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SEGAbits & Sonic Retro E3 2014 Special

This week’s SEGAbits Swingin’ Report Show features SEGAbits/Sonic Retro E3 representatives Shigs and Nuckles as they join SEGAbits editor George in chatting all about SEGA/Atlus’ presence at E3 2014. The discussion covers all of SEGA’s software on display including hands-on impressions of the two Sonic Boom video games, Alien: Isolation and even the Nintendo published Bayonetta 2. On the Atlus side, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Citizens of Earth and many more are covered.

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Game News, Previews

E3 2014 Hands-On Preview: Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal (3DS)

(Thanks to Shigs from our sister-site SEGAbits for providing the write up! Go check them out, they’re classy people.)

Nuckles87 and I have been at odds with the Sonic Boom games at E3. While he was more forgiving of Rise of Lyric on Wii U, I found it a dull and mediocre experience overall. However, for Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal on 3DS, I really enjoyed this platformer while Nux was not as pleased. Surprisingly, I agreed with most of his complaints, but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the game. So what’s in this game that makes me not only enjoy it much more than Sonic Boom on Wii U, but might be my favorite Sonic game on 3DS? Read on.

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Game News

E3 2014 Hands-On Preview: Sonic Jump Fever (iOS, Android) Preview

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(Thanks to Shigs from our sister-site SEGAbits for providing the write up! Go check them out, they’re classy people.)

While at E3, Nuckles87 and I were invited to a party hosted by SEGA’s mobile division, SEGA Networks, that was dedicated to mingling and showing off SEGA’s mobile titles. It was a great chance to relax after a hard day and to get some free food and drink. Those pretzel bun sandwiches with the roast beef and bacon were out of this world! But mostly, we where there to check out these games that have only been available to the lucky few… million in the Great White North. The one I’ll be talking about in this preview is Sonic Jump Fever, a sequel to the 2012 game that is both harder, easier and more fast-paced than its predecessor. It even has Chao. Yes, Chao are back! Continue Reading

Previews

E3 2014 Hands-On Preview: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (Wii U)

Preview by nuckles87 | View all SEGAbits E3 coverage here

Sonic has been reinvented countless times over the years, to the point where the character has time and time again become unrecognizable in every way except his name, speed and trademark attitude. Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric represents the latest of those reinventions and is one of the most radical re-imaginings since Sonic made the transition to 3D fifteen years ago. Nothing has been held as sacred here, with Sonic Boom effectively acting as a near complete teardown of what past games were.

For one, this game isn’t just about speed and platforming, but also features a variety of brawling centric levels. Though very few speed areas were on display, the final game will apparently feature a mix of speed areas and brawling areas, rather than keeping them segregated from one another as they were in the demo. Since there were no real speed areas on display in the demo, this preview will be focusing mostly on the game’s combat areas. Continue Reading

Game News

E3 2014: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (Wii U) Trailer Features a Cyborg Lizard

And after seeing the gameplay a couple of days ago, it’s time to check out what the story in Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric is like in this trailer with epic music and a narrator with a deep voice telling you what’s happening with Sonic these days. Turns out he has to go up against Lyric, a villain who is over a thousand years old yet recognizes Sonic for some reason. Eggman pops up in the trailer as well, not doing much more than correcting his glorious mustache. The trailer also shows new levels and bosses, along with some cutscenes.

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric is coming to Wii U this November. Be sure to take a look at the new trailer for Shattered Crystal as well.

Game News

E3 2014: Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal (3DS) Trailer

As part of E3 2014, Nintendo put up a new trailer for the 3DS’ Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal. Developed by Sanzaru Games, the game more than enough resembles a passing glance to other Sonic handheld titles, namely anything DIMPS developed from Sonic Rush to Sonic Generations (3DS). The game differs from its Wii U counterpart in that it’s an entirely different adventure where the new villain Lyric has kidnapped Amy. Filling her place in the team is series newcomer Not-MarineSticks.

The design of the game is much closer to an exploration style (think a Metroidvania, but not so complex) where using Sonic, Tails, Knuckles or Sticks can unlock new areas to explore. The energy whips also prominently feature as a means of combat or progressing through the stage. The game is set to hit this November.

Game News

Sonic Jump Fever releasing to iOS and Android soon – check out the incredibly short announcement trailer!


 
SEGA has released a trailer for Sonic Jump Fever, a sequel to Hardlight Studio’s Sonic Jump, which was in turn a remake of a 2005 mobile title. Sonic Jump Fever had received a soft launch in Canada this past April to test the game, and it appears all went to plan as the game is set to release to other territories soon! The game’s description is as follows: “Prepare to feel the FEVER in an explosive race against the clock! Join Sonic and friends in high-speed bursts of vertical jumping mayhem. Play for free and rack up huge combos to blast past your friends’ high scores. Use boosters, upgrades, unique character abilities and Chao pets to maximize your score. Then kick your game into overdrive with Fever Mode and hit the top of the Leaderboard! With brand new levels and leaderboards every week, the challenge never ends!”

SEGAbits/Sonic Retro reps will be attending a VIP mobile event this week which will showcase SEGA’s mobile offerings including Sonic Jump Fever, so expect hands-on impressions soon!