Sega Recommended Extra January 2009
Retail. Guide to the Biggest Games of the Year
IGHT BLACK KN NIC & THE SO E STORMRIS OTAL WAR EMPIRE: T F THE HOUSE O ERKILL DEAD: OV LD MADWOR KILL THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD: OVER FORMAT: Wii , 2009 RELEASE DATE: February 13th S MBIE GAMES UEL FOR THE DADDY OF ALL ZO * FIRST EVER PREQ OVIE STYLE GOES PULP WITH CLASSIC B-M * HOUSE OF THE DEAD * SUPERB CO-OPERATIVE PLAY ACTION * NON-STOP ZOMBIE BLASTING 2009 * RELEASE DATE FEBRUARY 13TH oter franchise will ega’s classic light gun sho in 2009, with an exclusive blast to a new level tyle prequel serving Wii version, in this pulp-s of mayhem. up a healthy helping experience is mercifully The core of the gameplay t gun – in iliar. Players aim their ligh (or mercilessly) fam at the screen and shoot the – this case the Wii Remote e after wave of zombies. living (dead) crap out of wav of twists, and a whole new But there are plenty backstory. story. In fact, a whole new do’s Wii, the ground up for Ninten Developed from starts with Agent G fresh House of the Dead: Overkill g with ideals and out of the academy, burstin nt up with hard-boiled Age enthusiasm. He teams orts of unexplained rep Washington to investigate wn Louisiana. disappearances in small-to a horrific surprise: What they find comes as lked by killer tant horror and streets sta bloody mu als to infected, from redneck loc zombies. Everyone’s ir ripped uniforms. in the doctors and nurses still ole experience has a The look and feel of the wh tch. to it. With dialogue to ma sort of 50s B-movie chic here that will atmosp It all adds up to create an book fans everywhere. appeal to film and comic or let up in the action, There’s no compromise with players t gun action is non-stop, either. The ligh after row of zombies. having to mow down row -Fo Time’ to take the Players can use ‘Slow Mo Then h gore-splattered results. perfect headshot, wit d to spot chances to , use there’s the ‘Evil Eye’ option ole swarm and send get right in amongst a wh can Up close, the Wii Remote everything up in flames. s or cave heads in. bie jaw be used to pistol whip zom shington as a strong The addition of Agent Wa co-operative play an kes secondary character ma friends blasting away involving proposition. Two and dies: the grizzled veteran become classic cop bud on each other. lly reliant the idealistic rookie, tota Madworld FORMAT: Wii RELEASE DATE: March 2009 T buzz about MADWORLD here has been a palpable into as its release date swings for some time now, and caused such a stir. y it’s view, it’s easy to see just wh k rk and striking stylised loo For a start, there’s the sta comics and graphic classic of the game. Inspired by the odd y black and white, with novels, it is almost entirel ls. splash of red as blood spil ORLD is a game of life and And blood will spill. MADW vive. strong (and ruthless) sur death where only the up an innocent man caught k, Players take the role of Jac , a deadly ‘game’ of Death Watch in the murderous world zers’. orist group, ‘The Organi amt up by outlawed terr dre t of classic futuristic reminiscen The high stakes set-up is Man. movies such as Running dh Jack having to fight han It is brutal from the off, wit ole array of the use of a wh to-hand as well as perfect ironment. Expert use of the pons to be found in the env wea more ck will be invaluable. The Wii Remote and Nunchu be earned. the kill, the more points will clinical and creative st to survive the As well as his ultimate que Death uncover the secret behind competition and es of Challenges that can Watch, there is a staged seri points and played as also be used to rack up big mes - all of which offer true standalone mini-ga multiplayer mode. adds up to a proper The action is intense and nce, the like of which hardcore gaming experie n on the Wii. has never before been see e ever, does have the edg The darkness, how nt sense of ese taken off it by an ever-pr exaggerated characters irreverent humour and havoc. wreaking cartoon style extreme in ORLD is over-the-top and MADW e d to be a landmark gam every sense, destine family friendly ll be on a format that may we l killer blow. but can also deliver a rea Empire: Total War FORMAT: PC RELEASE DATE: March 4th T of the most respected and he Total War series is one iteration in PC gaming. This fifth successful franchises new standards not just ting is the greatest to date, set wider PC RTS genre. for the series but in the r is for evolution to follow The pattern with Total Wa ents to be ancements and improvem revolution; for enh r: g leaps forward. Total Wa akin added after ground-bre stage of the cycle, olutionary Empire sees us at the rev ine, re via an all new game eng marking a radical departu bat. first time ever, naval com , for the brand new settings and the founding of the civil war and It starts in 1700, amidst fare. in the era of High Seas war ted States of America - and Uni erica and the East, with ope, Am The campaign