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#Sonic the Hedgehog

What's With All the Sonic Hate?

I channel my inner '90s mascot attitude and explore a recent troubling trend.

At last year’s PAX East I attended a panel hosted by one of the marketing magicians for Sega of America in the '90s, Al Nilson. At that panel I got up to ask a question about the NEMO project he worked on in the late '80s, but before I did I told this quick story about the time I borrowed the first Sonic the Hedgehog game off my friend when it was first released:  While I was at home being blown away by the technical achievement of Sonic Team’s new baby, my friend called me and said his mother was mad he lent out his new game and was making him come by in a couple hours to pick it up. Since my time was now limited to how much of this amazing new game I was going to be able to play,  I decided to hunker down and try to beat the game before he came to get it. I focused and played as carefully as I could. I ended up beating the game without continuing and with all the Chaos Emeralds. I had the honor of telling Al Nilson it was one of the best "Gaming Zen" moments of my life. He appreciated my story and my love for Sonic.

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Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II Review

Is Tails the foil that accomplishes what Episode 1 couldn't, bringing Sonic back to his former splendor?

When Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I was released in 2010, it was meant to be a return to form for the blue blur, taking inspiration from the original Genesis titles. The results were mixed. So Sega went back to the drawing board for the next episode and fixed a few of the problems plaguing the first game. Although Ep. II evokes some of Sonic's previous glory, Sega still hasn't been able to fully capture the magic of the Genesis games, apparently content with yet another platformer that is only slightly above average in nearly every respect.

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Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II Preview

Yes, Tails is in this game and no, he doesn't talk.

Sonic the Hedgehog has had a sketchy period for some time now. Many would say that titles released this generation have been mediocre at best, with only Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations recently being exceptions. If you want to enjoy a good Sonic game, the majority of fans would point you back to the early 90s when Sonic stood toe to toe with Mario with titles like Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD and Sonic & Knuckles.

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Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II Temporarily Leaked on Steam

Over the weekend, an incomplete version of the game was briefly introduced and quickly removed.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II isn't due to be released until the middle of next month, but this past weekend Steam users were accidentally granted access to the unfinished game. Though quickly taken down, some were able to capture footage of the game in action. One such user, ShadowofRuki of YouTube, has released a number of videos that reveal more details about the game.

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Sonic 4: Episode 2 Has a Release Date

It only took two years…

Sega has dropped the potential release date for Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2: May 16, 2012.  The throwback sequel to Sonic 3 will appear as a downloadable title on Xbox Live Arcade and the Playstation Network.  As previously reported, Team Sonic has no plans for additional episodes in this series, so this very well could be Sonic 4’s final episode as well.  The title is also slated to appear on PC, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices.  You can check out the game’s reunion trailer here.

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Sonic 4 Episode II Could Be The Last In The Series

The throwback to the original series could be coming to an end.

Sonic Team producer Takashi Iizuka has said that the studio has no plans to release more episodes in the Sonic the Hedgehog 4 series in the future. Iizuka told Digital Spy quote:

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Sonic CD Review

You know you want to hear “Sonic Boom” again.

I love Sonic the Hedgehog. That is probably the understatement of the year, as I’ve made my love of the blue hedgehog well known and I know all of the Sonic games front to back. Well, most of them anyway. I didn’t own a Sega CD back in the day so one of the exceptions is Sonic CD. Since its initial release in 1993, diehard fans have sworn by the game’s quality, going so far as to call it the greatest Sonic game ever. Two ports have been released on the PC and as part of the Sonic Gems Collection on the GameCube, but this latest port is the most attractive release of the title. Does it still hold up 18 years later?

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Multiple Sonic Releases Today on PC

PC gaming has been hit by a Sonic Boom!

Today Sega announced the release of two Sonic games and additional content, all for the PC through digital download markets. The first title is Sonic CD. The port is based off of the recently released XBLA and PSN versions. If you buy the title on Steam, you'll also get Metal Sonic and Tails costumes for the multiplayer game Spiral Knights. 

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Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Review

How did Mario qualify with all those mushrooms he takes?

On June 23, 1991, Sega released Sonic the Hedgehog for the Genesis and started one of the fiercest rivalries in video games. The two were neck and neck in the 16-bit generations and blah, blah, blah. You know where this is going.

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Where is the Precision in Platformers?

It's alright when controls are tight.

I’ve gotten further than I ever had in Ratchet & Clank. I’m on Planet Oltanis and I made my way through the various light guards, sentry robots, and machine gun turrets. It hasn’t been easy, with Clank not available for this level. I lack a lot of the various platforming upgrades I’ve acquired through my playthrough. However, I’m here, and the shiny bright aura surrounding my prize is in my sights. All that remains are some floating platforms with slingshot orbs above them. I grapple onto the first one. No problem. The next one is easy to reach as well after waiting for it to be in line. I grapple onto the third and final orb. It pulls me in. I drop down. I land on the floating platform. Something’s wrong. I’m stuck in the falling animation.

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