A Sonic Boom Of Hedgehog Fan Reactions

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When I originally wrote my Sonic the Hedgehog opinion pieces (How Sega All But Ruined Sonic the Hedgehog & How Sega Can Bring Sonic the Hedgehog Back To Glory), one of my main hopes would be that it would spark some conversation. Sure, part of my hoped somebody at Sega would read it and that my thoughts might actually make a difference, but I mainly looked forward to hearing other people’s responses.

Even though I wrote the articles over nine months ago, I still get a number of comments left on the posts. Since many of my readers check the articles out via their RSS readers and don’t look at the comments, you I would assume most of you dont’ go back to old posts just to read the comments, I thought I would feature some of the more interesting insights for other Sonic fans and their reaction to my opinions…

Many comments were quite constructive

The Kraken said…
soniccomments-1.jpg “It’s clear, that Sega has simply lost their minds. I think the main reason why they have fallen off the console business was them trying to support a number of consoles at once. It’s a company run by idiots, and always has been. I mean who would try to support six different consoles/add-ons at once (Sega Genesis, Sega Nomad, Sega 32X, Sega Game Gear, Sega CD, Sega Saturn)? They tried to push ahead of their competitors (Nintendo and Sony) by releasing 32-bit systems that were better off scrapped. Their focus on hardware more than their games is one reason why Sonic X-treme was never released. Thus we never got a true Sonic game for the Sega Saturn. When the Dreamcast was released it seemed like a breath of fresh air, with Sonic Adventure pulling in many gamers. But once Playstation 2 entered the scene, the system failed to provide satisfaction with gamers, until Sega eventually got out of the console market in late 2001. It’s never been the same since.

It’s sad too, that I have grown up to see one of my fondest childhood memories being brought down by bad decisions and much criticism. Sonic used to have lots of potential. The games were great, his tv shows were cool, the comics were fun to read, people loved him, and most importantly, it didn’t matter what you liked about the blue blur. People accepted what you did like and agreed with it. Back then he was better overall. But ever since the release of Sonic Adventure (1999-present), the franchise has gone downhill in a never ending spiral. Sonic Team can’t make a 3-D Sonic game without a few critics stating that the game is rife with errors. I think in this current generation of platformers, Sega has been pushing the limit to make awe inspiring graphics while dumbing down the gameplay. Sonic Next-Gen was so disappointing that I began to wonder if Sega knew how to even make a game in 3-D. The loading times were long and it seemed that you couldn’t control Sonic and pals without falling off a cliff. It’s an example for showing that Sega rushes their titles into stores only to find that their fans aren’t happy with the concept. One reason why Nintendo has always been successful is they actually take the time to make their games. Even though some of their release titles were slow to make it to the market, they were critically-acclaimed by fans across the globe.

To add insult to injury, Sega had their chances to improve and learn from their own mistakes. But they have blown them, and it’s only a matter of time before their monitor reveals “Strike 3.” I truly think that Sonic’s glory days are long gone, being stuck in 2-D. The portable titles are one factor keeping this franchise alive, but it won’t go on forever. Sega must concentrate on a Sonic game that will satisfy the majority of fans (including older ones), or risk the chance of giving their franchise to a different company.”

Kraken also added,
“Sonic is not the same character I grew up with. The Genesis titles were something special, because they were able to offer BREAK NECKING SPEED and other mechanics that other platformers failed to provide. Now I compare then to now, the difference is huge and vast. It seems that Sega cares nothing but to make a quick buck off of young gamers that don’t know any better, hence Sonic Next-Gen and Sonic Riders. The 3-D Sonic is slow, and the mechanicals needed for a 3-D game are lacking. Why Sega can’t make a camera work right I don’t know.

