At one point in time, the Sonic franchise was held in relatively high regard. Sonic was a mainstay of the gaming industry, one of the quintessential mascots of video games as a whole, up there with Mario. Heck, he was popular enough at one time to actually be in crossover games with Nintendo’s titan. Anyone moderately in the know about gaming is aware that this is no longer the case. Lots of people think the franchise is dead. Many can’t name the last time Sega even made a game (it actually wasn’t that long ago but it sure didn’t receive the hype of any Nintendo franchise).
These days, ripping on Sonic is considered par for the course; the poor blue hedgehog is held up as a cautionary tale to all companies about how to avoid plowing a franchise into the ground. It’s the prime gaming example of how a great franchise can plummet to absolute rock bottom. If you ask hardcore Sonic fans when the franchise decline started, they may give you various answers. But a lot of them will probably mention Sonic the Hedgehog 2006. The proverbial beginning of the end.
Long held in the lowest esteem by gamers everywhere for its downright awful plot and equally baffling level design, Sonic ’06 is almost universally hated by everyone, even by the franchise’s most devoted fans. It’s one of those games that is so bad, everyone always insists that their friends play it so they can actually understand why they complain about it so much.
Fortunately for the PC gaming community, Sonic ’06 never released for PC, sparing them the suffering of a buggy, glitch filled mess with next to no redeeming qualities. But of course, natural human curiosity demands that we see what all the fuss is about, and for some unfathomable reason, YouTuber ChaosX and his cronies have been faithfully recreating the game with the Unity Engine, awakening the nightmare for PC gamers everywhere. The most that has been released thus far is a demo, but there’s no doubt that a full experience will be available sooner rather than later.
Why anyone would wish to inflict such torment on the PC community is a mystery, but one thing is for certain; this Unity remake will almost definitely be a smoother, more playable version of the original game, because that’s not exactly a difficult bar to clear.