Sonic Lost Worlds: Sonic X-Treme is back?!
After the release of the absolutely fantastic Sonic Generations, the question on every Sonic fan’s mind was “so what’s next?”. Indeed, I was worried if there would even be a next with SEGA’s current financial situation!
However, I don’t think anyone expected this:
I think everyone is both weirded out and having a feeling of deja-vu. To recent Nintendo fans, this sure looks a lot like Super Mario Galaxy. But, to long-time Sonic fans it’s unmistakeably one thing:
If you’re unfamiliar, Sonic X-Treme was the cancelled Saturn entry in the Sonic series. Meant to be the first 3D Sonic, it was kind of a big deal but was unceremoniously dumped after a very troubled development history. You can read all about it here.
As you can see there are some striking similarities. It makes sense in some ways. Fans have been demanding a remake of Sonic X-Treme for a while now and as an unfinished game it, if nothing else, provides a number of interesting ideas. Calling it an out right remake is, of course, false. It clearly has a new story and new enemies and all that, but the inspiration looks pretty clear.
Surprising, fascinating and…well shoot I’m buying it! SEGA has made two good Sonic games in a row so far so I’m relatively confident this could be a winner. (Mention Sonic ’06 and I’ll cut you! Most of those guys got fired anyway for obvious reasons.)
EDIT: Alright apparently there are even story similarities. Maybe this really is a remake of Sonic X-Treme! (actually…if a game was never finished, is it a “remake” or just a “make”?)