Archive for November 2007

The olympic gold medal fever

November 21, 2007

Last week on monday it was a very special day for this SEGA and most importantly Sonic fan in his life. In what seemed like the run up to the best day of my life I was invited to come play Mario and Sonic at the Olympics in the SEGA London offices. I would like to start out by thanking Kevin, Martin and anyone else who got involved in doing such an incredible special day for everyone that attended. As the first person to get there I was impressed by the layout of the reception itself andthe different rooms it lead to. As I offered myself to help with anything I could I noticed the effort being put into making this game a sucess. As seen in the photos below there were banners everywhere within the room and quite a lot of wiis to play on.

Moving on the event started out by having an introduction by the SEGA staff of the game and demonstrating how the controls worked for each game. After this all players were allowed to move around the 3 wiis and play each other in whatever event they wanted! By the end of this session I really liked both table tennis and the trampoline but the ideas behind each event were simply genious. After letting us train it was time to test out the dream events which were tough at first but made for a real riot in multiplayer. At the end there was a competition which I had no chance to win at all, and at the end a MArio fan won! He was quite lucky to get a lot of SEGA’s recent released games, as well as soundtracks and a few other bits. Since it seems I had most of the games though it was not all that bad and I knew straight away the competition was tougher as I am not that competitive anyway. 🙂

At the end I got to take yet another photo with the cool Sonic costume and also Mario costume. I was also impressed by how Kevin organized the whole event as it went so well that it truly was a special day for me. At the end of it he even gave me a Sonic team t shirt which I shall wear proudly no matter how big it is this friday to promote the game. I also got a really nice Sonic tshirt, virtua fighter 4 t shirt and Sonic mug from Martin for beating him at Virtua fighter 5 which was just too kind of him.

As for the game itself I was not expecting it to be the fantastic experience that I had. The controls for each event as mentioned were completely different for each one and worked just fine. Also there is more than the event as I was the only one to try the cool mini games at the event. These also came with history of past olympic events which I though was a neat way to learn facts and have fun. I was also sneaky to check that the game lets you upload the best scores for each event through wifi to compare them with worldwide players. I just cannot praise this game enough and very soon I shall be playing it as I typed this the game was being sent from the GAME site.

As a final note look out for me and my t shirt at my lunch break from Uni on the HMV official launch for this game between 12 pm and 3 pm!I definetly recommned this game for those looking for a multiplayer experience but it also works well in single player thanks to those records having to be broken, and it takes serious practise.

For now here are the promised videos and photos of the event and I urge everyone to at least try it as it is a special game.

Mario and Sonic launch

November 20, 2007

As a huge fan of the Sonic games it was always I could not miss such an opportunity to go to the launch of such a special game. What was impossible before in the days that SEGA was in the hardware business came true as two rivals came together in one game. With this in mind I jumped at the chance of joining the crowd at the launch day and see what the event would hold for me.

 

On the day I set out to University with the intent of going to the launch when it started on my lunch break hour. A description on the SEGA website promised two of Saturday morning biggest children presenters would be on hand with Sonic and Mario, and the promise of being able to play the game, along with freebies. As I was fortunate to get a t shirt about the game on a previous visit to SEGA to play the game, it was already decided that it would be worn all day with pride.

 

When the time came I was there right in front getting ready for what was to come. It was to much surprise that I noticed that not a lot of people were there as expected. At least I socialised with the staff on hand to promote the event and managed to get myself quite some swag. While this was happening on stage the two presenters were already playing the game in full swing. I have to admit that seeing the game play in the background on this huge display made me more excited to having another go. As I was one of the first to get there and it seemed no random people were brave enough to step up on stage, I accepted to play with them. As I had played the game before on the visit to SEGA it was much easier to play the game. I actually laughed quite a bit with the presenters as I was showing them the controls. It seems that they were not trained in the ways of playing it but we all had a laugh. While this was going on a small crowd had gathered around the stage curious about the game. As others were starting to have a go too I finally noticed one Sonic fan among the crowd.

 

As time passed I noticed all kinds of people finally going up on stage to play the game. It was to be noted that not one single person came out of it unhappy. It could have been the goody bags being handed out but it seemed that the event was going very well. And indeed that was the main message of this event which did not even have a competition. It was all purely to show the game and it proved that there was mass appeal to the audience. This event was definitely one that I enjoyed thoroughly due to not only to the very kind staff who would answer any questions on the game, but also because anyone could go up and play it! In the end there wasn’t a incredibly huge crowd at the event but at least those that came left with positive opinions of the game. As ever Sonic and Mario were on hand to attend and before the event finished took photos with Dick, Dom and the many fans that appeared throughout the event.

  

As for the game it obviously does its magic best when being played in groups but there it also takes skill to get all the world records. The controls are very intuitive and worked really well within each game. In the end this game was created for pure fun and it could be seen when playing. I would say that the event was a perfect show of the game overall and a pure delight to any Sonic fans that attended. A review of the game will most definitely be up once I can put it down for enough time and start typing it up.