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The rise, fall and deafening crash of Sonic the Hedgehog

Hoo boy, here comes the worst. After years of dreadful Sonic games, each scoring low yet selling high, we were told the next Sonic game would be choice. It would reinvigorate the franchise and prove that an amazing 3D Sonic game was possible. It all sounded so lovely. Then we actually saw the game they were talking about.

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006): Reviews start in the 5/10 range, if that's any indication of how wrong Sega was in assuming this was a decent game, let alone the next big thing. More bad camera controls, more fuzzy characters and now, worst of all, actual people interacting with all the squat, talking, super-powered critters. And another hedgehog, this time named Silver. And he's telekinetic. What the freaking hell, Sega? This game was dead on arrival before it even arrived in the first place.



Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis: Around the same time Sonic '06 was stinking up 360 and PS3, the nearly forgotten GBA was metaphorically kicked in the 32-bit nuts by this botched port of the original Sonic game. Yes, the first Sonic game from 1991. They messed it up. On the system with three technologically superior Sonic games. This is... this is literally unimaginable. It's slower and choppier than the 16-bit original, with butchered music and sound effects to boot. Christ.

These two turds, released so close together, should have sworn the entire planet off Sonic for good. But as has been the case for years, some of the handheld titles held up. Sonic Rivals, while not brilliant, reduced gameplay down to running and jumping - and it worked. This year's Rush Adventure added more to the first game's winning formula ("more" in the bad Sonic way) yet managed to keep the spirit alive.

Sonic and the Secret Rings got a free pass due to the lack of anything else to play on Wii at the time. It's alright, but the motion controls aren't all that great and after a few levels it all starts to feel the same. Points for slimming the cast and introducing Sonic to a new universe (Arabian Nights). Our review says otherwise, so consider this a dissenting opinion.

So - with all this madness behind us, and a journey that spans nearly two decades and all degrees of popularity, where's Sonic headed now?

 

22 comments

  • ultimatepunchrod - September 13, 2010 11:07 p.m.

    do you guys think that maybe, just maybe, the review scores for the re release of sonic adventure had more to do with how platformers got better in the time period since its original release. stop making it sound like sonic was always awful just because its cool to hate him right now.
  • Chaoscoolperson - September 13, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    The last sonic I liked was Sonic Advanced Battle 2 mostly because of the chaos and the music.
  • Urza4315 - July 11, 2010 2:18 a.m.

    Sonic + Speed + Destructible environments = WIN. There you go Sega, see what you can make out of that.
  • ryno - June 8, 2010 10:02 p.m.

    i wounder if sega deliberately made sonic the hedgehog 2006 suck
  • JackSkellingtonsSkin - February 17, 2010 1:39 a.m.

    I was just listening to tdar 18 and when Brett said it was posted on a bunch of forums and therefore achieved 'just' below successful. Hopefully my view will make it successful.
  • Eevee10001 - February 15, 2010 5:39 p.m.

    Sonic Heroes, Sonic and the Secret Rings, and Sonic Unleashed wheren't THAT bad, but they always get boring after playing the same areas for awhile...
  • LikaLaruku - January 31, 2010 7:32 a.m.

    I was uncomfortable with Sonic 3D Blast & Sonic Adventure was the final straw for me. Glad I listened to my gamer intuition & skipped out on all this crap.
  • marcuszer0 - September 4, 2008 2:10 a.m.

    Sonic the Were-hog...hmm...nope, doesn't sound like something to get too exited about. And for a Sonic RPG, another Mario rip? Let's just hope that they have enough money after being sued for stealing ideas (god of war, Super Mario RPG, legend of the seven stars) to make a solid title after so long.
  • j21795 - July 6, 2009 5:13 p.m.

    I don't get it. When a company tries to experiment with new things, you shouldn't hate them for it. If Sonic keeps doing the same thing it will eventually get old. You should be happy that Sega is expiramenting with new things to keep Sonic alive
  • ALazyMonkey - March 29, 2009 3:31 a.m.

    The extreme sonic game actually looked pretty good, would have gotten lost in the levels very fast though...
  • SuperStingray - February 24, 2009 2:59 a.m.

    "Sonic and the Secret Rings" "Crap" Stopped reading there.
  • killemall - February 19, 2009 8:32 p.m.

    Actually Sonic Unleashed wasn't that bad... or maybe its because the last sonic title was sooo bad that i enjoyed it, but i did like the going superfast, and not having to deal with any other retarded charcaters... knuckles didn't even make an appearance. and you minimally had to deal with tails or amy. which is always good.
  • nateb127 - September 22, 2009 2:13 a.m.

    poor sonic look what sega did to him...he was once so great now look at him... i have given up hope leaving it at that
  • igrimARU - September 19, 2009 6:22 p.m.

    "My poor Sonic, what have they done to you?" *sob* I am one of those people who grew up with him, but I think it must have been somewhere in between all that crap and good stuff, so I have all these mixed feelings about this. (Sadly, my relatives give me most of those "crappy" games and expect me to enjoy them. TORTURE.) ...Okay, I have no idea what's wrong with me. :( But I have high hopes that he'll someday get better... But I also have high doubts. --Jazz.
  • MATTSHADOW - September 12, 2009 9:47 a.m.

    ive played all the games on the sega, all the sonic advance games on the gba and have shadow the hedgehog sonic and the secret rings and sonic and the black knight and in my personal opioin these games rock, although sonic and the secret rings got boring after a while
  • ilike2pwn - September 7, 2009 9:41 p.m.

    R.I.P. Sonic The Hedgehog Its too late no, Sonic is over
  • marluxia2500 - July 24, 2009 6:40 p.m.

    Man i was so excited for sonic unleashed...but then the Were-douche-hog came up...i nearly cried...oh and i liked sonic adventure 2 battle for the gc
  • clucky120 - July 21, 2009 5:04 p.m.

    sonic adventure battle 2 is actually a decent gc game. even if you curse the name rouge after it.
  • leavemealone - April 2, 2009 6:53 p.m.

    I liked Shadow the Hedgehog. His dark, moody, mysterious personality, his ambiguous sense of morarlity, being haunted by his past and the tragic loss of Maria made him such a cool character. And I liked how you choose to ether save the world with good ol' Sonic, or PLUNGE IT INTO DESPAIR AND RUIN! MUHAHAHAHAA!
  • Superchops - September 21, 2011 8:23 a.m.

    Really? I thougt he was a whiny insufferable twat. Couldn't care less about the save-or-destroy thing.

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