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Sonic Bust and Sonic the Hedgehog Fanart

18. August 2008 // // Filed under: ,

Sonic the Hedgehog was created with one urgent purpose in mind: Create a new mascot for Sega, in a game that could sell over a million copies. Can you blame them when this asshole was their current mascot?

Alex Kidd

The Sonic games were empowering. Not only did the game allow for extreme speeds with no slowdown, but the rings concept softened the frustration level for players who’s eyes and fingers couldn’t keep up with the action. As long as you held onto at least one ring, you could survive hits from enemies, and live quite a long time. This did not interfere with the difficulty though, as I recall drowning the poor hedgehog on several occasions. The Sonic soundtracks, especially in the first two games, served to liven the already colorful and action packed stages; they easily stand out even among today’s games.

The original three (give or take one more if you had the privilege to play Sonic CD) games were extremely satisfying to play. The games were a polished, heart pumping experience. Yet, most of us still hold a grudge against the series. What happened? For me, the first signs of decay could be seen in Sonic 3/Sonic and Knuckles. What the hell is up with Sonic’s face in the title screens of these two? A lifeless, pre-rendered 3-D graphic of Sonic’s face is what. Even in 1994 I thought this looked bad. Luckily, Sonic 3 had a faster engine and solid gameplay, though I still think the Sonic 2 in-game sprites look better for similar reasons.

Sonic 3d Blast was his first big crash. Need I say why? Sonic must have had a painful ankle sprain, because he was slower than shit in comparison to his previous runs. That’s what you get for outsourcing the game’s development. He got most of his speed back in Sonic Adventure, but platforming in 3d just isn’t the same. Thank god for handhelds. The Sonic Advance games on the GBA had that old school feel, but still lacked the speed and soundtrack that made the originals great. Please give Sonic his balls back.

Later Sonic games added voice acting. Does anyone else think that Sonic’s in-game voices sound off? Jaleel White (Steve Urkel) was the original cartoon Sonic voice, and the most fitting for his character. He portrayed Sonic in three TV series: Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog (Saturday Morning), and Sonic Underground.

Being more of an oldschool gamer, I also prefer the short body, short quilled look for Sonic. However, like Link, Sonic’s basic look has a recognizability which transcends even more significant design changes. Short or tall, blue or gold, Sonic the Hedgehog is always a badass… so long as he’s fast.


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