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Sonic Lost World producer says the team struggled with previous 3D Sonic games

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Sonic Lost World is headed our way in just a few days, though this isn’t the first 3D title we’ve seen the blue hedgehog in. The game’s producer Takashi Iizuka has admitted in an interview that past 3D Sonic games weren’t exactly great because the team struggled with converting the levels and environments to 3D.

“Yes there was a struggle in 3D Sonic games. From the 1st 3D type Sonic game Sonic Adventure, we tried various levels and environment in 3D. This is because we felt there is more possibility for improvement in 3D type Sonic. So in Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations, we added new gameplay on top of the existing Sonic titles to make a high quality game.”

It’s interesting to see the producer admit there were faults with previous Sonic entries, as one of the titles that has received the most hate is the 2006 title Sonic the Hedgehog. The team seems to have found good ground with titles like Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations however, so here’s to hoping that Sonic Lost World will follow that trend with good gameplay presented in a 3D style.

If you’d like to read the rest of the interview with Takashi Iizuka, you can do so here.

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  • Shota

    preorderd deadly six edition. cant wait for friday!

    • crocodileman94

      …and if we’re lucky, thursday!

      • Shota

        you mean like tomorrow :)

  • Mario

    I think it will.

    • Sonic the Hedgehog

      Well, people liked my new game so far! They also loved yours!

      • imadethisaacountjusttotellyou

        Seriously? Fake accounts for video game characters now?

        and I thought the fake nostradamus twitter was bad.

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          I don’t see what’s wrong with it. Perhaps you don’t have much of a sense of humor? There are worse things to complain about.

          • Brandon Betlej

            Haha and he made that account just to say that… He must be really bored

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Anyone who attacks people on the site for just comedic accounts are quite bored. Especially those who attack others over opinions(Minus this guy who was obviously trolling).

          • blixt

            You’d be right if those accounts were made for comedy. But they aren’t. They aren’t even made by casual role-players, who just like to play pretend.

            They’re made by people who wish they were fictional video game characters. (Or, people who are just trying ridiculously hard to drive a point home about how much they like this game.)

          • Mario

            What do you mean pretend!? Sure I’m not Mario! But I sure like the red plumber and his games! I know I can never be Mario. But I look up to him for being one of the key reasons for why I play video games in the first place!

        • Earthworm Jim

          How do you know they are fake accounts? I’ve seen many of my friends on here who I grew up with in the 80s & 90s!

        • Mario

          Geesh!! Serious much?

      • Mario

        Thank you!

  • Clel

    Thanks, Sega. We hadn’t noticed.

    Sonic 06, I’m lookin’ at you.

    • Ducked

      possibly the worst Sonic game ever

      • Lil J Moore

        Shadow the Hedgehog gets that honor to me. 06 if it hadn’t been rushed I think it could have been good. but we’ll never know

        • Ducked

          I kinda liked Shadow the hedgehog, maybe just because he’s my favorite character. But yeah, Shadow having a gun, and cussing was pretty stupid for a Sonic game lol

          • Shota

            japan rating for that game was all ages.
            while here in europe it was 12+
            But definitely an awesome game.

          • Cubester_64

            “Shadow the Hedgehog” was E10+ in the US.
            Yet how is “Shadow the Hedgehog” E10+ where “SSBM” was Teen?

          • Shota

            didnt know that….. in europe SSBM was 3+. in japan smash bros was always Cero A

          • blixt

            Yes, because God knows, in Sonic’s world, there’s no such thing as guns and cussing.

          • Ducked

            What’re you saying??

          • The Effect

            Well, I don’t know what he’s saying. But what I’M saying is that Shadow the Hedgehog wasn’t that bad. (Well, none of the controversial Sonic games were, truthfully. I don’t know why Sonic gamers have such a hard habbit of over-exaggerating everything about the series, both positive and negative, but they do.)

            Was it a flawed game? Absolutely. And If I were to redesign the game, would I take out the guns? Yes, I would.

            But was the game some great big, apocalyptic disaster? Was it even close to being one of the “worst games ever”?

            Absolutely not!

          • blixt

            Sort of. I don’t really think Shadow the Hedgehog was all that bad, to begin with.

