Sonic's 20th anniversary is coming up. You had to know that Sega would release some sort of limited-edition Sonic the Hedgehog thing similar to what Nintendo did with Super Mario All-Stars for Mario. But recently it has felt like Sega has been trying to rekindle the love of its fans every year. Every year there has been a Sonic remake or a Sonic collection or a Sonic reboot or combination of the three thrown onto store shelves; and save for a couple of rare successes, each has been met with indifference from all but the most diehard of fans.
Last year Sega released Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I, episodic fan service created to please disillusioned Sonic fans. It failed to live up to expectations because, like most recent Sonic games, it demonstrated that A) its original creators were long gone, B) even they had long forgotten what made the franchise so popular and C) new people put on the series have a hard time recapturing that Sonic magic. (Incidentally, there has been recent talk of doing an Episode II.)
Despite its failures, Sega just keeps on trying and this year, just in time for that 20th anniversary, Sega has come up with Sonic Generations. Not a lot is known about the game, but the teaser video making the rounds has sparked some discussion.
The question (or questions) is should we temper our expectations? Can Sega actually release something that will do the franchise justice after so many tries? How many times can you reboot a franchise before it becomes clear you haven't a clue what to do?
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