Past Rants, Raves & Views

Project Needlemouse Gets to the Point

Finally. What we've been waiting for since 1994. On Thursday 4th February 2010, Sega extricated the title of their latest hot topic.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4.

Now if that isn’t the last propaganda technique in this title, I’ll eat my Megadrive. Now let’s not write this off before it’s even test-worthy. Ok, so Sega have released a clip of about 1 second of mock-up gameplay, and it looks very promising. Even to get the most sceptical non-believers tapping their keyboards in anticipation of finding a second trailer clip. The part I’m worried about is the full title: Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1. Excuse moi? Episode? What is this, Sonic or Star Wars? It’s well known to avid followers by now that this title is slated for a summer release as DLC. You may think this limits the game size so that the game must be broken down into more modem-befriending, byte-sized segments. However, please Sega, couldn't you have been more creative? Take Sonic the Hedgehog 3 for example. Those of you like me will happily remember that this game featured two “episodes”, Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles. Very clever. Split the game in half, sell it twice, the kiddies get a sequel to sonic 3 in 8

months after the release, everyone’s happy…

Well. This time it’s tasting a bit bland. Ok, so I’m literally sweating in anticipation for Sonic 4, and what 16-Bit nutter isn’t? All I ask is- please Sega, take a look back at 1991, 1992 and 1994 and do it that way; or even browse 1993, where Sonic CD gave the relatively lucky few a taste of 90’s techno and time travelling!

One verdict can be assured, whether the game will get all the chaos emeralds, or spindash straight into a pit of spikes, it is sure to leave a lasting impression on Sega’s reputation. This is their Death Egg, their chance for victory, or Sonic’s Game Over.

Mark Hogan