            Without even going into how stupid it is to think that Sonic games are somehow different than everyone else… that they somehow play by a different set of rules, and the things that are considered “good” in other games are supposedly “not good” in Sonic games…

            …I’m not a big fan of guns games – they’re generic, and repetitive, and about 90% of the games made these days are stereotypical FPS games.

            But sometimes, I still like to just grab a virtual gun and blast an enemy away. And if I have to choose a gun game, I’d rather have Shadow than another COD game.

            Shadow has an established universe, storyline, lore, etc. – he’s not just yet-another-nameless-and-faceless-military-video-game-stereotype.

            That… and the game is in third person, which makes it easier to play. It also has much more creative environements than most other gun games.

            And, I’ve noticed people who complain about Shadow the Hedgehog (well, most Sonics) have a tendency to criticize it for things that other games do.

            Except, they don’t criticize those other games for doing such things (sometimes, they even praise it), but they do criticize Shadow?

            It’s hypocritical. It drives me nuts.

          • The Effect

            Yeah, the Sonic situation is pretty ridiculous. You’re right in that people hold Sonic games to often ridiculous standards that they don’t hold everything else to. Like how freaked Sonic 06 haters were over one little kiss between Sonic and Elise, and yet all those people probably regularly play the Mass Effect series…

            But, I can understand how some people might have an issue with the guns. Not because it’s any stupider for Shadow to use guns than it is for a human character, but because Shadow and the other Sonic characters are cooler when they do everything themselves.

            And the cussing. Again, not because it’s somehow “stupid” in Sonic games, but “okay” for everything else. But because of the WAY it was done in Shadow the Hedgehog. It was never implemented well, or naturally. It was pretty much just put there to be there.

            That’s the REAL problem with Sonic from Shadow-Black Knight. It’s not that the games are BAD. They were just MISHSNDLED.

            And a lot of the people who don’t like them aren’t quite sure how to articulate that. So, they need SOMETHING to blame it on. So what’s the next natural step?

            Why, to throw fits and bandwagon on the internet, of course! It’s just a cycle.

            I wouldn’t worry too much, though. Lost World is still pretty full of crap, with its “lightheartedness” and “simple gameplay”, but SEGA are obviously aware that more fans liked their “bad” games than they really thought. (And, they don’t care WHY their Sonic fans buy their games.)

            And since they’re making Lost World a darker game with more characters in it than just Sonic and Eggman, and expanding the gameplay, they’re paying attention to their new school fans, too. :)

      • Ashman997

        Did you mean to write sonic?
        Just asking because the statement would be fine without his name there as well

        • Shota

          superman 64 along with E.T are worst games ever.

          • Ashman997

            Well which is worse in your opinion?

            p.s. I’ve never played those games because I’ve never played Atari and superman is based on other media which doesn’t make a good game anyway but sonic I was willing to give a chance because I loved sonic heroes so to me sonic is worse

          • Shota

            E.T is worse , but yeah those are not gaming icons.

      • Prid

        Sonic games, whether good or bad, the music still rocks! “His World” from Sonic 06 is by far one of my fav sonic songs

    • Sonic the Hedgehog

      Aw, COME ON! I was… dead. I couldn’t stop Elise from kissing me!

      • The Effect

        *rolls eyes* Jesus Christ…

      • Mario

        Yeah… Awkward moment!!

  • Sonic the Hedgehog

    Thanks to the Wii, I’m back! Hopefully, my Wii U game will be revolutionary!

    • Mario

      I have a feeling that both our games will be revolutionary.

  • Daniel Gonzalez

    Was never a big Sonic fan, but putting it in 3D was certainly a good move to me. While I think it’s too similar to Mario Galaxy, that’s not always a bad thing. Enjoy the game for those who purchase it.

  • The_fuzz_buzz

    I think it’d be cool if they did another Sonic Hero’s type game. Or any did a remake!

  • Magnus Eriksson

    44 more articles and we have to bake a cake for Ashley.

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      Hire Princess Peach.

    • Ducked

      We’re think of something

    • Michael Ocampo

      Come on bro!!! I thought we were supposed to suprise her!!

    • andrewjcole

      A mushroom cake?

    • Selina Kyle

      One that says, “The Cake is a Lie…”

    • DarkLegacy

      One that should say “Congratulations on your 1000th article”

  • C4

    SA1 was the perfect 3D Sonic Action J&R _concept_ (with some limited adventure content) BUT it’s impossible to recreate 2D core mechanics in a full 3D world. No wonder they tried to use on rails / 2D gameplay “lines” and pure 2D gameplay (with 3D graphics) later.