I use to love Sonic, including the TV shows, comics, merchanise, and other sorts of media that he was in. It’s really depressing how far the franchise has fallen, when it was once on the road to success, once Nintendo’s biggest threat. Shadow the Hedgehog is still one of Sega’s worst creations, because it lacks everything that made the Sonic franchise special. I actually had hopes for Sonic and the Secret Rings, but it turned out to be a disappointment once I found it was on-rails and I couldn’t go where I wanted to. Clearly the only good thing going are the portable titles. Sonic Rush was a pleasent surprise, maybe if Sega fit that formula into their 3-D games it may actually work. Then again who knows.”

An Anonymous Reader wrote…

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“The same fate befell Metroid, the king of side-action scrollers: it got turned into (yet another stupid) first-person shooter… While I liked Metroid Prime, it WASN’T classic Metroid. Comparing the two is like comparing Super Mario Brothers to Mario RPG. Same universe, different game. The same goes for a great many of the 2D heroes of the 8-bit and 16-bit eras. It seems the only series that successfully jumped the dimensional barrier were Zelda and MarioMario was based on mid-air maneuvering and power-ups. Now it’s based on gimmicks. Mario 64 and Sunshine Mario may be fun, but neither follows the SMB/SMB3/SMW series that everyone cried out for. What once was a race to the finish (or walk, but always point a to point b) is now exploration and random mini-games. You don’t plow through enemies like you used to, you don’t toss fireballs (which small as they are could be maddening in 3-D) and don’t even get “Super” anymore.

Zelda is less changed, keeping the crucial elements, exploring / re-exploring with the latest new item / figuring out the latest boss’es clever weak spot
and The new Zeldas are also good enough games on their own merits that if they weren’t named Zelda, people would still buy them. (Well, maybe not Wind Waker, too much sailing, not enough playing)

Sonic, like Mega Man thrived on the theory, games don’t need to be movies with each radically changing from the last. Find what works and give people more of it. There’s nothing wrong with episode style games. Sega and Capcom did more than release new levels every few years. They released these new levels (and occasional gameplay upgrades) to eager buyers, happy to snap up a known brand of play they already know they like.

If McDonalds randomly fiddled with the recipe every time you went, it wouldn’t be so popular.”

Mr Horsefly said…
“I agree with you on a lot of points in this article, but it troubles me how little credit you give Sonic’s 3D games. It’s going a little far to say that everything after Sonic CD should be scrapped. There are parts in each game that work extremely well.

For example: the mechanics for the spin dash in Sonic Adventure 1 were easily the best of the series. The slow acceleration of Sonic’s normal run gave you precise control when you needed it; and with a single button press you could spin dash to near-max speed, drop into a ball for downhill areas, pop out of the ball for extra traction in uphill areas, and even cut your jumps short to reduce air time for speed runs.

Sonic Adventure 2 effed that up majorly by mapping the new ground roll attacks to the same button as the spin dash, which basically made it either impossible or too risky (since accidentally going into a roll attack would bring you to a screeching halt) to attempt the maneuvers I listed above. But it did Sonic right in areas where SA1 just didn’t cut it. In short, SA2 made Sonic edgy again. No retarded cats, no sadsville Asimov robot arcs, and no pink hedgehogs with plastic hammers. The mood the game set in most of the speed levels was near-perfect in my opinion. The San Fran hill level where you snowboarded down the street, the jungle stage that didn’t let up, and the freaking space levels? And the music? Genius, that game oozed style.

Sonic Heroes took a step back in mechanics and edge, but it did offer much more in the department of level and enemy design; as well as the genesis of what I believe could be the ultimate game of co-op sonic (but that’s an article all it’s own :P). I mean, come on, it let you take Knuckles back onto the tracks again! This was a thinking man’s sonic game if ever there was one. The dynamic of how each character worked to complement the other’s weaknesses and the way they designed the enemies and obstacles around that were great.

