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    Last year’s Windows Phone Xbox Live Black Friday Week Sale wasn’t terribly exciting, but it did put three games on sale at once, a quantity only equaled in the Countdown to 2012 Sale a month later. A lot has happened between then and now, and today Microsoft has really upped the ante. The 2012 Black Friday Week Sale is live and includes a whopping six discounted Xbox Windows Phone games! Head past the break for sale details, game impressions, and Xbox 360 Black Friday news too. Xbox Windows Phone Sale The following Xbox Windows Phone games are on sale from November 20-26. Note that the Windows Phone Store updates at different times for different people, so you may not see the discounted prices until later today or tomorrow.  Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles - $1.99, down from $4.99 – Review – Store Link Yes, Assassin’s Creed was part of last year’s Black Friday sale, but it cost $2.99 back then, so we get a better deal this time. Assassin’s Creed is a 3D plat...

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    In case you hadn’t noticed, your friendly neighborhood Windows Phone Central gaming editor is a big fan of SEGA. While the publisher only operates at a fraction of the size it once did, it continues to produce numerous quality digital titles, plus a fair quantity of worthwhile retail releases. Last week, we gave the Xbox Windows Phone version of Sonic CD a well-deserved glowing review. This week, we’ve got two mini reviews of SEGA’s latest Xbox 360 offerings: the retail release of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and Sega Vintage Collection: ToeJam & Earl for Xbox Live Arcade. Read on to learn about one of the best kart racers ever and a collection of unique Sega Genesis classics. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Let’s shorten that unwieldy title to just Transformed from here on out. Transformed is the sequel to Sonic & SEGA All-Star Racing, a kart racer that critics didn’t seem to take much notice of. I don’t blame them for being wary. After all,...

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    We’re not sure how Nokia does it (well, we guess money) but they’ve once again managed to give Lumia users something for nothing again. Sega’s Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition, or just SMB2:SE for you shorthand types, is now live in the Nokia Collection and is completely free. Now the big difference here is this is a non-Xbox Live branded version. That’s good news and bad news as it means you can’t grab those precious Achievements if that’s your thing. Luckily for us, it’s not (though our games guru Paul is surely in another camp). The good news, as we’ve outlined before in our ongoing Xbox games critique is this game can potentially be updated now more frequently. SMB2:SE is a significant bump in quality over the original Super Monkey Ball though some may find the controls a bit challenging and the graphics a bit dated. The Xbox version does garner 4 out of 5 stars, which is actually pretty decent though. The game’s conceit is simple: roll a monkey around in a ...

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    Earlier today we discovered that a non-Xbox version of SEGA’s Super Monkey Ball 2 has become available for free to Nokia handset owners. Distributing an ‘indie’ version of an already existent Xbox game is pretty much without precedent. Sure, Angry Birds Space and Star Wars for Windows Phone 7 don’t have Xbox Live features like their Windows Phone 8 brothers, but those are at least completely different versions of the same games. The free version of Super Monkey Ball 2 has simply had its Xbox Live features stripped. It looks like free games from SEGA for Nokia users may be a trend, because a second game has just showed up as part of the Nokia Collection. SEGA’s phenomenal Sonic CD is now available for free for Nokia owners, once again without the Xbox Live features of the general version. (Somebody forgot to remove the Xbox banner from the game's Live tile though.) The lack of Achievements might just kill much of the replay value of this particular game but people who just wa...

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    As deal-savvy gamers might have noticed by now, the Xbox Windows Phone Deal of the Week is now technically a part of Microsoft’s Red Stripe Deals, which roll out every Thursday. Basically three Windows Phone apps or games go on Thor’s Day, one of which will be an Xbox Live title. Well, a rose by another name smells just as sweet, and we’ll continue reporting on the Xbox sale game prior to Thursday as we’ve always done. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk games! The last two Xbox Deal games had both been on sale before returning to Deal of the Week status. This Thursday, a quality game goes on sale for the first time ever: Sonic CD from SEGA! Okay, technically there was that weird glitch in which Nokia gave out a non-Xbox Live version of Sonic CD for a short time last year, but that doesn’t count. Sonic CD will soon be available at a discount for everybody – with sparkly Xbox Live Achievements intact. Rolling around at the speed of sound Sonic CD i...

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    When Microsoft launched the Xbox One in November of last year, the company didn't have the supply to meet worldwide demand. So while the console debuted in the US, UK, and several more countries initially, several other markets have had to wait for the system. One country without the Xbox One is Japan, a very tough market for Microsoft to crack. The Xbox One will finally launch in Japan this September. Once that happens, we'll start to see some Japan-exclusive games for the system. Several of those will be text-heavy visual novels (a form of adventure game) that only fluent Japanese speakers can enjoy. But a much more import-friendly game was announced this week: Puyo Puyo Tetris from Sega! If Ubisoft's Tetris Ultimate looks too dry for you, prepare for a splash of color and whimsy when Puyo Puyo Tetris graces the Japanese Xbox One in December. Puyo meets Tetris Puyo Puyo Tetris is a cross-over between Sega's Puyo Puyo series and Tetris. Puyo Puyo, also known as Puyo Pop, is a...

