Tag: Sonic

  • News Sonic and Angry Birds Join Forces at Last in a Crossover No One Asked For

    Five smartphone games see series collide

    SEGA purchased Rovio a little while ago now, so it’s a surprise it’s taken this long for Sonic the Hedgehog and Angry Birds to meet. But as of right now, the two franchises have clashed in five smartphone games, through until 21st March. This includes Angry Birds 2,

  • News SEGA Wonders Whether Releasing Sonic Superstars Next to Mario Was a Good Idea

    It wasn't

    Sonic Superstars is a side-scrolling platformer available on multiple consoles, but it was always going to have a hard time in 2023 against a critically acclaimed Super Mario title. Speaking as part of its latest financial sales report, publisher SEGA hinted that launching the co-op outing against Nintendo’s latest – as well as...

  • News Sonic Frontiers Writer to Return for 'Truly Important' PS5, PS4 DLC

    Speeding in later this year

    Ian Flynn is a familiar name to fans in the Sonic the Hedgehog community, as he’s the scribe behind a number of stories, including comics, television shows, and games. Most recently he penned the plot to Sonic Frontiers, the most recent PS5 and PS4 game which enjoyed a pretty positive reception from players. And now...

  • News Sonic Frontiers' Worst PS5, PS4 Trophy No Longer Gnaws At Your Soul

    Bulk up

    Have you got the Platinum Trophy in Sonic Frontiers? You know exactly what we’re talking about, then! While debate rages about whether this release is actually good or not – we enjoyed it – there’s no question that upgrading Speed and Ring statistics with the Elder Koco proved a nightmare. This is because, in order to unlock both...

  • News Try Out Sonic Frontiers PS5, PS4 for Free with PS Plus Premium Trial

    Out later this week

    PS Plus has been getting a lot better of late, and one aspect that’s certainly impressed us has been the free trials. Available with top tier PS Plus Premium, these allow you to play several hours from a rapidly increasing list of games, and you can continue your progress if you decide to pick any of them up at a later date...

  • News Retro Compilation Sonic Origins Could Be Getting a Plus Update

    Plus what?

    Looks like SEGA will be building upon its already sturdy Sonic Origins compilation with a Plus upgrade similar to Sonic Mania. A classification submitted to the Korean ratings board references the release of Sonic Origins Plus, which will presumably include additional content – potentially Game Gear games, Ma

  • News Sonic Frontiers, Genshin Impact Fans at War Over Players' Voice Award

    The Game Awards gets heated

    Battle lines have been drawn and a video game war is being fought across social media: it's Sonic Frontiers vs. Genshin Impact. Both titles have been nominated for the Players' Voice Awards at The Game Awards tomorrow night, and the hardcore fanbase of each game has taken it upon itself to try and make their chosen game...

  • Poll What Review Score Would You Give Sonic Frontiers?

    Unknown territory

    Sonic Frontiers has been on the market for about a week or so now, and at least from our perspective, the reception has been reasonably positive. Even shockingly positive, some might argue, for what is the latest entry in a long line of critically panned 3D Sonic games. We really enjoyed the open world adventure, as per our Sonic...

  • Poll Did You Buy Sonic Frontiers?

    Feeling blue

    Sonic Frontiers is here, and it's actually...pretty good? Well, that's what our own Sonic Frontiers PS5 review says, and it's currently sitting at a respectable 73 on Metacritic — which, let's be honest, is fairly high for a modern Sonic title. You could argue that the Blue Blur is back, then, but have the review scores been enough to...

  • News Sonic Frontiers Dev Confident People Will 'Understand' the Game, No Plans for a Delay

    New previews are quite positive

    Ah, Sonic Frontiers. The open world adventure has endured a rough few weeks, with debut gameplay footage having been heavily criticised across the internet. Many fans have since called for a delay, which would in theory allow Sonic Team to further polish the game ahead of its Q4 2022 release window. However, in a new...

  • News Sonic's Stupid DLC Practices Sliced Apart by Devolver Digital's Trek to Yomi

    A cut above

    SEGA really dropped the ball earlier this week when it officially announced Sonic Origins. The remastered collection should be cause for celebration — it sounds like a great way to experience Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD, and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuck

  • News Good News, Everyone! There's a New Sonic the Hedgehog in Development

    No further details

    SEGA’s confirmed that a new Sonic the Hedgehog game is in development right now, but it stopped short of expanding on the details. Sonic Team chief Takashi Iizuka made the announcement during an SXSW Gaming 2019 panel over the weekend, where new Team Sonic Racing footage also debuted. Sonic Forces launched back in 2017 to,...

  • News Yes, This Is Apparently Sonic in the Sonic the Hedgehog Live Action Movie

    Gotta go

    That live action Sonic the Hedgehog movie coming later this year? Seemed like a bad idea from day one, and now the internet's freaking out over Sonic's supposed form in the upcoming film. See that up at the top of the article? That's probably him. Apparently, a style guide for the movie has leaked, revealing Sonic's somewhat creepy...