The Sonic series doesn’t need to be taken back ten years to be saved. Sega just needs to put a good team and budget together and devote some serious R&D time into refining the design with all the elements that worked in their previous games. If they could just start using more than two buttons for character moves, re-harness Sonic’s “edge”, and put some work into revamping the mechanics for Knuckles and Tails so that they’re closer to Sonic’s (but still unique), then they could kick Mario’s ass all over again.”
Rhamos said…
soniccomments-3.jpg “I couldn’t agree more, Racketboy. I grew up with Sonic. I remember being a little kid, and asking Santa for a SNES and then getting a Genesis and Sonic 2 for Christmas. I was dissapointed at first, but that all went away after being completely immersed into the world and it’s incredible speed. I beat the game within a few months, and the game made my mom quit playing games altogether (She just couldn’t get passed Oil Ocean Zone. hehe).

I think though, that the major problem here is that the Sonic games aren’t FOR us anymore. Us being the people who grew up with the original Sonic. The entire franchise is geared toward the modern retarded youth who watch the modern retarded Sonic animes and whatnot. It’s aimed at an entirely new generation who’ve been (in my opinion) raised with low standards when it comes to video games. I mean, for the most part, the next gen consoles are a freakin’ joke! Sure, they’re insanely more powerful, but they’re insanely less imaginative, original and all-round enjoyable. Don’t get me wrong, there ARE good games for these newer consoles, I just prefer the retro games.
But anyway, yes. I feel that these days Sonic is geared to a completely new generation who really probably don’t even know that Sonic existed before their time and how much better he used to be. And for the record, I think that Dr. Eggman is THE single most, uninspired, unoriginal, pointless, unimaginative, and just plain unecessary character in video gaming history. Even more so than Shadow or or the other hedgehogs. Rest in peace, Sonic. Your glory days are gone. *sniff*”

Yet Another Anonymous Reader wrote…

“Personally I loved Sonic Adventure. As much as people gripe about playing as other characters, or the “horrible” adventure parts of the game, it wasn’t that bad. Sure Knuckles plays nothing like Sonic. Don’t like it? Don’t play as him. You started the game as Sonic and didn’t need to play as anyone else to play level after level with Sonic. You DID have to play as everyone else to unlock Super Sonic, but that was optional. Sonic Adventure 2, in forcing you to swap up gamestyles constantly was a pain in the butt.

As for the adventure mode, you weren’t timed, nothing was hard to find, it was pretty much just there to add a little depth. Consider the menu in Mega Man. SA1 let you return to any stage you liked as much as you wanted, but without being so flat and dull. The only “challenge” was not running off a cliff.

Style: Sega wants Sonic to go from a happy world where no one dies, filled with cheerful music to gritty, cities destroyed (AS1), unsure if you’re the good guy or bad guy (Shadow). “Attitude” has gone from a smirk (and possible unsaid snide remark) to trying to ape current pop culture. No we don’t want to look at a bunch of bird skate punks. The series is trying to grow up, but comes across like a young child trying to act older than they are. Start of SA1, before anything happens, Sonic hops from building to building then says “Now THIS is happening!” Random drop-ins of seemingly “cool” phrases out-of place doesn’t work.

Interacting with humans? What’s Robotnik? How did he come to live in Mobius? Perhaps Sonic’s still in Mobius now, but moved to the big city from out in the country.

Physics, less scaffolding / dead stops please. If you’re steering drunkenly, you should bounce drunkenly off the walls. Non-stop chances to fall to your death that take several times of trial and error to figure out how many enemies you can spin dash to land on the next platform without over / undershooting is frustrating, not fun. In 2-D Sonics you died, but took in the whole scene as you did. With the new movie style environments, trying to run across an environment that’s falling INTO place you don’t know if you overshot, undershot, had your timing off or missed sideways. Now you can go too fast, and will die if you do. (Demo level of the 360 Sonic) Using the homing attack on too many enemies can also make you miss your platform, as well as using it freely on the boxes sitting on tiny floating platforms. (Also 360 demo) Sonic’s world’s seem far less solid than they used to be.

Griping aside, the best “attitude” I’ve seen from Sonic lately was also in the 360 demo. Tearing apart a dozen robots at once, lightly tapping the last remaining, struggling to balance itself robot off the edge and bending over to watch it with a grin that just screams “hit me!”

