Why Sonic The Hedgehog is Dead

Timothy Wheeler

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Some Sonic games are not meant to be a complete success. There are many games that have been a let down for the franchise ever since the 3D eras. The Sonic Team corporation does not care about what fans think about the games, all they care about is the cash they make for the games. There have been some good games in the 3D eras like “Sonic Adventure” and “Sonic Adventure 2” and arguably “Sonic Heroes” was an ok game, until the game “Shadow the hedgehog” began to bury the franchise. There have been some TV shows that have been bringing Sonic down as well.

In the game “Shadow the Hedgehog” we see shadow carrying a gun, riding vehicles, and using profanity in a game rated E10+. The story begins with Shadow with amnesia wondering who he is, suddenly an alien race called the black arms takes over earth. Their leader, Black Doom, sends Shadow to find all seven chaos emeralds without any questions asked. The thing is whoever plays the game has to beat it 10 times, good, evil, android, or a self pity emo, to get to the last story which makes the game pointless. The gameplay is kinda slippery, but the animation and the guns are very useful. The animation brings us nostalgia of sonic heroes which had the same gameplay animation. The voice acting in the game is brought from 4kids “Sonic X” which was not getting used to for fans if they grew up with Ryan Drummond or Jaleel White. The rating in this game on http://www.ign.com/games/shadow-the-hedgehog/gcn-734824 is rated 4.9 out of 10.

Next game that made fans ashamed of the franchise is “Sonic the Hedgehog” known as “Sonic 06”. This game may not be that bad as “Shadow the hedgehog” but it seems that “Sonic 06” was one of the worst games of 2006. The story starts us with a princess named Elise celebrating the festival of the sun, when Dr. Ivo Robotnik, also known as “Eggman” attacks the princess and Sonic has to swoop in and save her until she gets kidnaped over and over again. One of our main characters Silver the hedgehog came from the future 200 years after an incident occurred. Along with his friend Blaze the cat, he was shown by a dark minister known as Mephiles the Dark, that sonic is responsible for releasing a flaming monster known as Iblis, so he sets out to destroy him. Meanwhile Shadow the hedgehog is now working for “G.U.N.” a military force. Working with Rouge the bat and a robot named E-123 Omega to search for the scepter of darkness where Mephiles was sealed. Once the scepter broke apart Mephiles escaped and tries to convince Shadow to join him for as he knows what the humans will do to him in the future. In the last story Mephiles kills Sonic to release Iblis because when the princess cries the beast will return and solaris will form, and Elise has grown a bond with Sonic. The rest of the characters get sent off to a time space rift and the only way to bring Sonic back to life and destroy solaris is to have all seven emeralds together. Elise kisses Sonic and along with the emeralds he turns Super Sonic. In the end Elise went back in time to change time by blowing out solaris as a small flame meaning the entire story never happened and playing this game is yet again pointless. There are so many glitches in the game that it may be impossible to complete this game. Sonic’s story in speed sections is too fast that the controls keep flying off to get a game over. Shadow’s story was not that bad but vehicle sections are terrible and slow. Silver’s story is very slow paced and and the dusty desert stage made a lot of people angry at the end of the stage.The voice acting was from the same 4kids show but they managed to do it well this time. And the music was the best out of the game. The rating on the game on http://www.ign.com/games/sonic-the-hedgehog-2007/xbox-360-749072 is 4.8 out of 10.

The last game that made some people refuse to get a Wii U is “Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric” which is by far the worst sonic game of all time. The corporation Sonic Team decided to take a break after “Sonic Lost World” was called a rip off mario game, so the company “Big Red Button” who are some workers of “Naughty Dog” took over and changed a few things in the characters. Sonic is less self centered and he cares for his team. Amy hides her feelings for Sonic yet she is kind of a control freak. Knuckles now focuses on lifting weights instead of an education. Tails is the character that hasn’t been changed, he is still a scientist and he is still inspired by Sonic to do great things. The new character Sticks the badger is a paranoid jungle badger who is worried about their government taking over her life and she has a fear of aliens, but in all of her paranoia she can be right at most terms. The story starts off with Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy foiling Dr. Eggman evil plans when the team ends up in a tomb with a giant half snake half robot known as Lyric who has been in the chamber for a thousand years. Sonic accidentally frees Lyric from his chambers and The team has to search for chaos crystals before Lyric uses them to make a robot army. Before he had to get the crystals he had to have a map from a thousand years ago. The gameplay is what brought hell to the franchise. It focuses more on combat than speed. The game is very slow and have a bunch of glitches. There are weapons in the game but it is bogus to the fans, it brought us nostalgia of “Ratchet and Clank”. The voice acting are not actors from the 4kids tv show, the voice acting changed with Roger Craig Smith who has been doing voice acting of characters from “Regular Show” since 2010’s “Sonic Free Riders” and “Sonic Colors” which is actually well done. The music is forgettable and no one cares about it. The rating on the game in http://www.ign.com/games/sonic-boom/wii-u-20012785 is rated 4.3 out of 10.

The TV shows are not as bad as the games; there are some that managed to be perfect and others not so much. The first Sonic TV show “The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog” is actually the worst tv show in the 90’s other than Mario cartoons. That show is beyond weird and usually it’s a kids film but for kids 3 and under would enjoy this show. The next show “Sonic the Hedgehog” is based of the comics where Dr. Robotnik took over Mobius and Sonic and his friends Tails, Sally Acorn, Antoine, Rotor, and Bonnie Rabbit finds a way to bring back Mobius to it’s peaceful stage.This series is actually better than the ninja turtles cartoon. “Sonic Underground” is filled with songs and a little bit of drama, When Sonic’s mother had to give him and his siblings Sonia and Manic up to save Mobius from Robotnik, the three hedgehogs will rule. 4kids “Sonic X” is less better than “Sonic the hedgehog” but it has good style and it is the first Sonic the hedgehog anime series. the first two seasons were a little bad with this character Chris Thorndike, a human boy who has been taking care of Sonic since he transported through an alternate universe. Season two brought back good memories from “Sonic Adventure” 1 and 2, but they are not as good as the games themselves. In the third season it has been 6 years when Sonic returned to his home world, Chris built a machine to transport himself to Sonic’s world to help sonic fight against an organization called Metarex. Last show that is running right now is “Sonic Boom”, a cartoon network, 11 minute, comedy for kids. This is by far the best Sonic show ever since “Sonic X” and this is a 3D sonic cartoon and it is managed perfectly. The latest Sonic game “Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric” is based off the tv show. The main problem with this show other than it’s few animation errors or less drama, new episodes comes on saturdays 7 a.m. east coast and west coast. People do not want to wake up this early to watch a tv show.

It has been almost 25 years of this beloved character. Sony productions say that there will be a live action sonic film coming in 2016, but sadly they have not announced a trailer or character designs yet.  Hopefully this movie will be a success than the other video game films like “Super Mario Bros.” Unlike the “Sonic” OVA film, it will be based on Modern Sonic instead of Classic Sonic.

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Why Sonic The Hedgehog is Dead