SEGA's latest PS3 exclusive disappoints

Ordinarily, a new SEGA racer – particularly one that hails from the arcades – is our cue to get very excited indeed.

With the unrivalled abilities of SEGA's AM teams to craft deep, yet accessible coin-op titles and the company's expertise in bringing these to console, any home port is usually worth keeping an eye on.

Which is why we were rather looking forward to Initial D Extreme Stage. Based on Initial D Arcade Stage 4, the PS3 exclusive racer launched in Japan a few weeks ago – and given how good the previous two console ports were, our hopes were high.

Unfortunately, it seems that SEGA's usual top form has deserted it on this occasion, as our exclusive screenshot gallery shows.

Although there are no obvious faults with the game's graphics, it must be said that – between the flat textures, the lack of detail and the primitive special effects – there's not a lot right with it, either.

Indeed, we'd go so far as to say it looks like little more than a high-res PS2 title.

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Zerodin3705d ago

You give the Wii some great games, but poop on the PS3.

PoSTedUP3705d ago

yea i know zeorin, their isnt any good news for the 360 since E3 so all you Xbox fans are coming into all the good ps3 news to bash it, cause yea their has been ALOT of good ps3 news coming in lately... no? well here you go, FINALLY some negitive ps3 news for ya to hate on. enjoy! XD

spoon3705d ago (Edited 3705d ago )

xbox fanboys were dropped on the hed when they were born

this is what zerodin really looks lyk i have his picture stuck on window it keep the burglars away at night and the rats to...

ShinMaster3705d ago

It's an Arcade port you douche bags.
The gameplay is great.

Besides, it was only released in Japan. And they're not graphics whores.
It's all about the play.

TheMART3705d ago


Spoon = Fork (that also had Fork_the_finalaccount4 etc etc)

He makes the same kind of grammatical errors like:


Hah this game of mouse and cat is getting to easy nowadays. Spoon uh Fork we'll get your new account banned ASAP also

spoon3705d ago (Edited 3705d ago )


and which of the Three Stooges are u?

this one

XxZxX3705d ago

but nothing on XBOX 360. Why? cause it's dead....Nobody cares about dead console, move along.

PoSTedUP3705d ago

sorry but FORK was a 360fanboy and one of the nastiest/prejudice i have ever encountered on N4g so dont get it twisted partner he belongs on your side of the barnyard. and if spoon IS fork then he obviously switched to the right console ; )

RoidRage3705d ago

Every PS3 exclusive but one has failed to live up to expectation.

It is funny watching little Sony fanboy homo's try to fool themselves and other people into thinking the ps3 is a decent console. Poor losers wouldn't know what to do with all of the great games on 360.

Snukadaman_3705d ago

You mean like how the droids came on and chimed in about too goes both ways and for you to complain about it only makes it more funny. face it..both consoles will have their flops and both sides will always throw it in each others faces...the thing is to just sit there and take it and not complain.

PoSTedUP3705d ago (Edited 3705d ago )

yea your right snukadaman, it does go both ways and i should stop complaining about fanboys, for it will get me no where.
*sticks to the gamer zone until 360 news appears* <---XD lol j/k

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jack who3705d ago

oh ya plz keep this on TEH CELL plzzzzzzzzzzzz......RS2 on the xbox1 look years better than them screenshots

PoSTedUP3705d ago (Edited 3705d ago )

yea this game doesn't look like anything special at all. they should make it multiplatform so they can make a lil more money on it, not that it looked like it cost them that much to make XD.

spoon3705d ago (Edited 3705d ago )

But the game has a Metascore of 9.5. Graphics dont always matter

Gameplay greater than Graphics

Jamie Foxx3705d ago (Edited 3705d ago )

gameplay all the way,but dang no amount of gameplay can make up for those graphics for me personally

sega let themselves down, the smoke effects are laughable

GiantEnemyCrab3705d ago

It's a meta score with 1 review and it's from Bitbag which isn't even a Metacritic included site.

Sounds like a flop to me.

Panthers3705d ago

Well I have never even heard of this game so it cant really flop in my opinion. It wasnt hyped...

