Have you heard? Sega celebrates its 60th birthday this year. That’s why there’s a Sonic the Hedgehog costume in Fall Guys, and it’s why Steam has a raft of free games for you to pick up between Thursday and next Monday.
The offerings include Streets of Kamurocho, which sounds like Streets of Rage using Yakuza characters. Kiryu and Majima team up to beat-’em-up in a very well rendered, 16-bit tribute to both Sega franchises. It’s free to download and keep, but only from Oct. 17 to Oct. 19.
Another highlight is Golden Axed — a clever title for the actually canceled Golden Axe: Reborn, which Sega Studios Australia was working on about a decade ago. Golden Axe: Reborn was one of several 2.5D remakes planned, which included Altered Beast and Streets of Rage, along with an endless-runner adaptation of Shinobi.
Golden Axed is “a single level created as proof-of-concept, or what’s known in the industry as a ‘vertical slice,’” Sega says on the game’s Steam page. “Golden Axed may be janky, may be buggy, may be an artifact of its time, but it offers a unique glimpse into the prospect of a project that could have been.”
Perhaps because of its small size (and as-is quality), Golden Axed is available for one day only: Oct. 18. Until then, enjoy this trailer:
The other free offerings