Sonic Team just opened up Pandora’s Box.
Oh Sonic, how the mighty have fallen.
Once the Sega superstar with attitude, able to go toe-to-toe with Super Mario, and now, well, have you seen Sonic Boom? The blue blur’s descent into mediocrity has been a tragic one, notably starting with his shaky transition into the 3D. But many fans still revere those first forays into the third dimension with Sonic Adventure released on the Dreamcast in 1998 and its 2001 sequel. These games are remembered fondly, and with each new 3D iteration of Sonic, many cry out for the series to return to its roots with a new Adventure game. But are these games really worthy of such praise, or is our nostalgia playing with our memories? After returning to these games recently through the magic of PSN, I can now say it’s the second. Definitely the second.
Welcome to Level Select! The new series that explores and pays tribute to some of gaming’s most memorable moments. In this entry, we’re covering one of the most beloved stages from the Sonic The Hedgehog series: City Escape.
Let’s face it. With the advent of video reviews and live streaming gameplay online, it’s been years since any publisher has truly relied on a TV advertisement campaign to sell their game. Still, that doesn’t change the fact that for decades there was no better way to sell your game to kids than with a totally rad 30 second TV commercial or magazine ad. Fortunately for punks like us who get a kick out of critiquing things that were never meant to be taken seriously, a handful of those game ads are so mind blowingly strange that we had no choice but to compile a list to laugh and scoff at until we all feel a wee bit better about ourselves.