And The Fandom Rejoiced: Sonic the Hedgehog
Hell, just the logo is winking to longtime Sonic fans...
Sonic the Hedgehog 4
- Sega's initial refusal to confirm ANY details about Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 (Project Needlemouse) left fans preparing for the worst. Then, finally, after 4 months: "Today, we are about to break the trend that has continued on for many years. To the thousands of you out there asking for a game where Sonic is the only playable character - rejoice. As of today, your wish has been granted. In Project Needlemouse, there will be no new characters - playable or otherwise. The focus will remain solely on one blue hedgehog."
- Reasons: 2D, Sonic only for Episode 1, hints of Tails and Knuckles for Episode 2, direct sequel to Sonic 3 & Knuckles, being co-developed by Dimps and the original senior level designer for Sonic 3 & Knuckles, playable Super Sonic in all levels◊, and Sega actually responding to complaints about a leaked beta version by retooling the game and removing what was shaping up to be a Scrappy Mechanic.
- The confirmation that Episode II is completely reworking the physics in response to the complaints about Episode I. Also the confirmation that Episode II will have Tails as a playable character in 2-Player mode.
- New screenshots have been released!
- Online Co-op for Episode 2 confirmed!
- "Lock-On" between Episodes 1 and 2 confirmed. Connecting the Episodes together unlocks a bonus Episode called "Episode Metal", allowing you to play as Metal Sonic in 4 exclusive levels - Specifically, the Episode 1 levels, with updated level designs and physics engine!
- Sonic Colors being marketed to kids? Aww man it's gonna stink — Wait, how many journalists have a good impression of this game? Sonic's VA being replaced by a good voice actor? The same voice actor who did Chris Redfield and Ezio?
- The idea of Tails speaking was initially terrifying, until it was revealed that he no longer sounded like a 5-year-old girl, courtesy of Kate Higgins. And as for the new voice of Knuckles... Travis Willingham.
- The return of SA-55, or Ergo, now officially known as Orbot! And he has a yellow cube-shaped companion now...◊
- Mike Pollock remaining as Eggman's voice actor.
- The reveal of a stage where Sonic goes into the water, and doesn't die!
- Can't help noticing that the gameplay is an awful lot like the daytime portion of Sonic Unleashed. Also can't help noticing that a full Sonic game consisting of that stellar gameplay with no werehog to bog things down is specifically word-for-word what many, many people wanted to see, so, uh, thanks for listening, Sega. You're a pal.
- The return of old-school Badniks.
- The writers of MadWorld did the actual script. The characters' lip flaps are synced up to the English voicetrack (the version that everybody outside Japan gets).
- The soundtrack has been released on iTunes!
Sonic Lost World
- Another Sonic game is coming. And just in time for his 20th Anniversary to boot. Starts out with Sonic running through the frozen remains of the Green Hill Zone, which is pretty cool until IS THAT RETRO SONIC?!◊ Fans rejoiced even more when they heard that classic Sonic was voiced by the same voice actor who did the voice of Gordon Freeman.
- There was also CITY ESCAPE, and both Sonics get to play through the stage, board-riding and all. The truck is back. As Modern Sonic, it has friggin' chainsaws and chases you for far longer than it did in Adventure 2, destroying buildings and chasing you sideways across walls! Even Omochao makes a brief cameo! And to put the cherry on top, Sega contacted Tony Harnell, the original singer of "Escape from the City", to do a rearrangement of the song for Generations. Take my rings, Sega.
- And then the gameplay trailer was released.
- Warren Graff and Ken Pontac are returning to write the story!
- For Nintendo fans: it will be coming to the 3DS.
- The return of City Escape and Rooftop Run.
- Mighty, Fang, and Ray returning!... sort of.
- Classic Metal Sonic has been confirmed◊ as a boss, but his racetrack is Stardust Speedway!
- Tails and his classic self are now confirmed!
- Modern Sonic can be in the water without drowning right away! ...wait a second...
- Seaside Hill calls back to Aquatic Ruin, Hydrocity, Emerald Coast, and Adabat! It isn't "Green Hill 2.0"!
- Shadow has been confirmed as a boss, but you fight him on the Space Colony ARK runway◊ just like in Sonic Adventure 2!
- The return of Planet Wisp and Sky Sanctuary, now with more Scenery Porn than ever!
- And now, the game will be available on Steam. Gamers without access to the HD consoles rejoiced.
- The music.
- The fact that they made Crisis City — one of the worst levels in the series' history — into a total blast with zero glitches, got this reaction, and is highly considered a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
- Sonic Lost World has been getting this reaction upon the reveal of its teaser trailer, namely due to the new gameplay style that looks like a crossover between the cancelled Sonic X-treme and Super Mario Galaxy. The new gameplay style also has parkour gameplay elements and brings back the fan-favorite spindash gameplay move.
