Reviewing SONIC THE HEDGEHOG Games 101

A game is a event where participants attempt to abide by pre-established rules and meet an objective. The reason is for their own amusement. Games are for fun and so if one is having fun playing a game it’s doing it’s job right? Nothing else should matter right? Not if this guy’s printed on the front!

STEP 1 – “It just doesn’t feel like the good ol’ days.”

Always be sure start off with the Sonic series’s decline in quality. For example, “It just doesn’t feel like the good ol’ days.” But don’t elaborate on what you mean by this exactly. Just say it because it’s what everyone else says and you also want to look cool.  

All Sonic games want to be just like Mario games.

STEP 2 – Always reference Mario. Always.

Make Super Mario references whenever possible. There must at least be two Mario references to make a good Sonic review. Be sure to credit anything positive in the game as something borrowed from the Mario franchise and ignore the fact that may not actually be the case.

However, don’t make it obvious! Go for a crude approach like writing “a certain Italian plumber”  instead of saying Mario so only true gamers would understand such an obscure reference which will in turn boost your rep as a games reviewer.

You see all Sonic games try to emulate Mario titles. I mean, you would think that the two would share similarities because they are both platformers but NO, these similarities only come because Sonic wants to be Mario and don’t be afraid to point that out.

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Well, the game is years 2 years old Nikyle, where to you think it is? Non-existent land. That’s where.

Still waiting for their DLC.

For those who don’t know Sonic Generations revolves around the wonderful concept of rejuvenating levels from past Sonic games offering two distinct styles of gameplay now known as “Classic Sonic” gameplay and “Modern Sonic” gameplay. A wide range of stages from Sonic’s timeline were selected from Green Hill Zone and the infamous Chemical Plant Zone to the more recent Planet Wisp from Sonic Colours.

As Sonic Generations was both a critical and commercial success and I fully expected DLC featuring more extra zones. I almost never buy DLC based on principle but for Generations my money would have been got. Sonic Generations was short games featuring only 9 zones from 9 different games as a result many fan-favorite levels were missed out and certain games from the series were missed out completely; including my personal favorite Sonic 3.

Where was Classic Knuckles?

Where was Classic Knuckles?

I expected DLC to feature levels from these unrepresented games or even just levels that fans wanted that never made the cut.  I even had a bloody list! Hydrocity, Marble, Launch Base, Wacky Workbench, Lost World, Egg Fleet, Rail Canyon, Chun-Nan, even Jade Gully, and I could go on. I even thought of a “Sonic Extra Classics Era Pack” featuring Zones from Sonic CD, Sonic 3 and err..Sonic 3D (for lack of a better game) rounded off with Classic Knuckles as a rival boss.

These levels could have provided a greater challenge for the player like the extra missions in Sonic Generations or the DLC stages in Sonic Unleashed. I personally thought some of the extra missions had better level design and level gimmicks than the main levels themselves. I’m quite surprised that in the end we got…nothing. Sonic 06 and Unleashed, games met with a much worse reception, got DLC content and its very unlike Sega to not cash-in on nostalgia. A missed opportunity if you asked me.

This is an example of what I wanted. This is a mod based of Sonic Adventure’s Emerald Coast. This is really good level designs for but Classic and Modern. Momentum-based platforming, speed hazards and clever uses of the Spin Dash. Much better than the actual Emerald Coast in the 3DS version of the game.


Sonic DS

Sonic’s making himself at home on Nintendo’s turf.

The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise has been really quiet as off late. Since 2011’s Sonic Generations; Sega has been uncharacteristically quiet about the next Sonic game that many have been waiting for until now. The newly awaited title is “Sonic Lost World”.

However the bigger news is that Sega have announced a exclusive partnership with old nemesis Nintendo which will have the next three Sonic games exclusive to Nintendo consoles the first of which being Sonic Lost World being a exclusive for the Nintendo Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS. That means no Sonic for Xbox or PlayStation owners for a while. Needlessly to say this has ticked off a lot of people and while I can’t say I’m thrilled I can understand the business logic behind this on Sega’s part and I ask for those fans who are unhappy to try to look at the positives for a second.

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