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Sonic Mania is Getting a Vinyl Soundtrack

For many retro game fans, Sonic Mania is one of the year’s most anticipated titles. Unlike Sonic Forces, Sonic Mania is a complete throwback game with old-school graphics and sounds. Classic Sonic the Hedgehog games always had great music, and Sonic Mania — with its mix of new and remixed songs — will have memorable tunes as well. You can listen to the songs while playing the game, or, you can listen to them on a classic vinyl record. This vinyl is being manufactured by Data Disks (in partnership with Sega). It will have select tracks from composer, Tee Lopes. The vinyl disk will come housed in a heavyweight gatefold sleeve with UV spot varnish. It will feature exclusive artwork both outside and inside the sleeve. The vinyl will come in Sonic Blue, Classic Black, and limited edition variants. For those who don’t own record players but still want to buy this vinyl, the package will include a download code in lossy and lossless formats. We’re proud to announce the Sonic Mania vinyl album in partnership with @datadiscs! Pre-orders go live Mid-July. pic.twitter.com/wNXenpcR49 — Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) June 23, 2017 The Sonic Mania vinyl READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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Sonic Mania Vinyl Album Announced on Sonic’s Birthday; Pre-Orders Coming Mid-July

It’s Sonic’s Birthday today, so celebrate by checking out this Sonic Mania Vinyl from Data Discs, which will be available to pre-order this July. …Read More The post Sonic Mania Vinyl Album Announced on Sonic’s Birthday; Pre-Orders Coming Mid-July by Tomas Franzese appeared first on DualShockers.

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Valkyria Revolution Getting Tons of Free DLC; Free PS4 and PS Vita Themes Released

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Valkyria Revolution Is Getting Several Weeks of Free Post-Launch DLC

[embedded content] Valkyria Revolution is releasing on June 27 in North America and June 30 in Europe for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Xbox One, and SEGA has announced that owners can expect several weeks of free DLC. Offering extra supplies, a closer look at the key characters, special ragnite, and Scenario video vignettes, here’s what to expect from the free Valkyria Revolution DLC: Items – June 27 Special Issue Gear: Veteran Pouch+ – Special issue supplies for the Anti-Valkyria Squad. The Veteran Pouch+ gear increases experience gained by 10% Spinning Squall+ – Special ragnite used in battle Burn Field+ – Special ragnite used in battle Ragnite Shard – 30 ragnite shards Smash Blaze+ – Special ragnite used in battle Scenario Pack: Vanargand – June 27 A Day in the Life of the Wolves – A tale that covers daily life at Vanargand HQ, as reported by the journalist Fritte Eriksen Lamentations of Men – A tale of the tormented men of Vanargand Ragnite Shard – 30 ragnite shards Jumping Wind+ – Special ragnite used in battle Scenario Pack: The Circle of Five – July 5 Can’t Stop Falling in Love – A tale that takes a closer look at the daily READ…

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Next Yakuza Game Asks Famous Gangster To Chase A Roomba

The Yakuza series’ merger of story, exploration and bone-breaking combat has made for some of the best games I’ve ever played, including this year’s wonderful Yakuza 0. Last week, at E3, I had hands-on time with Yakuza Kiwami, a remake of the first game, and Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. It was awesome. Much of my playtime focused on Yakuza Kiwami, the upcoming remake of the first game in the series. When Yakuza first arrived stateside in 2006, it was a jumbled hodgepodge of solid combat and a very ambitious narrative that featured voice actors like Mark Hamill and Michael Madsen. It never really took off, despite strong critical reception. Kiwami looks to turn back to clock, telling the tale of yakuza brawler Kazuma Kiryu right as it started. Kiwami doesn’t just add a new coat of paint to the original game. It introduces crucial systems added in later games like Yakuza 0, such as the ability to switch fighting styles in the middle of a fight. Combat has always been a strength of the series, and in my time with Kiwami I was able to leap from fast-paced beatdowns to an absurd style that grabbed READ FULL STORY…

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Endless Space 2 Stellar Prisoner Update Adds a Brand New Quest

Endless Space 2 has received Update 1.0.18, dubbed The Stellar Prisoner, which adds a new quest alongside other improvements to things such as AI and modding. …Read More The post Endless Space 2 Stellar Prisoner Update Adds a Brand New Quest by Tomas Franzese appeared first on DualShockers.