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    Last month, our own John Callaham posted his ten most anticipated Xbox One games for the fall and Holiday seasons. On that list was a little game called Alien: Isolation from SEGA and The Creative Assembly. You might see the name "Alien" and dismiss the game as another uninspired licensed game, but you'd be wrong to do so. Alien: Isolation looks like it will be not only the best-ever adaptation of the Alien universe, but also a standout horror game. This week Alien: Isolation has gone gold, which means that the game is complete and ready to be pressed to disc. To celebrate, SEGA has released the first in a new series of trailers. Give it a watch and read our full preview to learn just how horrifying Isolation will be when it arrives on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and other platforms next month. Beware the alien Alien: Isolation is closely inspired by the original Ridley Scott Alien film – you know, back when Ridley made coherent films with believable characters. I think his later ...

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    Next month will be a landmark time for horror games. Sega and the Creative Assembly have Alien: Isolation, a game inspired by the first Alien film, on the way on October 7. Just one week later, Bethesda and Tango Software will unleashed The Evil Within, the long-awaited return to horror from Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami. Both games are due out on Xbox One and 360, so our last-gen brothers need not miss out on the scares. With both games drawing near, the publishers are keeping them in the spotlight with new information and trailers. Alien: Isolation will be getting post-launch DLC for six months in the form of challenging new Survivor mode missions, we recently found out. As for The Evil Within, I recently had the opportunity to play the game and experience its disturbing atmosphere. Continue reading for detailed impressions and a look at both games' new trailers! Fight for survival in Alien: Isolation When we last previewed Alien: Isolation, I focused on the game's s...

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    Sega is in the mood for war and has unleashed a package of games on Steam, which the publisher is allowing consumers to download for free. The games total just over $30, and include the likes of Golden Axe and Jet Set Radio. While this is an enticing promotion (and one we simply cannot recommend enough - free stuff!), it's worth noting that we're looking at a limited time offer, so be sure to add the games to your library before the promotion inevitably ends. To gain access to the bundle of titles, simply check out a single listing and hit "Install" (under the purchase box). This will then add all five games to your Steam library. The promotion, Make War Not Love, sees Sega getting fans involved in titles like Dawn of War 2 and Total War Attila to tally up wins and possibly even unlock additional free DLC for their respective game. You have until February 20 to take advantage of this promotion. Hit the link below to learn more and grab your free games. Grab your free games bundl...

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    SEGA is to release a new title in the Total War franchise called Battles: Kingdom. It's a persistent, living world set in the real-time strategy genre. You'll be tasked with transforming your land into a powerful kingdom, going head to head against AI or other players. The game has been in open beta for little under a year now and has been met by mixed reviews throughout development. Don't mistake this entry in the franchise as a Total War game for mobile and PC. It's not. What Battles: Kingdom is – however – is another attempt to tame the free-to-play beast with in-app purchases and time-restricted gameplay. It's therefore not for everyone. You'll be able to see for yourself on March 24 when the game rolls out on iOS, Android, OS X and Windows. total warsegaWindows Games...

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    Sega has launched the Mega Drive Classics Hub on Steam. The hub is a 3D environment designed to mimic the bedroom of a '90s gamer, with a Mega Drive (Genesis) connected to a CRT TV, shelf full of games for the console, as well as Sega posters on the (virtual) walls and dynamic time-of-day conditions. If you own any of the Mega Drive games on Steam, you will be able to access the hub for free. Here's a list of all the games that you can pick up: Golden Axe Altered Beast Comix Zone Ecco the Dolphin Gain Ground Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master Vectorman Crack Down Space Harrier II Ecco Jr. Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle Bonanza Bros. Super Thunder Blade Kid Chameleon Ristar Galaxy Force II Columns Eternal Champions Fatal Labyrinth Bio-Hazard Battle Columns III Sword of Vermilion Virtua Fighter 2 Ecco: The Tides of Time Alien Storm Decap Attack Flicky ESWAT: City Under Siege Golden Axe II Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole Shadow Dancer Shining Force Wonder Boy III: ...