Speech is hard to get right, but Sega could do better. Bowser has forever lost all credibility. Robotnik is still cool, Tails comes across well for what he’s supposed to be. Unfortunately when you have people trying to write for an age and culture they aren’t, what do you expect? want to groan? Pop in the 3DO Mario game or a CD-I Zelda game. The opening scenes will make you cry. “I’m so hungry I could eat an Octarok!”

Eventually, in spamming out games trying everything possible, they’ll get it right. Hopefully they’ll do so while there’s still people left who are willing to buy the games.”

Of course, I got some people that obviously don’t agree with me…

Jack said…
soniccomments-4.jpg“That article is lame. It is trying to manipulate you guys into hating Sonic. I should know. I’m a TRUE Sonic fan. I love the Sonic 3D games and its graphics and all. Plus, there’s absolutley nothing wrong with giant hedgehogs interacting with humans. Sonic’s glory days are NOT over. OPEN YOUR EYES!!!! CAN”T YOU ACCEPT SONIC 3D GAMES!!?? ARE YOU GUYS EVEN SONIC FANS!!!???”

later on, Jack said…
“ARE YOU ALL BLIND!!!??? SEGA NEVER RUINED SONIC!! I AM TRULY ASHAMED AT THAT ARTICLE FOR INSULTING SONIC 3D GAMES!! EVERYTHING THAT ARTICLE SAID WAS JUST PLAIN WRONG!!! AS A TRUE SONIC FAN, I COMPLETELY DISAGREE WITH IT!!! I LOVE SONIC 3D GAMES!!!!”

 

Daeris said…
“I disagree with this article. I love the ability to play as characters other than sonic. I admit the game speed went down a bit but at least this way the younger generation can play the game a bit easier. And if i ever hear someone say Shadow The Hedgehog was a botched up game again, i will personally chase them down with my samurai sword. You think i’m kiddin? Try it!”

23 Comments

  1. There’s nothing wrong about disagreeing with Racketboy, but please, maintain some credibility.

    “Plus, there’s absolutley nothing wrong with giant hedgehogs interacting with humans.”

    WTF? There shouldn’t be any humans (except for Robotnik, he’s somewhat human, isn’t he?) in the Sonic universe! Soni’c world is made of hedgehogs, other anthropomorphic animals, cute looking robots, green grass and blue sky, NOT humans.

    “And if i ever hear someone say Shadow The Hedgehog was a botched up game again…”

    How can we say otherwise if that’s the truth? Shadow The Hedgehog was a poor attempt to make a more mature/cooler Sonic game. Bland graphics, bad level design and horrible gameplay (Come on! A big hedgehog riding a bike and shooting guns? That’s plain stupid!), what can I say more?

  2. Covarr says:

    So, out of three people who disagreed with you, two of them were obviously both fanboys and idiots. The third one makes some intelligent remarks.

    There’s nothing wrong with having humans in a Sonic game, as long as it’s not a primarily human world. A world cluttered with humans but Tails is the only fox doesn’t really make sense, and it doesn’t match the spirit of the original games. If more NPCs were non-human, it would have been a lot better.

    I liked playing as Sonic, Knuckles, and Tails in the original Sonic Adventure, though I thought the other characters got tedious (especially Big). I liked the Sonic and Shadow levels in Sonic Adventure 2, but that was about it. Sonic Heroes suffered from annoying level design, with too many blind jumps onto narrow platforms, as well as slowing the player down suddenly and repeatedly to look for hidden switches and fight robots (perhaps the worst thing that was carried over to Sonic Rush).

    I didn’t play any 3D games after that because I disliked it and I got the impression that the later ones were even worse. I didn’t enjoy any of the standard 2D games on the GBA (though Sonic Battle was quite fun), and Sonic Rush was okay but not great.

    I used to be a huge Sonic fan, but my loyalty is not blind; I only remain a Sonic fan as long as Sonic games remain good.

  3. racketboy says:

    Covarr, keep in mind there were more than three people that disagreed with me. I just posted the more interesting ones. Same goes for the positive comments.