    I like the change of pace though, which they have done in the 3 – 4 first Sonic 2D games and also the first Sonic Adventure. Looks like they focussed perfecting the core mechanics in the last Sonic games, which of course wasn’t the worst idea either :)

  • Διονύς84

    The more influenced 3D Sonic will be by Mario, the better games we’ll see.

  • CMB

    looking good so far

  • Ducked

    Sonic Adventure was awesome, and Sonic Heroes was decent.

    • Ashman997

      Am I the only guy in the world who does not like the adventure games. whenever I come here (the internet) I get that feeling

      • Shota

        sonic adventure 2 battle was awesome! the others are meh

        • Ashman997

          I felt it was just too fast without the precision that say sonic colors had. Sonic heroes was similar but I just liked playing as all the different characters back then and am too blinded by nostalgia to admit that it’s kinda the same (although I just did that). Sonic adventure 2 battle’s first sonic level is awesome just for the song though

      • Ducked

        No, I have a friend that hates all 3D Sonic games including adventure.

        • Ashman997

          Really I had a friend who hates all sonic games except the adventure games his sister was obsessed with sonic though I looked in her room once and it looked like Sega HQ

          An entire room like that

          • Ducked

            Wow really? And that’s a cool room

    • Hugh Quinn

      Heroes was my favorite.

    • DarkLegacy

      I liked Sonic Heroes. Best game I’ve played

      • Ducked

        I always wanted a sequel to that game

        • DarkLegacy

          It is a good game. I noticed you’ve wrote a bio

          • Ducked

            Yep, I noticed your bio too :)

        • DarkLegacy

          Btw, I always thought that I have to fight this guy in KH3 http://i.imgur.com/LSuFl.jpg

          • Ducked

            Oh you will fight this guy in Kingdom Hearts III. He is the greatest villain in video games! I hope Cloud is in the party when you fight him.

          • DarkLegacy

            I’m hoping for Cloud to be in the party too. If he was in then this will mean Cloud will use Omnislash and then Sephiroth’s fate will end. Besides once he’s gone, I won’t be able to have a pear http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2010/116/c/c/shall_i_give_you_dis_pear_by_Charliemon.png

          • Ducked

            lol. But, I’m hoping they’re be able to save Aerith unlike in FFVII. And it be so sweet if Sora had a keyblade that was like Cloud’s fusion sword

          • DarkLegacy

            If they were able to save Aerith then they should add Midgar and do it where Sephiroth comes down with his sword and Sora slides and saves her from the attack

          • Ducked

            I 100% agree. They already have Cloud and Squall in the same story, so may as well change things up. I hope Balamb Garden is in it as well. I know this may not be possible, but it be awesome if Zack and Angeal could be in the game

          • DarkLegacy

            I can see Zack making an appearance in the game and Angeal, I don’t see him appearing. Still Angeal does need some spotlight cause I’ve hardly ever seen him in Crisis Core and hopefully they do add FF worlds in the game like Lucis from FFXV and that’s still new

          • Ducked

            Yeah, btw do you have a 3ds?

          • DarkLegacy

            Yes

          • Ducked

            What games do you have?

          • DarkLegacy

            Just KH 3D lol and then Sonic Lost World will be on my 3DS

          • Ducked

            Oh, I’ve got KH DDD on my 3DS as well. I also have MK7 and Animal Crossing New Leaf.

            You should buy Animal Crossing on 3ds sometime, we’d be able to visit each others town. Or some 3ds game we both own

          • DarkLegacy

            It depends. I do need to save up some money for PS4 then I’ll be able to buy the games I need. This reminds me, I pre-ordered KH3 and I forgot to pre-order FFXV

          • Ducked

            Oh ok

  • Joey

    i got both Sonic Colors (Wii) and Sonic Generations (PS3) and have not finished them either, i like both of them a lot.
    Heh! I also Pre-Ordered Sonic Lost World for the Wii U. LOL

  • starwars360

    I cannot wait for Sonic: Lost World for Wii U. Shopto.net posted my game now and should be have tomorrow. Exciting to play it tomorrow. :)

  • Miles “Tails” Prower

    I think Sonic team will do good in the future. They seem to be able to figure out a good formula for my best buddy. Now they just need perfect it and then win back their fans. If that happens maybe I’ll become playable in games again. :)

    • Sonic the Hedgehog

      Yep! I really miss it when you are catching up with me!

