E3's just around the corner "” I know we keep saying that, but it is creeping around with every passing day. Every year, it seems like Sega has at least one Sonic game on show. Last year was a treasure trove with the developer-publisher showcasing Sonic 4 and Sonic Colors. But what of this year? Sega definitely has some interesting things lined up, but can they campare to the fanfare of Sonic and Vanquish of E3 2010? I imagine so, especially since Platinum Games is back with yet another game for next week's show and it looks just as crazy and absurd as Vanquish and Bayonetta.
Alright, time to lay this down, despite the screams from one too many gamers that Binary Domain looks awfully generic and probably too much like Terminator, I must say that Japan is not unfamiliar with such sci-fi themes. Any sci-fi anime enthusiast will likely throw out two names when they see something like Binary Domain: Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed, both are film and anime adaptations of Masamune Shirow's works that deal with cybernetics and artificial intelligence.
From the contemporary concepts of cybernetic implants and prosthetics to artificial intelligence and the ghosts that lie within, it's not so much about any plain simple robot uprising, but more about a revolution that sees AI evolve into sentient beings. But enough of that, Sega's teased the game with a couple of trailers and despite the subpar voice acting, we're willing to give it a shot. The gameplay itself looks solid and if it's anything like Gears of War or Uncharted then Sega has a bit of a gem on their hands. It's also designed by Toshihiro Nagoshi. One can only expect some crazy things from the father of the Yakuza/Ryu ga Gotoku series.
As mentioned before, Platinum Games are back with yet another over-the-top title for Sega: Anarchy Reigns. Taking multiplayer fighting and turning it on it's head, the game looks like a crazy mix of Devil May Cry and "” we don't even know. What we do know is that it's a game just begging to be tried out. But it begs the question, a competitive multiplayer brawler hasn't really been done before, or at least done right. Anarchy Reigns is in a whole other league from the fighting genre like Street Fighter or Tekken so comparisons are a bit of a moot point. Will Platinum Games revolutionize, or at least turn some heads, with yet another genre? We'll find out next week.
Lined up for the 3DS is Shinobi, a reboot and a prequel to the classic Sega series. Not much is known other than it's a 2.5D side-scrolling adventure featuring the father of Joe Musashi! We expect to see plenty of combos, ninjutsu and 3D ninja action. While the trailer doesn't look all too amazing, it doesn't look terrible either. Not to mention we have yet to see the game in action in 3D on Nintendo's handheld. It ought to be a blast, we've got our fingers crossed.
Aliens: Colonial Marines will be an interesting sight, if the game is at Sega's booth at all in the first place. Just only announced this past week, Colonial Marines is a team-based first person shooter based in the Alien universe. How will it play? What's the co-op like? Will you look up? (Because if Alien has taught as anything, it's to always look up.) We've got our hopes up on trying this sucker out next week.
Now, before you say we forgot about a certain blue hedgehog, trust us, we haven't. Especially when our Editor-in-Chief is such a big Sonic fanboy. Sonic Generations looks incredibly impressive and potentially awesome. However, we've said that many-a-times before about previous Sonic releases so we aren't holding our breath until we actually get to play the damn game. That's not stopping us from getting mildly excited at the idea though. We can't wait to try it and if it exceeds expectations, that's just the cherry on top of the icing on the cake!
The rest of Sega's line up include the likes of Captain America, CRUSH3D, Guardian Heroes, House of the Dead, Rise of Nightmares and SEGA Rally Online. So there you have it, Sega's lineup looks promising and interesting to say the least, but these are the titles that are on our radars. We're quite excited and it's safe to say that at least one or two of them are going to impress. It's too bad we won't be seeing some of their more Japanese favourites like Hatsune Miku or cult favourite Valkyria Chronicles III. Although that's probably the otaku in me speaking.