Another spectacular fan game that looks better than Sonic 4

That pre-rendered, fan-made video of Mushroom Hill from Sonic & Knuckles has gone down in Sonic lore as the game everyone wants to be real. But it was just an animation project, not a game at all. However. A second fan-made Sonic video has emerged from a different source, this time showing Sonic 2's Emerald Hill in 3D with a whole new style. And it promises to be the real deal. And, yet again, first impression is that it looks better than Sonic 4.

Here's the video:

The game is called Sonic Fan Remix and boy, does it look lush. Most importantly, the physics of Sonic's movement look faithful to the original. It's not perfect - there are some dropped frames (though that may be the video capture program slowing down the game) and not all of the neo-robotic scenery fits Emerald Hill's classic sunshine look. Still, that flying Robotnik in the background is an awesome touch - something that would surely be more like the scene you'd expect during the robot invasion of a peaceful world.

Chris Antista has a point when he says everyone should stop hating on Sonic 4. I agree, and I'm still looking forward to the game very much. But it saddens me to see that a team of two men can make a game that's arguably more like the Sonic we know and love(d) than all of Sonic Team and DIMPS. Observe:

Above: Remix features a gorgeous rainbow, hazy clouds and sparkling waters. Sonic 4... doesn't

Above: Fan game (left) meets real game (right). Which do you think looks the more Sonic-y?

While there are several claims from the creators that the fan game is a playable creation and not just a clever video, I'm not going to believe it until I actually see the finished game (when it arrives). But it looks real from here. And even if it's not, I would recommend that Sega hires the people responsible, rather than sending them a 'cease and desist' order in the mail.

If two people can create something so awesome, non-playable video or no, just imagine what they could do with the budget of a full-blown release.

04 Oct, 2010

Source: The Kartel




  • dyingisfunny - October 7, 2010 12:25 a.m.

    If sega does c&d the fan game a million fanboys will become enraged
  • RebornKusabi - October 6, 2010 12:22 a.m.

    I love this but... they're going to get a Cease-and-Desist just like the fan project for that Chrono Trigger game got...
  • 8bitBaby - October 5, 2010 5:10 p.m.

    see... those guys should be hired, and tapped for the fact that they can make sonic more awesome that sonic team and dimps can. two guys?! now that's serious fan love.
  • philipshaw - October 5, 2010 11:52 a.m.

    This video is full of win,you are right in saying that this is the reboot sonic needs
  • PhantomDave - October 5, 2010 6:55 a.m.

    Can't wait to hear the laundry list of excuses the SEGA execs give this TIME.... SEGA hang your head in shame you shovelware cranking machine. Can you even remember when game design was fun for you anymore?
  • TruckThunders - October 5, 2010 4:57 a.m.

    This fan-made game looks pretty good. The environment is a little cluttered in the middle of the level, but that's just a art choice. Thanks for posting this video. Glad I saw it.
  • Spybreak8 - October 5, 2010 3:27 a.m.

    It depends on if they already put the final polishing touches onto the official game. I don't know where it is in development but most games get it's shine in the late stages of the dev process.
  • BlackElement17 - October 5, 2010 1:55 a.m.

    The Sonic fanbase does amazing things some times.
  • frankiejriv - October 4, 2010 10:59 p.m.

    as a bigg fan of sonic the hedgehog i must say im surprise with these nerds work lol .....and by the way Whats Good Everybody! I'm earning money at and thought you'd be interested in doing the same. You get paid for completing offers, doing surveys, shopping online, and other things you're already doing online. For anymore Info visit my website: and also check out my online store powered by Amazon on my aStore page....Thanks You for your time
  • philiptomlinson - October 4, 2010 10:50 p.m.

    I doubt Sega would cease-and-desist. They have a very good relationship with their fans, to the point that they invited a fan game site admin (and two other fan site admins) to the opening of the Sonic Spinball ride at Alton Towers. Just because they're ploughing ahead with 'new' Sonic doesn't mean they completely ignore their fanbase. Hell, they've released their own classic Sonic level editor, so they're unlikely to object to people using their own tools for the job, and so far haven't.
  • D0CCON - October 4, 2010 10:38 p.m.

    cease and desist in 3...2...1...
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - October 4, 2010 10:01 p.m.

    Sega < 2 guys with no girlfriends to speak of. Go figure.
  • thedonut - October 4, 2010 9:14 p.m.

    Holy shit that was amazing! And that shows that 2D definitely isn't dead. This, as well as the S&K remake needs to be done.
  • ultimatepunchrod - October 4, 2010 9:03 p.m.

    this looks really good. but i think theres just a little too much going on in the foreground. its a little too busy. dont get me wrong, it looks awesome. but SO DOES SONIC 4!!! theyve given us what we want. lets stop nit picking it mkay?
  • shadowreaper72 - October 4, 2010 8:12 p.m.

  • Redeater - October 4, 2010 7:51 p.m.

    Sonic team has gone the way of Rare
  • EnragedTortoise1 - October 4, 2010 6:31 p.m.

    As Sonic once said (about three million times), "C'mon! Step it up!"(sega!)
  • Imgema - October 4, 2010 5:55 p.m.

    So now we have 2 videos from fans that can do a better work than Sega. Well, if i was a Sega developer i would be ashamed by now.
  • Yaro - October 4, 2010 4:20 p.m.

    Well, I'm kinda torn, I mean the Robotnik in the back is Awesome, but I feel there is just too much shit going on, kinda hard sometimes to differ between enemy and regular-ass landscape, but I guess it wouldn't be too hard to get used to it.
  • franksy369 - October 4, 2010 4:09 p.m.

    The fan video looks amazing but i assume thats all it is.. a video, that is until we see the finished product like the author says. Sonic 4 for me has been a roller-coaster of ups and downs with each and every announcement, maybe i want this game to be too perfect, after waiting this long for it.

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