E3 2001: Sega @ E3 In Review: Touch the Future for the last time in LA
Behind closed doors was how you could see what Sega had. I got there, and when I found out Sega was not showing their games publicly, I was rather disappointed. Saturday, I wound up going in, and this is what I saw. While there wasn't a lot to be seen, what was shown was absolutely amazing.
Sega Sports 2K2 lineup was present in video form for the most part. The 6 titles were:
? NCAA College Footbal 2K2
? World Series Baseball 2K2
? Tennis 2K2
The amazing thing about the entire Sega Sports lineup is that it is now under the development house of Visual Concepts. Every complaint that gamers have had has been listened to and taken into consideration. For instance, in World Series Baseball 2K2, you can now control fielding, one of the biggest complaints of the previous game.
One of the added features for NFL 2K2 is the quarterback's intelligence. Each team's quarterback will act accordingly, and bring certain plays to the field that no other QB could. What's more, rosters are updateable.
Propeller Arena is going to be a 2 on 2 online dogfighting game. What makes this game so different is the chat feature. Using the microphone peripheral, you will be able to taunt your online opponent, verbally.
Phantasy Star Online was shown for Gamecube, but Phantasy Star Online v2 was shown for Dreamcast. More levels, more features. This really is a whole new PSO.
18 Wheel Pro Trucker is going to be a 2 player game, and yes the online aspects have been scrapped.
Chu-Chu Rocket Advance is essentially a port of the previous Dreamcast title. This only goes to show that if it's 32 bit or 128 bit, a fun game is a fun game, and Sega knows how to deliver. This is going to be the only third party GBA title that will have 4-player capability so far.
Ooga Booga is perhaps the strangest game shown for Dreamcast this year. Four clans vie for the attention of the volcano goddess, and to win her heart, you must collect shrunken heads, set traps, cast spells in what could be called the "Twisted Tiki Tournament". Online is also included in this game, so you can get your "Tiki Smackdown" on with somebody you don't know.
Crazy Taxi 2 was there. Not much can be said about this game that people don't already know. The new city is New York and of course, the gameplay is amazing. Yet another all-around great title from the masters at Sega.
Super Monkey Ball was running on the Gamecube hardware as well. In development by Amusement Vision, this confirms the rumors that Arcade games would be brought to Nintendo's machine. This title has simple gameplay, and appears very suited to Nintendo's target audience.
Also coming from Amusement Vision is Virtua Striker 3, ver.2002, which will see a 2002 release. This soccer title looks like it could very well be part of Visual Concepts lineup, it looks that good.
The Sonic series line-up included Sonic Advance, as well as Sonic Adventure 2 for Dreamcast.
While most of these games have been public knowledge for some time, this was the first we were able to get a close up look at them. More titles are coming from Sega to other platforms, but no other announcements have been made.
Look for more details of each of the games with images in the coming week on Gaming Target. Winding down from E3 always requires a couple days of sleep first, then sifting through all of the messages.