The folks at SEGA updated their official blog this morning to announced the new 2D Sonic title, currently being titled "Project Needlemouse," will only star Sonic himself and no other playable characters or friends.
Finally... This is what, well one of the problems, that made Sonic games unbelievably stupid. Every character had super speed. It made no sense. Sonic should be the only one with speed. The others should have had their own powers and not speed. Lame as hell. Anyways, 2-d and only Sonic... I'm buying it.
Knuckles was the best thing to ever happen to Sonic and made Sonic 3 better than the rest(especially Sonic 3 & Knuckles).
No, Sonic was best alone and in Sonic 2(with just Tails for company) the series had it' best in game moments so going back to having no outside distractions is a wise move for me. What I can't get my head round is Sega's decision not to make a version for Wii gamers given the success and profile of Sonic on the console after the "Mario and Soonicat .." games on the Wii. Then again if someone could explain the marketing strategy they use for Yakuza3, 2 or 1 in the west i'd love to hear it-or for VC or..well you get my drift.They do make some awfully odd choices about their games, where they get playd and how well(or not) they'r supported and if anyone's likely to give their games a misleading or crappy demo you can bet on Sega all over again(VC demo put off more people than it got interested and the Sonic unleashed demo would have had you thinking there WAS no werehog bollox at all!). I can't say I've got sky high hopes for the back to basics PN but I'm interested and if they're ever going to get some magic back this is easily their best(and last?) chance to do it. Leyts just hope some of th speed and platforming purity(including the trademark cheap deaths too for me) is on the way back. After so many failures, though, it seems foolhardy to hype this too much just yet, no? About Tails, Knuckles and Shadow:I know people who will defend a different one of the sidekicks but never more than that and the over supplying of them to the sries certainly weakened it no end but maybe if it had stopped at two or three they wouldn't be as roundly hated and derided as they now are as the number of them around the games just diluted everything that made the series good in the first place no matter which of his cohorts you feel was better than the others.Just my view anyhow fellas.
I have no problem with only Sonic, but Characters aren't what really kills the game, its the gameplay. Sonic 3 had Knuckles and is considered the best 2D game in the series. Sonic Adventure and its sequel showed that 3D can work in a Sonic game, and there were many characters to choose from.
Interest has increased.
I mean just look at the logo.
that's hilarious. + bubbles why did people disagree with you? no sense of humor i guess.
No more stupid Characters - Tails and Knuckles would be ok for co-op and single player for specific items in inaccessible places the others cant reach or variaty once you have played sonic. High hopes for this
Shadow was the most popular Sonic character even outclassing Sonic himself for awhile, not all characters are stupid. :|
In fact, most people prefer Shadow over Sonic...
I think that all went away when the horrific "Shadow the Hedgehog" debuted.
these most people who liked shadow made sega took bad decisions ... While shadow was alright in sonic adventure 2 .. his appearance in ...shadow the hedgehog , sonic 06 , sonic heroes and the list goes on were pointless and ridiculous ..and it only served to dumbed down the game in final ... I loved the sonic rush series ..but even then that other character was alright but played 95% just like sonic .. when what is the point of using almost copy cat character twice ?? Sega thought of this and then decided to give shadow guns and bikes to make him cool ..and it sucked BIG TIME . SO thank god ..they stayed with sonic ONLY .. NOw please sega , just make it sonic the hedgehog ..no werehog ..no surfing , no fishing , no snowboarding just make hime run and jump ...I only accept super sonic !! you heard me ??
I don't think this will be a good game. SEGA can't make a good Sonic game anymore, it all ended after 2003. (Sonic Heros was good)
correction SONIC TEAM can't make a good sonic game but i SEMI agree i don't see it being the huge success sega will want it to be
I assume this means only Sonic will be playable. You know, Sonic was the only one playable in Sonic Unleashed too. He became a Werehog at night but he was still Sonic. I wonder how Sega will screw up this new game.
they will have segments where he turns into a robot mecha jet and flies in the skies (not really)
I would've been fine if they included either Tails or Knuckles for this next adventure so I'll reserve judgment. Maybe Sega wants to test the waters with a 2D Sonic game and get the basics right and then bring the popular characters as DLC thus creating the old snap on magic from back in the day. Just my 2...
