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Steam is Total War, Day IV: Shogun 2 and Fall of the Samurai

Total War Weekend

It’s Sunday — day four of the Total War weekend invasion of Steam. Two more games are up for the Daily Deal, and we’re featuring more Spiral Knights and Team Fortress 2 items.

Total Recap

The short version of what’s going on: the Total War series is on sale all weekend, including the Total War Master Collection on sale for 75% off. Each game featured will also automatically grant players access to free items in both Valve’s incomparable Team Fortress 2 and SEGA and Three Ring’s own Spiral Knights.

Steam Daily Deals

All Samurai all the time: Total War: Shogun 2 and the stand-alone expansion Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai are 75% off!

Total War: Shogun 2: Take on the role of one Daimyo, the clan leader, and 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.

Total War: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai: The standalone expansion to the award-winning Total War™: SHOGUN 2 explores the conflict between the Imperial throne and the last Shogunate in 19th century Japan, 400 years after the events of the original game. A dramatic clash of traditional Samurai culture with the explosive power of modern weaponry.

Featured: Spiral Knights and Team Fortress 2 Items


Owners of Total War: Shogun 2 or Fall of the Samurai will also receive the Shogun Veil in Team Fortress 2 and the Shogun Helmet in Spiral Knights.

The rest of the featured Team Fortress 2 and Spiral Knights items featured this weekend are still available, as well.



Tune in each day until October 1st for additional deals!

Once again: Special thanks to Steam community members [WDZ] The Ronin,BANG!, and Svdl for making this possible with their awesome collaborative work designing these Team Fortress 2 items and helping with the promotional artwork.


Steam is Total War, Day III: Go Battles or Go Medieval

Total War Weekend

Total War’s weekend invasion of Steam picks up full steam power! Today, that means two more games on tap for the Daily Deal, and more Spiral Knights and Team Fortress 2 items to feature.

Total Recap

The short version of what’s going on: the Total War series is on sale all weekend, including the Total War Master Collection on sale for 75% off. Each game featured will also automatically grant players access to free items in both Valve’s incomparable Team Fortress 2 and SEGA and Three Ring’s own Spiral Knights.

You can gain access to the items any time during the weekend and with any game you buy (or if you already own them). And! If you should purchase the aforementioned Master Collection, you also get a unique weapon for the Heavy class in Team Fortress.

Steam Daily Deals

Total War Battles: SHOGUN and Medieval II: Total War are both on sale today — 50% off for Battles, and 75% off for Medieval II.

Medieval II is the 2006 strategy game featuring 21 factions across a startlingly detailed 11th – 16th century Europe. Battles: SHOGUN mixes accessible combat style with depth of tactics for a unique Total War experience.

Featured: Spiral Knights Accessory

Spiral Knights

From Heavenly wings and Stygian spikes to heavily armored cats and rabbits, the Knights of Haven have long strutted their stuff through the Clockworks in style. But sometimes, a Knight’s just got to be a Knight. Go old school with this crusader-inspired armored look for your headgear.

The Medieval War Helm is available with either Total War Battles: SHOGUN or Medieval II: Total War.

Featured: Team Fortress 2 Item

Total War and Team Fortress 2

(editor’s note: please read the following in a psychotic Scottish accent for greatest accuracy)

Demoman’s Journal

There I was, holed up in the shelled and bullet-pocked remains of some backwater 2Fort. Blistered fingers from detonating remote sticky bombs were the least of my troubles. I’d been raining explosive death into every nook and cranny for a fortnight with nary dent made in the lot of ’em when I realized, for once in my life, the answer wasn’t more explosives. I shook off this momentary yet severe existential crisis and realized that to blow them up, I first had to show them up. That’s when I reached for my King of Scotland Cape and Crown, available with any purchase of Total War Battles: SHOGUN or Medieval II: Total War. One size fits all Demomen.


Tune in each day until October 1st for additional deals!

Once again: Special thanks to Steam community members [WDZ] The Ronin,BANG!, and Svdl for making this possible with their awesome collaborative work designing these Team Fortress 2 items and helping with the promotional artwork.


Steam is Total War, Day II: Steam Workshop and Daily Deals

Total War’s weekend invasion of Steam continues! In addition to the Total War Master Collection on sale for 75% off, we have additional Team Fortress 2 and Spiral Knights items to highlight … and some awesome news for fans of Total War mods!

