“Sonic Origins” looks great, but with a catch – The Hawk Eye

It seems Sonic fans have been pretty good lately. With the release of “Sonic The Hedgehog 2” in the cinema and open-world game “Sonic Frontiers”, the series has hit a high point with its 30th anniversary. Accompanying “Sonic Frontiers” as the game’s 30th anniversary is “Sonic Origins.”

The first official trailer was released on April 20, and a compilation of retro titles will be released on June 23. The compilation includes the remastered first four games in the series with additional content to boot, and it looks like a great celebration of the series. early days, but some are wary, as the price has caused confusion and even frustration among fans.

“Sonic Origins” includes the beloved classic 16-bit games “Sonic The Hedgehog,” “Sonic The Hedgehog 2,” “Sonic The Hedgehog CD” and “Sonic 3 & Knuckles.” All four games will be remastered on the big screen, as is the fantastic mobile port of the first three games by game developer Christian Whitehead, a beloved figure in the Sonic community.

The remastered compilation includes bonus content as well, including challenges, a 3D model of the island on which the game takes place, a mirror mode that flips the stage layout and beautifully drawn 2D animated cutscenes depicting events from the game, the latter of which was teased in the announcement trailer. If for some reason nothing appeals to you, and you want to play the game like the original, there’s also a “Classic Mode” that returns the game to its original state.

Switching lives in the new “Birthday Mode” appears to be a new system with coins, as coins can be used to unlock new features in the game, although what they can’t unlock is unknown. Life has long been an ancient system of old games, a remnant of the arcade design that artificially increased the difficulty of the game, so it’s good to see that the developers have modernized this classic.

“Birthday Mode” is a mode that includes widescreen as well, a great addition to classic games, giving you more time to react to what’s coming your way at breakneck speed. The trailer also seems to include “Drop Dash” from “Sonic Mania”, an ability that helps keep Sonic’s momentum going. After playing “Sonic Mania,” it’s hard to go back to the classics without “Drop Dash,” so it’s fantastic to see it make its way into the compilation.

As such, it looks like the compilation, despite all its improvements and all the bonus content it adds, has generated some controversy. First, the base price of $40 is considered too high for the old four games. While I agree that the game itself isn’t worth $40, with all the added bonuses and content in the compilation, I think it’s worth buying.

Despite the special, $40 is the base price. Pulling off the move I expected from Ubisoft, “Sonic Origins” website has a ridiculous price chart with different inclusions for pre-order version, digital deluxe version and digital deluxe pre-order. Thankfully, most of this version’s bonuses don’t appear to be unlockable in-game, only giving them away right away, but some are locked behind what you get, which is honestly not only nonsensical but ruins the overall experience for those who don’t spend the extra cash. on the digital deluxe edition or pre-order version. Locking in quality-of-life bonus features like camera control over 3D islands and extra animations is a very money-hungry and greedy move on Sega’s behalf.

Nonetheless, hopefully this confusing and frustrating price chart is a one-off and won’t become a Sega habit. At the very least, the digital deluxe edition of the game is just an extra $5 on top of the original $40. Apart from the pricing issue, I think “Sonic Origins” will be worth buying when it’s released. It seems that this is an excellent and content-rich version of the classic Sonic game that caught the attention of the series in the 90s and would be a great way to introduce the series to new fans. Following the success of the 2017 love letter to the classic, “Sonic Mania,” I have nothing but high hopes for 2D Sonic moving forward.

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