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    Sega has acquired France-based PC and Xbox One developer Amplitude Studios, best know for its turn-based 4x space strategy game Endless Space. Formed in 2011 by a number of former Ubisoft employees, Amplitude Studios self-published its first game, Endless Space, in 2012. It has since sold over 1 million copies, with the developer releasing a number of post-launch DLC packs for the game. In 2014, it released a fantasy-based 4x strategy game, Endless Legends, along with Dungeon of the Endless, a roguelike sci-fi game that was later released for the Xbox One in 2016. The developer is currently working on Endless Space 2 for release later in 2016. In a post on Amplitude's community site Games2Gether.com, the studio talked about why it decided to be acquired by Sega: What we want to do is to focus on making games; that is why we created Amplitude. But with the pressure on sales and marketing we found that more and more time was dedicated to everything else – everything that we d...

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    SEGA of Europe's Football Manager series is a popular PC game that simulates the management aspects of soccer. Now SEGA and developer Playsport Games are preparing to launch Motorsport Manager, which puts players in charge of a racing team. We've managed a few races and interviewed the developers to bring you this detailed preview! The road to PC Motorsport Manager started its life two years ago as a premium mobile title. Playsport's first and only game to date, it caught on well enough that SEGA of Europe signed on as publisher of the upcoming PC version. The new Motorsport Manager is the game the studio always wanted to make. It incorporates player feedback from the mobile version while greatly surpassing it in scale and production values. Although Motorsport Manager comes from a different developer than Football Manager, the latter still played a mentoring role in Motorsport Manager's development. Sports Interactive offered advice on a variety of subjects, including weath...

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    Sega recently revealed the Skaven, vile rat-men, as the fourth playable race in upcoming PC strategy game Total War: Warhammer II. We got to play the first hour of the Skaven campaign and speak to the developers to learn what these vicious rodents bring to Total War! Preorder on Amazon Preorder on Steam Scourge of the Skaven Total War: Warhammer II is the latest entry in the popular Total War franchise, a series of real-time strategy games featuring large-scale battles. Taking place within the Warhammer fantasy universe, the new game's story centers around a Great Vortex that holds unlimited magical power. All of the game's playable races want control of that vortex, including the Skaven. As a Skaven warlord, your goal is not only to capture the Great Vortex but also to advance your status and surpass your rival rat-men. The Skaven campaign begins just as the high elves have launched a full-scale invasion of the Southlands region near your territory. They will be your primar...

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    Every year a lot of bizarre games launch on PC but some of them are stranger than others. Today, Sega and Two Point Studios announced a revolutionary new treatment for "Light-Headedness" in their new game called Two Point Hospital. Light-Headedness isn't just a fuzzy feeling in your head, it's actually a lightbulb growing on top of your shoulders. Luckily, Two Point Hospital has you covered because they can fix it. Sega says that Two Point Hospital is coming to Steam in late 2018. Two Point Hospital isn't just about treating lightbulbs, it involves managing a hospital and taking care of patients with bizarre ailments. The game, from the creators of Theme Hospital, is set to be a return to one of gaming's most loved simulator genres. Two Point Hospital draws on the experience of some the gaming industry's most experienced and successful developers who, between them, have worked on titles like Black and White, Fable, and Theme Park. Management simulators are an incredibly popu...

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    Recently, Sega and Two Point Studios announced a hilarious Theme Hospital successor called Two Point Hospital. Recently, Sega and Two Point Studios announced a hilarious Theme Hospital successor called Two Point Hospital. While the announcement trailer was quirky and featured a fictitious disease known as "Light-Headedness," it didn't showcase gameplay or other mechanics. Luckily, the publisher released a somewhat normal trailer today. The video gives players an in-depth look at the development process and inspirations behind the game. While a lot of different elements go into making such a title, offering a hilarious and entertaining experience is at the heart of it. Aside from coding, coming up with fictitious diseases and "medical devices" to cure them seem like it was a major creative challenge. More importantly though, there's also proper gameplay footage in the trailer this time around. Two Point Hospital isn't just about treating lightbulbs, it involves managing a hos...

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    A few weeks ago, Sega and Two Point Studios announced a hilarious hospital simulator called Two Point Hospital. Recently, Sega and Two Point Studios announced a hilarious Theme Hospital successor called Two Point Hospital. While the announcement trailer was quirky and featured a fictitious disease known as "Light-Headedness," it didn't showcase gameplay or other mechanics. Luckily, PC Gamer Weekender 2018 gave us an in-depth look at the gameplay. Two Point Hospital isn't just about treating lightbulbs, it involves managing a hospital and taking care of patients with bizarre ailments. The game, from the creators of Theme Hospital, is set to be a return to one of gaming's most loved simulator genres. Two Point Hospital draws on the experience of some the gaming industry's most experienced and successful developers who, between them, have worked on titles like Black and White, Fable, and Theme Park. The hospital environment is quite chaotic and the gameplay captures that. Not o...

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