Total War: Shogun 2 on Steam Workshop

Total War: Shogun 2 Final Logo

One of the lasting features most-loved by our Total War community has always been the ability to mod the game and create scenarios, tweak historical accuracy, and create wholly alternate ways to play. Now, the ability to share and manage mods for Shogun 2 is available on Steam’s Workshop!

The Steam Workshop is a recently introduced feature allowing Steam community members to upload and organize mods for a wide variety of games — Total War’s long history of community support made it a natural addition and we are proud to have it there!

Daily Deals: Empire & Napoleon 75% Off

Right now, both Empire: Total War and Napoleon: Total War are 75% off!

Empire was a technological leap forward for a series that has always combined deep tactical gameplay with breathtaking technical depth, particularly on the real-time strategy battlefields. Napoleon helped refine these ideas and allows the player to put themselves into the Napoleonic Wars that tore Europe apart in the 19th century.

Keep checking back through the weekend, there’s more Daily Deals on the way.

Featured Spiral Knights Accessory: Tricorne Hat


Whenever you buy any of the Total War games featured on Steam, you’ll get a corresponding accessory item for Spiral Knights. Today’s featured item — buy either Empire: Total War or Napoleon: Total War and get the ever so dashing tricorne hat!

This hat might as well be made of Blue Velvet because it is seriously suave. According to Wikipedia, the tricorne hat fell from its peak popularity around the year 1800, but that is bogus, because at no time is this thing not dashing. Just look at it!

Featured Team Fortress 2 Items: Distinguished Ascot / Sniper Shako

Total War - Team Fortress 2 Promo Items

Speaking of suave and distinguished, if you are one of the high society types of 18th or 19th century empire-making nations, why not also accentuate your favorite wild and crazy class-based shooter with a little haute couture neck warmer? Keep your physician in fashion and you spy supplied — in the latest style, so long as that style is this fancy neckwear. That is to say: if you buy (or happen to already own on Steam) Empire: Total War, you will receive the “Distinguished Ascot” or “Foppish Physician” accessory, usable for both the Spy and Medic classes.

Those who purchase (or already own) Napoleon: Total War, meanwhile, will arm their snipers with a jaunty stovepipe shako. If you like to put stylish things on your head and then shoot people who never even see you, this is absolutely an accessory you might want to consider acquiring.

Click here to see the items featured yesterday — they are available all weekend! Tune in each day until October 1st for additional deals.

Once again: Special thanks to Steam community members [WDZ] The Ronin,BANG!, and Svdl for making this possible with their awesome collaborative work designing these Team Fortress 2 items and helping with the promotional artwork.


This Weekend Total War Comes to Steam

This weekend the Total War series invades Steam! This includes Daily Deals as well as the entire Total War pack on sale until October 1st. But wait, there’s more!

In partnership with Valve’s own Team Fortress 2 and our own Spiral Knights, we are also supplying you with hats and accessories all weekend, to celebrate the games of the Total War franchise!

Spiral Knights - Total War Promo

Here’s what’s on deck for the first day of the Total War sale invasion:

Total War Master Collection

The entire Total War collection on Steam includes seven Total War games and all promotional items for Spiral Knights and Team Fortress 2. This includes the unique weapon for Team Fortress 2’s Soldier class, THE FREEDOM STAFF. It is in all caps like that because FREEDOM should always be all caps. The staff is solid gold and has an eagle on it, because that is what FREEDOM looks like when you bludgeon someone with it.




Steam Daily Deal

Rome: Total War Gold is on sale for 90% Off! Get the epic game voted Best Strategy Game in 2004 by IGN, GameSpy, and Gamespot. 90% off means it can be yours for next to nothing. This is the “Gold Edition” of the game, meaning it includes the Barbarian Invasion expansion pack.

Spiral Knights

Spiral Knights

Behold, the Golden Laurel accessory! Like the Caesars of yore, cross the Rubicon and into the Clockworks in style with olive branches adorning your Knightly brow. Olive branches of solid gold, that is; regular olive branches are for chumps. Equip it in your accessory slot in Spiral Knights and show those plebeians who’s boss!

Team Fortress 2

Total War TF2 Hat

For the Heavy class, the growling animal ferocity of ferocious animal growlingness: the K-9 Mane! Nothing says heavy weapons obliteration like wearing a helmet taken from nature’s own damage dealing class, the wolf. While technically part of the Warpath campaign from Empire: Total War, we are giving away this item as part of Rome’s daily deal; it is the sort of thing a Barbarian Invasion might have, and anyway, are you going to argue with an enormous man wearing a wolf hat?