- The revealed designs◊ of the Deadly Six have been well received, but the green female one in particular has received a ton of attention and subsequent fanart.
- Many fans were happy to hear that the 3DS handheld version will also be a 2D/3D platformer like its Wii U cousin. Especially notable since it's the first Sonic handheld to have 3D gameplay. Past handheld Sonic games have been strictly 2D or 2.5D.
- Elements from the Genesis Sonic games have been brought back, such as the "badnik" animal robots and the tiny animals that they contain as well as the return of the spindash and Sonic's Super Peel-Out animation.
- EAGLE!!! This troper may be the only who got excited seeing that, though.
- Sonic Lost World Deadly Six Edition? Cause we really need an extra version of the same ga-NiGHTS DLC?!?
- And now that the game is out, it is receiving more DLC support from both Sega and Nintendo in the form of FREE Nintendo-themed stages! The first of these stages? Yoshi's Island!
- The second DLC stage? THE LEGEND OF ZELDA! Sonic gets to wear Link's signature green tunic, solve puzzles, run around a variation of the Twilight Princess version of Hyrule field, fight stalchildren from Ocarina of Time, explore a dungeon that resembles some of the more tubular levels from the main game, avoid rolling gorons inside of said dungeon, open treasure chests with heart containers (complete with the famous "chest opening" jingle), collect rupees, see cameos of Skyward Sword Link riding atop his loftwing, and even FIND THE TRIFORCE!
- The December 2013 patch. Why would a patch be reason for rejoicing? The patch fixed some of the more common gameplay complaints that many (even from those who love the game) had! Rings now give players one ups again if they collect 100 of them (originally this series-standard feature was mysteriously absent), the controls for various wisp powers have been altered to now allow for more traditional controls for players who found the touch screen controls not precise enough, if one should get a game over then they will restart with 10 lives instead of 5 (alleviating the problem that the game's increased difficulty meant certain players had a harder time getting through levels without "life farming" first), and sometimes special items will randomly appear on the world map to help out players who need them (though of course players looking more a challenge can choose to ignore these if they wish). Last but not least, it also fixed a rather odd graphical bug that might have been harmful to players with epilepsy. Goes to show that even after the game is out, Sega is still listening to the fans in order to make improvements where they can!
- In late 2013, SEGA teased a new Sonic TV show with redesigns for the characters. Naturally, everyone was enraged. But then, SEGA revealed, not only the series, but a BRAND NEW WII U AND 3DS PREQUEL GAME FOR IT. And that's only the beginning. The current voice actors reprising their roles? Check. Series standard of great animation and actual humor? Check. The return of Adventure-style character gameplay? Check. Possible 4-Player co-op? Check. And much more to come...
- People still worried about the franchises future can (try to) breathe easy: this show won't affect the main series any more than a show like Sonic Sat AM.
- Well, great, Amy's back. We can hear the pink bitch squealing for Sonic alrewait a sec. Did she just swing from a horizontal bar with her hammer? Did she land on the ground like a fucking ninja? Did she drop the Minnie Mouse voice?! Did she spend half a level alone with Sonic without once uttering the D- or M-words?!* *grumbling excitedly* Ohhhhh... Houston, we have nooooooo problems.
- Richard Jacques returning to compose Sonic the Hedgehog music (Cue inevitable Sonic R reference) in Sonic and the Black Knight alongside Jun Senoue but also being joined by Tommy Tallarico? Freaking sweet! And Crush 40 is recording some songs for it, after not recording any for Secret Rings or Sonic Unleashed.
- Meh, Sonic Jump looks like a Doodlejump clone... WAIT? The other characters are playable?
- Sonic fan film? Eh, they're a dime a dozen...oh, it's being directed by Eddie Lebron, of Mega Man fan film fame? Okay, now I'm interest-JALEEL WHITE IS REPRISING HIS ROLE AS SONIC? OH, HELLZ YES!!
- In an inversion, people were extremely psyched when the first footage of Sonic Unleashed was unveiled, showing Sonic blasting through what ended up being the daytime stages at mach speeds, while seeming to combine 2D sidescrolling gameplay with Secret Rings-esque 3D behind-the-back running - a combination many could not fault. Then the Werehog showed up... and then Tails. And Amy. And Chip.
- Near the end of Unleashed's development cycle, we had a very odd one - the game got delayed. Most people would think this was a bad thing, but after having rushed games for the past few years, the delay showed a lot of fans something they had been doubting, which was that SEGA cared enough for the game's quality to hold it back for touch-ups.
- So, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is finally heading over to the iOS and Android by the same people who did Sonic CD's remastering. That's awesome... Wait... Is that...? It is! It's the ORIGINAL HIDDEN PALACE ZONE!
- So we have Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic CD, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 remakes. Surely SEGA will realize we would pay for a Sonic 3 & Knuckles remake? Well, Christian Whitehead seems to love the fan base so much that he'd surely do it again