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Submitted by mephman 1829d ago | news

Sonic Can Return To His Former Glory

Gaming Union writes "Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the most venerable characters in the video games industry, but recently many believe the quality of his games has suffered.

Some have even called for Sega to discontinue the series, but many just wish things would return to how they were. Afterall, in the 16-bit era, Sonic was the king of his domain. Some believe that Sonic Team are taking a step in the right direction, including composer for the Sonic franchise, Bentley Jones" (Culture, Industry, PS3, Sonic & The Black Knight, Sonic Unleashed, Wii, Xbox 360)

ALoneWolves  +   1829d ago
Sweet, hopefully we can get something as awesome as Green Hill Zone in the next game XD
GWAVE  +   1829d ago
Sonic Team is the one that keeps screwing the franchise up. Believe it or not, there have been some decent Sonic games in the last few years, but they were all on the DS (the Sonic Dark Brotherhood RPG and also there are two "traditional" 2D Sonic games on the DS that are good).
ChickeyCantor  +   1829d ago
Some people seem to forget that the American vision of sonic was different from the Japanese vision of sonic.

America wanted sonic to be in this alien type of world (like we know them on the genesis/megadrive) but in japan sonic and planet earth were already established with the first games(the same games we know from the genesis/megadrive)...i know sounds weird.

So Sonic Team emphasized on the whole "EARTH IS IN DANGER bladi bladi blah" and it went downhill from then.
Sure Adventures 1 was actually good...but where is the chess-board like green hill zone like we know it?
ShawnCollier  +   1829d ago
Hopefully it isn't like SA2 where it was a royal pain in the rear to unlock. :P
darthv72  +   1828d ago
2d with some 3d thrown in...
I would actually like to see a game with elements like super paper mario. I like the 2d side scrolling with a twist of 3d for new areas to venture in. Not in the same vein as mario (all flat paper look) but more traditional sonic. Like the polygonal days of sonic 1 but at any moment you could change camera angle to see if there are hidden paths to trek.

It might not be original but it could be fun.

Actually the best representation I can think of would be the RType remake on xbla. You can play old school side scrolling but hit the button and presto...psudeo isometric 3d. NICE!
somekindofmike  +   1828d ago
@ darthv72

just me being picky but...

polygons make up 3D models, and were not used in original megadrive sonic games, what you mean was 'sprites'

As for the artcile, 'sonic can return to his former glory' all I can say to that is obviously! there is no reason why Sonic Team couldn't get there act together and create a decent sonic game, even if involved hiring a whole new proven talented team.

But I feel Sega are quite happy creating sonic games on a budget and milking the series, I'm not saying they aren't trying, but Sega aren't the same Sega of old, they don't have the same resources they use to, if they were to make a big budget sonic game, with a new all star team of proven developers, and it didn't succeed commercially, then they would be in a lot of trouble, from a business sense. It's sad, but it appears Sega aren't the same risk takers / innovators they use to be, at the moment they are concentrating on surviving.
Selyah  +   1829d ago
Would be cool to see Sonic return to his former glory.
mephman  +   1829d ago
Definitely. They should take a leaf out of Capcom's book.
Selyah  +   1829d ago
Yeah, that wouldn't be such a bad idea.
ShawnCollier  +   1828d ago
I'd really love to see a 2D next-gen Sonic. With the graphical technology, they could make one hellva nice looking 2D sonic w/ it.
live2play  +   1829d ago
what i think
is that they shud let nintendo have a crack at sonic. im just saying that many times when you have vet developers of the same character in this case sonic they want to go new directons instead of a 'been ther done that' situation. if a new team handles it they dont wanna mess up what was once great so they stick with the old formula. i read somewhere that myamoto said in an interview, someone asked him why they included old retro music like in toytime galaxy, he said theat was the new team the old team wants to do something new and the new team sticks with the old
mephman  +   1829d ago
That wouldn't actually be such a bad idea. Either that, or they could look at how Nintendo are trying to re-invent the Metroid franchise.
sam2236  +   1829d ago
I'd love to see a Bionic Commando: Rearmed-style remake of the MegaDrive games, that would be awesome!!
Cajun Chicken  +   1828d ago
2D Sonic 4. Do it.
mephman  +   1828d ago
Someone should make an online petition. :p
Selyah  +   1828d ago
Indeed, and as far as petitions go it wouldn't surprise me if theres already been one if not more.
sonic989  +   1828d ago
i want a
3d sonic game that looks like the TGS 2005 sonic the hedgehog tech demo on PS3 and 360
i want it very badly
great graphics great gameplay great camera ( you should check it out ) it looks amazing
anyway i liked the 2d games back in there time
but now we are almost going to the 3d vision ( tvs )
so i want a good 3d sonic game with great story like SA2
xino  +   1828d ago
face it, Sonic is dead!
Sonic Next Gen was supposed to be the real Sonic game, but SEGA just farked it up!
That game made everything so mature.
TheDeadMetalhead  +   1828d ago
The only thing that game is good for is counting glitches.
gumgum99  +   1828d ago
Sure, Sonic can get back to a familiar type of popularity. In fact, Many believe that Sonic Unleashed has some of the best Sonic levels in years. If they can just expand upon that, then we could see a possible renaissance.
Chimerhazzard  +   1828d ago
It is a shame...
that sonic unleashed SUCKED. I am a great FAN of sonic, (that's why I have his image on my avatar xD Sonic was what got me into gaming), but no matter how much I like a character, I won't support a franchise that simply doesn't even try to be good.

Sonic unleashed WAS GREAT in the daytime levels. It was really what a next gen sonic game should be.

WHY DID THEY MAKE THE NIGHT TIME LEVELS?! Why can't those morons at Sonic Team simply deliver a pure Sonic experience?! Why the damn "Rpg elements" and the stupid beat'em up sequences?!When I play a Sonic game, I WANT TO PLAY A SONIC GAME... WITH SONIC! Not with some slow and stupid werewolf-like freak. And what the hell is a "werehog"?! I mean... a WEREHOG ?!?!? Who was the IDIOT that came up with that?!

Seriously, instead of wasting time on pointless new stupid ideias, and new stupid characters, just focus on the daytime levels of Sonic Unleashed, improve them, make a whole game out of it, and I guarantee all the dormant Sonic fans will come back. And please, no new characters, just gives us the classic Sonic, Tails and Knuckles, they are more than enough. Oh and Super Sonic would be nice too, but I want to be able to play the whole game with him,not just the last level :(
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TruthbeTold  +   1828d ago
Sonic
plus a similar 2D art style to Muramasa: Demon Blade would equal total win in my book. It would negate all of their worries about the expense of drawing miles and miles of 3D levels. They could just go back to doing it in 2D. Sort of.
RockmanII7  +   1828d ago
Hope Sonic goes the way of Mega Man
That would be awesome.
ButterToast  +   1828d ago
after playing sonic unleashed, i lost all hope for a good sonic game. I don't really care though. they can whore sonic around if it helps fund the team that did Valkyria Chronicles and Skys of Arcadia.
Seriyu  +   1828d ago
Honestly..
all they need for a good sonic game is a really good story and plot people can get into. Use the gameplay of the sega sonic games with out too many changes, make some awesome lvs, and maybe even compose some music that resembles the music that is similar to the old games so when the player is playing the game, they are hearing the music and saying "This is the sonic I know and love".
TheDeadMetalhead  +   1828d ago
Maybe if the idiot fanboys would stop buying all of the crap games and acting like they're actually good, then Sega and Sonic Team would stop cashing in.

But we all know that won't happen.

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