How Do I Get These Things?

To get these things you simply need to own Rome: Total War; that will give you access to both the Team Fortress 2 hat and the Spiral Knights accessory. THE FREEDOM STAFF is available only with the Master Collection.

Stay tuned – there’s more on the way each day for Total War!

Last thing: Special thanks to Steam community members [WDZ] The Ronin, BANG!, and Svdl for making this possible with their awesome collaborative work designing these Team Fortress 2 items and helping with the promotional artwork.


Ron Gilbert Answers Your Questions on The Cave!

The Cave

We’ve got a special opportunity for fans out there that love Ron Gilbert and Double Fine as well as the upcoming Adventure game, The Cave – we want your questions! We’ve secured time with Ron Gilbert to sit down discover the inner-most mysteries of The Cave.

The Cave

Maybe you are curious about the seven characters who find themselves inside, or how the concept for the game came about, and even perhaps why New Grog is readily available but Grog Classic is nowhere to be found?

Simply post your comment below and The Cave will pick a random assortment to be asked. You’ve got a few days to think up questions, but don’t wait too long! Be sure to visit the official Facebook page for all things related to, The Cave.


SEGA @ Eurogamer Expo!


Eurogamer Expo is nearly here – the upcoming consumer event starts on September 27th and runs until the 30th! SEGA will be in attendance showing off some of our upcoming games and we want you to come by and play! We’ve got an exciting line up including Arkedo’s Hell Yeah!, Double Fine’s The Cave, and Gearbox Software’s Aliens: Colonial Marines!

Aliens: Colonial Marines

Aliens: Colonial Marines - Escape Mode

We’re excited to announce the attendance of Aliens Colonial Marines at this year’s Eurogamer Expo where we’ll be showcasing a new competitive multiplayer mode called Escape. If you’ve not yet seen the trailer, take a look here! An exhilarating experience for fans of the ALIENS universe, Escape mode puts the four-person US Colonial Marines team on the offensive against a four-player Xenomorph team. Can the Marines reach the extraction point? We’ll also be handing out a variety of Aliens: Colonial Marines merchandise to those who play the game so get there early!

Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit

Unleash monster mayhem in the crazy action-adventure platformer set in Hell. Hell Yeah! launches in Europe this Wednesday (3rd Oct) and is available on PC, PSN and XBLA – but you can play it first and brag to all your friends about it. On an unrelated note, the first 1000 people to play Hell Yeah! are probably going to hell.

The Cave

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Ron Gilbert and Double Fine’s newest Adventure game is playable at Eurogamer! Come by the booth and experience this exhilarating puzzler as you solve a variety of conundrums in the depths of The Cave to reveal its mystical secrets.

The Cave Figurines
The first 1000 people to play The Cave at Eurogamer Expo will get a premium edition action figure of one of The Cave’s playable characters. The way the toys are packaged, you won’t know which character is inside, allowing The Cave to decide which character best suits you for the adventures that lie ahead.

Where do I sign up?

Eurogamer tickets are still available for Thursday & Friday! Head to their site and pick up tickets to attend!


Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz Developer Blog

Super Monkey Ball - PS VITA

I’m Jun Tokuhara, the producer of Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz. Today’s update is about the edit mode. In SUPER MONKEY BALL SPLITZ, you can easily create your very own stage by using the PlayStation Vita’s camera feature. Once you have created map data, not only will it be saved in your PlayStation Vita, but you can also upload it to PlayStation Network to share it, and also to play the match on that map with players around the world!

It is fun to take pictures of things around you randomly, but today I will teach you the know-how necessary for creating stages in an intended design. Reproduce the interesting shape and difficult level designs so you can surprise your friends and opponents!

First, I will teach you the points you should be careful of, when shooting the photo. The stage is created based on the light, shade and color of the photo.

Below are examples of photos that would be hard to create an intended stage design.

Shadow is halfway in the photo

It would be difficult for the game to recognize a shape when a shadow darker than the object appears in the photo.

Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz

Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz

Too slim/too small
If the game determines that there is no object, a minimum sized map will be created.

Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz

Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz

Similar colors adjoining

If the object and the background merge, the camera will focus on a different area.

Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz

Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz

Shoot the photo as you keep in mind the points listed above, and you’ll be able to create a stage with an intended design.

Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz

Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz

Now I would like to show you 2 examples of an edited stage. One is based on a face everyone would think of trying. The other is trying to design detailed stage by drawing the design on a paper.

When created based on a face

To create an intended design, using a face, shoot the photo so the line and brightness of the face is clearly displayed.

Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz

Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz

When created based on a sketch

The area filled out in dark colors will be the island. However, based on conditions, the stage may reflect only the outline of the sketch, or the island and sky may invert, so keep trying until you get it the way you want it to look like.

Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz

Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz

Although using the same object for the photo, the difficulty of the stage changes based on how hard you shake the PlayStation Vita, while the stage is being created. Shake harder than your previous edit and you’ll see changes such as, parts connecting the islands changing from a rope to a rail, the route to the goal increasing in length, even moving floors appearing in the stage! All will increase the difficulty, so experiment and see what you can come up with!

Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz

Edited stages are formed by combining square shaped parts.

The varieties of these parts are limited at the start. However, after the game is released, we will be adding parts as DLC so look out for them![m3] [K4]

Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz

If you have any questions, feel free to leave comments. OK then, see you next time!


Jet Set Radio is Now Available on XBLA, PSN, and PC!

Jet Set Radio is now available for consoles and PC across the US and Europe!

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In the urban sprawl of Tokyo-To, gangs of youths known as ‘Rudies’ roam the streets, marking their territories with deft sprays from their graffiti cans. Taking control of Beat, the leader of the GGs, players must tag and grind their way through the city, fighting against rival gangs as well as the local police force. As the GGs recruit more members and gain notoriety, a dark plot begins to emerge involving the shadowy Rokkaku Group and its nefarious owner, Rokkaku Goji. Can Beat, Gum, Tab and the rest of the crew take back Tokyo-To and stop Goji’s evil plans in time?

Jet Set Radio HD

As a Heritage Collection title, Jet Set Radio features bonus content that will delight fans of the series, including fan-contributed graffiti and a documentary that takes a deeper look into the creation of this iconic videogame.

“Like all our Heritage Collection titles, Jet Set Radio has been a labor of love for the digital team here at SEGA Networks” said Chris Olson, Vice President of Digital Business at SEGA Networks Co., Ltd. “We’ve aimed to rework Jet Set Radio with the reverence it deserves and we hope the fans enjoy the end result.”

Looking forward to seeing everyone’s thoughts on the newest release of Jet Set Radio – let us know in the comments!


Sonic the Hedgehog Digital Trading Cards Launched on Stampii

Stampii Digital Trading Cards


We’re excited to announce the first-ever Sonic the Hedgehog digital trading cards collection! The collection soft launched earlier in the month with a limited number of cards available and more to follow throughout the year.  The cards will be available through a number of desktop and mobile platforms.

The Sonic the Hedgehog collection consist of 90 unique digital cards each containing a wide selection of images, videos and information related to the Sonic universe.  Not only will the cards feature Sonic himself, but his friends and foes are also available to collect as are a number of the videogames he has appeared in. The digital nature of these virtual cards allows collectors anywhere in the world to exchange their cards online, with social networks helping to raise the experience of card trading from a local level to a worldwide scale.

Users can access the collection in the Stampii app, available across multiple desktop and mobile platforms (including PC/Mac, iPhone/iPad, Android) as well as through Facebook or directly on the Stampii web site. All the applications are linked and synched together so fans can enjoy, share, and swap their collections at any time, anywhere.

The Sonic digital trading card collection will also include challenges and promotions designed specifically for users as well as the chance to win new digital cards and official merchandise.


Sonic Adventure 2 PAX Sweepstakes Winners

Sonic Adventure 2

If you came to see us at PAX earlier this month, you probably noticed the crowd of people waiting to play Sonic Adventure 2. In addition to playing this classic and fan-favorite game, everyone who played also got a ticket to fill out for a chance to win an Astro A40 gaming headset along with custom Sonic Adventure 2 speaker tags.

Now that we’re back from PAX, we had 6 different people in the office draw from the tickets we submitted… and we have our winners! Congratulations go to…

Cameron Worrell

Matthew Kuusmanen

Joshua Keely

Klayton Schaufler

Alyanna Castillo

Matthew Engstrom


Thanks to everyone who played Sonic Adventure 2 at PAX!