The 'Sonic Generations' Trailer - Can They Reboot Sonic?

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I'm fully aware that when it comes to war of legacies that Mario pretty much laid the ultimate smackdown on Sonic the Hedgehog. I think we can all agree that happened. Yet, I always have and probably always will prefer the speedy blue blur of Sonic over the shrill "Here we go!" shout of the plumber, whom from here on out shall not be named. Once the Sega Genesis, Sega CD, and Sega Saturn became obsolete in the console war, Sonic had a hard time staying in the spotlight. The Dreamcast failed miserably, whereas Nintendo's steady stream of successful consoles kept the red chubby one in permanent rotation. At this point it's no contest.

What didn't help was the series of subpar games for Xbox and Playstation that poured out of Sega, with the rare few actually being somewhat fun. Sonic the Hedgehog has been trying to regain his footing ever since. With Sonic Generations it looks, looks, like they've taken the game back to its aesthetic roots and revived the series. Sega just released a new trailer for Sonic Generations, so check out the trailer and see if you agree. Is the blue one back?

The official description from Sega is as follows:

Sonic Generations is the highly anticipated video game title in development to celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog's 20th Anniversary. Delivering the definitive gaming experience for Sonic fans old and new, Sonic Generations sees Sonic the Hedgehog playable as both the much loved classic 1991 character, and the modern day video game hero he has become in this exciting new fast paced adventure. Set across three defining eras from 20 years of Sonic the Hedgehog video game history, the instantly recognizable environments of Sonic Generations have been re-built in stunning HD and are now playable in both classic side scrolling 2D from 1991, as well as modern 3D style found in Sonic's most recent adventures.

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I'm not sure if "Classic" and "Modern" Sonic will prove to be a huge draw, but it's the basic appearance of the game and the way it's gone back to the classic elements and embracing them as they were and then as they could be that makes it appealing. After all, the game is celebrating Sonic the Hedgehog's 20th Anniversary, so this return to the original design seems like the perfect way to go.

What I can't tell, and what I wish it told us, is if the option to play as either Tails or Knuckles exists. Those are the only two characters beyond Sonic and Robotnik I ever considered to be decent (mainly because I was never a huge fan of Shadow), so it'd be great to have the option to sub one of those two in and play that way.

Of course, Sonic the Hedgehog will never get back on the same level as the tube-dweller until Sega realizes it needs to develop social-gaming properties around it's classic creation. I contend that had Kart (for SNES or N64) never existed, which was easily the most popular party video game in my circles, then we'd never have Super Smash Bros. or any of these other big games that helped launch Bowser's nemesis into the annals of gaming as the ultimate avatar.

But this is a good start for Sonic. It's like going back to square one, and hopefully they'll reboot it in such a way that Sonic has a fighting chance. Hell, copy the Kart idea and put the characters from that kick-ass Saturday morning cartoon as the other drivers. I don't care, just get Sonic back on the map.

Apr
20
2011
Lex Walker • Editor

He's a TV junkie with a penchant for watching the same movie six times in one sitting. If you really want to understand him you need to have grown up on Sgt. Bilko, Alien, Jurassic Park and Five Easy Pieces playing in an infinite loop. Recommend something to him - he'll watch it.

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