2017 could so easily have been the Year of the Hedgehog thanks to the arrival of two high-profile Sonic releases. It goes without saying that Sonic Mania is something truly special, a brilliant return to classic 2D platforming for the franchise - but on the 3D side of things, Sega came up short. Sonic Forces was a disappointment, a real shame bearing in mind just how good Sonic Generations was - especially on PC. The game has aged remarkably well, has exceptional modding support and runs well and looks wonderful at full 4K on GTX 970-level hardware.
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Why are Sonic's eyes green in Sonic Adventure, the franchise's first serious crack at a fully 3D polygonal platformer? It turns out there's a lovely little story behind that. Ristar creator Yuji Uekawa was the man tasked with revamping Sega's mascot for his debut on Dreamcast. Some of his decisions were practical: shrinking Sonic's enormous, swept-back skull and elongating his limbs, for instance, so that he doesn't look like a fuzzy joystick when viewed from the rear. Others were a touch more poetic. "He is always seeing these green pastures around him, like in Green Hill Zone," Uekawa explains in an interview conducted for Sega's 25th anniversary artbook. "I thought it would be nice to reflect that in his eyes."
Sonic superfans The Great Lange and Murasaki Fox have whipped up a prototype for a fan-made game called Sonic Utopia and it's got a heck of a trailer.
Sega mascot and Mario arch-frenemy Sonic the Hedgehog has turned 25 today.
Sega has joined the rest of the internet by inserting snippets of actor Shia LaBeouf's bats*** insane motivational speech into another video. In this case, LaBeouf inspires Sonic to "just do it" and kick Doctor Eggman's butt at the conclusion of Sonic Generations.
Fans have done what Sega won't - clever-clogs modders have released a version of Sonic Unleashed for PC.
Sega developer Takashi Iizuka has outlined his vision for Sonic on the PlayStation 4 and next Xbox.
The first two Game Gear titles to launch on the 3DS eShop will likely be Shinobi and Sonic Triple Trouble.
Three dollops of Sonic the Hedgehog content will be available to download on PC from today, following the release of Sonic Generations last month, Sega has announced.
The fate of two of the big name titles missing from yesterday's US November top 10 has been revealed.
NPD analyst Anita Frazier told Eurogamer that Michel Ancel's well-reviewed platformer Rayman Origins sold just over 50,000 copies during its first four weeks on sale.
She didn't reveal where it placed on the chart, though, for some context, Super Mario 3D Land managed 625,000 and didn't make the top 10.
Green Hill casts a long shadow over Sonic Generations on the 3DS. On the 20th anniversary of a series that has lost its way more than once, with each new release promising that this time, no really, this time the old magic will be recaptured, it's appropriate and yet slightly defeatist to open with the same stage that resonates so strongly for so many fans.
This is the Sonic we mean when we pine for the glory days of the blue hedgehog; a rollercoaster of verdant slopes and dizzying spins, rewarding players for taking the high road or the low road, and giving the sedate platform genre a much-needed red sneaker up the arse in the process.
It's a legacy that the series has struggled to live up to, and it's notable that the brightest moments of Generations' 3DS incarnation come in the first three stages, which recreate not only the iconic Green Hill Zone but also Casino Night from Sonic 2 and Mushroom Hill from Sonic & Knuckles. It's thrilling and comforting to revisit these beautifully designed courses, their familiar contours refreshed by a crisp 3D makeover.
Battlefield 3 has clung to the top spot in the UK all format charts, denying PlayStation 3 exclusive Uncharted 3 a first place finish.
It's Sonic's 20th birthday, and Sega has given him the best gift possible to celebrate. Sonic Generations will be, for many, the best turn that the hedgehog's put in for years, blending the 3D acrobatics of Sonic Colours and the more retrograde 2D thrills of Sonic 4 - and indeed the three other numbered Sonic games that preceded it.
20 years after the release of Sonic the Hedgehog, perhaps the most interesting thing Sega could have done would have been not to celebrate his anniversary, because goodness knows we have been invited to do so on enough occasions already. It could even be argued that in those 20 years Sonic has been subject to more rose-tinted compilations than enjoyable sequels.
If the series is famous for one other thing besides its hero, however, then surely it is Sega's unwavering devotion to his longevity, and thus it was no surprise when Sonic Generations sped onto release lists for the end of this year, just 12 months after the warmly received Sonic Colors. What's more surprising - and gratifying - is that for once the new game is both compilation and enjoyable sequel.