Sega Forever Offers Free Sega Classics on Mobile

Back in late May of this year, we brought you a story about something called “Sega Forever.” Discovered by a person in the Philippines, Sega Forever looked to be a subscription service for mobile devices that allowed users to play classic Sega Genesis games. At the time, it was unclear whether this service was legit or not — though there was a lot of evidence suggesting it was the real deal. Today, Sega has officially confirmed Sega Forever. Sega Forever allows users to play ad-supported Sega games. These games feature offline play, cloud saves, leaderboards, and controller support. If you don’t want to deal with ads, you can purchase each title for $2 after you’ve downloaded them. The first wave of titles includes Sonic the Hedgehog, Comix Zone, Phantasy Star II, Altered Beast, and Kid Chameleon. Sega says that it will release a new batch of games every two weeks. Back when we originally talked about this service, Sega had registered Sega Forever accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit. All of these are now live. The Reddit one is still private, but folks can at least register for it. These will no doubt be venues for keeping up to date…

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Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone DX Announced for PS4

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone DX for the PlayStation 4 has been officially announced by SEGA via the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu, according to a report by Gematsu. The new release is scheduled to come out in Japan on November 22 and will include all the paid DLC from Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone including 127 songs from Future Sound, 95 songs from Colorful Tone, and 12 songs from the three Encore Pack DLC. The game will also introduce new features such as the “Promotional Video Photographing” feature, new songs including “Ghost Rule” by DECO*27, and new modules such as the Hatsune Miku 10th Anniversary Commemoration Module designed by Mari Shimazaki. As previously mentioned, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone DX is scheduled for release in Japan on November 22, 2017, for the PlayStation 4. There is no word of a western release as of yet. [Source: Famitsu via Gematsu] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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E3 2017 – Yakuza 6: The Song of Life Preview – New Generation (PS4)

In my Yakuza Kiwami preview, I talked about how the remake might feel a little too familiar to fans that played the excellent Yakuza 0. That definitely won’t be the case for Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. The sixth main entry in the series is the gigantic improvement that fans have been waiting for, and is the first Yakuza game that plays as good as the story it offers. As soon as I had control of series’ protagonist Kiryu and was walking around Kamurocho, I could immediately tell that things had changed for the better. Running on a completely new engine, the game managed to wow me with its enhanced graphics. The neon lights of Tokyo really stuck out in particular, and it was such a drastic change that it made an area that I had spent hundreds of hours exploring in previous games feel new again. It’s so refreshing to see the series no longer restricted by the dated PlayStation 3 hardware. Beyond the new look, Yakuza 6 also shows that the series is finally embracing modern ideals. Despite being a fan of Yakuza, there’s no denying that it sometimes felt archaic and stuck in its own ways. That isn’t the case anymore READ…

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E3 2017 – Yakuza Kiwami Preview – Watch Out For Majima (PS4)

2017 is shaping up to be the biggest year ever for the Yakuza series in the west. SEGA’s long-running series managed to find a new surge in popularity thanks to the power of the PS4’s Share functionality, and the ridiculous script of Yakuza 0. Fans wanting to know how Kiryu and Majima’s adventure continues won’t have to wait long, as Yakuza Kiwami, a remake of the 2005 original, is releasing this August. PlayStation LifeStyle got a chance to play a work-in-progress build of the english release, and the remake is looking impressive so far. The biggest, and most immediately noticeable, improvement upon the original is that it’s using the same engine as Yakuza 0. That’s a huge upgrade from the PS2 original, and the Japan-only HD remaster that released on PlayStation 3 and Wii U. That means there are limited loading screens, players have the freedom of rotating the camera, and it looks like a modern day release. New Additions The Yakuza 0 roots are seen in other areas, too. For example, Kiryu has all four of his combat stances from the prequel, including the unlockable Dragon style. These fighting styles can all be upgraded via a skill tree, although this time around READ FULL…

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Sonic Forces and Sonic Mania Mix Old and New in 20 Minutes of Super-Fast Gameplay

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SEGA Teases “SEGA Forever” Service and Mobile Ports in an Awesomely Retro Way

SEGA appears to be making moves on bringing some of its classics titles to mobile in the near future, and is teasing it with some retro flair. …Read More The post SEGA Teases “SEGA Forever” Service and Mobile Ports in an Awesomely Retro Way by Ryan Meitzler appeared first on DualShockers.