      • Miles “Tails” Prower

        Me too, Sonic! Throughout the years Sonic I’ve gotten a lot faster being by your side. I mean I can keep up with the fastest thing alive! Great to have you as a friend Sonic! :D

        • Mario

          Yep! Even I have to admit that not even I could keep up with your speed. Of course, I bet you can’t keep up with my jumping. Right?

          • Miles “Tails” Prower

            Everyone knows you are the highest jumper they know! Everyone loves when you do your jump! It’s just so…cool. I may not be the highest jumper, but I sure can fly pretty high!

          • Mario

            Thanks for the complements my little fox friend.

          • Miles “Tails” Prower

            No problem Mario! Keep on Jumping!

          • Ducked

            Actually Luigi can jump higher… :/

          • Miles “Tails” Prower

            …Well you got me on that one, BUT you gotta admit Mario is more popular for his jump. :)

          • Ducked

            Well, Mario is more known period

          • DarkLegacy

            I’ve changed my pic. You’d better do the same thing too right?

          • Ducked

            I was going to wait a bit later, but why not.

          • DarkLegacy

            True. I think we’ve started it of early lol

          • Ducked

            Ah, oh well

          • Miles “Tails” Prower

            That’s true. Poor l luigi. At least this is still his year…if anyone even knows it’s his year…

          • DarkLegacy

            And yet I thought I was the only one who could jump higher with Aerial Dodge that I had in KH2. But I’m probably popular as the chosen one

          • Miles “Tails” Prower

            Oh yeah! I remember that. Maybe you and Mario should have a jump-off huh?

          • DarkLegacy

            Hopefully I’ll be the one winning

  • PatcherStation

    Sonic Adventure on the Dreamcast was ace, the sequel was decent. But after that, Sonic games died. The 2 Sonic racing games are decent, but that’s about it. The latest Sonic game, it looks like it’s one of those games that plays that fast, it’ll be over sooner rather than later. I don’t think SEGA can do much with Sonic, even for next gen consoles.

  • Green

    At least they stopped sniffing the white stuff, and finally learned their games were Terrible. Unleashed was Okay, except the wolf levels were terrible, but Sonic Generations is fantastic. I liked Sonic Adventure battle 2, but not for the levels, but for the chao’s.

    • http://its-yuma-tsukumo.tumblr.com/ Yuma Tsukumo

      BIDOOF!

    • Mario

      WHHHHHAAAAA!!??? Have you played the werehog levels!? It was one of the best and unique experience I had played in a Sonic game. I can assure you that a lot of people may agree with me on that one. And honestly, could that be worst then the levels in, you know, a certain game made in the year 2006?

      • blixt

        I actually only bought Unleashed because of the Werehog, “Mario”.

        Stopped playing it pretty quick after I finally tried 06, though.

        (Watch, soon people will start down voting this comment. And not for any reason, either. Just because they disagree with me about a VIDEO GAME.)

        • Mario

          Right…

  • Hulkamania


    you guys should do an article on this… the evolution of sonic leading up to the new wii u game

  • blixt

    So, we childishly chose to focus on the part of the interview where Sonic Team admitted they struggled with past games? What, is thst supposed to be some kind of victory, or something? And, of course, no complaint about anything Sonic-related is complete without another over-exaggeration of how Sonic 06 is supposedly the worst thing in the history of anything, ever…

    This situation with Sonic is getting more and more immature with each year. Everybody needs to grow up, now. Especially, the supposed “professionals”.

  • Christopher Westcott

    I don’t know about anyone else but I’ve been very excited about this upcoming Sonic title. Also, Famitsu has given it extremely high scores. We all live and learn. Let’s celebrate the learning and the living with great games.

  • Wiiluigi

    Interesting. I was on the fence about this but I may have to pick these up. Another 2 games to throw on my stack of Wii U and 3DS back catalogue. Man!

  • Dylan Groot

    Seems like this game is a piece of shit too. Too bad, had high hopes for it :(

  • devmiles

    my hopes were high but the game got shit reviews

  • CapnCrumbles436

    Sonic Adventure 1&2 Dreamcast, are still the best in my mind.