Is 20 Years of Sonic Enough?

Posted: April 20, 2011 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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It’s been almost 20 years since the first release of Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis.  Over the years, the cute blue critter we all know and love has gone through many changes.  He converted from 2D to 3D in Sonic Adventure, eventually got an evil counterpart (Shadow), and then had a bunch of really shitty games from around 2003 to now.  That being said, the guys at Sonic Team are planning a new game for the hedgehog called Sonic Generations.

The idea behind Generations is that the modern Sonic somehow slips back in time and meets his former self.  Then, the two team up against an, as of now, unnamed villain.  While Sonic hasn’t been known for complex storylines, the plot for Generations sounds like an overused time travel mission that makes me want to gag.

In addition, how can the villain be unnamed?!  If Sonic Team is really celebrating Sonic’s 20th birthday, then the villain should be none other than Doctor Robotnik.  After all, he is the classic, quintessential Sonic villain.

Personally, Sonic is dead to me, and has been since Sonic Adventure 2.  Yeah, I go back and play the older games occasionally, but the new ones just aren’t worth it.  I love the blue blur, but frankly, I think he’s done.  He’s developed such a bad reputation recently that newer gamers can’t grab onto.

So now I ask you Jerks, what do you think?  Is 20 years of Sonic enough?  Or does he still have a little spring in his step?  Tell me what you think in the comments below.

-Mike Thal

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Comments
  1. jennifer says:

    I have to agree with the unfortunate fact that Sonic has surpassed his time in the gaming world. When I was younger and played him in the original form of ‘genesis’ I could rank him right up there with Mario, respectfully. Now, I think they are just beating a dead horse… er hedgehog, in this case.

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  3. Mike Thal says:

    Jennifer, I couldn’t agree more. And yes, it is VERY unfortunate. I also remember the days when I would actually have to decide between playing a Mario game or a Sonic game. Now the choice is far too easy (in favor of Mario of course).

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