Y’know what my favourite Sonic game of the past decade has been? Sonic Generations, an opinion most Sonic the Hedgehog apologists like myself probably hold. So when Sega and Sonic Team went back on saying they were going to make a sequel to it and announced Sonic Forces, I was suitably… Excited is too strong a word. Mildly optimistic is better.
Once again the cycle renews, filling its disciples with hope that their saviour will once again return. Thus is the Sonic Cycle.
I’m going to put my hands up and identify myself as one of those people. Y’know, every time a new Sonic the Hedgehog title gets announced and the comments on the news articles are filled with people expressing their shock that people still buy these games. Yeah, me. I’m one of the people keeping the nightmare alive. I’m aware that Sonic the Hedgehog is probably a series that should just give up the ghost and leave it be, but when it comes to video game nostalgia, Sonic the Hedgehog is so rooted deeply to my core that I can’t help but woop in excitement when a new Sonic game gets announced, never mind two.
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Sonic the Hedgehog means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. To some he is a punchline, an opportunity to laugh at those who still seem desperately cling to a ship in the midst of being sunk, repeatedly. To others he is a constant source of frustration, a tease who seems so close to redeeming himself only to make them feel the fool once again. Then there are those that see Sonic as a terrible game series, one that was never really as good as everyone seemed to think it was.