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Sega ‘chuffed’ with Steam sales of Mega Drive and Genesis classics

Lots of Mega Drive and Genesis titles purchased and modded.

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Lots of Mega Drive and Genesis titles purchased and modded.

Following the launch of the Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Hub on Steam last month, over 350,000 titles haves sold, the highest number of games since the early 90s.

The classics hub brings available Mega Drive and Genesis games under one roof and also takes advantage of Steam Workshop modding support. So far, hundreds of custom ROMS have been uploaded since launch.

James Schall, Director of Digital Distribution for Sega Europe said:

“We’re really chuffed that the fans have got behind this update. 350,000 sales is a phenomenal achievement for content which is over 20 years old! It shows that there’s still a huge following out for the Sega Mega Drive and Genesis, reinvigorated by the fantastic community of modders out there uploading great content.”

The hub itself is pretty charming, looking every bit the bedroom of an early ’90s Sega fanboy.  The games themselves have been well emulated with controller and keyboard support, plus local co-op included in games that originally featured multiplayer. And, like the range of Nintendo 3DS remasters, each game has a number of graphical filters to help capture that CRT vibe.

All in all – and a few bugs aside – it’s a lovingly executed way of preserving Sega’s classic games library. Around 60 titles are currently available, including Ecco the Dolphin, Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle, Ristar, Decap Attack, Toejam and Earl and all the Sonic titles you would expect.

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Atari is now opening hotels, for some reason

The first “video game-themed Atari hotel” is set to break ground in Phoenix, AZ later this year.

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The first “video game-themed Atari hotel” is set to break ground in Phoenix, AZ later this year.

There’s very little of the modern Atari brand that links it to the original Atari of 1970s and 80s. The Atari of Warren Robinett and John Salwitz is long gone. The company has folded, re-branded, and folded again several times over the years. We believe that’s called “phoenixing” in business terms.

The modern Atari’s biggest claim to fame – and also perhaps its biggest problem – is the Atari VCS. It’s a new Atari console that, having been crowdfunded, has struggled to get to market. It looks the part, with a classic wooden chassis, but with high-profile departures, configuration changes and delays, it’s potentially turning into a millstone.

So what would any sane company do in that scenario? Why, they would pivot to building and operating hotels, of course!

No, really. We’re not kidding. We’ve received a press release that actually says “video game-themed Atari hotels” will be springing up in the US over the coming years.

“We are thrilled to partner with GSD Group and True North Studio to build the first-ever Atari branded hotels across the United States. Together we’ll build a space that will be much more than just a place to stay. Atari is an iconic global brand that resonates with people of all ages, countries, cultures and ethnic backgrounds and we cannot wait for our fans and their families to enjoy this new hotel concept.” – Fred Chesnais, CEO, Atari

It’s… well, it’s something, isn’t it? You can’t fault them for trying to do something different, something bold to change the company’s fortunes.

Good luck to them, we guess, but it’s hardly going to be Disneyworld.


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Save up to 80% in the Humble Lunar New Year sale

Save on a decent selection of PC Games in the 2020 Humble Lunar New Year Sale.

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Save on a decent selection of PC Games in the 2020 Humble Lunar New Year Sale.

The latest Humble Store sale marks the Lunar New Year (somehow) with a selection of discounts on some top PC games.

The sale highlight is a 67% price cut for Capcom’s excellent and terrifying remake of Resident Evil 2. It’s well worth playing before the April release of follow-up Resident Evil 3.

Players who prefer to explore huge open worlds could do much worse than taking a trip to ancient Greece in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey or the American frontier in Red Dead Redemption 2. Retro gaming enthusiasts can get their thrills with both volumes of the Mega Man X Legacy Collection and The Disney Afternoon Collection.

Team Thumbsticks sale favourites include the beautiful remaster of Clover Studio’s epic Okami, and Ubisoft’s content-packed snowsports extravaganza, Steep. Visit the Humble Store for the full lineup of Lunar New Year savings. The sale ends on Friday, January 31 2020.

Humble Store Lunar New Year Sale Highlights

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – 60% off
  • Borderlands 3 – 35% off
  • Dead Rising 4 – 50% off
  • Devil May Cry 5 – 60% off
  • The Disney Afternoon Collection – 50% off
  • Dungeons 3 – 80% off
  • For Honor – 50% off
  • Mega Man X Legacy Collection (1 & 2) – 50% off
  • Monster Hunter World – 20% off
  • Okami HD – 50% off
  • Onimusha Warlords – 40% off
  • The Outer Worlds – 25% off
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 – 20% off
  • Resident Evil 2 – 67% off
  • Steep – 75% off

Don’t forget that a percentage of every game purchase on the Humble Store goes to a range of worthwhile causes.

