It’s hard to imagine a time where Sonic the Hedgehog didn’t exist. A time when he wasn’t ever present on video game shelves, where a cartoon featuring the character wasn’t airing on television, when a monthly comic book wasn’t available to buy at your local comic shop. But back in 1990, Sonic was just a dream. Springing from the mind of Naoto Ohshima, there was certainly a time when he was nothing more than a simple doodle scratched upon a napkin. Mr. Hedgehog, one drawing among a sea of many, all of them vying to become the face, and the hope, of an entire video game company.
What was it like when Ohshima sat in Central Park all those years ago, signaling for random passersby to see his funny, slightly strange doodles? How many of those people had the slightest idea what SEGA was? What videogames even were? Did they just think of him as a cartoonist who had made his way to the big city, looking for inspiration among the towering skyscrapers? When shown the drawings of that egg-shaped man, or that spiny blue critter who couldn’t wait to run off the page, what did they say? Did anyone have the slightest inkling they were witness to history?
Likely not. After all, it was just a drawing on a piece of paper. No grander sense of the world that was being created. Of the gameplay slowly being refined in Japan. No idea that this character, who would take the name Sonic, was destined to forever alter the video game industry. If they had been told ahead of time, those who were aware of Nintendo’s dominance would have surely laughed. Video games were dead in America until Mario brought them back to life, how could anyone attempt to overthrow them? Where would you even begin?
Well, with a hedgehog. As blue and cool as the planet he called home. Continue Reading
Regardless on how you feel about 3D Sonic the Hedgehog games, you can’t deny that there’s been a lot of interest in Sonic Forces. Ever since its teasing last July, speculation has run rampant as to what this game could contain. When news earlier this year confirmed that a third character would be revealed, even more speculation commenced. Now, after months of crazy theories and slight trepidation, we have finally seen who this mysterious third will be…
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During our little downtime (more on that later), Famitsu scans flooded the Internet confirming another level for Sonic Generations, Sonic 2‘s Chemical Plant Zone, and the boss for the stage in Metal Sonic.
From the start, Chemical Plant looks much darker and grungier than its Sonic 2 counterpart, looking like a hybrid of it and Eggmanland from Sonic Unleashed. The double helix paths, Mega Mack-lined tubes and purple water all return in Classic Sonic’s version of the level. If you had nightmares about that one area in Act 2 with the rising water, get ready as it will likely return.
Continuing the slow drip of information on Sonic Generations, a few nuggets of joy were dropped in an interview on G4 conducted by Morgan Webb.
While there’s no new information on other levels aside from the already confirmed (and naturally expected) Green Hill Zone remake, Patrick Riley, director of international production at Sega, confirmed that the poll recently conducted by Sega on what stages fans loved was used as feedback for the development team to gauge which stages to include. Sega has also been scouring the forums of popular video game and Sonic sites (COUGH) to see fan reactions on the game and discussions on the series.
I certainly hope that everyone has two pairs of pants on the ready, because Sega decided to give everyone a gift today. The gift of Sonic Generations. Yes, that is the title. Yes, the rumors are true: classic levels all over the place. And yes, it looks to the best Sonic game in a decade. Posted all over the place from Sega’s official blog to C&VG and IGN, we get a game that just screams “oh man, they actually looked at all the poses Ohshima drew oh god look Sonic is holding his hand over his eyes and he even has an edge animation and he taps his foot and 1991 is the future.”
Modern Sonic and Classic Sonic team up in the next Sonic game.
At 9 a.m. EST, Sega showed off the 50-second teaser video on their Sonic The Hedgehog fanpage on Facebook, offering that it’s a teaser of the next major Sonic title. [UPDATE: Video after the jump. Thanks, Twimfy!]
The footage begins with the green-eyed modern Sonic running along through a very white, lightly textured version of Green Hill Zone in 3D, going through pipes and shuttle loops until flying through the air and being joined by his classic chubby companion.
The two then run along side by side and we’re treated to a loose release date of “Coming 2011” and confirmation that the game will be available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, including online support in some capacity.
Although it does not confirm a title, it’s very likely to hold the name Sonic Generations, especially with how recently the domains were registered. Did your guess on our poll from last night come true?