That modern Sonic games are so traditionally bad – or so the proverbial “Sonic cycle” has reiterated time and again – is no secret to the lovers and haters of Sega’s fastest thing alive. Somewhere, somehow, games like Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations kept the hedgehog’s memory alive for me. I held out hope that something would change.
As soon as the Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal demo went live on the 3DS eShop, I felt like having little to lose in giving it a shot. What I found was as alluringly retro as painfully unrealized and everything in between.