My guess is Knuckles will be playable via DLC after launch. Knuckles and Tails weren't on the list of scratched names so I assume they are in there...just not playable
About damn time.
... you did it on the DS... is that too much to ask for?
can someone please explain why it took sega over a decade to realize that 3d sonic games do not work and that this is what the fans have wanted all this time. pure stupidity is my guess.
http://www.escapistmagazine... Games would be much better if we listed to him more.
No Yahtzee is an idiot. I realized that after playing some of the games he reviewed and seeing how wrong he was. Also he is not the first person to say make it an old school Sonic game and get rid of all the extra characters. A lot of fans have been asking for that.
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Why do people still have such hope for new sonic games?! Before all the latest stand alone Sonic games people have said" Oh this is going to be the one that puts Sonic back on track" and every single time has been a dissapoinment. It's much easier to not care at this stage. At least then if it is crap, which is likely, you aren't let down. If it's good, You're suprised Result - You win either way
Because this going back to what was good. They're not trying to go in new directions to re-invent it.
And all it took was the incredible success of 2d Mario to make them realize we wanted the old games back. IR Business analyst, 3d is futur
I'm hyped. I just hope Sega doesn't force their poor devs to rush the game like they have done for years now.
The Sonic Cycle is still in effect
How so? There are no new characters, and the concept art hints at a direction reminiscent of the original trilogy. Sometimes I think you guys just are being critical just for the sake of being critical. Sonic Fans are happy stick with the franchise through the good and bad, and when the going gets tough, they remember the games that did it right.
Yes I know they didn't introduce his ****** friends but also remember Sonic was the only playable character in Secret rings and Unleashed and looked how that turned out (Even though the day time stages in Unleashed were nice). Trust me, I'm a diehard Sonic fan and want Sonic to return to the Sonic 1-Sonic CD days but this is Sega we are talking about. They let us down with Sonic before and I wouldn't be surprised if they did it again. On the bright side, the concept art for the crab badnik reminds me of the Sonic CD days so I'm still a little optimistic about this project. For all we know this project might changed into Sonic 4. I just hope that Sega realize what made Sonic so fun. It wasn't really the story that made Sonic. It was the gameplay and the exploration and the unique Level design. Hopefully Sonic returns to its real self in this project.
hopefully all those complainers will put their money where their mouth is and buy this on release so that big developers realize that sometimes its important to remember what got them there in the first place
But that does not mean they'll still screw it up. Sonic unleashed stared only sonic and that game was crap.
Sega knows what they're doing. This new Sonic Team may be new, but they are learning. I expect the next 3D title after Needlemouse to, hopefully, apply the same principle. I realize that Sega is simply taking a safe route to win back its core Sonic audience(well, the ones who are paranoid about charactes, anyway. I hate how some sites generalize it as if I am a part of them) While eventually working from this game to expand "properly" and no longer have any bloated excess. Although I am excited for this news(I am for any Sonic game, regardless of character roster) I can't help but wonder what future installments will hold for Sonic. If this means that they will alternate between 2-D and 3-D to appease both gamers, then I'm fine with it, but what I don't want is for this to be the way forward, as it'll just be like saying that "Sonic cannot work in 3D" which is a lie because we have two games that did it right more than 10 years ago. Edit: Charcters can work in any Sonic game. They just have to be integrated properly with the gameplay and not feel like dead weight or add-ons.
It's great that they're finally going to be doing a 2D Sonic game again, but I really don't have high hopes for it. I'm sure they'll do something with the game that will completely screw it up, it's what they're good at. If somehow it turns out to be fun, it still won't be anything that gamers wanted. It's a given that it will be made simple and short so all the little kids are able to play it.
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