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Another spectacular fan game that looks better than Sonic 4

That pre-rendered, fan-made video ofMushroom Hill (opens in new tab)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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab)

Justin was a GamesRadar staffer for 10 years but is now a freelancer, musician and videographer. He's big on retro, Sega and racing games (especially retro Sega racing games) and currently also writes for Play Magazine, Traxion.gg, PC Gamer and TopTenReviews, as well as running his own YouTube channel. Having learned to love all platforms equally after Sega left the hardware industry (sniff), his favourite games include Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams, Zelda BotW, Sea of Thieves, Sega Rally Championship and Treasure Island Dizzy.