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Make your own Crocheted Sonic Sackboy

If you are a bit of the creative type, you might have better luck at this project than we have – but we absolutely adore the final product and cannot help spreading it around for all to see. I present to you the Sonic Sackboy, so elegantly recreated by the Sonic and Sackboy fan, GoldenJellyBean. The end result is amazing, we love it, we really want her to make us one – but sadly she does not create them for purchase.

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Check out the video above to see it created before your eyes! If you are ambitious enough, try the 99 step creation yourself, but be sure to show us the results.


New Yakuza 4 Story Trailer – Tokyo in a box

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Earn some rings in new fan-created Sonic 4 challenges!

Good news for all of us who have completed Sonic 4 100%, or at least with all seven emeralds: one fan from Sweden has come up with his own list of challenges, and if you’re looking for something to keep that Sonic 4 experience fresh and fun, these are pretty awesome.

(Click the image to view the challenges!)

User Gubbyman from the SEGA forums has created a to-do list, complete with rankings for how close you get, that should keep any avid Sonic player on their toes. For starters, did you know that it’s possible to collect every single ring in Splash Hill Zone Act 1? (And that there are 336 of them!)

The better you do, the more rings you’ll get in the thread, which will also move you up higher on the top ten scoreboard. You can use pictures and videos to prove you pulled it off, but really, half the fun is just seeing if you can complete these with an A rank.

Check them out and click here to visit the Sonic 4 challenges thread!

Finally, props to Gubbyman himself for putting this all together. Cheers to you, Gubby!


Exclusive Sonic Colors and Cash Cash Videos at Metacafe

Metacafe is releasing a series of videos with Cash Cash, who performs the theme song to Sonic Colors. The videos include some footage from our Bryant Park event in New York City as well as footage shot at their home studio in New Jersey. Here are the first 3 videos, and more will be posted on the Metacafe site over the next few weeks.

Get to know Cash Cash:

Cash Cash talk about their favorite games:

Cash Cash talk about playing Sonic on the Genesis:

See more on the Metacafe site soon!


Destructoid visits SEGA

Last week, a couple fine folks from the gaming community Destructoid came by the SEGA offices. We all joined in to celebrate the two-week anniversary of their review for what critics are hailing as one of the best Sonic games ever – Sonic Colors. And, as we all learned with one very special cake, sometimes you never know how good something is until you try it!

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Thankfully, Ai Ai was there to make it all better. Also, please note that nobody is to ever speak of the DreamCat again. (Codename: ‘Kitten’).

As a little shout out to our awesome licensing team, yes – those Sonic pillows, the pinata, and all the party supplies are real and are actually coming out next year – a few may already be showing up in the US. Sweet.

Hope you guys enjoy the video, and thanks to Carnage and Venom of Destructoid for coming by and enjoying a little 4.5 with us!


Conduit 2 Intro Trailer Revealed

Conduit 2 fans rejoice, today we reveal new video footage of High Voltage Software’s Wii FPS! The video, which features a cinematic look at Conduit details the ending from Conduit 1 and the intro for Conduit 2. Along the way, you’ll be treated to some things to come … I’m trying my best not to spoil the video, which you can see in full below:

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In addition, we have some new screens for you! See some below, and the rest on our Flickr set.

Conduit 2

Conduit 2

Conduit 2


Autumn iPhone Sale Starts Today – up to 80% Off Select Titles!

Attention, SEGA Fans! We have a special Fall sale for the Apple iPhone. Lots of great games are getting discounts up to 80% off, so from now until November 30th is your chance to save on this iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad titles.

Here’s the low-down:

Super Monkey Ball 2 $5.99 $1.99
Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition $7.99 $2.99
Phantasy Star II $4.99 $0.99
Golden Axe $2.99 $0.99
ChuChu Rocket! $2.99 $0.99
ChuChu Rocket! HD $4.99 $2.99
Sonic 4, Episode 1 $6.99 $4.99

Chu Chu Rocket

There you go — this sale is just a limited time to kick off the holiday season so check it out while you can, because on December 1st prices will be back to normal!


Crazy Taxi Launches on Xbox Live Arcade!

The craziness comes to a peak today as Crazy Taxi — the Dreamcast classic, a blisteringly fun driving game through the streets of a faux-San Francisco — releases on Xbox Live Arcade!