    All said, there were more than 100 comments left between the two articles.

  4. GSZX1337 says:

    I’ve been playing the Sonic the Hedgehog games since I could hold a controller. Even though I don’t have alot of the games, toy, videos, swag, etc. you could tell that I loved that little blue hedgehog.

    I didn’t have alot of money growing up or hell, even now. (that’s one reason why I emulate my games) But all of my (rich) friends could tell I loved Sonic because what little stuff I had, was of Sonic. Four out of the ten games I had for the Genesis were Sonic the Hedgehog games, and I got each one of those approx release date while the others I (or my parents) got on sale.

    From when I played the original Sonic the Hedgehog to Sonic Adventure 2, I either bought it myself or asked a friend if I can borrow it/play it at their house.

    I never go around saying “I’m a true Sonic fan!” because to many people, “true Sonic” fans are in their mid-teens that loved all of the side scrolling ones, think Sonic CD was the best, hated Sonic R, think that ALL of the 3D Sonic games sucked except for the first Sonic Adventure.

    I slightly differ from that molding, as I’m in my late teens, loved Sonic R, think that Sonic the Hedgehog 3 was better than Sonic CD, (Mecha Sonic’s my favorite robotic Sonic), I love Sonic R, and think that Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Heroes were decent. (not the PS2 version of Sonic Heroes, I got stuck with that and I’m still pissed at myself for not getting the GC version)

    Another thing that people say I’m stupid, or not a true fan for, is that I liked the Game Gear games. I thought that they served their purpose, to provide decent Sonic games when your away from your console. I don’t see why people can’t see that.

    The 3D Sonic games, if you ask me were hit and miss for the most part. Not counting the GC ports, Sonic Adventure was pretty cool from what I remember. I liked playing as the different characters and how they actually felt different, as opposed to all of them just rolling up into a ball and crashing into stuff. Big the Cat was pretty stupid, he should’ve never been in the series. I can’t think of one thing he’s good for or has done that’s worth while.

    Sonic Adventure 2 was cool too, but it sucked that you spent more time as the other characters than you spent as Sonic. The multiplayer mode (I can’t remember if the racing was for the GC or DC, so forgive me please.) was pretty fun. It reminded me of the racing modes in Sonic 2 and 3.

    Sonic Heroes sucked for the PS2. it wasn’t even a finished game. Hell, I can’t even beat it because there’s some glitch where I can’t light dash and I can’t cross over this cliff without using it. I press square, go forward, get one ring, and die. The Gamecube version seems better. I’ve only played the demo though, so it might suck balls later on.

    Shadow the Hedgehog. I haven’t played enough of this game to develop an opinion, I’ve only played it for about a minute at Wal*Mart. I did think it was pretty dumb for Sonic Team to create a game where a super fast hedgehog, whose speed rivals Sonic’s rides a motorcycle. That’s just stupid to me.
    The gunplay just seemed like an attempt to reach the “big bad shooter” crowd. Console shooters suck. The only one that manages to be half way decent is Halo, and people say that it’s the best damn game ever because they never played PC shooters, just their shitty ports.

    The Sonic Advance games are fun, but I guess that since they’re just “handheld games” Sonic Team just watered it down.

    Sonic Rush. Now there’s a game that gave me hope. It’s fast, fun, and new. I couldn’t really think of anything that was wrong with it other than the Sonic X voice actors and it’s length.

    Sonic the Hedgehog for the XboX 360/PS3 made me really feel bad as a sonic fan. It’s a sad day for a fan when his favorite franchise has a game that’s in his list of shittiest games ever made. It’s right there with Zapper, the newer Frogger games, and Contra Force. I’d g into further detail, but my comment is already really freaking long.

    For the GC ports, Sonic heroes, Shadow the Hedgehog, and (X360) Sonic the Hedgehog, it just feels like that Sega is half assing their games because their “kiddy games.” Many kiddy games that I’ve seen and played have crappy graphics, a slew of bugs, and bad controls, because the little kids are too stupid or inexperienced to realize that the game their playing sucks.

