Mismanaged Franchises That Deserve Better

Mismanaged Franchises That Deserve Better

The Sonic the Hedgehog series has been a dramatic rollercoaster ride for its fans. The once-proud series that challenged Mario for the industry crown sputtered out in the early 2000s and never recovered. Games like Sonic 2006 show off what a mess development of the series has been at times, and even earnest attempts at giving fans what they want through Sonic the Hedgehog 4 have fallen flat.

Perhaps the most fundamental misunderstanding of fan desires came with the Sonic Boom spin-off series, which redesigned the characters as more cartoony and the gameplay as slower and more methodical to largely negative reception.

2006 show off what a mess development of the series has been at times, and even earnest attempts at giving fans what they want through Sonic the Hedgehog 4 have fallen flat. Perhaps the most fundamental misunderstanding of fan desires came with the Sonic Boom spin-off series, which redesigned the characters as more cartoony and the gameplay as slower and more methodical to largely negative reception.

Thankfully, other games have begun carrying the speedy platforming torch for ol’ Sonic while Sega works to figure out the right way to approach a game centered on the industry icon. Titles that reward players for quickly and stylishly completing levels like Action Henk or even Sega’s own Tembo the Badass Elephant will light up the eyes of the previously enthused Sonic fan, while less-derivative experiences like Speedrunners or the Rayman series could also help scratch that itch.

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