Already out for PlayStation Network, Crazy Taxi continues the Dreamcast console’s digital rebirth. What started with Sonic Adventure continues with one of the most purely fun games to appear on the system — even if I wanted to say something bad about Crazy Taxi, I don’t think I’d be able to. The game is both immediately fun and seriously challenging: ripping around the crazy streets is easy to do and the learning curve is such that you can get satisfactorily better just with some simple practice.

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But to really master the game you need to learn the, ahem, Crazy Techniques. Thus we present a special video for Axel’s Crazy Taxi Instructional Video! Featuring a quick tour of the many difficult maneuvers you can pull off in your nigh-indestructible cab, this is a great place to get started on your road to crazy money.

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In case the video moves too fast for you and you want a quick reference guide, here are the moves listed, and how to perform them:

Crazy Dash: While accelerator and brake are not in use, shift into Drive while quickly accelerating.

Quick Turn: Brake, press accelerator and turn at the same time.

Limiter Cut: Execute the Crazy Dash maneuver, then let go of the accelerator and shift into Reverse, then execute the Crazy Dash again.

Crazy Drift: Shift into reverse during driving; quickly shift into Drive and then make a tight turn.

Crazy Back Drift: Shift into Drive and accelerate, then quickly switch into Reverse while making a tight turn.

Crazy Stop: Quickly switch into Reverse.

Some of these are rather complex but with practice, they become second nature. The Crazy Dash is perhaps the most useful to pick up early on, and is quick & easy to learn — master that and your performance will improve dramatically.

Crazy Taxi (XBLA/PSN)

Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi are now out and about — stay tuned for more news on Space Channel 5: Part 2, and SEGA Bass Fishing!


GUARDIANS Express Newsletter – November 2010

Attention, GUARDIANS!

Welcome to the newest edition of the GUARDIANS Express Newsletter, a roundup of news & notes for the Universe of Phantasy Star.

Autumn Lobbies

PSU - Fall Lobbies and Native Creature Festival

We have lots going on right now, and the most visible changes for PSU come with new lobby decorations — the beautiful and unique Autumn Lobbies are appearing right now on the Colony and at Neudaiz. Meanwhile, one of the most awesome lobbies — featuring some of the games best music — is now available on Moatoob: the Native Creature Festival, celebrating the indigenous life of the desert planet with spectacular bonfires.

GUARDIANS Boost Road: Colony

It’s time for more GBR action! The Boost Road features boosted drop-rates on select missions, this time routing through the Colony at Clyez City. If you’re unfamiliar with how the GBR works, each person running the mission builds their drop rate the more times they run, up to a 50% boost. Party boost rates stack, so a full party of six people has a boost rate of 300%. Considering the excellent loot that drops from some of the Colony missions included in this Boost Road, it’s a great chance to go hunting.

Coming Soon: Absolute Zero

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Coming this December, the special Phantasy Star Universe event: Absolute Zero!

A special event complete with event mission, a full website with unlockable panel rewards, special event currency and an exchange mission, Absolute Zero will be hitting Western PSU servers for the first time in the very near future.

The event mission gives players a new toy to play with — a “photon reflector” which helps melt ice at strategic spots. You need to uncover special nodes in order to power the reflector, and of course infected SEED are there to stop you.

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The panel rewards are, of course, one of the best parts of the event mission. In the past Shred the Darkness and Maximum Attack G have had special rewards that unlock for the entire PSU community based on the number of monsters killed, and this event will work the same. A nice additional wrinkle is that an additional route to the main event mission will unlock only after a certain number of kills.

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There’s a lot of great rewards to unlock, including unique items and even a boost to leveling your Photon Arts. We haven’t always unlocked every award for previous events so it’s definitely going to take the whole community working together to get all available rewards!


Total War: Shogun 2 Pack Front

We’re pleased to show off the pack front for Total War: Shogun 2!

Total War Shogun 2 Pack Front

Total War: Shogun 2 will feature enhanced full 3D battles via land and sea as well as the tactical campaign map. The game will also be featuring a brand new AI system inspired by the scriptures that influenced Japanese warfare and the Chinese “Art of War”. The Creative Assembly analyzed these ancient texts so that they could implement something easy to understand, yet deep in strategy.

The Creative Assembly’s Total War: Shogun 2 will be available for the PC on March 15, 2010

For more updates, check out the Total War website.