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Julian Mehlfeld's Avatar + Posted by Julian Mehlfeld on Oct 01, 2009 // Community Manager, Sega

Hello PlayStation community! My name is Julian Mehlfeld or clumsyorchid, depending on if you know me in real life or as a username in our community. I work over at Sega as a community manager and am here to discuss some PSPgo updates from Sega. Starting with the release of the PSPgo, we’re happy to announce our some of our PSP of titles are available for download on day one. We’ve got a few titles you might have missed that are worth a look, or even a second look if you’ve already played them. Below we’ve got a brief summary of the titles you’ll come across and will be taking a deeper dive on a few of them across our Sega blogs in the days to come.

Alien Syndrome
Alien Syndrome is a sequel to an old arcade game of the same name and takes place some 20 years after the original. Featuring over 80 different weapons, hundreds of armors and items, 3 difficulty modes, ad hoc multiplayer, and over 40 levels, Alien Syndrome will keep any dungeon crawler busy for a while. The game is probably best described as a top down shooter with added RPG elements.

Alien Syndrome

Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars
Are you ready to make some crazy money? Crazy Taxi for PSP is actually a collection containing the original Crazy Taxi and the sequel, Crazy Taxi 2. In Fare Wars, you’ve got access to all the original crazy moves, over 30 crazy mini-games, and crazy modes you remembered from the original games. Added bonuses include a customizable soundtrack based on your own music from the memory stick and local multiplayer games in head to head battles. We’ve had some fun replaying this in the office and it’s a welcome addition to anyone that’s been looking for a Crazy Taxi fix.

Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars

Crush
I’m a huge fan of Crush and think that every PSP owner and puzzle fan should check out this game, it’s just that good. Crush uses a unique concept, taking 3D environments and “crushing” them into a 2D plane. Since the environment is in 3D, you’ll have to rotate game world to find the best places to crush and gain access to different areas of the level. Need to get atop a ledge, but can’t jump to it? Simply look top down, Crush, walk over to the ledge, unCrush and you’re where you need to be. The challenge then comes in working with the basic rules of the game – for example, some blocks you can or cannot traverse in the 2D plane, but can’t get across in 3D, or vice versa. If you missed Crush before or just want to replay it, now’s an excellent time to pick it up.

Crush

Full Auto: Battlelines
If Crazy Taxi is a bit too tame for your racing needs, Full Auto Battlelines might be the fix you need. Full Auto is all about car combat, destructible environments and an ‘unwreck’ ability that allows you to create opportunities out of mistakes. Unwreck is, like it sounds, an ability that allows you to escape a bad decision and rewind time to avoid that bad turn or unexpected hazard.

Full Auto: Battlelines

Sega Genesis Collection
If you are a Sega fan and want some game to satisfy your classic game lust, this is the title for you. The Genesis Collection features 28 games and 5 unlockables, including favorites such as Sonic 1 & 2, Phantasy Star series, Shinobi, Vectorman 1 & 2, and the Golden Axe series.

Sega Genesis Collection

Iron Man
Based on the blockbuster, Iron Man PSP gives you the chance to head into battle as Tony Stark within the Iron Man suit. If you are familiar with the basic plot of the Iron Man movie, the game is essentially the same with a few additions, including new encounters from other Marvel villains within the Iron Man universe.

Iron Man

Sonic Rivals & Sonic Rivals 2
Sonic Rivals is a different take on the normal Sonic the Hedgehog experience you might be used to. Rivals is best described as racer, you compete against other characters from within the Sonic world, pick up powerups, tackle bosses, and fight to stay at the front of the pack. Bosses? Yes, there are some unique play ideas at here that have you competitively and cooperatively downing bigger enemies. On top of a solid game, you’ll also find unlockables cards that give you some insight into the past Sonic series.

Sonic Rivals & Sonic Rivals 2

Super Monkey Ball Adventure
Monkey Ball for the PSP actually comes in a different style of game than the previous series additions. You play not only Monkey Ball puzzle stages you are familiar with, but also play in larger open world areas with platforming, missions, and mini-game, hence the Adventure name.

Super Monkey Ball Adventure

As noted, back at the Sega Blog, we’re doing a bit of additional coverage on the PSPgo titles. Some of us are revisiting old games we enjoyed; others are picking them up for the first time. Head on over and read my write up on Crush and look for new blogs about some of our other games in the days to come.

