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Sega Amusements Europe site update

September 16, 2008

Just something I noticed on my travels, the Sega Amusements Europe website has been updated with blurbs on Sega Rally 3 and Rambo, as well as the Mini Rider 2 simulator and a bigger focus on the company’s redemption products – Spongebob Squarepants Ticket Boom, Shoot This Win This, and the ever-popular UFO Catcher. The usual sort of information is contained within, including such things as cabinet shots, gameplay details and product brochures. Enjoy!

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Sega @ AMOA 2008 – Rambo, Sega Rally 3 & Clay Challenge

September 12, 2008

I was happy to see that Sega had a stonger presence at AMOA than they did at ASI and it was great to finally get a chance to play games like Rambo and Sega Rally 3. I spoke with one representative at their booth who gave me a run-down on the prices as well as a little info on games not present at the show such as Hummer Extreme and R-Tuned Racing. It sounds like both of those games are coming along nicely and they say that R-Tuned looks great and Hummer has a motion base but I couldn’t find out more. I asked about House of the Dead EX but they didn’t know anything about it at the time; I also asked about what happened to Sanguozhi War 3 – it sounds like it tested fine but ultimately they decided not to bring it over. Part of the problem was that there was no translation for the game at the time of testing which hurt it a little but hopefully the idea will still be on the table. They also said that they have begun remanufacturing House of The Dead 4 again due to demand.

Anyways, onto the games at the show. Rambo is a lot of fun as it’s all about wanton destruction and it presents itself in a theatrical way by combining movie scenes from the Rambo movies into the game. Graphically I like it although it is a little rough on the edges (it could use some anti-aliasing or a higher rez) – still the action never slows down as enemies pummel you from all sides. I love the Rage mode that you activate with a button on the side or front of the gun (depending on the model) once your Rage Gauge is high enough and I’m also happy to see a standard version of the game for those operators that can’t fit or afford the deluxe model.

Sega Rally 3 was first revealed to the world via Arcade Heroes and so I was happy to get a chance to finally play it.  I tried the motion deluxe version and was impressed with the motion – it didn’t throw me around making want to vomit so that’s a plus in my book. It also looks incredible, the hardware design was obviously a good choice on their part. While I didn’t play the standard version, I like the screen, it looks a little sharper than the deluxe version but the cabinet they had there was not the final design for the US.They said that the standard version would go for about $7200 per cabinet, but I’m not sure when it’s going to be available here.

Sega’s Clay Challenge was a surprise, it’s a fairly simple game where you shoot clay pigeons in different locations but it is being released as a kit upgrade for the Atomiswave board. I had thought that the Atomiswave was no longer going to be supported by anyone but it looks like it will be for a little while longer with this game. The version at the show wasn’t final but you get a good idea of what to expect from the video below.

They also had an updated version of Shoot This! Win This! with updated software, a Spongebob Squarepants redemption game and the Mini-Rider 2 that I didn’t try out but I did catch some video of it that you can see below.

Rambo

Sega Rally 3

Sega Clay Challenge

Mini-Rider 2

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Rambo back on location test in the UK

August 2, 2008

 

Hiroshi Fujioka demands that you play Rambo

Hiroshi Fujioka demands that you play Rambo

Thanks to an anonymous tip, we have found out that Sega’s RAMBO is back on location test in the UK in two different places. No word on if the latest test edition is any different from the previous one but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some changes/enhancements to the game due to feedback from previous tests. If you missed out on Rambo before then it’s always good to have another chance to play the game before the final release. You can find Rambo at:

1 x DLX cabinet at Bowlplex in Cardiff
Parc Nantgarw, Caerphilly CF15 7QX
1 x DLX cabinet at Mr T’s in Blackpool
67-73 Promenade, Blackpool, FY1 5AA

We’re not sure how long the game will be at either of these locations but if anyone manages to play it let us know if the game has changed since the last test.

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Rambo UK location test: video, impressions

May 26, 2008

Please note that this article refers to an unfinished version of Rambo – content may substantially change before the game receives a general release!

It was only a couple of days ago that I last passed through London with the aim to try out a new Sega game, but this time it was a tip from a friend that had me on the way. A couple of days ago, a friend of mine who I shall only identify as “Overlord” kindly informed me that he’d spotted a Rambo machine in the Bowlplex at Basingstoke, and a little digging around uncovered that there was also a machine in the Cardiff Bowlplex. A short while later, and arrangements were made to meet up in Basingstoke for a thorough testing session on the game. Hit the break for the detailed rundown!

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Sega’s Spring Private Show Round Up (with more Rambo than you can shake a stick at)

May 16, 2008

Well we finally have a real look at Rambo with some direct screenshots, thanks to some coverage from several sources on a Sega Private Show that was held on the 16th of May. It looks like Rambo was quite popular and it looks awesome – no one can say that Rambo will be lacking when it comes to graphics at least. Sega also has launched a new Rambo site but it’s nothing fancy, just the pic they’ll use on the marquee. [Rambo Site Japan] I do wonder why it will be coming out in September, it looks like it’s quite far along already as light-gun games generally only have a few levels to play through, enough to fill about a half hour of time, but we’ll see. In addition to the gun you also will get to use Rambo’s bow, but we’ll have to see how that works out. More pics from various sources after the jump with more Rambo including direct screens, booth babes and Virtua Fighter 5R! I can’t be held responsible for what John Rambo will do to you if you don’t make the jump…

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Sega's Spring Private Show Round Up (with more Rambo than you can shake a stick at)

May 16, 2008

Well we finally have a real look at Rambo with some direct screenshots, thanks to some coverage from several sources on a Sega Private Show that was held on the 16th of May. It looks like Rambo was quite popular and it looks awesome – no one can say that Rambo will be lacking when it comes to graphics at least. Sega also has launched a new Rambo site but it’s nothing fancy, just the pic they’ll use on the marquee. [Rambo Site Japan] I do wonder why it will be coming out in September, it looks like it’s quite far along already as light-gun games generally only have a few levels to play through, enough to fill about a half hour of time, but we’ll see. In addition to the gun you also will get to use Rambo’s bow, but we’ll have to see how that works out. More pics from various sources after the jump with more Rambo including direct screens, booth babes and Virtua Fighter 5R! I can’t be held responsible for what John Rambo will do to you if you don’t make the jump…

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Rambo has a flyer (cabinet shot and screenshot included)

May 15, 2008

(Click on the image above to enlarge it)

AM-Net has posted a flyer for Sega’s latest light-gun extravaganza Rambo and it gives us a first look at both the cabinet and the game. The cabinet is a lot like the House of the Dead 4 Deluxe cabinet, as the guns are similar and the small shots from the game look quite good, with lots of explosions and flames which you expect to see in a Rambo game. I can’t wait to see this in action – I know it’s testing in Europe and the US (I have not idea what the locations are in the US though) and AM-Net says that it will be coming in September (usually the international release isn’t too far behind) and in yen the value of the cabinet is around $16k USD.

So Sega is still not learning how to price their games more competitively IF this price holds for an international release – I learned the other day that Big Buck Safari Deluxe has a new price of around $6000 for operators – so $10000 less than something like Rambo Deluxe or Primeval Hunt, it doesn’t take much to imagine which game operators will go for. Whether Sega will do a standard cabinet for Rambo remains to be seen but I hope that something is done as this looks really cool and I would love to carry it in my arcade later this year, but if I can’t afford it I’ll just have to wait.

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