The cycle of hope and disappointment begins anew, as Sonic Adventure 3's existence is possibly leaked

Yep, it's that time again for games journalists of more extreme humourous tastes to make jokes about Sega fans and battered wife mentality, as ever hopeful hedgehog-fanciers the world over limp forward to yet another new 3D Sonic game in the hope that this time, this one time, it will be different.

ie. not crap.

Sonic Adventure 3, that's a lot of responsibility on your shoulders. 

Above: Because you always have to use a whale screenshot

If you even exist at all, that is. The threequel to the original Dreamcast twosome has so far not been confirmed by Sega, but a whole bunch of SA3-related URLS have been registered.,,,, and now all exist, though it's not currently clear whether they're actually owned by Sega or  just part of some elaborate but ultimately misguided cybersquatting bid. Let's face it, it's a bit of a specific domain to waste cash on if Sega isn't planning on continuing the series any time soon.

Still. it's not a ludicrous assumption that a third game might be coming. After all, Sega has been on a massive Dreamcast nostalgia-drive recently, with a whole bunch of DC ports turning up on XBLA and the PSN. And let's face it, last year's Sonic Generations was basically a big interactive poster for the good old days, when Sonic wasn't just a hateful harbinger of disappointment and lament. 

So, Sonic Adventure 3. Might exist, might not. But if it does, are you really willing to get on the rollercoaster of excitement and despair once again?


  • AbuBeats24 - July 24, 2012 9:34 a.m.

    Hell, i never gave up hope for a sonic adventure 3. one of my favorite series ever, but then again, that may be nostalgia talking
  • manu_erizo - July 24, 2012 9:42 a.m.

    Sonic Generations was almost perfect, they totally nailed the balance between the 3D and 2D sections. I wouldn't mind a new Sonic Adventure using the engine and style of Generations' Modern Sonic sections, with some 2D scrolling thrown in.
  • Moondoggie1157 - July 24, 2012 10:05 a.m.

    Sonic will always be my boy, it's not his fault that various assholes ruin his games... He has always tried. Sure there were a few hiccups, but hey, who hasn't had a low period? Generations was pretty great, and I really enjoyed both episode 1 and 2 of Sonic 4. So I mean, really... He hasn't been THAT bad lately. It's been a long time since his inter-species love affairs and were-hog days... Cocaine is a hell of a drug.
  • SparkleDevon - July 24, 2012 10:10 a.m.

    I am, if it is basically the same mechanics as Sonic Adventure 2. I want them updated, but still, I loved SA2 so much that if it's a ton different, I'm not so sure I want it. Also, it'd be cool if it came out for 3DS, but not like multiplatformed at first, like it was solely 3DS, so they spent a decent amount of time on it. Then maybe a few months later, they would port it out and not be jerks about it, so the ports were also great. Meh. That IS being too hopeful, but oh well.
  • Moondoggie1157 - July 24, 2012 11:52 a.m.

    The only proper way to enjoy Sonic is with a controller in hand, Mountain Dew in the other and a Dairy Queen chili dog chillin' next to you. I know Sonic has been decent on handhelds, but it just isn't the same to me.
  • ThatGamerDude - July 24, 2012 10:46 a.m.

    As a Sonic fan for nearly all my life (since I was 2 years old), it should be pretty clear that I'm definitely in on this to the bitter end. Anyone who says that the Sonic games recently have sucked ass clearly never played the game or possibly have seen it and are just going by peer pressure since everyone loves to hate Sonic. Of course, they only hate him because they know that he is still one of the most iconic video game characters in the world regardless of what happens to him.
  • jeremy-warner - July 24, 2012 11:29 a.m.

    I don't get why people are still freaking out about sonic, he's good especially now. 06- black knight weren't great but colors and generations were fantastic. I think they know what they're doing know and it'll be fine.
  • TrAnMu - July 24, 2012 12:29 p.m.

    This comment section makes me happy. I too am up for another ride on this roller coaster. If colors and generations are anything to go on, this game shows tremendous promise.
  • Cyberninja - July 24, 2012 12:45 p.m.

    I am definitely ready, SA defines some of my early gaming experiences.
  • ChaosEternal - July 24, 2012 1:23 p.m.

    Same here. I loved SA and SA2, and I would love SA3. They were also some of my first games, I played them when I was around 8. SA2 was the only game I ever bought because its picture was on the back of a manual. SA's manual. :P
  • Child Of Death - July 24, 2012 1:03 p.m.

    My body is ready.
  • PurpleKuja - July 24, 2012 4:09 p.m.

    Chao Garden 3.0. That is all.
  • ChaosEternal - July 24, 2012 7:50 p.m.

    That would make it all worth it, regardless of how the rest of the game turned out.
  • san0ake - July 24, 2012 6:20 p.m.

    David, I really like your articles and reviews, but can we please be over with the "Sonic has become crap over the years" bit? No one, not even the most loyal of fans will argue you that Sonic '06 is the lowest point in the series and that it took the franchise years (and a handful of mediocre to bad games) to recover from that, but the argument is getting old. Colors and Generations, 'nuff said.
  • manu_erizo - July 25, 2012 12:09 p.m.

    This guy knows what he's talking about.
  • Malintendog - July 25, 2012 2:02 a.m.

    I for one am very psyched for this. I am one of those people that didn't really grow up on the 2D sonic games, and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle was the first game I bought for myself on my Gamecube. The way Sonic Adventure played was so much more exciting than the newer 3D installments (That includes Generations) I just feel that with the skills you could learn and so forth it inspired exploration and made me want to go through the levels several times to try and achieve a high-score. Achieving an "A" in a level was an accomplisment rather than a given for not messing up your run of a stage. Last but not least is the Chao garden. It is probably one of the sole reasons that I went through the same stages in sonic HUNDREDS of times. I was rewarded with not just a token, but with things I could use to upgrade my cutesy and incredibly diverse critters. To not bring this back into a game is a dang-near crime. So hearing of this rumor does have me excited. Let's just hope that if they decide to work on it they do it right.

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