The Yakuza series has been a cult hit from Sega and a spiritual successor to Shenmue. The series is a similar mish-mash of designs and genres just like Shenmue was. While Yakuza 0 is the latest in the series design-wise, it’s a prequel in terms of the story. If you like or dislike the series already, then I’m not going to change your mind, but new players will find an interesting, and very Japanese-styled game to get into.
This year marks Sonic the Hedgehog’s 25th anniversary which once again makes me feel really old. Sonic has not been in the limelight for a long time, and it’s easy to forget when the great Sega vs. Nintendo console wars were on. Thinking back, it was always difficult to decide what was better: Mario or Sonic. While Mario has obviously become the winner, I like to remember what made Sonic the Hedgehog such an amazing series back in the day.
Sonic the Hedgehog has had more ups and downs than any other major console brand. Since the genesis era, Sonic has yet to have a truly successful game since the transition to 3D. With Sonic Generations, Sega attempted to win back fans new and old and while it largely succeeds, it still falls into the reoccurring traps of modern Sonic games.
When it comes to older franchises that have fallen on hard times, Sonic the Hedgehog has been at the top of the list for awhile. Since the Dreamcast era, the series has been more miss than hit. With Sonic & All Stars Racing: Transformed, this isn’t the first time that Sonic has taken to racing.
With past attempts such as Sonic R and the hover board racer, failing to connect. This along with the Sonic brand are normally the one-two punch to keep consumers away, which is a shame as this may be one of the better Sonic games to come out in some time.