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+ Gibeon_da_Soulja on October 1st, 2009 at 1:13 pm said:

AWESOME this is so cool. This is what Im talking about. Isnt Shemnue a Sega game? I would love to try that game for the first time . Yes there are many more titles I’d like but these are enough for the year lol. Thanks Sony…..and Sega, haha.


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+ poisonedsodapop on October 1st, 2009 at 1:19 pm said:

I love Crazy Taxi and if I had a PSP I’d be picking this one up.


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+ jennabean425 on October 1st, 2009 at 1:22 pm said:

Thanks for all the feedback today!! It’s great getting to ask a question knowing you guys will see it. Makes me appreciate Sega more than I already did.

I know people have already asked about DC games, but I’d like to add my vote to Space Channel 5, Chu Chu Rocket, and the sonic adventure games.

Another concern I have is about pricing. I work at a game store and I’m having a hard time understanding why I have to pay the same (if not more in some cases) for the umd as the digital copy. With buying a physical copy, I am paying for the shipping cost, the disc, the box, the book, the artwork, and then the split royalties for the developer and retailer. With a digital copy, I should obviosly pay less because I’m getting less. I understand you guys are excited about making more money, but why shaft the consumer?


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+ Rated-X-Q6R on October 1st, 2009 at 1:40 pm said:

Can u put shenmue plzzzzzzzzzzzzz and if u put it when will u put


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+ outcelgeist on October 1st, 2009 at 1:44 pm said:

Sweet, now all we need is some Saturn love. Panzer Dragoon for the win.


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+ IceCold on October 1st, 2009 at 1:46 pm said:

Wow, no Shenmue love? :(


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+ Capt-Fury- on October 1st, 2009 at 1:53 pm said:

hey clumsy! Gonna take advantege of you being here and all to let you know that there is a big demand for some Sega avatars on PSN. Also a Sonic dynamic theme would be nice ;)

please bug someone about this features too!


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    + Julian Mehlfeld on October 1st, 2009 at 4:34 pm said:

    Nice, I will pass this along as well, that\’s an excellent question, but something I don\’t have an answer for you on.


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+ plaztiksyke on October 1st, 2009 at 1:53 pm said:

Crush looks awesome; I’d buy this immediately if there was a PS3 download for it that took advantage of the PS3 hardware’s capabilities.

And a note to Sega: if I wanted to play straight-up emulations, I’d boot into Linux. If you want my money, you’ll need to re-do the artwork to 1080p and the audio to be lossless (like Super Street Fighter II HD, Monkey Island: Special Edition, Bionic Commando Rearmed, etc). To this end, I suggest Altered Beast, VectorMan, and Ecco get the HD remix treatment.

PS: My husband and I *loved* Sonic Unleashed on PS3 (infantily “story” aside). We’d love to see a truly next-gen sequel that isn’t just an up-port from PS2/Wii for the next one!


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+ BlindMango on October 1st, 2009 at 1:55 pm said:

so the rumors were true =) this is awesome, two words… TOY COMMANDER


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+ Gr00v3r06 on October 1st, 2009 at 2:13 pm said:

Man do some people not realize these are not new games but UMD games being made available to download?

Either way it is great that some of these older games get pointed out. Too many people forget the great games available on the PSP.

Also yes bring Dreamcast and Saturn games to the PS3. and Genesis classics to the PSN like you do on XBLA. you could maybe like Hudson is doing in japan make the games PS3/PSP

one other thing bring Sonic CD (best sonic ever) PS3


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+ DARZERO on October 1st, 2009 at 2:51 pm said:

wow, thanks. Ill try crush for sure. Keep the games coming, Im just about to go get a pspgo after all. How about getting some dreamcast games on psn now and more dreamcast remakes on psp. please.


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+ Dark_Vincent on October 1st, 2009 at 2:51 pm said:

Nice one SEGA!! :) Do you have plans to bring Phantasy Star Portable digitally? It’s by far my favorite SEGA title on the PSP and I would love to have it in non-UMD format


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    + Julian Mehlfeld on October 1st, 2009 at 5:55 pm said:

    I\’m already pushing for this, but don\’t have anything I can pass out beyond that. We\’re big into the Phantasy Star series internally (I\’ve been working on the series for over 5 years now), and we want to get the game into more hands. PS: Portable is a fantastic game.


