I didnít think I would be saying this, but itís good that Sega is finally bringing back some of the 2D side-scrolling elements that made Sonic fun in the first place. Thereís also a new character transition for Sonic and a revamped behind-the-back camera for the 3D platforming. But thatís just part of what Sega is doing to unleash Sonic this fall.
Teaser trailers are supposed titillate the fanís senses. Get you revved up with the knowledge of your favorite blue hedgehog returning to consoles. Perhaps this time things will be different.
Now that Sega has let some images and video out on the next Sonic game that is not a BioWare RPG we can begin to assess whether its time to let the blue speedster go. For the past 10-15 years Sonic has made appearances in mediocre title after mediocre title.
We've all read or heard stories about how the game market is changing. The current flood of titles for both devices are lacking in substance and many of us fear that this shoveling of cookie-cutter game mechanics will wind up hurting the industry as they invest in casual titles that new gamers will grow tire of due to their limited depth. I have recently re-evaluated the situation, and present evidence to the contrary.
Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity causes a bit of a quandary as you consider whether itís more ridiculous for a blue hedgehog to be wearing shoes or for him to be using a hoverboard. Aside from that bit of mind melting puzzle, there is little else to enjoy in the game. And even if there were youíd only have a couple hours of playtime before it was through. A ridiculous plot and boring racing combine to present the ultimate mediocre moment of the year so far.
BioWare has a slew of projects we're all fiending for information on - Mass Effect sequels, a Sonic The Hedgehog RPG, an unknown Lucas Arts, etc. We've just found out a little bit of information on one of their projects - Electronic Arts has announced that Dragon Age will be released for the PC sometime in the next twelve months.
Like everyone else who plays games, I just donít have enough copies of Sonic the Hedgehog. This morning we received word from SEGA that the original blue speed demon is now available to buy from the iTunes music store for play on your iPod.
Over the years Mario has been shoveled out in random other games, heís been put on toys, and even put in other unrelated titles like Metal Gear. Sonic, on the other hand, has remained relatively quiet. SEGAís mascot has never gotten the marketing treatment of Nintendoís plumber. All of that is changing this year with Mario and Sonic at the Olympics and the revelation of Sonicís involvement with Brawl.
We continue our coverage of the characters in Mario & Sonic at the Olympics with the neíer do well Shadow and flatulence fan Wario. The two are juxtapositions of the main heroes in the respective worlds. SEGA has passed along some new screenshots featuring these two battling it out in various Olympic events. Also included for your enjoyment is a new gameplay video.
SEGA has launched a new viral video for Mario & Sonic at the Olympics, and itísÖwell, kind of odd. If youíve watched any videos from YouTube users you have surely come across some weird cosplay bits. I still want the time back from watching the retarded Smash Bros Brawl fan video featuring a fat dude as Kirby. This new video for Mario & Sonic is in the same vein, except itís good.
Earlier this year it was announced that two of the biggest icons in gaming would be coming together for the first time to compete mano y hedgehog at theÖOlympics. Since then itís been difficult to muster up any significant appreciation for the game. Feelings on the first teaming of Mario and Sonic has left us on a bare simmer, at best.
It is oddly exciting to think weíll be playing a game that pits Mario Vs. Sonic in just a few short months. Of course, itís not the game we were all hoping for. To that, Iím still holding out hope for Sonicís appearance in Super Smash Bros..
Iím thinking this is the biggest game of the year...wait, no, this is the biggest game of the decade. I know Sony fanboys are thinking that KillZone 3 will be the biggest game of the decade and Microsoft fanboys just know that Halo 4: The Rebirth of Master Chief will be the biggest game of the decade, but no, that title belongs to the two biggest mascots clashing in one game, Sonic and Mario.