  • News SEGA Teases New Sonic Racing Release

    Gotta go fast

    As has been rumoured for a while, there’s a new Sonic Racing game in development. Speculation suggests that Sumo Digital – the developer of the excellent Sonic & Racing All-Stars Transformed – is at the helm, although this is unlikely to lean on the SEGA nostalgia that previous instalments did. A new trailer shows off a bunch...

  • News Sonic Mania Plus Adds Two New Characters This Summer

    Retail release finally confirmed

    Sonic Mania Plus will spin into brick and mortar stores this summer, SEGA announced during an SXSW panel this evening. The updated version – which will be available as a DLC pack for those who already own the title digitally – will add two new characters to the throwback sidescroller: Mighty the Armadillo and Ray...

  • News Furries in Frenzy as SEGA Lines Up Sonic the Hedgehog Feature Film

    Aw, yeah – this is happenin’

    There’s good news today for furry fans: SEGA has signed a deal with Paramount to bring Sonic the Hedgehog to the silver screen. In a potentially petrifying press release for the rest of the planet, the Japanese publisher notes that the adaptation – which will mix live action with CG animation – is set to...

  • Round Up Sonic Forces PS4 Reviews Strip Blue Blur's Rings

    Could be worse

    There’s no need for catty remarks from yours truly anymore, as it’s time for Sonic Forces (and its fanbase) to put up or shut up where critics are concerned. Hopefully the game’s good, but we can tell you that SEGA has decided not to send us code until after launch – and it seems like we’re not the only outlet in that boat...

  • News We Can't Handle the Sonic Forces Demo, Apparently

    It's not intended for us

    In a recent livestream for the upcoming Sonic Forces, it was announced that those looking for some hands on time prior to release will have their wishes fulfilled in the form of a demo, which is actually out now in Japan. However, the sampler -- which restricts play time to a minute -- won't be made available outside of the...

  • News There Will Be People Who Think This Sonic Forces Gameplay Is Good

    Drilling into Chemical Plant Zone

    They’re entitled to their opinion, of course – but they’re wrong. Deal with it.

  • News Sonic Forces' Casino Forest Looks Wilted in First Gameplay Footage

    A force not to be reckoned with

    Sonic fans seem eager to die for Sonic Forces, but is there anyone out there that genuinely believes this Casino Forest gameplay looks good? To be fair, the Classic Sonic gameplay appears to be the worst of the title’s three-pronged suite, but when it’s literally one-third of your game, is that really acceptable...

  • Hands On Sonic Forces Offers Both Slick Speed and Colourless Customisation

    To Infinite and beyond

    For fans of the Modern Sonic gameplay that was predominantly featured in Unleashed, Colors, and Generations, you can rest your fears as it returns in Sonic Forces feeling just as slick. Switching between the widescreen 3D and singular 2D, Sonic’s pace thankfully never outruns the screen. This issue occurred for some in...

  • News Oh Great! Shadow the Hedgehog Will Be Playable in Sonic Forces DLC


    Top-tier Sonic character Shadow the Hedgehog will be playable in Sonic Forces as part of an add-on pack available with the Digital Bonus Edition of the game. Word comes way of an errant listing on the Xbox Store, but we assume it’ll apply to the PlayStation 4 version, too. SEGA’s yet to comment on the leak, but we suspect it’ll pipe up...

  • News Sonic Forces Brings Back Classic SEGA Characters on 7th November

    NiGHTS to see you

    Sonic Forces will launch on 7th November in Europe and North America, and if you pre-order the retail release, you’ll snag some classic SEGA and Atlus customisable character items, allowing you to recreate the look of the likes of Beat from Jet Set Radio and AiAi from Super Monkey Ball. Here’s what associate editor Robert...

  • News Sonic Forces Spin Dashes PS4 on 9th November in Japan

    Still no word on Europe or North America

    Sonic Mania may be the best rated outing from the Blue Blur in eons, but Sonic Forces will attempt to outpace it later this year. SEGA has slapped a 9th November release date on the Sonic Team developed adventure in Japan – though there’s still no word on a North American or European launch date at the...

  • News Unsurprisingly, Sonic Mania Is the Highest Rated New Sonic Game of the Last 15 Years

    Shocking, we know

    "Sonic Mania is the highest-rated new Sonic game in 15 years. Thank you all so much for being part of this journey with us," reads a rather proud-sounding post penned by the official Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter account. The recently released retro-styled platformer currently sits at a metascore of 86 over on Metacritic, but does all...

  • News Sonic Mania Doesn't Have a Platinum Trophy for Some Reason

    Plenty of Chaos Emeralds, though

    No one’s going to skip the stellar-looking Sonic Mania over its weak roster of trinkets, but just a heads up: the game doesn’t have a Platinum Trophy. The inconsistency of Sony’s achievements system has reared its ugly mug again, with the full-length 16-bit throwback netting just 18 Trophies – and primarily...

  • News Sonic 2's Squashed Split-Screen Returns in Sonic Mania

    Nostalgia overload

    Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s loved but overlooked competitive multiplayer mode will return in Sonic Mania because, well, of course it bloody will. The split-screen feature appears to be remaining pretty faithful to its Mega Drive origins, as it squashes the screen in the ugliest manner imaginable. We’re particularly fond of the...

