So, let’s be honest; Sonic has become a complete joke. I’ve never been particularly big on Sonic games, as for me the concept of combining high speed gameplay with precision platforming seems destined to fail. However, there are still legions of gamers who bore me with tales from the glory days of Sonic, before he started contracting lycanthropy and fighting Monty Python characters
|I'm not saying the Black Knight isn't a decent villain, but I bet he doesn't have a Death Egg.|
On reflection, I think we can therefore all agree that things aren’t going well for Sonic. The best game he’s been in of the last 5 years was “Super Smash Bros Brawl”, and even then he wasn’t the star of the show. You know things are bad when you get overshadowed by obscure Kirby villains. So, the question is; what should Team Sonic do?
|Seriously, The Sandbag has more of a fan base in this game than Sonic does.|
A lot of people would suggest a return to Sonic’s roots, which is something Team Sonic seem to be tending towards of late. Personally, I think this is both cynical and naive, a combination of traits I had previously thought impossible to simultaneously possess; cynical, as such a manoeuvre is a blatant attempt to make a cookie-cutter game that will please fans, and naive, because the idea of re-running former glories is destined to fail, if only due to the law of diminishing returns.
|Although we're promised a return to the classic style Sonic, are we really that bothered?|
Ultimately, yes, Sonic has gone in some stupid directions. But it has experimented way more than reliable franchises such as Zelda, and in that regard, if in no other, I think that is a victory for Sonic.