KingME3705d ago

OH! So inorder for something to flop, it first has to be hyped. Oh, I get it now. I was wondering how most people on this site determined a flop. What a scientific approach. Totally failsafe.

kazuma3705d ago (Edited 3705d ago )

u should try to expand ur vocabulary really. just because u learned a new word like "flop" doesn't make it cool to go around and use it in a brainless way like u've been doing.
sure everyone knows how b*tchy 360 fans were about how too human turned out, but it's no reason to wander around ps3 news saying ratchet quest for booty, afrika (a game that isn't even out yet) and now initial d (a game which is still only available in japan and few ppl outside of that country know/care) are flops.

u speak badly of ps3 fanboys? ur no better than them

sumfood4u3705d ago

Its too much to have to deal with these krazy situtations!

waltercross3705d ago

never even heard of this game before, so I don't
care wether it flops or not.

TheMART3705d ago Show
Panthers3705d ago

Well I dont see how a game can flop unless it was expected to be great. I mean I could say that Iron Man (the game) flopped, but no one expected it to be good. Other games, like Haze and Too Human, did flop because of the hype surrounding them.

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nieto3705d ago

Panthers since the Too Human mega FLOP! bots are now looking for whatever tittle to bash the PS3. pathetic isn't?

but man that game wins the tittle of "worst graphics this gen ever" by default...

TheMART3705d ago Show
robbo9183705d ago

I have ONE account and I personally would ask that you shut up also. You contributed NOTHING to this article thread not that you ever do to pretty much any thread but <shrug>. You just jump on EVERY PS3 thread to be a jerk, you contribute nothing.

As to what we are talking about the game looks kinda lame to me, but like others said above it wasn't hyped so who cares much. I won't be buying it. It is kind of a let down from the screens though considering Sega should be able to do much better.

PimplePopperMD3705d ago

the game has been out for months

DaTruth3705d ago (Edited 3705d ago )

MS paid for Halo scores. Yes 30,000,000 dollars in add money to the magazines who do the reviews is paying. Especially when people get fired over bad reviews(Kane & Lynch) because the company threatens to pull the ads... Who wants to miss out on Halo 4 advertising dollars.

Halo4 ad budget>>>>>> >>>>>>>> ;>>>>>>>&g t;>>>>>>>& gt;>>>>>>> >MGS4 ad budget.

Sorry replied to wrong comment.

uxo223705d ago

I think that was Eidos threatening to pull it's ad support from gamespot and not do business with CNET. I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that what it was.


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Fishy Fingers3705d ago (Edited 3705d ago )

I'm not surprised, look at the state of it. Good job Sega.... good job.... Either way, like the comment above states, it's gameplay that matters. Still pretty f-ugly.

badz1493705d ago

even the anime doesn't look too good! I love Initial D despite of the art style, which can be considered as 'ugly'! but the story is good! I can see that Sega is preserving the original art style from the anime/manga of Initial D for this games and what makes this game looks 'dissapoint' is because it's on PS3, where people always assume the graphics should be top notch and super beautiful!

spoon3705d ago

Gamer.Tm are biased they gave Ratcher 6/10

MGS4 8/10

Halo 3 10/10

Fishy Fingers3705d ago (Edited 3705d ago )

Biased or different opinion to you? Because they're not the same thing.

So if you give a game 10 and I give it an 8 that makes me biased? Why arent you the biased one?

PoSTedUP3705d ago (Edited 3705d ago )

honestly i dont think i would pick this one up just yet cause theirs are alot of kicka** games coming out really soon so i would save yalls money ya know. ima defiantly rent this one cause that new fararri* game is coming out soon too and it looks better than this i think personally.

spoon3705d ago

they are proud obvious biased types

a.k.a Fanbabys

Firstkn1ghT3705d ago (Edited 3705d ago )

The majority of sites has given Halo 3 a better rating than MGS4. So I guess everybody is biased, huh? Stop with the excuses already.

Halo 3 averaged 94% while MGS4 averaged 93%. Both highly rated games but Halo 3 just squeezes by as a better rated game. Not to mention Konami had restrictions on reviewers. They pretty much said don't comment on the flaws of the game.

waltercross3705d ago (Edited 3705d ago )

well, here are 2 scores from 2 popular
gaming sites.


IGN: 9.5


IGN: 10

both games are great.

EDIT: also here is another reliable score source since It's
scored by players NOT Game sites.


GAMEFLY: 8.5 based on 17297 votes


GAMEFLY: 9.0 based on 4306 votes.

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