There’s no source, but C&VG appear to have a list of SEGA classics that are heading the way of the PSN and Xbox Live Arcade this Summer. We say PSN and Xbox Live Arcade, but in reality it’s just the 360 that gets the lion’s share of the games, because Gunstar Heroes aside there’s nothing coming out for our black box of fun at all. All this is moot anyway if you’ve already got the brilliant SEGA Megadrive Collection on Blu-ray, but news is news and posting this means I’m not watching Hollyoaks, so that’s good. Here’s the rundown:
- Gunstar Heroes (XBLA/PSN) – The classic side scrolling shooter from the SEGA Mega Drive returns to captivate fans new and old with its non-stop action and cooperative play.
- Altered Beast (XBLA) – “Rise from your Grave” as the original Mega Drive launch game is reborn and comes to a new generation of gamers. Fight hordes of undead warriors and monsters as you return to battle in order to save Zeus’ daughter Athena.
- Shinobi (arcade) (XBLA) – Battle your way through the “Ring of Five” as you save hostages with your ninja abilities.
- Comix Zone (XBLA) – The game features an innovative art style that transports players directly into the panels of a comic as they fight their way to save a world from destruction as Sketch Turner. Everything from the speech bubble text, level design, and the revolutionary graphics scream COMIX!
- Phantasy Star 2 (XBLA) – SEGA’s classic RPG which expanded on the success of the first with its epic storyline and battle system.
- Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (XBLA) – The game that introduced Knuckles the Echidna comes to a new generation of gamers as Sonic explores Angel Island and discovers the true power of the Master Emerald. Speed through each level at lightning speeds as either Sonic or Tails as you foil Dr. Eggman’s in his new Death Egg station.
- Sonic and Knuckles (XBLA) – Picking up where Sonic the Hedgehog 3 left off, players can now play as Knuckles for the first time. In addition, if players already have Sonic the Hedgehog 3 or Sonic 2 in their library, they will be able to access the lock-on bonus content for each game for the very first time since the days of the SEGA MEGA DRIVE!
Yes, all but Treasure’s sublime side on platformer/shooter appear on the Megadrive Collection disk, but it’s still frustrating to see that the other titles will be 360 only, especially as we were so excited when we revealed the presence of the games in the first place. Is this to do with the bandwidth charges Sony are allegedly charging publishers or money in a hat from Microsoft? Probably neither, and just SEGA being lazy. You know, if it wasn’t for Outrun being so damned wonderful we’d kick your arse, SEGA.