Sonic the Hedgehog is a video game for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 that was made to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. It was developed by Sonic Team, published by Sega and directed by Shun Nakamura.
The game shares its name with two earlier video games, a manga, a television series, a comic book series and, of course, Sonic the Hedgehog himself. To disambiguate, the game has been called by a number of different aliases, including Sonic '06, Sonic 2k6, Sonic 2006, Sonic 360, and Sonic Next Gen. It was released on November 14, 2006.
This is the second Sonic game to receive an E10+ rating after Shadow the Hedgehog.
Princess Elise presides over the peaceful city of Soleanna. During a parade, the city is attacked by Doctor Eggman, who seeks the key to a dangerous weapon that would help him conquer the world. Sonic must rescue Elise from Eggman, attempt to stop a new hedgehog from the future, Silver, and travel through time to discover how Eggman, the weapon he seeks, and Silver the Hedgehog are connected.
In the city of Soleanna, Princess Elise is starting the Festival of the Sun. Dr. Eggman attacks with his fleet of ships with the intent of kidnapping Elise, but Sonic intervenes and flees with Elise. Despite Sonic's best efforts, Elise is captured, but she throws a Chaos Emerald to him before Eggman takes her away. Sonic then meets Tails at Castle Town, and they set off to find Elise. They soon find her in the desert, but Eggman attacks them with the Egg Cerberus. He is defeated and Sonic, Elise, and Tails escape.
After running through the plains, Sonic is attacked by Silver the Hedgehog. Sonic defeats Silver, but Silver turns the tide using his telekinetic powers and is about to kill him when Amy comes to Sonic's rescue. During the scuffle Elise is captured again. Sonic races after her and finds Knuckles in the warehouse district, where he joins Sonic and Tails. The trio go to Eggman's base in White Acropolis. After finding him, Eggman forces Sonic to place the Chaos Emerald in a slot that activates the Solaris prototype and sets off Chaos Control, sending them into the distant future where they encounter Shadow and Rouge.
Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles go to a destroyed base where they find Silver, Blaze, and Mephiles (in the form of Shadow). After a discussion where Mephiles tells Silver that Sonic needs to be destroyed, they disappear. Tails reads on a computer that the princess died on Eggman's battleship by an explosion. They then find Shadow and Rouge in an area near a volcano and find a Chaos Emerald, but it disappears into a monstrous figure named Iblis. Sonic defeats it and Sonic's team returns back to Soleanna.
Sonic finds Elise at the train station and saves her from an exploding train, but Silver attacks once again. Elise is captured in the confusion but Sonic is saved from Silver again, this time by Shadow. Silver, mistaking Shadow for Mephiles, starts to fight Shadow instead. Sonic rescues Elise when she jumps from Eggman's ship. Eggman attacks again, but Sonic defeats him and Sonic and Elise flee into the jungle.
Later, Eggman threatens to destroy Soleanna with his armada of ships unless she comes back into Eggman's custody, and Elise surrenders herself. Eggman sets off to find a Chaos Emerald. En route to saving Elise, Sonic is joined by Silver, who now expresses his concern for Elise's safety. Upon catching up to Eggman, Eggman's battleship explodes, with Elise on board.The group mourns for Elise's death. But Silver and Sonic use Chaos Control to make a portal to the day before the launch. Sonic and Elise reunite and Sonic defeats Eggman one last time.Shadow the Hedgehog. He is invading Eggman's base, trying to find Rouge the Bat, who was sent to retrieve the Scepter of Darkness. He finds her and they escape, battling Dr. Eggman, during which the Scepter is shattered, releasing Mephiles who has the shape and abilities of Shadow because he was released in his "shade" or in other words Shadow's shadow.
Mephiles flings Shadow and Rouge to a devastated future where they discover a shut down Omega and are sad to leave their friend behind. They then meet up with Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles, who were sent to there by Eggman. They return to Soleanna, whilst Shadow remains to confront Mephiles. Rouge finds Omega and orders him to wait in time to deliver a Chaos Emerald to Shadow in the alternate future. Back in the future, Shadow is told that humans will betray him, but refuses to join Mephiles, who takes on his true form. A battle ensues where Shadow and Omega defeat Mephiles, who flees to Soleanna. The two return to Soleanna and meet up with Rouge. Shadow goes looking for Eggman to ask who Mephiles really is, and asks Rouge to keep track of Mephiles.
Shadow finds Sonic under attack from Silver, and rescues him, engaging Silver in combat. Shadow overpowers him with Chaos Control. Silver also uses Chaos Control, which creates a rip in time/space. In order to understand more about Mephiles and Iblis, they decide to witness the accident themselves by traveling in time to the failure of the Solaris project. Mephiles and Iblis are revealed to be two separate components of Solaris, and they must be sealed to be defeated. Back in the present, Omega pursues Mephiles and defeats him. Omega finds out that he was the one who will defeat and seal Shadow in the future.
Now reunited, Shadow, Rouge, and Omega discover that Omega will be the one to destroy Shadow in the future. Rouge expresses that no matter what happens, she will be on Shadow's side. The trio chase Mephiles to a desert temple with a new scepter, but fail to seal him in the new scepter because of Mephiles' new form. Mephiles uses his powers, along with two Chaos Emeralds, to summon a clone army of himself. Before he attacks, Mephiles reminds Shadow of the humanity's betrayal against Shadow in the future. Without hesitation, Shadow tells him that if the world chooses to become his enemy, he will fight as he always has. Shadow then removes his power inhibitors and, in a huge burst of energy, defeats Mephiles and his clones.Silver lives in a devastated future. In his time, Silver's future is completely destroyed by what is known as the "Flames of Disaster". He and his friend, Blaze the Cat, battle an immortal being known as "Iblis". A mysterious figure named Mephiles appears and informs Silver that he can stop the Flames of Disaster by defeating Sonic, the so-called "Iblis Trigger", the main cause of the "Flames of Disaster". Mephiles, Silver and Blaze travel to our dimension to prevent Sonic from destroying their own. Silver is separated from Blaze, though he resolves to kill Sonic.
