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Sonic Unleashed can win back the fans, says Sega

Thursday, 13th November 2008 10:59 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Speaking to Kikizo, Sonic Team studio director Yoshihisa Hashimoto has said that Sonic Unleashed is going to be the game to win back the hedgehog’s fans.

“Yes, I do think so,” he said when asked if the faithful will be pleased.

“Because Sonic Unleashed has the game play elements that loyal Sonic fans want. It is not designed to be in the same format as classic Sonic, but we took out the best part of classic Sonic and successfully revived it to be a new Sonic the Hedgehog of the 21st Century.”

Hashimoto did concede, however, that criticisms of recent Sonic games were valid.

“I think the fans’ evaluations are fair I often read the forums run by Sonic fans on a routine basis,” he said. “I hardly feel any discomfort from their comments. I often find myself rather agreeable to them.”

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4 Comments

  1. Robo_1

    Fingers, toes etc. crossed that he’s right. Now please get a stable PS3 frame rate, and jobs a good ‘un.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Tonka

    Hahaha. SONIC always sucked. Him being in 3D just highlighted how shit him and his games are.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Esha

    “Fingers, toes etc. crossed that he’s right.”

    Same here, but I think he’s being a bit hard on the franchise, there have been a few diamonds in the rough, even recently.

    Sonic Rush was nifty, and a return to form. The Dark Brotherhood was above average as an RPG (and probably one of the DS’s best), and really quite charming. And finally, the Secret Rings was fun to mess around with, even if I did have some trouble getting used to the controls at first.

    There was a dark period for Sonic, somewhere between Sonic Adventure 2 and Secret Rings, where the likes of Sonic Heroes and Shadow the Hedgehog could rear their ugly mugs. But the franchise has been getting better.

    I really hope they do show everyone though that Sonic is still capable of a truly great game. Sonic Adventure did that, and it’s still a pinnacle of 3D platform gaming, to which others aspire.

    “Hahaha. SONIC always sucked. Him being in 3D just highlighted how shit him and his games are.”

    A completely reasonable opinion, that is, and presented so well and cleanly too! I wholly appreciated the bulleted points detailing the various facets of your argument, and the well-researched documentation of the flaws of the Sonic series of games; past and present. I have to praise you as a rational individual, of which there are too few. It was an enlightening read, eye-opening even. Why, even I myself am beginning to doubt whether I ever actually liked Sonic or not!

    Sarcasm aside, wasn’t that a bit of a “Yo Mama!” as far as criticism is concerned? Are we really stooping that low, now? I expect better! At least from this place. I disagree with the opinions I see here often, this I know, but at least those opinions are usually intelligent.

    /sigh

    #3 6 years ago
  4. ashers2ashers

    I think the very first game I ever played was Sonic 2 and I recently bought it off of XBLM (and had the sonic mega collection on Xbox) and that was awesome. The only game in 3D I’ve played was sonic heroes which I got stuck pretty early on as the pink orientated team which had someone in it called Rose I think ;).

    I didn’t think that game was bad at all (but not great either) and so may rent Sonic Unleashed after this busy gaming period, and I do hope it is a return to form.

    Esha: I loved that sarcasm :D

    #4 6 years ago

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