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The Resident Evil 3 Collector’s Edition is available to pre-order

Capcom has unveiled the Resident Evil 3 remake Collector’s Edition for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Capcom has announced a Collector’s Edition for the upcoming remake of Resident Evil 3 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

You’ll never guess what’s included with the Resident Evil 3 Collector’s Edition. What’s that you say? An art book? A soundtrack? And a figurine? Well, you might be on to something.

Capcom has unveiled a physical version of the game for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 that includes all the goodies you’d expect in a limited edition release. The pack includes a copy of the game with exclusive lenticular cover art, a Jill Valentine figure, a printed art book, a Raccoon City map poster, and a copy of the soundtrack. The soundtrack is included digitally in the US and on two CDs in other regions.

Resident Evil 3 Collector’s Edition

Resident Evil 3 is a ground-up remake of the 1999 survival horror favourite, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. The game serves as a prequel and follow up, of sorts, to Resident Evil 2, which was itself remade and released to universal acclaim last year.

The game is the latest to be developed in Capcom’s RE Engine, which has already been put to spectacular use with Resident Evil 7, Resident Evil 2, and Devil May Cry 5. The game also includes Resident Evil Resistance, an asymmetrical 4 vs 1 online multiplayer game.

Resident Evil 3 will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on April 3, 2020. Pre-orders of the Standard and Collector’s Edition include an exclusive costume pack that features the original design for Jill Valentine and hairstyle for Carlos Oliveira. The game is available from the usual retailers, including Amazon, GameBestBuy. and the Capcom Store.


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The next Metro Exodus DLC arrives next month

4A Games have announced a release date for Sam’s Story, the second major content expansion for Metro Exodus.

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Deep Silver and 4A Games have announced a February release date for Sam’s Story, the second major content expansion for Metro Exodus.

Metro Exodus – a game that, for all its flaws, we rather enjoyed – is getting a second story expansion on February 11, 2020.

Titled Sam’s Story, the DLC follow the adventures of Spartan Ranger who, following the nuclear war, yearns to return home to the US and search for his father. Cue a perilous journey through crumbling ruins, a tsunami wrecked harbour, and rolling meadows full of beautiful daisies. Well, maybe not the last one.

The non-linear sandbox survival level also adds new characters, weapons, and mutant variants to enjoy.

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Sam’s Story is released on February 11, 2020, on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Stadia. It’s included as part of the Metro Exodus Expansion Pass along with The Two Colonels DLC that was released last summer.

For more on Metro Exodus, read our guides to pumping the Tikhar air rifle, charging the flashlight, and using the gas mask. And check out details of the franchise’s imminent arrival on Nintendo Switch.


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New Xbox One releases: January 27-31, 2020

Kentucky Route Zero and Journey to the Savage Planet headline this week’s new Xbox One video game releases.

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Journey to the Savage Planet and Kentucky Route Zero headline this week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases.

Cardboard Computer’s striking point-and-click adventure game, Kentucky Route Zero, comes to an end this week with the release of its fifth and final act. Seven years in the making, it’s rightly acclaimed as a stunning example of what video games can be. It’s pretty much essential.

Comical space adventures also beckon in Journey to the Savage Planet. The debut game from Typhoon Studios is a colourful exploratory adventure in the Douglas Adams vein. Google is evidently impressed and has acquired the studio – which was set up by Ubisoft and Electronic Arts alumni – to make exclusive games for Stadia.

Other new releases include licensed motorcycle racer Supercross 3, Milo’s Quest, and Coffee Talk, a game about helping people with problems from the comforting haze of a Seattle coffee shop.

Each new release can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store and Microsoft online store. Here’s the confirmed lineup.

New Xbox One games – January 27-31, 2020

Monday, January 27, 2020

  • Stone

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

  • It Came from Space and Ate Our Brains
  • Journey to the Savage Planet
  • Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire – Ultimate Edition

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

  • Milo’s Quest: Console Edition
  • Music Racer

Thursday, January 30, 2020

  • Code Shifter
  • Monster Energy Supercross 3 – Special Edition

Friday, January 31, 2020

  • Coffee Talk
  • HyperDot
  • Sky Rogue

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