JEFF’S MUSINGS: Before I Rant About Sonic the Hedgehog…

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

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Sonic Generations | Sonic the Hedgehog

I have a bit of a conundrum.

I’ve been wanting to talk about the Sonic the Hedgehog series. I mentioned in Episode 16 of the Downpour Podcast how I liked Shadow the Hedgehog better than Sonic Heroes and said how I would write a Musing on it. Then, when Sonic Lost World was announced, I decided to change that from a one-time article to a series of articles that focus on my love/hate relationship with the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. I would talk about various aspects in the franchise, from comparing the old Sonic the Hedgehog TV series and Sonic X to the evolution of 3D Sonic games.

Just one problem: I haven’t played a few important Sonic games. Moreover, I ended up trading in a number of my 3D Sonic games. Seriously, the only 3D Sonic game I own right now is Sonic Colors. Why I did that is a bit complicated. They weren’t bad games, necessarily. But the only thing I can pinpoint is that they had the Sonic X cast of characters, which bugged me (one major character in particular).

Sonic Colors | Sonic the Hedgehog

The thing is, I want to do right by this franchise. That means that if I go through with this, I’ll need to go back through and play all the games over again. And that will mean that I’ll need to re-buy all those games once more.

The good news is that I can easily find a number of the main series games, though I may have to settle for PS2 ports of Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic Heroes instead of the GameCube ports that I had back in the day. As for games like Sonic CD and the Adventure games, I should be able to get those games on Steam fairly easily. But don’t ask for Sonic 06. I may want to do through as much as I can for this but I’m not stupid (plus, I don’t really have the means to play it). I may also skip Sonic Generations since it’s pretty much a remastering of old levels and I don’t know if my computer has enough blast processing to properly handle the game.

Sonic Unleashed | Sonic the Hedgehog

But I would look at this one.

In addition to the main series games, I also want to look at a number of non-sports spinoffs and handheld games, a number of which are unlockable in Sonic Adventure DX. Pretty much, it would be the handheld games up until the Advance games since I can’t find my GBA at the moment and I don’t own a PSP to play Rivals. As for spinoffs, I’ve already decided to buy Shadow the Hedgehog for this. I also want to look at Sonic and the Secret Rings, Sonic and the Black Knight, and Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood. This is non-negotiable. If I’m going to do this, I need to play as much as I can.

And if you’re asking about the cartoons and anime, I have access to them via Netflix and Hulu, so I’m set there.

Sonic Colors | Sonic the Hedgehog

I’m asking all of you this one question: Do you want to see me go through the Sonic franchise and analyze it? I’m willing to make the time and monetary commitment but I want to know what you guys feel first before I go through with it. Leave a comment below and let me know what you feel. I’ll base my decision on your arguments.

About Jeff Neuenschwander

Jeff has been a supporter of the website and campaign since the beginning. Joining in for E3 2012, he worked his way up the ranks quickly, making it to the Editing Manager post at the beginning of 2013. Jeff has a wide variety of tastes when it comes to gaming and pretty much likes anything that is quirky, although his favorite genres are Action, Platforming, and RPG. Outside of gaming, Jeff is a musician, being trained as a trombonist for Jazz and Classical music, and holds a degree in Sound Recording.

  • AnimeRemix

    I think you should really do it. You’ll probably at the end of all this come to find how you truly feel about the Sonic franchise after experiencing all the high and low points of each game.

    As a huge Sonic The Hedgehog fan myself, I pretty much have an all love relationship with this franchise, but I’m still opened to seeing someone with a love/hate relationship for the franchise to really just take their time out to break the games/cartoons down.

  • Oscar Tong

    I would love to read your take on the “Sonic” games—the deeper your analysis, the better.

  • Vinicius

    I would read if you did.

  • タイガー&ドラゴン

    Sonic 2006 is probably the only bad Sonic game imo, and even that had redeeming qualities like one of the best sonic game soundtracks ever.

    I really liked Unleashed, they tried to break up the running by bringing platforming back like in Sonic Adventure. I love colors, and I’m looking forward to Lost World despite it looking like Mario Galaxy skinned to look like sonic.

  • RagunaXL

    yeah, i’m eager to read that. sonic has it’s high and low points. The ‘THQ distribution’ and ‘game cube/gba’ years were rough. Not the games so much, but the audience was not accepting of what happened. The developers were grasping onto their jobs and trying to learn new hardware. and Billy Hatcher was a lot better than people let on.

  • dbclick

    It’d be interesting (albeit expensive for you) to see your take – I’ve purposefully avoided some Sonic games (’06, Shadow, and Black Knight come to mind) due to the bad ratings but played most of the other main series games (sans handheld games past Sonic Advance). When did you start into Sonic games and what was your first one? (I’ve found that this greatly influences how people feel about the series.)

    If you’re looking to do this justice, you need to include the HD Sonic Generations. It’s definitely not just a remastering of old levels, just levels with similar themes/music (the 3DS one is much more a remaster for the 2D games). It’s the best console Sonic game since S3&K, IMO. You should borrow a 360 or PS3 to play Generations or get it on Steam and invest in a new graphics card assuming you have a desktop (you can get a card that’ll do Generations nicely for under $100 now-a-days). If you’d like, list your PC specs and I’ll try and give you an idea of how it’ll play.

    Also, the PS2/Wii port of Unleashed plays very differently than the PS3/360 version, so keep that in mind (I mostly prefer the PS2 version due to the lower amount of silly fetch quests and lack of motion controls, but it does have fewer daytime levels).

  • Shinguyi

    I think as well you should really do it as long as it doesn’t kill you or your wallet. I have been wanting to do something similar but Never got the time or the money for it.

    I will surely share these with my friends, that’s for sure.

  • Just stop, Sega

    “Moreover, I ended up trading in a number of my 3D Sonic games. They weren’t bad games, necessarily.”

    Yes. Yes they were. All of them.