|The Reason Sonic Lost His WayPublished by HQM0NSTERB0Y on Sunday, November 30, 2008
Tagged: Gaming, Xbox 360, Xbox Live,
It's no doubt in anyone's mind that Sonic games haven't been as good as the original ones, here is an interesting look at why.
Ever Since Sonic Adventure 2 on the Sega Dreamcast the hedgehog has suffered some pretty piss poor releases. Sonic fans have been hurting for a long time now with titles like "Sonic Riders" and more recently "Sonic The Hedgehog". What little good will gamers had left for the blue blur is quickly evaporating thanks to Sonic Unleashed, an otherwise decent Sonic game ruined by brawling levels that turn Sonic into a werehog combatant. So why exactly do the development team keep screwing things up exactly? Turns out it's an entirely conscious decision.
In the latest IGN Three Red Lights podcast at the 19:40 mark David Clayman recalls a time when he talked to a member of the Sonic Unleashed team about this very issue...
Sonic Unleashed, set to come out later this year.
"I asked one of the developers at TGS, you know I was like, come on everybody just wants Sonic running, like whats up with the werehog? And he was like, well, heres the deal... he runs at this miles per hour, kilometers per hour, and he laid out all of the statistics on how fast this hedgehog goes, and he was like In order to make a game where Sonic is running and everybody enjoys the whole thing we'd have to design this many miles of level, and it was some ungodly number. And he's like and that would be like maybe a three hour game and I was like wow, well that kinda stinks and he's like yeah, so we gotta do this other stuff."
So there you go! Sonic's speed means the level designers would have to craft and design miles and miles of scenery in order to make a game of decent length. Would you rather have a short, great Sonic game or the current lengthy and flawed Sonic games of recent years? I know which school of thought I subscribe to.
Feel free to discuss this in our forums and let us know what you think!
So there you have it, the Sonic Devs, are just trying to make it appeal to mass markets. I think they should listen to their fans and remember this simple trick, Quality > Quantity.
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