Sonic’s Historical Pitfalls With 3D (And How Borders Can Avoid Them)

There’s a lot to love about the 3D graphical realism and cinematic experience that many modern video game licenses have become known for. On the other hand, many prefer the retro graphics and 2D gameplay of fifth generation or earlier consoles. It might seem obvious, but there was a transitional phase in the industry when 2D franchises started getting 3D titles. After all, Nintendo didn’t go from Super Mario Bros. 3 directly to Mario 3D World + Bowser Fury. mario is a franchise that made a successful leap to 3D with Super Mario 64. Unfortunately, just like the famous 3D bunny, Sonic had a checkered history with 3D adaptations.


It is not the case that Sonic didn’t have great 3D adaptations. Sonic Adventure had smooth gameplay and a decent story so it is enjoyed even to this day. Sega had a working formula, and all it had to do was stick to it. The downward spiral of Sonic games after Adventure stems entirely from Sega doing the opposite of that. Instead of just refining something that works like how super mario galaxy Evolved from Super Mario 64, Sega has continued to reinvent the wheel at every turn. Not only were the constant changes a headache for developers, but many catastrophic releases would reduce Sonic to a minor license. If Sega is to restore the franchise’s image, it must learn from past failures with sound borders.

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The Genesis of Sonic 3D Games

There was 3D Sonic front games Adventure; they or they were just below average. Sonic Maze, an action-puzzle platformer released in 1995, was Sega’s first attempt at rudimentary 3D gameplay with platforms and springboards. The most remarkable aspect of Sonic Maze is that Sonic works slowly. For its part, 3D Sonic Blast released the following year, calling on players to use insight and patience to locate enemies around the map. Previous 2D Players Sonic games starting with sonic the hedgehog and beyond could not be expected to be shrewd, patient and slow in their Sonic game vocabulary.

A year later, in 1997, Sonic R would be released as a competitor of Mario Kart. Instead of having characters driving vehicles, Sonic R most of them run or slide like Tails and Robotnik. As a racing game, the speed theme should be perfect for Sonic, but the gameplay faced another major problem. discount Sonic R is absolutely atrocious. It is almost impossible to walk a few meters without slipping all over the track and ending up in the water. This is important as handling and controls would remain a recurring issue in the future. Sonic games too. Somehow early Sonic 3D attempts have been prophetic in predicting the identity crisis that Sonic still suffers today in the modern era.

Sonic Adventure had a formula that worked

Chaos 0 against Sonic in the opening of Sonic Adventure

The first one Sonic 3D game that would have a working formula is Sonic Adventure. When leaving, Sonic AdventureThe visuals and gameplay of were commendable, but it’s also considered one of the best Sega games to date. Of course, the game wasn’t perfect; FMV cutscenes and audio in general were poor, glitches were frustrating, and the camera was buggy.

Some have speculated that Sonic Adventure could relegate the Dreamcast among the best sixth-generation consoles after Saturn’s failed run. They were wrong about it, but Sonic Adventure had laid a good foundation for this future Sonic games could build on and refine. Sega foolishly decided not to.

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Don’t Be Sonic 06

Sonic 06

Sonic 06 is certainly the most infamous Sonic game and still gives nightmares to Sonic fans to this day. The saddest part of this game’s journey is that Sonic 06 was to be the franchise’s big revival for the 15th anniversary after years of lackluster titles. That’s why it shouldn’t be called Sonic Adventure 4 or sonic fantasy, but sonic the hedgehog like the original 1991 game. Unfortunately, the developers were under pressure to complete the game for the anniversary date. Additionally, there were three teams to create the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii versions, with the latter never even coming out. Sensing impending doom, Yuji Naka, the mastermind behind Sonicwould resign before launch.

The high expectations during the preview only make the Sonic 06 more painful experience. Character design was inconsistent between the Final Fantasy-esque aesthetic and modern urban fashion, the gameplay oscillated between awful and non-existent, and the plot was a mess, with characters constantly traveling through time with no respect for Sonicis the preexisting canon. Yes Sonic Adventure had a drunk camera, the camera in Sonic 06 was worse, with the added bonus of not locking the target on bosses. This made boss fights unbearable, especially against Silver. For obvious reasons, the romantic tension between Sonic, a cartoony blue hedgehog, and Elise, a human, has left many a player uneasy.

Sonic’s Perpetual Identity Crisis

Sonic Frontiers learns from Sonic Unleashed

It is essential for a franchise to have a working formula since this formula will determine its identity. For example, gamers more or less know what to expect from a 3D game mario game because Nintendo used the successful formula of Super Mario 64 and build on it with each subsequent playthrough. Sega could have done the same, but instead changed the Sonic formula for each game.

From the convoluted storylines to the underutilized cast of Sonic characters with werewolf transformations, as well as lazy writing and overambitious projects, Sonic suffers from an identity crisis. The blue hedgehog doesn’t know what kind of game he wants to play, and sound borders is a chance to really wipe the slate clean.

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