When you worked in games journalism in the late-nineties and early 2000s, you spent a lot of time thinking about wacky feature ideas. The grind of magazine production was extremely familiar by this point. You had your news, your previews and your reviews - they all ticked along in a predictable manner, so it was your features that really gave you the chance to break out a little bit and explore games in new and interesting ways. This was the era of the lad mags, after all, and the likes of Loaded and FHM were changing the way magazines spoke to their readers and presented subject matter. It was okay to have a laugh, it was okay to pretend you were Hunter S Thompson. I mean obviously no one ever actually read Hunter S Thompson, that would have been awful. But we knew enough to pretend.
SEGA Bass Fishing and Space Channel 5 Part 2 arrive on PSN and XBLA this summer.
Reel big fish.
"Digitally remastered" ports of Dreamcast games SEGA Bass Fishing and Space Channel 5.2 will be released on Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network in "early 2011", SEGA's confirmed to Eurogamer.
They join Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi in the growing list of Dreamcast games SEGA will re-release in HD.
"The release of these games marks SEGA's ongoing effort to bring its best-sellers from the Dreamcast era to the latest consoles," said Haruki Satomi, Vice President of Digital Business at SEGA.
So, it turns out that Tom has been receiving angry letters from PETE, People for the Ethical Treatment of Ellie. Apparently forcing her to constantly review the dregs of the Wii barrel is cruel and inhumane, and PETE activists have now helped Ellie escape from her mini-games dungeon by building a special tower out of Boom Blox. Clearly, this is political correctness gone mad. Not that I'm bitter or angry. No, I'm quite happy to take Ellie's place while Tom hunts her down with his high-powered drug gun. It's fine. This stack of new Wii games looks...interesting. Right? They can't be that bad. And it's not as if the shackles are that uncomfortable. There's even some hay on the floor, which is a bit like a cushion. I'm sure it'll be fine.
Secret Files: Tunguska
Publisher: Deep Silver
If there's one thing more boring than listening to people complain about the endless mini-game compilations churned out for the Wii, it's having to play the endless mini-game compilations churned out for the Wii. So three cheers for SEGA and the new titles it's bringing out for Nintendo's console, none of which are mini-game compilations.
SEGA has confirmed to Eurogamer that House of the Dead II & III Return and SEGA Bass Fishing will be out on 28th March.
SEGA has bobbed up to the surface to say that Bass Fishing is in development for Wii and will be released early next year.