Sega Returns To Its Roots With Sonic The Hedgehog 4
What is "Project Needlemouse?" Well, it's Sega's latest attempt at reviving the ailing Sonic franchise.
According to GameSpot, Sega wants to make this a "proper sequel" to both the original Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 3; this new game will be called, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1. You can view a trailer through the link above and as you can see, it starts with a quick retrospective of the classic series and also tells us that it'll arrive for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii as a downloadable title this summer. It sure as hell looks 2D, which is exactly what the fans have wanted ever since Sega started messing up the 3D installments; most recently, Sonic Unleashed and the ill-advised Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. Apparently, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 will simply pick up where Sonic & Knuckles left off, re-incorporating old-school 2D gameplay mechanics much to the delight of veteran fans. For years, we haven't found a Sonic game worth playing...but how can anyone resist the allure of a true-blue 2D sequel?
The other good news is that as a downloadable title, it won't cost anywhere near as much as a standard disc-based game. A perfect rejuvenation for the summer!
2/4/2010 10:49:17 AM Ben Dutka