With help from a new time-travelling foe who has jumbled up the series' history, the action is split between 2D levels starring a mute, plain-shaded, slightly plumper Sonic, limited to spin attack and spin dash, and hybrid levels that mix 2D and 3D elements featuring the taller, mouthier and shader-spangled modern Sonic, with his arsenal of homing attacks, stomps, drifts and slides.
Who would win in a fight between Nathan Drake, James Bond and Sonic the Hedgehog? Wait seven days and the charts will tell us - all three heroes have new games out this week.
Sonic Generations is the most pre-ordered title in the history of the franchise, publisher Sega has boasted.
Sonic Generations' 3DS version will launch in the UK on 25th November, Sega has revealed.
That date is three days after its 22nd November US launch and a couple of weeks on from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions, which arrive on European shores next week.
Sega has also firmed up release dates for an array of other 3DS titles, including the handheld version of Mario & Sonic at the London Olympic Games, due 10th February in Europe.
Upcoming Sega platformer Sonic Generations includes the original Mega Drive Sonic the Hedgehog game as an unlockable extra, the publisher has announced.
Compare the handheld version to its console brethren.
The 3DS version of Sega's forthcoming platformer Sonic Generations arrives on 22nd November, the publisher has announced.
Pre-purchase the PC version of forthcoming Sega platformer Sonic Generations through Steam, and you'll get complimentary downloads of Sonic 3D Blast and Sonic 3 & Knuckles.
The offer is good to go as of today, with the game setting you back a very manageable £19.99. The two additional Sonic games will be playable as soon as you purchase, whereas Generations will race down your internet pipe on 4th November.
Should you already own either 3D Blast or Sonic 3 & Knuckles, you're free to gift them to a chum.
A second Sonic Generations demo goes live on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live from 19th October, Sega has announced.
While the first demo, released back in June, showcased Classic Sonic stages, this time you can try out some Modern Sonic gameplay in the title's Green Hill level.
The full game then launches on PC download, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 4th November, with a 3DS and boxed PC release following later in the month.
PC download version pictured.
UPDATE: Sega has made Sonic Generations on PC official.
Crisis City! Rooftop Run! Planet Wisp!
Statue! Art! Soundtrack! Gold ring!
Given the number of delightful oddities that came out of Japan when the DS first launched, it's been rather sad to see such a conservative first wave of 3DS software. With that in mind, not to mention the relative paucity of announcements at E3 a few months back, this year's Tokyo Games Show was an important week for the handheld. Would developers finally step up with some serious support for the system, or would the industry place all its chips on Vita?
Sega has announced a 4th November release date for Sonic Generations.
This is the hybrid of vintage 2D side-scrolling Sonic and the more recent 3D offerings.
The story follows Sonic as he is sucked off back through time, reliving the series' history.
Sonic Generations gets a lavish Collector's Edition when it launches later this year, Sega has announced.
Available for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game, but not the 3DS, the European-exclusive set includes the following extras:
A collectable figurine featuring both classic Sonic and modern Sonic
Mushroom Hill Zone explored.
A raft of Sega games will be playable at Eurogamer Expo 2011.
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As Sonic celebrates his 20th anniversary, Sega West boss Mike Hayes has admitted to "making too many Sonic games", promising: "The development teams now know what they need to do" with future titles.
Demo available from Xbox Live, PSN.
The Sonic Generations demo launched today on Xbox Live displays in stereoscopic 3D.
A demo of Sonic Generations has just hit Xbox Live Marketplace.
PlayStation 3 owners will be able to download a Sonic Generations demo from tomorrow, Sonic's 20th Anniversary.
Sega's Sonic Anniversary bundle also gets a 20 per cent price cut - it contains Sonic, Sonic 2, Sonic 4 Episode 1, Sonic Adventure, the DX add-on and the Sonic 4 dynamic theme.
Also this week: Several big games get new DLC. L.A. Noire's Cole Phelps gets a new Arson Case, Nicholson Electroplating, to solve. Killzone 3's From the Ashes map pack adds four new locales - but no zombies. Mortal Kombat adds a "Klassic" skin pack, while LittleBigPlanet 2 gets Tron: Evolution gear.
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Following much speculation last month, Sega has officially announced a 3DS version of forthcoming platformer Sonic Generations.
Sonic Generations is getting a 3DS release according to the latest SEGA earnings report.
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SEGA has just announced Sonic Generations for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
First hinted at earlier this month, it's a hybrid of classic 2D side-scrolling Sonic and the series' more recent 3D offerings.
The game sees Sonic sucked into mysterious "time holes". Tossed back through the franchise's history, he's reunited with both old friends and classic 2D Sonic. The pair will then team up to find out who's behind the strange goings-on.
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