It pains me to say this, but I’m going to say it anyway.
I’m really starting to think that Sonic just doesn’t work in 3D. Virtually every single 3D Sonic game has had problems, and has been criticized as such for it.
I speak as someone who grew up with and loves the 2D games from the Mega Drive, and there are a couple of 3D games I love. Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Generations.
But as I make my way further into Sonic Adventure 2 (I bought it on Steam a while back) it gets harder and harder to enjoy. The camera is clunky and backwards, which doesn’t help during the knuckles levels. The graphics are nice, sure, but on some levels you need some degree of accuracy, like on the level I’m currently constantly dying on (Final Rush). It’s almost nothing but rails and it’s nigh on impossible to get where you WANT to go. It’s not helped by the constantly changing camera angles, and the second you pick up any speed, the slightest jerk on the joystick sends Sonic flying. I do, however like the story and the game is still fun, to a point.
Earlier today I tried to play Sonic and the Secret Rings … no comment.
They got it so right with Generations and yet in the games that followed, the old problems seemed to be back again? And they even managed to brutally murder him in 2D (or 2.5D) in Sonic 4 by removing the very thing that is the essence of Sonic The Hedgehog … SPEED!
My problems, personally, are that the games seem to be aimed at kids. The stories are a tad on the childish side and usually horribly voice acted. The last NEW Sonic game I played was Generations, and for some reason they seem to be sticking to Nintendo platforms. I certainly have no desire to get my hands on a WiiU just for Lost World. As far as the Wii goes, I played Sonic Colours once and lost interest in it. I tried to play Secret Rings, believe me I tried … I also played and got quite far on Unleashed but this game has a problem that a few other games have. 2006 had it, and I’m fairly certain Sonic Adventure 1 had something similar … The town stages. What the fuck is all that about. I don’t want to wonder round a place talking to idiots, just let me play the levels.
It’s so depressing, because Sonic has been a massive part of my gaming life, still is. I still own my Mega Drive cartridges, which get played. Sonic 3 still has my save from years ago. I don’t want to keep going back to the 2D games, but for me, that’s where the fun still lives.
It just doesn’t work well in 3D.