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New site finally went up for the soon to be released Sega Ages titles on the PS2. I think its pretty much a "DUH!" statement to say I'll be buying these :D. Also on the site they state they will be releasing the following titles as well:

 

Bare Knuckle (Streets of Rage)

Gain Ground

Bonanza Brothers

Alex Kidd in Miracle World

VR Virtual Challenge

Tantoaru

Last Bronx

and two other Phantasy Star titles

 

Heres the site:

 

http://www.3d-ages.co.jp/

 

EDIT: The cover art for the boxes is right on the front page of the site. Anyone else getting that Sega CD feeling from blue strip art style on the boxes :wink: I like it.

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Hmm, I certainly hope they're releasing Phantasy Star 4. I never played PS1, was modestly amused by PS2 (too old-school-in-a-bad-way for my liking), and never tried 3. But PS4, damn, that is an amazingly fun RPG. It's worth reading the storylines for the first three PS games too just to get all the good bits.

 

It also does one of my big thumbs-ups for a good RPG storyline, as far as I know, I didn't get quite to the end to see them go back on it ;).

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What's the extent of the graphical updating?

 

Not complete overhauls or anything like that. For the most part its all subtle enhancements. Difficult to describe but the easiest thing to do is show you.

 

Here are some screenies of Phantasy Star: Generation 1 (IE Phantasy Star ):

 

http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/rpg/phantasyst...ens.html?page=4

http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/rpg/phantasyst...ens.html?page=3

http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/rpg/phantasyst...ens.html?page=1

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(paging the lord of the server!)

 

Sorry man, uploading it wouldn't make a difference as that file is using Advanced Stream Redirector (.asx). Basically just a short cut to a file that you can't get off your HDD after you've watched it, like most other video formats.

 

To stay on topic :shock: Can't wait to add this to my collection.

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Nah, I'm sorry, but $20 for games this old is too much. Stop with the "Volume 1" of 4 games you made a decade ago when you could easily fit 20 (hell, 50) on one disk. I doubt they have Yu Suzuki upgrading the graphics on these, it's probably the "bitch job" they give to the newest developer. Releasing these on separate disks is just going to ensure that the ROMs end up on the 'net.

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Nah, I'm sorry, but $20 for games this old is too much

 

Well thats certainly a perspective Allen but look at it from Sega's point of view. They are in a hurting financial position right now (finally made a profit last financial report) and re-releasing these much loved classics to the PS2 fanbase succeeds on two fronts. Little development costs and the high profit yield from these older titles.

 

I do somewhat agree with the pricing. Would have liked to have seens compilation discs with one or two game as that would have been more alluring but as an die hard Sega fan I can't pass these up :D

 

I've spent more on games this old before just to have the cartridges so I'm ok with it.

 

I doubt they have Yu Suzuki upgrading the graphics on these, it's probably the "bitch job" they give to the newest developer

 

I'm sure he is a tad busy to be overseeing a small graphics overhaul :wink: for these. I remember reading a report a while ago that named the dev house behind these but I can't remember for the life of me. (Though with recetn restructure Sega may actually be handling them).

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They are in a hurting financial position right now (finally made a profit last financial report) and re-releasing these much loved classics to the PS2 fanbase succeeds on two fronts. Little development costs and the high profit yield from these older titles.

That's assuming the titles sell. I like Sega and all, but they more than anyone should know that selling to a fanbase isn't a way to profits. Nor do I think the way out of a financial hole is for a company to start shoveling their antiques onto the market, one by one. It's going to be damned hard to convince the average modern gamer to fork out twenty bucks for a decade old title, with attendant primitive graphics and sound. $20 can buy Syberia, Virtua Fighter:Evolution, or A Fistful of Boomstick. I'd more likely buy it in a compilation of all titles and at a cheaper price point. I bought HSX, The Italian Job and Seek & Destroy, and will be buying Mojo, simply because they were $10 and I wanted to vote my support for a cheaper price point.

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That's assuming the titles sell

 

but they more than anyone should know that selling to a fanbase isn't a way to profits

 

Ah but there is little risk here isn't there? More so then than fully developing a title like Panzer Dragoon Orta which sold, for lack of a better word, like crap. Your analogy of selling to a fanbase would work here if they were putting full development into these titles but they are not.

