It's not just everybody in the world but Sega
who thinks Sonic
games have lost their way. The company itself thinks it, and not just in its quieter, more private moments -- Sega of America Marketing veep Sean Ratcliffe has admitted to GameDaily that "some of the criticism" for years of janky 3D Sonic
titles is "probably warranted." Some? Probably?
Fortunately for us, the Nintendo platforms have so far escaped with okay Sonic
games -- Sonic and the Secret Rings
was decent, while the Sonic Rush
titles on the DS
were enjoyable romps. Elsewhere, things are bleaker
, but Ratcliffe hopes the likes of Sonic Unleashed
and Sonic and the Black Knight
can kickstart the rescue mission. "I would say we recognize [the dip in quality], which is why you're seeing us this year taking the first steps in making sure the quality is right, and we're constantly looking at innovation."
Sega, it really could not be simpler: Hand-drawn 2D. 30 stages. Just Sonic and maybe
. 500 Points. Bam.