Sonic Returns Old School Style

    

Not This Hedgehog..........................That Hedgehog

Sega has announced the revival of one of their first franchises, Sonic the Hedghog.  In what seems like a move to please the fans of Sonic that have seen countless failed attempts to make a new Sonic game that is fun, Sega has returned Sonic the his 2D roots.  On February 4th Sega revealed it’s newest title Sonic the Hedgehog 4.  Will this title truly live up to fans expectations, or will Sonic once again fall into a bottomless pit of DOOM!    

Let’s take a walk down memory lane and look at how sonic has progressed in his first 3 games (I say 3 games because as many of you agree, we’d like to forget all the others ever existed).  Back in 1991 we were first introduced to a blue little hedgehog named Sonic.     

Sonic the Hedgehog

And He Was Born

Sega promoted him as their mascot and often he was rivaled as the competition for Nintendo’s Mario.  The sidescrolling speed demon fought robots created from his animal friends by Dr. Robotnik.  Sonic would run, jump, spin and roll his way through each level.  He quickly gained the fans that still await his return today.  A year later Sonic returned and this time with a friend, Miles “Tails” Prower (sounds like Miles Per Hour).  Little did fans know that this was the start of Sega’s friend adding magic.  Each subsequent game seemed to include yet another friend of Sonic.  But this game, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, still held it’s fun meter high.  Sonic was granted an new move, the Spindash.     

Sonic the Hedgehog

And We Gave Him Spindash

This game gave everything fans loved about the first game and added just the right amount of new gameplay elements.  So, two year later in 1994 Sega decided to give Sonic another starring role in Sonic the Hedgehog 3.  This time Sonic and Tails were back and they met a new friend, Knuckles the Echidna.  Knuckles was the guardian of the Chaos Emeralds.  This game Sonic 3 more plot to develop a story.  In previous titles there was very little story to follow but a story seemed to unfold with this new game.  Sonic was not without a few new powers too.  In this version you now had the ability to gain fire, lightning or water elemental shields.      

Sonic the Hedgehog

And We Granted Him Powers

This would not only give him an extra hit but would add an ability when the player double jumped.      

So that brings us to our newest game to soon be released, Sonic the Hedgehog 4.  Sega has made it official that Sonic will be the only character in the this game.  In an extreme effort to restore fans to the series Sega seems to be trying to pull off what Capcom did for Megaman with Megaman 9.  This will be a downloadable title on all three systems (Wii, PS3, Xbox360) and one other unannounced platform.  It will come in episodes, most likely to draw the most money out of the hype that has built up.  What Sega did not expect though is that once they showed the first little bit of gameplay in their announcement, many fans quickly criticized the title.  Sonic legs appear to be moving slowly and not have that blur effect seen in Sonic 2 & 3.  I also agree this makes the animation seem sluggish, which makes absolutely no sense when it’s running on today’s technology.      

We’ll just have to wait for more information on this title as Sega unlocks it.  You can visit the official blog here.  Let us know your hopes or fears in the comments below.

Written by Bryan

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