The Weekend Chat: Sonic the Who?


Sonic the Hedgehog has been in flux for years – some would even say decades. He existed as a reaction to Nintendo’s safe-and-cute mascot Mario, his intense 90s aesthetic setting him up for an incredibly limited life-span.

Sega recently announced that we’d be getting not one, but two new Sonic games in the near future. The first – Sonic Mania – is looking back to the past, sporting a retro-aesthetic and featuring several fan designers. The other – simply titled Project Sonic – looks eerily similar to 2011’s Sonic Generations, and is slated for release next year.

But are either of these games a good idea?

By so aggressively chasing the past, are Sega acknowledging that they just don’t know what to do with the blue-blur? What could they do to make people care? Should they? Let us know in the comments below!

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Comments Comments (5)

Posted by scotteffone
On Friday 29 Jul 2016 5:15 PM
I'm absolutely pumped for Sonic Mania! It's a throwback done right in terms of gameplay and what made the series epic. And they seem to be ensuring the 2d, 8/16/32 bit style graphics come through. An HD remaster or similar would suck but (and I think I mentioned this elsewhere) if they include the original games in some way that would be awesome, Hell, they are like 700kb or something each lol!

It's interesting as Sonic is supposed to be Sega's version of Mario and while Mario made the jump to 3D and all sorts of other forms, Sonic really struggled to evolve. Anyway, the 2d style which I have seen so far is amaze-balls, can't wait.
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Friday 29 Jul 2016 7:55 PM
I can buy like 10 sonic games, what's the difference this time?
Posted by mchumdinghy
On Friday 29 Jul 2016 9:48 PM
How's about some more Valkyria chronicles instead? Sega seem to treat Sonic like he has Mario status when in reality he was highly popular for only a very short period of time.
Posted by AdamC
On Saturday 30 Jul 2016 10:38 AM
I used to really enjoy the cartoons but thy didn't age well either
Posted by LukeB
On Sunday 31 Jul 2016 11:55 PM
Loved the cartoons as a kid, but I only ever played it a few times on friends machines, and later on PC for a bit. Honestly, the only Sonic game I've ever bought was Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood for the DS - a Sonic RPG by Bioware.... was awesome, and perfect if you loved the shows. Sonic Rivals for the PSP seemed like a step in the right direction, I actually think I MIGHT have a copy of that lying around somewhere.

None of the games that have come out in the recent years have done anything for me at all. Have not been a fan of the environments, the human characters, the "quests", nothing. This whole combining the different generation of Sonics actually annoys me a bit, I wish they could really do the character justice, take it back to it's core, refine it for the new generation of systems, and tell a great story using the tons of lore that's available via the comics and cartoons.