spans Eur or of their l, admiral and even emper players becoming genera ting 18th Century world. still shif nation in the volatile and geoin the shaping of modern It is a pivotal time not just , as in the very nature of warfare political boundaries, but also tlefield - but still with ce the bat technology starts to influen diplomacy. courage and, occasionally, plenty of room for tactics, y t is balanced by the eas flic The epic scale of the con sea, this is stirring stuff, . On land or accessibility of the action der never far away. with the whiff of gunpow the game is through a iest way into the heart of The eas called The Road le player campaign mode narrative-driven sing nt s experience three differe yer to Independence. Here, pla itself from a defiant to transform stages of America’s battle s from a world power, switching role colony to an independent es to a leader of the British forc stalwart of the occupying birth of a nation. revolution overseeing the rse in all aspects of newcomers, it’s a crash cou For s broader a stepping stone toward Total War, and e charge of whole units. battles in which they tak n created with Empire: Total War has bee franchise’s huge, dedicated feedback from the the get-go. It is a cast fan base in mind right from them and to prove a huge hit with iron certainty ience even further. to expand the brand’s aud Stormrise FORMAT: PS3, Xbox 360, PC RELEASE DATE: March S rt RTS tormrise is a state-of-the-a up for created from the ground game that consoles. The result is a intelligence with combines real depth and itive control: instantly frenetic action and intu lessly challenging. accessible, but end The Creative It has been developed by ject it stralia) and is the first pro Assembly (Au console market. has aimed squarely at the e and The experience, pedigre e has expertise behind the gam be critically resulted in a title that will instantly elevated to acclaimed and t leaders. the elite ranks of marke ak ion takes place on a ble The act that remains and barren earth rophic event devastated after a catast past. The centuries in the Echelon and technologically advanced to tribal Sai are now fighting the more environment. survive in a hostile the air, across Their battle is waged in er the ground and even und rooftops, on play that the ground, a state of of introduces the concept tegies. ‘verticality’ to players’ stra be But whilst the tactics can multilayered, the complex and ‘WHIP SELECT ’ control system simplifies the t logistics of navigation tha previously proved to be has for such a stumbling block this genre on consoles. TM Sonic and the Black Knight FORMAT: Wii RELEASE DATE: March S sees one of gaming’s onic and the Black Knight in the rich and colourful greatest heroes land elot. world of King Arthur’s Cam for the Wii, it’s Created exclusively anything completely different to nced Sonic has experie before, as he uses his lightning speed and super quick sword combos, executed by the player using the Wii Remote, to battle his medieval foes. Having been propelled to Camelot by the himself, Sonic granddaughter of Merlin rsome knights and other comes up against fea also having to scale bizarre creatures whilst be fired across moats. castle walls and is a return to the Sonic and the Black Knight with the ook series, which began Sonic storyb and the Secret Rings. acclaimed hit Sonic enjoyed by up to four The game, which can be ote and the most of the Wii’s Rem players, makes ss, s level-up as they progre Nunchuck controls. Player and powers that are attacks gaining access to special ed style of gameplay, all geared to fit their preferr own with a mysterious building towards a showd Camelot itself. eatens the existence of villain who thr ter ght sees a classic charac Sonic and the Black Kni where blades flash ary land running riot in a legend and magic happens. FI V E SE GA RELEASE SCHEDULE HOUSE OF THE DEAD: OVERKILL Wii • February 13th GA M ES ! EMPIRE: TOTAL WAR PC • March 4th SONIC AND THE BLACK KNIGHT Wii • March STORMRISE PS3, Xbox 360 • March MADWORLD Wii • March You thought Christmas was over? Think again. Actually, don’t. Christmas is over. But, for one of you at least, the best present is yet to come. All you have to do is answer the following question and you’ll be in with a chance of getting Sega’s stunning New Year line-up delivered straight to your door. That’s House of the Dead: Overkill, Madworld, Empire: Total War, Stormrise and Sonic and the Black Knight. But, first... Q. The star of House of the Dead: Overkill is: A. Agent G B. Agent Orange C. Agent Provocateur Email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org www.sega.co.uk © SEGA. All Rights Reserved. SEGA, the SEGA logo, MADWORLD, SONIC AND THE BLACK KNIGHT, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, STORMRISE, HOUSE OF THE DEAD and HOUSE OF THE DEAD: OVERKILL are either registered trademarks or trademarks of SEGA Corporation. 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