previews\ May 3, 2006 at 8:00 pm

Sonic The Hedgehog - 360 - Preview

E3 2006 First Look Preview

Sonic the Hedgehog has been more than just SEGA’s official mascot. Over the years, Sonic has become a representation of the video game industry in and of itself, sticking out as an easily recognizable pop culture icon that people of all ages can immediately recognize. The Sonic the Hedgehog series has created games on many systems (some produced by SEGA, some not) and has been host to several changes along the way. Now, SEGA is introducing Sonic to next-gen hardware by going back to his roots.


Sonic the Hedgehog for the Xbox 360 does more than just return the series in name, but also focuses on the fundamental elements that made Sonic so great when it debuted on the SEGA Genesis fifteen years ago: Great graphics and an excellent sense of speed. Sonic the Hedgehog is shaping up to be a gorgeous game with an old school feel that will appeal to old-school gamers and newcomers alike.


Sonic The Hedgehog PlayStation 3 screenshots


The storyline follows Sonic to the water city of Soleana where he meets Princess Elise, a girl with a secret that could impact the world. A brief teaser trailer revealed snippets of the city which is somewhat based in reality compared to the fantasy worlds native to the Sonic series, as the people hold a bit more of a realistic look than the all out cartoony look that most of us are used to. Another mysterious character was revealed in the trailer who looked like a white version of the titular blue rodent, but that all remains to be seen…


Sonic The Hedgehog PlayStation 3 screenshots


Sonic will be updated in the obvious next-gen ways, with accurate physics, smarter AI and so on. But the look of Sonic himself has gotten an overhaul as well. The blue hero has gotten a slimmer, more aerodynamic look to him now and has improved textures about him. The game will also feature some great in town areas as well as the outdoor environments that we all know and love from the Sonic series. When Sonic picks up speed, a nice blur effect comes into play, which is a very nice touch.


Overall, Sonic the Hedgehog is looking to make a nice transition to the next generation by doing what he does best; hauling ass and looking good while doing it.

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