My Plea to SEGA – Bring Sonic Back in 2D and in HD

If it weren’t for the Nintendo DS, Xbox Live Arcade and other console variants, the 2D era would all but be lost out to the new nasty bad boy, the 3D perspective. With its large muscles, which flex on your high definition television screen, 3D has really taken gaming in new directions, but why should it totally obliterate our former love?

SEGA’s latest 3D Sonic the Hedgehog on the Xbox 360 (not the new Live Arcade release!) was an absolute disaster, with extremely rushed and unfinished development and lacking any magic at all, however SEGA could still survive this embarrassment by releasing something quite daring, fresh and full of nostalgia.

So I put this to you all. How about a Sonic the Hedgehog game, using full high definition resolutions, but using mostly 2D and minor 3D elements. Imagine the power available in something like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 that SEGA could harness, making for a really mesmerising Sonic experience. We have already had Sonic CD back in the day, would it be so hard to have Sonic HD!

The backgrounds could be full to the brim with details, with birds flocking in the distance, the wind rustling the trees and the sun beating down on the platform areas where Sonic will be running around like a bullet. Imagine full 5.1 surround music, online multiplayer races, achievements, controller vibration and all the other goodies we have today.

How about cartoon animation in HD to explain the story? Maybe it should feature new characters that we haven’t seen before? How about changing weather conditions and slippery platforms? It seems like an eternity since the first Sonic was released on the SEGA Megadrive (Genesis), imagine the possibilities now!

I am sure they are endless and I am sure any Sonic fan reading this will have many ideas of their own, but if SEGA were committed to something like this, it would make many people very happy if they can come up with the goods.

What would you like to see in a Sonic HD? (remember this is just me speculating and SEGA haven’t announced anything like this at all!)

James Woodcock

Freelance Journalist, Author, Blogger & Podcaster specialising in gaming and technology. Ever since he experienced the first controllable pixel movement on the television screen, he has been entranced by the possibilities and rewarding entertainment value generated from these metal and plastic boxes of delight. Writing hundreds of articles including commentary and reviews on various gaming platforms, while also interviewing well known industry figures for popular online publications.