A few years ago, leading up to Sega’s latest mainline Sonic The Hedgehog title, the company was confident it wasn’t going to disappoint fans with the game that would later be announced as Sonic Forces. The company even went as far to apologize for the lack of quality control with its recent Sonic titles. Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric sits at a 32/100 on Metacritic, and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal is currently at a 47. Needless to say, they disappointed fans across the globe. Unfortunately, Sonic Forces didn’t raise the bar much higher, receiving a mostly lukewarm response from the majority of fans and critics. Here is what we here at Nintendo Enthusiast had to say about the title.
“Sonic Forces isn’t the next Super Mario Odyssey that some Sonic fans wanted — It’s not a great game, but it’s solid. It looks nice, plays smooth, and the gameplay variety is solid. It’s an average 3D Sonic game at a budget price, and that’s not really a bad thing.”
This was pretty upsetting after the company assured quality control with its products from there on out. Sonic Forces being a dud was sort of a smack in the face to fans everywhere after Sega openly assured it would do better. You can read the quote below.
“We did our best to build a relationship of mutual trust with older fans of Sega — but looking back, there’ve been some titles that have partially betrayed that [trust] in the past 10 years.”
CEO Director and Chairman of Sega Hajime Satomi added more to this during a Famitsu interview:
“Seeing our fans across the world respond to our recent interview with Famitsu, lets us know we’ve made the right first step in acknowledging who we are and where we want to be. Sega is dedicated to bringing you quality gaming experiences and becoming a brand you love and trust again.”
So where do I stand in all of this? Well, I think Sega should finally release a true sequel to Sonic Adventure 2: Battle.
Sonic Adventure 3
A few true gems of the Sonic The Hedgehog series are undoubtedly the Adventure games (Sonic Adventure DX: Director’s Cut, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle). Although, Sonic Generations and Sonic Colors were also received pretty well by critics and fans alike. However, I think the Adventure era of Sonic The Hedgehog was the greatest. The gameplay was intuitive and not nearly as heavy or scripted as the latest games in the series. In other words, it was the perfect blend of fast-paced action and platforming. The music and presentation were zany, weird, and for the most part, loved — and most important of all, there were Chao!
Bro, do you even Chao?
Chao — a fun, mindless addition in the Sonic Adventure titles. Maybe this is my nostalgia speaking to me, but I adored this aspect of Sonic Adventure 1 & 2. Raising my Chao is literally an unforgettable experience from my childhood. I was so addicted to leveling them up, breeding, and trading with my cousins (via memory cards). When my favorite Chao died, a part of me died a little inside — it was pretty dramatic for a nine-year-old (R.I.P. Flappy). Yes, I was only nine when Sonic Adventure 2: Battle came out, but I’m all grown up now and I want to raise some damn Chao again! This addition could do wonders in a new Sonic game — especially with some new features added, which brings me to my next topic.
Recently, we’ve been seeing other popular publishing companies release games/companion apps alongside their AAA games (Fallout Shelters from Bethesda, FFXV Pinball from Square Enix). This strategy is working, and I really want Sega to pull this off with a Sonic app or game for iOS and Android. It could be a multitude of things; I personally want it to be a Chao companion app used to raise and level up your Chao on the go – along with a variety of other cool features that I’m not clever enough to come up with. While it could also be a traditional Sonic experience, the game/app needs to affect and connect with the main game on console in some way, shape, or form.
The bottom line is, Sega is failing to appease its Sonic The Hedgehog fans. With the upcoming Team Sonic Racing releasing later this year, Sega will probably announce its next mainline Sonic title not long after. I’m hoping the company fulfills my dreams of Sonic Adventure 3 with Chao included. Either way, I hope it’s a quality release in the long-running series, because fans really deserve it at this point.
I want to know what you think, are you hoping for a sequel in the Sonic Adventure series? Were you obsessed with raising Chao like me? What do you think Sega could do to really shake up the Sonic formula? Be sure to leave all of your thoughts in the comments section below, or join the discussion over on our Facebook page!
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Brett Medlock is a senior editor and a lead on video production here at Enthusiast Gaming. He’s obsessed with action-adventure games, platinum trophies, and K-pop. To hear more about how lame he is, follow him on Twitter @brettnll