Last week CCC had the opportunity to attend Sega Gamers Day and preview some upcoming releases from SEGA games. The day kicked off with the surprise announcement of the long awaited sequel to Condemned. The trailer showed the same gameplay with the inclusion of grappling moves and brutal new attacks. Some highlights of the trailer included the protagonist grappling with a canine and breaking the arms of a human attacker. Of course the forensic tools make a return as well, so we can definitely expect the same gameplay that we loved from the first.
Sega also announced their intent to make a game based on the Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm for Xbox Live Arcade and PC. Based on the series of cute but bloodthirsty animals that debuted on G4, players will control the rescue squad composed of Flippy, Handy, and Lumpy as they save their friends from 10 different disaster scenarios.
After these announcements, we were ushered into rooms to view presentations of various upcoming games.
Systems: PlayStation 3; Xbox 360; PC
Developer: Bizarre Creations
Release Date: October 2007
The Club is a third person shooter based on an underground club where people fight for their lives as entertainment for various viewers. The Club, despite its next gen visuals and third person perspective, felt like the old Sega Arcade shooter Time Cop, which is a good thing. The game is fast paced and based around killing foes and achieving goals as quickly as possible. The Club will also support multiplayer for up to 16 players online or four player split screen offline.
Impressions - The Club looked like it would be a lot of fun to play. It was definitely one of the more intriguing titles at the event.
Developer: Sega AM-2
Release Date: November 2007
Ghost Squad is another shooter from Sega, although this one was more of a first person rail shooter. Made exclusively for the Wii and its motion sensing capabilities, the player can use the Wii-mote to aim at the screen and shoot foes. As part of an elite Special Forces team, you and up to three other players use the Wii-mote to aim, choose paths, defuse bombs, rescue hostages, and deflate other terrorist situations. You can even use various devices to aid you, such as night vision goggles, heat vision goggles, and flashlights.
Impressions - Ghost Squad is an interesting premise, if only because of its four-player co-op and pseudo light gun capabilities.
Sega Rally Revo
Systems: PlayStation 3; PC; Xbox 360
Developer: Sega Racing Studio
Release Date: TBA 2007
Sega Rally Revo is the latest in the Sega Rally series and makes full use of its next-gen capabilities. With real-time terrain deformation that actually affects the vehicles handling, Sega Rally Revo brings a new level of realism to off-road racing. With six vastly different environments from the jungle to the frozen mountains, as well as six four-wheel drive vehicles, six two wheel drive vehicles, and various bonus cars, Sega Rally Revo promises an amazing racing experience, especially in light of its amazing visuals.
Impressions - Sega Rally Revo really had some amazing things showcased in their demonstration, such as the terrain deformation and vehicles that become snowy, dirty, or dust covered while racing. It looks as if it may set a new standard for realism in racing games.