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+ kdiep on October 1st, 2009 at 2:53 pm said:

I’m loving Sega these days. Easily up there in my top 10 favorite game companies. Well I actually don’t have a list or anything but I love most of your offerings and the future Sega games looks really cool (Alpha Protocol and Bayonetta to name two, please do the ports justice though). Already have Full Auto 2 and Valkyria Chronicles on PS3.

Anyway, haven’t gotten a PSP yet but just wanted to show you guys (Sega) some love. You guys are definitately getting better each day compared to other big publishers. I really hope other companies are inspired by your work.


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    + Julian Mehlfeld on October 1st, 2009 at 5:57 pm said:

    Nice, thanks for this, this means a lot to everyone on the team and I appreciate you taking the time to reach out!


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+ buckethead13 on October 1st, 2009 at 2:53 pm said:

EARTHWORM JIM PLEASE


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+ TwinDad on October 1st, 2009 at 3:48 pm said:

Want List

Sega Genesis Collection Volume 2
Toe Jam and Earl
Skies of Arcadia
Phantasy Star JRPG
Streets of Rage


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+ ShadOforce on October 1st, 2009 at 4:06 pm said:

Bring Phantasy Star Online and Jet Set Radio to PSN pleaaaaaase!


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+ befear on October 1st, 2009 at 4:06 pm said:

we just a stand alone 2d sonic game


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+ VenomXv on October 1st, 2009 at 4:12 pm said:

Would be awesome if we got Dreamcast games like Sonic Adventure on PSN with updated graphics and trophies.


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+ racedriving on October 1st, 2009 at 4:13 pm said:

I hope the mysterious “SEGA Racing Classic” finds its way to consoles.

Many people are waitung to see Model 1/2/3 classics on modern consoles, preferable on disc.


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+ Squamden on October 1st, 2009 at 4:22 pm said:

If you haven’t bought Crush, do so. One of the best games on PSP.


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    + Julian Mehlfeld on October 1st, 2009 at 5:56 pm said:

    My feelings exactly, Crush is a fantastic game.


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+ triple_lei on October 1st, 2009 at 4:33 pm said:

I wasn’t going to get Crush until it was on PSN, so thanks!


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+ Tezasaurus on October 1st, 2009 at 4:38 pm said:

Please make Sega classics downloadable on PS3. Please remix them into HD. I grew up with Sega, HD redeuxs of their classic and beloved games is such a no-brainer, I cannot fathom why it isn’t being done.


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+ Poofster on October 1st, 2009 at 5:35 pm said:

Wow thanks guys I’ll be getting Crazy Taxi and maybe Crush.

I used to have a Genesis when I was really little and we imported quite a few games.

It would be great if you guys could still post:

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (AWESOME CLASSIC)
Shining Force III (another AWESOME CLASSIC)

and pretty much every other game that was on the Genesis!

Thanks!


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+ evolyptic on October 1st, 2009 at 5:59 pm said:

Some Jet Set Radio for PSP would be great. It would really make my purchases of the PSP-Go worth it.


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+ Flame060 on October 1st, 2009 at 6:33 pm said:

Wow, I wish I could play these on my PS3.
How I would adore feeding some of my Sega fanboyism on my PS3.
I still have my Dreamcast, I think I’ll fish it out and play some right now.


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+ BitRunner on October 1st, 2009 at 7:50 pm said:

How about bringing a Phantasy Star Online/Universe game to the PS3 finally?


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+ BriS2K on October 1st, 2009 at 7:51 pm said:

Cold man…prices on these digital games are the same prices on the UMD disc retail games. Absolutely, what’s the point to all this PSP Go madness?


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+ Tygan on October 1st, 2009 at 8:05 pm said:

I’d like to recommend Phantasy Star Portable. It came out around the time the PSPgo was announced. At that time I skipped out on getting the UMD version in hopes of having a downloadable version. I’m still hoping that downloadable version will be released soon.


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+ jelly_bean on October 1st, 2009 at 9:39 pm said:

Hello Julian. I’m a PSP Slim owner and I got Crush and Crazy Taxi on UMD… But this month I’ll get the PSP Go and I’d like to download these games. How can I download them without paying for it again? I read that SCEE is offering a promotion to download some games with no cost while the UMD game is inserted in the PSP. Cheers and waiting for your reply!