    Sonic the Hedgehog however, went over the edge. I don’t think that one can get away with calling it a “glorified beta”, it doesn’t even look/feel that good.

    I’m tired of typing, if anyone has any question, comments, or flames towards me, I’ll respond.

  5. Blaze says:

    Sega or Sonicteam just simply have stopped caring. Sonic on the Xbox 360/PS3 was a trainwreck and that’s being kind. The simple fact of the matter is they’ve been basically recycling the same busted gameplay from 1999 with a fresh coat of paint for roughly 8 years now. Sure, the window dressing might be different and maybe a few tweaks will have been made, but it’s the same broken concepts that weren’t terribly polished even in 1999. Sonic’s been long due for a gameplay overhaul and Sega promised that’s what Sonic on the Xbox 360 would be; and that certainly was a kick in the nuts, now wasn’t it?

    There’s no other answer. No development team in the world who actually cared about what they were creating would let a product ship in that state. Sega no longer views Sonic as their flagship franchise because he doesn’t need to drive hardware sales anymore. Now he’s just their cash-cow mascot; much like what Pac-man became to Namco. The only reason Sonic exists is to fund the next Jet Set Radio/Yakuza/etc.

    I could go on forever and a day about how the 3D Sonic games are pretty much the complete and polar opposite of the gameplay concepts presented in the Genesis games and blah de blah blah – you could practically say I wrote a thesis on Sonic gameplay mechanics (I have dreams of becoming a game designer one day). Sonic the Hedgehog used to be a unique character with unique gameplay that no other franchise in the world could duplicate (although many tried). Now, Sonic the Hedgehog is an empty husk; a watered-down gameplay concept made by people who, apparently, never really understood the source of Sonic’s popularity. The games either take themselves too seriously or not seriously enough and the duct tape holding together the recycled gameplay mechanics from Sonic Adventure is starting to rot and tear.

    Sega needs to stop the temporary patchwork and just start fresh again with a totally new team of dedicated talent ready to make the Sonic name respectable once again.

  6. gord says:

    everyone knows that when you write in all caps it meens your definatly 100% right.

  7. Tim says:

    Haha, are you trying to get the Sonic fanboys even MORE riled up?

  8. racketboy says:

    You’re a smart one, you are 🙂

  9. Blaze says:

    Pff, I’m not riled up. Sonic was a childhood hero to me; everybody has that one hero they pick as “their” Hero, you know? Some people really like Superman. Some people really like Spider-man. Some people really like Mario.

    For me, that character was Sonic. As a kid, nothing else in the world mattered but Sonic and that continued, to some degree, well in to adulthood. Watching this franchise in the last few years is like watching an old friend get diagnosed with a terminal disease.

  10. alexkidd says:

    I’ve got to seriously disagree with the person who wrote that Dreamcast couldn’t keep up with PS2 when it was released.

    The Dreamcast game library AND graphics were far superior to PS2 during the DC’s life. It was not until well after the DC was scrapped that PS2’s library and graphics surpassed it. Games like Shenmue (sp?), Soul Calibur and the 2K sports games absolutely destroyed PS2 games during it’s first year or two.

    The only thing PS2 did better until around the time of Metal Gear Solid’s release was marketing.

    Fault Sega’s marketing of the Dreamcast, but their hardware and software were more superior to their competition than any console has probably ever been (talking DC vs. N64, PS, and early PS2). This includes amazing Sonic games, Sonic Adventure 1 and 2. If you bought the DC at launch and stuck with it till it was canceled you had the best gaming machine on the planet, by far, for almost 4 years (at an afforidible price even). The people who skipped it and went from PS1/N64 straight to PS2/Xbox are huge suckers.

  11. racketboy says:

    I think he was talking in terms of business/sales, not in technical terms.

  12. Barry says:

    “The same fate befell Metroid, the king of side-action scrollers: it got turned into (yet another stupid) first-person shooter… While I liked Metroid Prime, it WASN’T classic Metroid.”