 

These titles are being created more than likely with miminal spending on development and chance for a gain of profit is far more likely than thier recent titles which have been all but overlooked by todays gamers.

 

Nor do I think the way out of a financial hole is for a company to start shoveling their antiques onto the market, one by one.

 

Certainly not, nor did I say thats what I thought, but it sure is a quick and easy way to generate some cash, again with very little risk. Not exactly a new way of doing things in the industry.

 

Black Isle/Interplay did it with Icewind Dale 2 for instance. Quick and easy title on an aging (but good) engine that just so happened to be rather fun, cost little money and probably generated some quick cash for them. I personally believe this is exactly whats going on here.

 

It's going to be damned hard to convince the average modern gamer to fork out twenty bucks for a decade old title, with attendant primitive graphics and sound.

 

Then there would be little reason to ever make any compilation disc of old titles. Any retro disc or update with slightly improved graphics is already limiting in its mass appeal. Take a look at Final Fantasy Origins which retailed for 29.99. Thats 15.00/title and what was done to those game is exactly what is being done to these. It doesn't always comes down to graphics and sound, these games are a classic for a reason and I the market of gamers targetted here recognize that.

 

You are assuming the the average gamer may not percieve this as being a valued purchase and again considering the limited market these titles are focusing on I'll have to humbly disagree with you. Sega doesn't need to rake in the cash equivalant of having a million seller like VF4 with these. They do stand however to make a tidy quick profit considering development costs.

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See, here's a great example of different strokes for different folks. That whole series makes me want to get a PS2 more than any other game I've seen, possibly excluding Klonoa 2.

 

Golden Axe does look awesome, though apparently Gilius is showing the gut of a dwarf who's been chugging ale for ten years plus ;).

 

I have very fond memories of playing Fantasy Zone and Phantasy Star looks like a helluva lot of fun.

 

I do have to ask when the hell somebody is going to re-release Phantasy Star 4 for this generation though, sigh.

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Some news on the Sega Ages front, not they'll actually start making thier way to the US (aside from that horrendous compilation they released on the PS2 with certain games). Sega has apparently dissolved it's asociated with D3 publishing and will now be handling all of thier Sega Ages titles in house starting with Volume 20 and 21. The reason this matters? Well starting with Volume 22, the games included sound like they will indeed rock. Not only will some get have thier visuals updated, but Sega has committed to including the original versions of each game in the compilation. I've imported a few of the Ages titles over the past year or so, so these I'll definitely be in for:

 

http://ps2.ign.com/articles/631/631608p1.html

 

Sega Memorial Selection: Features five old games, including Head On, Tranquilizer Gun and Doki Doki Penguin Land

 

Galaxy Force II: Appearing in perfect ported form. The project was actually started in order to give the game a perfect port for the first time!

 

Advanced Daisenryaku: Doitsu Dengeki Sakusen: A strategy game that appeared on the Mega Drive in 1991. Visuals will feature big improvements.

 

Gunstar Heroes: Treasure Box: Includes Gunstar Heroes, Dynamite Headdy and Alien Soldier, three of Treasure's best known Mega Drive titles.

 

Panzer Dragoon: The first Panzer Dragoon game, originally appearing on the Saturn. It seems that the Sega Ages version will include a complete remake.

 

Last Bronx: Tokyo Bangaichi: A Model 2 fighter from AM3 that was later brought to the Saturn. It's unclear if the Sega Ages version is based on the Model 2 version or the Saturn version. Given that Sega has ported Fighting Vipers and Virtua Fighter II to the PS2 as part of the series, the model 2 version is likely.

 

Dynamite Dekka: Known as Die Hard Arcade in America, this title will be a complete remake developed from scratch.

 

The new volumes are set to hit Japan on 10/27. The games on V.20 and V.21 have not been released as of yet unfortunately. We'll see how those do now that Sega has taken over the reigns.

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Panzer Dragoon: The first Panzer Dragoon game, originally appearing on the Saturn. It seems that the Sega Ages version will include a complete remake.

 

When you read this, do you imagine what I imagine? A version of the game that looks as beautiful as Panzer Dragoon Orta? Dare to dream, I say... :)

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