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Yesterday, SEGA announced the SEGA Forever program. That program is currently available on iOS and Android app stores.

Basically, SEGA Forever lets people download classic SEGA games for free and play them on their Android and iOS devices. Yes, I said for free. The games come with ads, but for $2, people can get rid of them. Only five games are currently available: Sonic the Hedgehog, Altered Beast, Phantasy Star II (no, not Phantasy Star Online 2), Comix Zone, and Kid Chameleon. However, SEGA will add new games every month.

While the trailer promises modern features, including cloud saves, leaderboards, and bluetooth controller support, the video makes SEGA Forever seem like an app that lets players download SEGA games, similar to the SEGA Mega Drive Genesis Classics game on Steam. However, each game is its own app and has to be downloaded separately. Furthermore, the games are limited to cloud saves unless gamers pay money. While this does not stop people from actually playing and enjoying the games while offline, it means longer games such as Phantasy Star II can’t be enjoyed properly without phone reception or Wi-Fi.

Some of you probably are wondering how the games fare on Android and iOS. I tried out each game and was not too impressed with most of them. I found the default control scheme finicky, but that’s probably due to my lack of experience with Android games. However, the bigger problem is Comix Zone and Altered Beast have slowdown/framerate issues. According to Eurogamer, the source of the problem is these games are emulated with the Unity engine. With luck, these problems will be fixed in future patches.

SEGA Forever holds a lot of promise, but the optimization issues are a potentially huge problem. If 16-bit games such as Altered Beast and Comix Zone have problems running on mobile games, imagine what will happen when SEGA ports 32-bit games or SEGA Dreamcast games? If SEGA doesn’t fix these performance issues, people are quickly going to be turned off from SEGA Forever, well, forever. Of course, not everyone will run into these issues, but with luck, future SEGA Forever games will run smoothly on all smartphone devices.

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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