Why aren’t these guys making Sonic 4?

Blue streak, speeds by...

So I was doing my usual read-up on Kotaku when I come across an article about a fan-made Sonic game in the works. So far it just consists of three acts in the Emerald Hill Zone, but not only does it look absolutely stunning, it also feels the way a Sonic game should! The physics feel natural and responsive, and they’ve absolutely nailed the sense of speed and momentum-building for the character. Check out this video showing off the gameplay of the game. I recommend watching it fullscreen at 720p or 1080p!

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Sonic 4: Is one episode enough?

Sonic the Hedgehog 4

I was a Sega kid growing up. In my eyes, Sonic was one of the biggest stars of gaming, a lightning-fast hedgehog whose spin-dashes would tear up the ground like an angry buzz-saw as I sat there dumbstruck in awe. The harmonious chiming of the rings as I picked them up was like music to my ears amidst the chaotic action taking place on the screen. Sonic & Knuckles to this day still has a place in my heart as one of the greatest games of all time.

Sadly, the franchise fast went downhill when games began to make the jump from 2D to 3D. Sega started focusing too much on the speed and spectacle of their little blue mascot, and the games became increasingly less fun to play. With the release of Sonic 4: Episode 1, Sega have pledged to bring Sonic back to his roots in an attempt to capture the hearts of understandably jaded Sonic fans. Does it succeed? The reviews so far for this rebirth had been mostly positive, so I figured I’d take the plunge and pick up the first episode of Sonic 4 for myself. Read the rest of this entry »

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Burning a hole in one’s wallet…

Fallout New Vegas

If there’s one thing that annoys me about this time of the year, it’s the sheer amount of games and movies that get crammed for release in the months leading up to Christmas. As a gamer who is eager to at least sample the big-name titles that come out each year, the prospects of actually keeping up with it all is mind-boggling!

If nothing else, it’s proving to be a test of both my patience and my self-discipline. I’m currently saving money for a holiday to Japan next March, and I’m being very careful to budget my money so I’m consistently putting aside enough for the trip, whilst allowing myself the freedom to indulge in a new release every now and again, though these are almost always imported to save cash (especially right now since the Australian and American dollars are almost equal at time of writing). Read the rest of this entry »

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