Sega has recently taken to social media where it has repeatedly teased some big Sonic The Hedgehog news. I personally haven’t been into any of the recent Sonic The Hedgehog games, my knowledge ends at Sonic Heroes — that being said, up until that point I was a Sonic super-fan in my youth.
Sega has recently mentioned, or should I say ‘apologized’ for, the lack of quality in their recent Sonic games. Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric sits at a 32/100 on MetaCritic, and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal is currently at a 47 — Needless to say the latest games in the series have left a bad taste in gamers’ mouths.
I have a simple four-step solution on where Sega should take the classic franchise next.
1. Give us Sonic Adventure 3
The last true gems of the Sonic The Hedgehog series were undoubtedly the Adventure games (Sonic Adventure DX: Director’s Cut, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle) Although an argument could be made for Generations, Colors, some spin-off titles, etc. However, I think the Adventure era of Sonic was the greatest. The gameplay was intuitive, the music was zany, weird, and for the most part, loved — and most important of all, there were Chaos!
2. Bring Back Chaos
Chaos — a fun, mindless addition in the two previous Sonic Adventure games. Raising my Chaos is literally an unforgettable experience for me. I was so addicted to leveling them up, breeding, and trading with my cousins (via memory cards). When my favorite Chao died, a part of me died a little inside — hey it was pretty dramatic for a 9 year old. Yes, I was nine when Sonic Adventure 2: Battle came out, I’m all grown up now though and I want to raise some damn Chaos again! This addition could do wonders in a new Sonic game — especially with some new features added, which brings me to this…
3. Release The Game on All Platforms
Hardcore Nintendo fans might disagree, but if Sonic is going to come back, Sega needs to go big, on all platforms available (PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, NX, and PC). The last three major Sonic games were stranded on the Wii U, which hasn’t exactly sold like hot-cakes — only a small percentage of people had the console for which the games were available on. It’s time for the beloved series to be more accessible to gamers again.
4. Mobile, 3DS, Vita Integration
Recently we’ve been seeing other popular publishing companies release games/companion apps alongside their AAA games (Fallout Shelters, FFXV Pin-ball). This strategy is working, and I really hope Sega pulls this off with a Sonic App/Game for 3DS, Vita, and Mobile. The more logical thing to do is to release it only on iOS and Android, but I’m a purist when it comes to dedicated video game handhelds, and physical buttons that the 3DS and Vita offer. This could be a multitude of things; I want it to be a Chao companion App used to raise and level up your Chaos on the go – along with a variety of other cool features I’m not clever enough to think of. Although it could also be a traditional Sonic experience, the game/app needs to effect/connect with the main game on console in some way, shape, or form.
What do you think of Sega announcing Sonic Adventure 3? Do you agree with me? Do you think this is just silly? Leave all your thoughts in the comments section below!