As you may or may not know, Sonic the blue blur hedgehog is finally returning to his 2D roots after years of 3D fiascos in Sonic the Hedgehog 4. You might be asking why Sega decided to go back to 2D. Perhaps it was the wild success of Street Fighter 4 and Mega Man 9. Both games stuck to their 2D roots which might have caused Sega to shout, “EUREKA!!!! people do like playing 2D games.” Thanks Sega for not listening to your grumbling fans and waiting to see what other companies do before you make a game. Geez, stop being such a money grubbing corporation. Following in the footsteps of other companies, it looks like Sega wants to prove they can make stylish 3D graphics too and have rendered the zippy hedgehog in 3D. Thankfully they’ve kept everything else fairly straightforward and have put sonic back on his linear track.
Now for the real reason for this post. The writers at Joystiq.com were able to find a leaked gameplay video of Sonic the Hedgehog 4. Joystiq would have you believe that this “leaked” video is just a marketing ploy to get people interested in the game and you know what, they’re probably right. But I choose to romanticize the situation with intrigue. I imagine a video game journalist named Mr. Smith breaking into Sega and repelling through a ceiling like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible. There in the room Mr. Smith finds an Xbox with the Sonic game waiting to be played. The rest of this daydream involves a russian femme fatale, a couple of honor bound ninjas, and a massive explosion, but I don’t want to bore you with the details.
Check out the Sonic the Hedgehog 4 gameplay video that Mr. Smith so heroically brought us.