‘Eternal Champions’ Is the Game That Quenched a Teenage Thirst for Gore
It was more messily slapstick than outright offensive, but Sega's fighter took a look at Mortal Kombat's fatalities and said: we can do better.
The Student Has Become the Master: Why Yakuza Is Better Than Shenmue
SEGA has produced two of the finest adventure series of all time – but it's only right, now, that we recognise Yakuza has surpassed the iconic Shenmue.
Breaking Down the New Sonic Game with a BAFTA-Winning Designer
I wasn't feeling 'Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice', but I'm no expert on game design. So I asked someone who is.
How the Blue Skies of ‘Forza Horizon 3’ Got Me Thinking About ‘OutRun 2’ and Gaming Preservation
Playing one made me want to play the other – but how few of us can still enjoy games a decade and more old?
A Terrible 'Super Mario Maker' Clone on Steam Actually Has a Few Good Ideas
If Nintendo won't release its games on PC, opportunistic developers are prepared to release basically the same thing.
One Glorious Day at London’s Summer of Sonic Fan Convention
You go in thinking: this is all a bit silly, isn't it? But, quickly, it's clear that this isn't something you can take the piss about.
Mathew Jones; photos by Alex Davis
An Arbitrary Top Ten of the Best Sonic the Hedgehog Games
I've played a lot of Sonic games, and what with the blue critter turning 25, and <i>Sonic Mania</i> lighting up the internet, here's a bunch of the best.
Why Is There No ‘Proper’ Olympics Video Game in 2016?
We get Mario and Sonic cavorting around Rio, but no game in which we can play as Usain Bolt. After decades of realistic Olympic tie-ins, what's up with that?
How Sonic the Hedgehog Kept Glam Rock Alive After Its Grungy Demise
SEGA's series turned to some of the Sunset Strip's finest to bring rock 'n' roll theatricality to its Dreamcast soundtracks.
Video Games Killed the Radio Star
Happy 25th, Sonic, and Thank the Gaming Gods You Weren’t an Awesome Possum
Sonic spin-dashed through the Mascot Wars of the 1990s. But let's spare a thought for the fallen, those anthropomorphised heroes who didn't make it.
Bethesda Presents DOOM Week
In Defence of the SEGA 32X Version of ‘DOOM’
<b>Made possible by Bethesda:</b> It wasn't the best, but it was ours, and only someone who never played it would call it crap.
Mike Diver and Jonathan Beach
Exploring the Strange World of ‘Shenmue’ Fandom
The <i>Shenmue</i> community is one of the greatest in gaming, trading comedy memes, supporting their favourite series anyway they can, and writing rock opera records. Obviously.