Tagged With sonic the hedgehog

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I'm not sure what I love more about this newly-released ROM hack that lets you play the Genesis classic Sonic the Hedgehog 2 as Nintendo's Yoshi. The incredible, detailed sprite work? The fact that the gameplay has been totally overhauled to use Yoshi's eating-and-pooping mechanic?

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Video: Sonic Utopia is a fan-made game that's pretty much being made by one guy, The Great Lange, who wants to "expand on Sonic gameplay in an intuitive way in 3D", while at the same time "capture the best of Sonic's style and tie it together in a cohesive experience".

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Back when the first Sonic game was released in 1991, developers had to get extremely creative with console hardware. While we take physics for granted in games now, it was a tricky business making objects jump, fall and otherwise move correctly back then. These days, with the ability to dive into old ROMs for the likes of the Mega Drive, we can see exactly how ingenious these coders were.

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The Sega Dreamcast was released 17 years ago today in the United States. A console defined by experimental games and features far ahead of the curve, it's fair to say that the Dreamcast changed my life forever. It made me see what games could be. It lived up to the name; it was everything I dreamed of and more.

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Sonic the Hedgehog has always struggled in 3D. From the picky camera of Sonic Adventure to Sonic Unleashed and its odd melee combat, Sega's mascot has never quite gotten it right. Thankfully, fans are here to make it all better with Green Hill Paradise Act 2.

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From Dragon Age's darkspawn to Silent Hill's Pyramid Head, video games have no shortage of terrifying foes. But there is a single enemy that is scarier than any of them. A formless, invisible beast that can never be stopped: Time.