Sega released a new trailer for Sonic Lost World, the upcoming Nintendo exclusive featuring Sega's former popular blue hedgehog, Sonic. The trailer shows off some impressive new gameplay that involves some of Sonic's new abilities, as well as a few of the new enemies he'll face off against.
The trailer doesn't have any particular theme other than Sonic running fast, platforming, grabbing rings and beating up some of the enemies with his spin-dash attack. That's about as far as it goes narrative wise, and it really adds a cramp to an article like this when you have to fill out word count and the entire article could be summed up as: Sonic runs fast, spin-dashes some dudes and encounters some twisty platform obstacles... the end.
Still, the entire thing is drop-dead entertaining and the trailer received mostly positive reactions from gaming community, as they noted that it feels like Sonic is finally starting to get back on the right path. Sega has had such an on-again and off-again relationship with making Sonic games that it's become a bit of gamble as to whether any Sonic game will ever be good again. Thankfully, Sega really hit a homerun with Sonic Colors on the Wii and it marked the occasion where it was one of the best Sonic games ever made. Sega also gained tons of favorable brownie points for Sonic Generations, where my own biggest complaint was that it didn't have enough DLC to play through older Sonic stages in 3D... yes, it was the rare time where the game NEEDED more DLC.
For Sonic Lost World the design and art-style look fantastic and there's a strong semblance to Mario in this new title that seems to capture the Super Mario Galaxy free-axis stage design where players can run anywhere and on any part of a stage with no limitations. The biggest difference is that these floaty-looking set pieces have been designed with speed in mind and Sonic as the protagonist. I have no problems with that.
Maybe with the first Wii U Sonic title coming out this October it will mark a change in direction for Sega as they start taking the blue hedgehog more seriously and hunker down to give the former icon some luster by hammering out a solid direction for him and sticking to it. Heck, if Sonic stayed exclusive to Nintendo from here on out I wouldn't have any problems with that at all.
If you like what Sega is cooking up with Sonic Lost World for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, you can look for the game to launch in mid-October for Nintendo's platforms. You can pre-order the game right now from Gamestop or learn more by paying a visit to the game's official website.