Oh God, oh God, oh God... I so want the new Sonic game announced recently, Sonic Unleashed, to actually be good. The poor hedgehog just hasn't been the same since he went 3D, and to say that Sega's recent offerings (Sonic Heroes, Sonic The Hedgehog) were lacking would be quite the understatement. Sonic Team seems to finally have taken fans' complaints to heart and gone back to what made Sonic so cool to begin with: playing as Sonic.
I'm not sure when Sonic Team decided that people should use all of the furry friends that hang out with Sega's mascot. Perhaps Sonic himself decided he needed an entourage. Who knows? All I know is that scavenger hunting with Sonic and galavanting around in a large metal mech with Tails was not the reason I signed up to play Sonic Adventure 2 and the games that followed. When Sega tried to bring things full circle with its latest release on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, things went horribly, horribly wrong. Terrible camera work, poor collision detection, and severe clipping issues were just some of the charges leveled at what was supposed to be the mammal's return to form.
That's what is so exciting about Sonic Unleashed. Going 2.5D could be just what the doctor ordered. For those of you who missed the latest installment of MEGA Bites, check out Sega's official debut trailer and feast your eyes on what could finally be a great modern Sonic game:
Tell me that doesn't make you giddy! Of course, I could be setting myself up for failure (again), and one must remember that this video is just a teaser. It shows nothing about the actual control, the supposed melee combat that's being included, or how the game changes with the time of day. Yep, according to Sega's press release, "both day and night play different, yet important, roles in Sonic’s newest quest… as the sun sets, a new adventure awakens." I don't know what that specifically refers to, but there have been reports of a werewolf coming into play.
Ok, that last part has me a bit skeptical. I really don't want this to turn into a new Shadow the Hedgehog. So long as I can play as Sonic through the whole game, and there are some nifty platforming sections that aren't killed by a bad camera, I'm willing to give this one a chance. Sega-16 will be previewing Sonic Unleashed soon, and we'll also be giving it a full hands-on when it's released this holiday season.
Oh, and we might just have an interview with Sega about it! Keep your eyes peeled!