    Wow, this guy was smoking the crack. Comparing Sonic, which fans and critics all agree now sucks, to Metroid Prime – the single highest rated game of last generation on gamerankings?

    Metroid Prime WAS classic metroid noob. It took the guts of Super Metroid and put them in a stunning 3D world.

  13. RadarScope1 says:

    The all-caps cracks me up. Anytime I see CAPS, my eyes just glaze over.

    Thanks for the update on the conversation/comments.

  14. Me says:

    Personally, I and a friend think SEGA needs to consider giving some limited rights to make Sonic games to Nintendo. They’re already giving rights to a company to make a Sonic RPG and Nintendo’s trusting Sega to make ‘Mario and Sonic at the Beijing Olympic’, why not go ahead and trust Nintendo to make a Sonic game while their at it. It’s the only way SEGA can repair the damage they did with the outrageously stupid 360/PS3 Sonic game. If Nintendo were to get a foot hold on the franchise, we would see Sonic games that would put all of Sonic’s best 3D games to shame in one title. Nintendo is much better at making quality games and taking their time refining them, instead binding themselves to a squat budget and impossible-to-meet deadlines. SEGA would then have to either give Sonic over to Nintendo entirely or use Nintendo’s example to build Sonic games that would continue to put Sonic back in the spot light. (Assuming Sega’s not too stubborn to even consider trying this.)

  15. bonefish says:

    RIP Sonic. Thanks for the fun.

  16. Austin says:

    I am surprised to see that there are very few mentions of Sonic and the Secret Rings. While it is somewhat generic, and the select level screens are annoying, I feel it is the most true-to-Sonic game there has been since Sonic CD (save the Advance titles). The controls are simple and you stay pretty tight with the action. The on rails style of the game is a plus as well as a drawback. It would be very interesting to be able to explore all of the areas without constantly going forward, but it does add to the sense of speed which so many people say has been lacking from past 3D Sonic games.
    All in all, I think Sega will revive the Sonic franchise with a very good game, but I think Nintendo will be the only place where Sonic can be completely successful given Sega’s past of innovation and the similar (albeit better) mindset of Nintendo. This is also true because Sega completely murdered any chances of PS3 and 360 owners picking up another Sonic game after the dreaded Sonic the Hedgehog.

  17. Jemma says:

    I commented on the actual article, but ill comment on this one too, lol.

    Im a die-hard somic fan since the very beginning, and I have been a massive fan through the ups and downs hes had so far, and every single game has been amazing except for shadow the hedgehog! I’m not trying to have a go at people that disagree with me, but It really annoys me that people complain about all the 3D games, heck, if you dont like them, its simple, dont play them!

    and dont upset other people by saying the games are crap and all that, just keep your opinions to yourself, cuz sonic means a lot to the people who are the true fans!

  18. Jemma says:

    + yes, Sonic and the secret rings was an amazing game ^^

  19. UW says:

    I think it’s a possibility that Jack was being facetious. Especially where he keeps talking about being a “TRUE Sonic fan”. I think he’s probably just, you know, trolling.

  20. Chad says:

    Rhamos is really stupid now let me explain Sonice came out during the 90’s many of the stupid kids hes talking about were born during the 90’s and many of them still have the oringinal sonic and sonic 2 on thier genesis he should of thought about that

  21. Chad says:

    But yes the old sonic is much better

  22. Chad says:

    But lol another but Sonic adventre and sonic adventure 2 were soooo kick ass

  23. Cream says:

    Wow. Cool! I realy like Sonic and his friends, but the TV cartoon is stopped a few years ago.. I was realy mad about it. Just when Shadow came in the story! I truly haven’t see all the characters of Sonic.. So i download all the games from sonic for my DS. But.. I’m just wondering now, who is that white guy on Sonic’s side? And how can Sonic transform into a Super Sonic? Would you place it somewhere? Or can you just send a mail to me? My E-mail: supermoney15@hotmail.com