a beverage of your choice and mix it with the powder, and you get jellies flavored like your beverage. I’m thinking Sonic Speed jellies are a must here.

And then there are the TimTams. I’m familiar with this Australian gem because I used to work with someone from Sydney, who would bring them back whenever he came back from trips there. (He and his wife have TIMTAMS on one of their license plates. Seriously.) If you’ve not had a TimTam, they are a chocolate biscuit cookie with creamy chocolate filling and covered in chocolate. Apparently, the caramel ones have caramel instead of chocolate filling, but I’ve not tried them yet. They are best when refrigerated, but I couldn’t help myself and broke into the package as soon as they arrived. Yum.

Thanks to the fans who have gone above and beyond to send us something special from where they live. Although we are the American blog, we know we have fans and readers from all over the world. And we enjoy hearing from all of you. Thanks for being great fans!