  • News Sonic Mania's Special Stages Know Their Audience Well

    Aw yeah, this is happenin'

    You can tell Sonic Mania’s been made by fans of the franchise, can’t you? The new Special Stages are like a nostalgia overload, as they fuse elements of every 16-bit era Sonic game into one. Essentially your objective here is a little like in Sonic CD: you need to catch the UFO. But eagle-eyed fans will notice the...

  • E3 2017 New Sonic Forces Trailer Introduces Old Foes

    The king of cubes

    Who’s the Blue Blur battling in the upcoming Sonic Forces? Is it Eggman? Maybe Metal Sonic? Could it even be that watery w*nker from Sonic Adventure? Nope, it looks like it’s all of 'em – and they're joined by Shadow the Hedgehog and a dude wielding cubes! Check it all out in the E3 2017 trailer above.

  • News Chemical Plant Zone Finds a New Formula in Sonic Mania

    Pick your poison

    Another day, another Sonic Mania update. SEGA has confirmed that Chemical Plant Zone will be joining the roster of re-imagined stages in its upcoming retro-themed release. As with all of the other levels in the game, the environment looks familiar at first blush but is host to a variety of new mechanics, including bouncy jelly water...

  • News Sonic's Pals Suck So SEGA Wants You to Make Your Own

    Sonic Forces to sport complete, er, character creator

    Sonic Forces will allow you to create your own custom member of the Blue Blur’s world-saving crew. Wait, what? Seriously, the third pillar of Sonic Team’s latest will allow you to fashion your own anthropomorphic hero to fight alongside Tails, Knuckles, et al. You’ll then take your avatar...

  • News Sonic 2017 and Sonic Mania Details Are Speeding Your Way Soon

    Rolling around

    Sonic the Hedgehog's picking up the pace this year, with SEGA supposedly bringing two titles to the PlayStation 4. The project known as 'Sonic 2017' has been kept under wraps since it was originally announced last year, while Sonic Mania, based on what we've seen so far, is looking like the return to form that the blue blur has been...

  • News Sonic Mania Continues to Shine in PS4 Gameplay Video

    Come for the footage, stay for the sexual tension

    You get more than you may be bargaining for in this Kinda Funny playthrough of Sonic Mania. First up, the video includes all-new footage of a brand new zone – Mirage Saloon – as well as the first gameplay of both Knuckles and Tails, who appear to function the same as their Mega Drive...

  • News Sonic Mania's PS4 Collector's Edition Is a Blu-ray Short of Brilliance


    Sonic Mania looks like the best title starring the blue blur in years, and SEGA's commemorating that fact with an awesome Collector's Edition. Two problems: it doesn't include a boxed copy of the PlayStation 4 game on Blu-ray and it's not coming out in Europe. This is a publisher that will insist on taking one step forward, and two steps...

  • News Oh Right, Sonic the Hedgehog's Spin-Dashing LEGO Dimensions

    Put a ring on it

    Considerably less exciting than the upcoming Sonic Mania, it's been confirmed after months of rumours and teasing that Sonic the Hedgehog will be joining the roster of Warner Bros' increasingly weird licensed love-in, LEGO Dimensions. The blue blur will be available as part of a level pack which will allow you to speed through some...

  • News Sonic Mania Is the PS4 Sequel You've Spent Your Adult Life Yearning For

    Spin master

    After the godawful Sonic the Hedgehog 4, it looks like SEGA has finally figured out a way of making a 2D Sonic title befitting of the Blue Blur's legacy. Due out on the PlayStation 4 next year, Sonic Mania looks like it's fallen straight out of the mid-90s, with "happening" electro tunes and some "lit" sprite work. GameSpot's stumbled...

  • News Sonic Sprints onto PS4 in Two New Games


    The blue blur has been MIA on PlayStation platforms since 2011's Sonic Generations – or, if we're counting spin-offs, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed in 2012. Over the last 14 years, SEGA has been working closely with Nintendo to bring exclusive Sonic games to their consoles, including Sonic Lost World, Mario & Sonic at the...

  • News NiGHTS and Sonic Adventure 2 Go HD in October

    Sweet dreams

    SEGA classics NiGHTS into Dreams and Sonic Adventure 2 are escaping the confines of standard definition and jumping onto PlayStation Network in fabulous HD next month. Under the SEGA Heritage label, the duo will be revitalised alongside Jet Set Radio, which is skating its way onto the PlayStation Store in September. We don't hav

  • News Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transforms to PS3 & Vita

    Get ready to race

    IGN's lifted the lid on SEGA's next character crossover, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. The mouthful of a title is coming to PS3 and Vita later this year. The transformed of the title refers to the vehicles' ability to transform into cars, boats and planes, but also the course's tendency to change and morph over time:...

  • News Lock-On to a Metal Sonic 4: Episode II Trailer

    Back in time

    Remember the Lock-On function of Sonic & Knuckles on the Mega Drive? It's making a resurgence in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2, as the trailer below shows. Anyone who owns Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I and the follow-up will be able to access four exclusive Metal Sonic levels that span the gap between Sonic CD and Sonic 4,...