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[Pre-E3 2006] The Road to E3 is Nearly Closed

SEGA finally reveals almost full show lineup. Come, take a peek, won't you?
Author: Sam Bishop
Published: May 5, 2006
It is nearly done. What began two weeks ago culminated this morning in the announcement of SEGA's biggest bombshell: Project Gotham Racing developers Bizarre Creations were working with the big S again. It capped off a string of weeknightly announcements that ranged from current-gen eyebrow raisers to amusing exclusives to ohgodpleasedon'tscrewthisup portable franchise departures -- and apparently we've yet to see all the publisher has to offer.


"SEGA's mission is to be a premier publisher of a diverse array of great games for the next-generation systems," proudly proclaimed SEGA of America VP of Marketing Scott A. Steinberg. "Our 2006 E3 line-up is but a glimpse of the great products in store from SEGA."

Want to glimpse for yourself? Very well, here's all that SEGA is showing off -- or at least the announced PlayStation-relevant stuff:

The Club
The Club is a loosely organized and highly illegal underground entity. The Club is a meeting ground for those seeking the ultimate in vicarious thrills, and those who want to watch them. Players have been entered into the arena and must fight for survival against the odds. Set in a variety of unusual and evocative locations scattered across the globe, players will yield high-powered weaponry in a bid to earn their escape. The first task is to survive, but players must kill according to specific rules - quickly, relentlessly and with style. Kill or be killed, stand still and it's death!

Full Auto 2: Battlelines
Full Auto 2: Battlelines is the next generation of combat-racing, exclusively for the PlayStation 3. The sequel to the award-winning Full Auto, Full Auto 2: Battlelines puts high-speed vehicles outfitted with weapons and armor into fully realized and fully destructible urban street environments. Strategically use destruction to win races as well as leave massive devastation in your wake. Players can destroy the environment to dynamically change track conditions to block competitors, open new paths, or crush opponents with falling debris caused by well-timed missiles. Full Auto 2: Battlelines also introduces a new Arena Mode featuring team play and six different levels, each specifically designed for a unique type of multiplayer car combat.

Phantasy Star Universe
Phantasy Star Universe gives players the best of both worlds by offering the depth of single player adventure and the thrill of online cooperative gameplay. Played offline, Phantasy Star Universe joins real-time action gameplay with rich character customization and an enormous solar system to create a fast paced and emotionally engaging RPG experience. Played online, the title gives players an opportunity to travel with a squad of other adventurers, enter urban sprawls teeming with hundreds of players, and build their avatars into powerful warriors. A rich and exciting universe awaits!

SEGA Rally Revo
With revolutionary dynamically deformable terrain, proprietary next-generation graphics, bone-jarringly realistic physics, and competitive bumper-to-bumper racing, SEGA Rally Revo will set a new benchmark in its genre with a high-tempo driving experience that's every racing fan's driving fantasy.

Sonic Rivals
Sonic Rivals is a head-to-head competition between Sonic and his top rivals, where the gloves are off and winner takes all! Built from the ground-up, the engine allows gamers to rip through tracks in some high-spirited single player and wireless multiplayer action against friends as Sonic returns in a whole new racing-platformer with classic 2D gameplay in true 3D environments for gamers on the go.

Sonic The Hedgehog
Sonic celebrates his 15th anniversary by blazing his way onto the next-generation consoles, with his first adventure set in the human world! Featuring interactive 3D environments and a large cast of returning and new characters, get ready for the reinvention of Sonic The Hedgehog, in his most intense, high velocity escapade to date!

Super Monkey Ball Adventure
Join AiAi and friends in a new game to bring harmony to the Monkey Ball Universe kingdoms in Super Monkey Ball Adventure. This is the first Super Monkey Ball title that offers a narrative-driven adventure in a dynamic world in which puzzles and quests are spread throughout. Classic Super Monkey Ball gameplay is bolstered by a chant system that grants new abilities to the Monkey Ball in addition to brand new multiplayer Party Games and puzzle levels built into the story line.

Virtua Tennis 3
With Virtua Tennis 3, the series returns with enhanced photo-realistic graphics and advanced player animations that perfectly match the behavior and mannerisms of individual professional players. Next-generation systems allow gamers to see the most detailed expressions on the faces of their selected players as they battle to win heated tournaments around the world. In addition to the popular mini-games from previous titles used to sharpen players' skills, there will be a whole host of brand new mini-games to keep players in top form.

World Pool Championship 2007
In World Pool Championship 2007, gamers will experience the most complete and authentic billiards game by either creating their own pool player or playing as one of the world's top pros in 20 officially licensed pool tournaments including the Mosconi Cup, World Cup, and U.S. Open. In Golden Cue mode, players test their versatility by challenging other pro-players to games of eight and nine-ball, and other cuesports within the same tournament. Pool sharks can also show their true skills in the World Trickshot Championship, where players can pull off their favorite crowd-pleasers from a vast selection of trickshots.

Yakuza
In a society where respect and honor holds great importance, there is an even higher regard for these traits within one organization most feared by all: the Yakuza. Step into the shoes of the Yakuza and experience the underside of Tokyo, where the city streets and illicit haunts of the city's nightlife district are authentically re-created; cinematic CG movies tell a gripping story, and memorable characters deliver a rich adventure full of beautiful but deadly fighting.