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+ xpopxkidx110 on October 1st, 2009 at 9:44 pm said:

Pretty sweet! Only waiting for Mega Man Powered Up now. And maybe… idk… (as someone said) Power Stone (with online play) on PS3!


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+ AceOfSpades725 on October 1st, 2009 at 10:41 pm said:

I think it would be awesome if the original sonic games were on PSN as Minis! Thats just my two cents haha.

But it’s great having Sega support the PSP like this! keep up the good work!


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+ Letters2Kay on October 1st, 2009 at 11:06 pm said:

Bring on Phantasy Star Portable for download! I already have the UMD, but it’s my favorite PSP title and I’d buy it again just to have it on my Memory Stick at all times…

Can’t wait for PSP2!


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+ PullusPardusUS on October 2nd, 2009 at 4:33 am said:

Dude!! i love sega, Valkyria Chronicles is already one of my favourite PS3 games , Phantasy Star Portable 2 is going to be awesome, i made a “Viking” video on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlRPwZjZAjA
i have all crazy taxi games, i have also over 50 Genesis games , i cant wait for Needlemouse! , and i wish the rummored jet set radio is true, and love Skies of Arcadia (where is my sequel!!) i just LOVE SEGA xD


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+ anticulture on October 2nd, 2009 at 5:22 am said:

Dear Sega,

Please release ChuChu Rocket for every system known to man. I left my Dreamcast in a closet at my mom’s house, and I’m a big boy, now.

Thanks,
-anticulture


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+ jennabean425 on October 2nd, 2009 at 6:43 am said:

Chuchu rocket was probably one of the coolest games on the dreamcast ;). I know I’d buy it again!!


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+ dulcediana on October 2nd, 2009 at 7:27 am said:

I would love to order Shenmue 1-2 I would pay 20 for each game!


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+ hiryu_PL on October 2nd, 2009 at 10:20 am said:

I don’t get it – Crazy Taxi for PSP was released some time ago and this port SUX very much. It runs way slower than on DC so if this isn’t fixed version then game is not worth even a penny !!


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+ improperlyaged on October 2nd, 2009 at 10:20 am said:

so um where has this support been for the last four years of the psp lifespan. well better late than never. thanx for the classics. sega has always been a great developer with amazing games.


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+ RedSwirl on October 2nd, 2009 at 10:31 am said:

Another throbbing recommendation for Crush.

But beware to anyone who buys Crazy Taxi: The PSP version of Crazy Taxi does NOT include the product placement or the Offspring music from the original Dreamcast version.


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+ Superstrokey1123 on October 2nd, 2009 at 11:40 am said:

Absolutely fantastic bunch of games there. Im totally gonna get crazy taxi. loved that game so much… now if only another console would get that game… just saying…


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+ jbloodwo on October 2nd, 2009 at 2:22 pm said:

I may be one of the few that requests this but I would love to see eternal champions come to the psp. Sadly i don’t recall if that was a first party sega game or not.
crispy was one of the best fighting charters ever…..


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+ TwiztedR3DHead on October 2nd, 2009 at 2:49 pm said:

Heeell YEa!!!!!!!


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+ pieeater100 on October 2nd, 2009 at 3:01 pm said:

What about the ps3???????


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+ bluestorm1360 on October 2nd, 2009 at 3:04 pm said:

Nice, I like the Sega updates I seen in the PS Store today. I picked up Sonic Rivals, and although I have Sonic Rivals 2 on UMD, I’m liking the first Rivals more. I’ll probably grab the Genesis collection next. Like many people here, I also hope to see Phantasy Star Portable for download in the PS Store soon.


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+ muzzar69 on October 3rd, 2009 at 3:07 am said:

NICE!
now only if sega would hurry up and bring bayonetta demo to the PSN im dying to play that game.
than hurry up and bring yakuza 3 and 4 outside japan.


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+ RSAINT82 on October 3rd, 2009 at 7:26 am said:

To be honest I’d would love to see some sega saturn clasic games or some sega cd.


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+ meornot0 on October 4th, 2009 at 10:15 am said:

I want sonic adventure and sonic adventure 2 battle on my psp. It would be great to have this on my psp.


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+ meornot0 on October 4th, 2009 at 10:18 am said:

sorry ignore the sa2b part i want regular sa2 not the crappy gamecube remake


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