After meeting Amy Rose who is searching for Sonic too, they locate Sonic in the city. Sonic and Silver battle and Amy intervenes at the last moment. When the two later talk, Amy says that Sonic would never destroy the world and adds that she would choose Sonic over the world. Silver, a little saddened by Amy's disappearance, meets up with Blaze and redetermines that he must destroy Sonic after a moment of doubt. Silver attacks Sonic again but this time Shadow appears. Silver mistakes him for Mephiles. The two fight and Shadow overpowers Silver with Chaos Control. After inducing a Chaos Control using their respective Chaos Emeralds, Shadow tells Silver to "follow me if you want the truth" and the two hedgehogs travel to the past to the Solaris Project. They arrive during the plan's failure and the release of Mephiles and Iblis. Silver discovers that Iblis was sealed inside 7 year old Elise by her father, The Duke of Soleanna. Mephiles is sealed in the Scepter of Darkness by Shadow. The two realize that the monsters must be sealed to be defeated.
Silver, realizing Mephiles' treachery, returns to the present, and meets Blaze. They assist Sonic in his attempt to save Elise; however, the three arrive too late as the Egg Carrier explodes, killing Eggman and Elise. Sonic and Silver use Chaos Control and Sonic travels back in time to save Elise, giving Silver a Chaos Emerald for him to return to his time. Silver and Blaze travel forward in time to fight Iblis and successfully defeat him. Silver attempts to be the vessel to seal Iblis, but he is not accepted. Blaze is, and she seals Iblis and herself in another world, offering final words of comfort to Silver and disappearing.
There are three fully playable characters, which are progressively unlocked by playing each character's story in the game. The player begins with Sonic; other playable characters become available when they are encountered. In addition, the player may control partners for some sections of a level, aiding him with their unique abilities.
On stages where Elise is being carried by Sonic, she can activate a shield that allows Sonic to run over surfaces such as sand or water without sinking.
After killing Sonic, Mephiles was quick to rejoin with his counterpart, once again forming their complete form of Solaris. Plunging the world into darkness he prepared to devour time itself. Before he could achieve this, he was defeated by a combined assault from Super Sonic, Super Shadow and Super Silver. His defeat spirited Elise and Sonic back to before the fateful experiment. After some contemplation, Elise chose to blow out the tiny flame that was Solaris and thus change history by erasing him from existence. During the battle with the three super form hedgehogs, Solaris attacked shooting out meteors and firing a large laser that can hit it's enemies from any distance. He increases the number of meteors and laser he fires in his second form (he can fire out 6-14 lasers). Solaris is one of the few bosses in the series whose attacks take rings away from Super Form characters. Another power Solaris has is during the "End of the World" level (where the characters are trying to revive Sonic), is to create massive orb-like "eyes" that suck anything around them, including enemies the characters encounter. Touching the eye result in instant death, regardless of rings or even an invincibility power-up. Because the events of the game never happened, Solaris never existed. Some players also say that Solaris resembles Necron from Final Fantasy IX.
|Japanese Voice Actor||English Voice Actor||Role|
|Junichi Kanemaru||Jason Anthony Griffith||Sonic the Hedgehog|
|Kōji Yusa||Jason Anthony Griffith||Shadow the Hedgehog|
|Daisuke Ono||Pete Capella||Silver the Hedgehog|
|Maaya Sakamoto||Lacey Chabert||Princess Elise|
|Chikao Ōtsuka||Mike Pollock||Doctor Eggman|
|Ryo Hirohashi||Amy Palant||Miles "Tails" Prower|
|Amy Palant, Lisa Ortiz||Maids|
|Nao Takamori||Bella Hudson||Blaze the Cat|
|Nobutoshi Canna||Dan Green||Knuckles the Echidna|
|Takayuki Sakazume||Dan Green||Mephiles the Dark|
|Dan Green||Solaris Project Scientist|
|Rumi Ochiai||Caren Manuel||Rouge the Bat|
|Taeko Kawata||Lisa Ortiz||Amy Rose|
|Taiten Kusunoki||Maddie Blaustein||E-123 Omega|
|Kenji Utsumi||David Willis||Duke of Soleanna|
|David Willis||G.U.N Communicator|
Action Stages are where the bulk of the gameplay takes place, whereas Town Stages are free-roaming locations where the player can talk to non-player characters and explore, as in Sonic Adventure's Adventure Fields. For each of the action stages in the respective stories, gold medals are obtainable by achieving high ranks in these stages.
There are a total of eleven stages. A ranking system exists for each of the levels and town missions, providing ranks calculated from score, rings and time remaining. The highest rank is S Rank, followed by A Rank, down to the lowest, D.
Several downloadable extensions have been released that add features to single-player gameplay. These include 'Very Hard' mode, a more difficult version of the game; 'Boss Attack' modes, which allow a playable character to engage in continuous battles with all of the game's bosses; and 'Team Attack Amigo' mode, which allows players to play through the entirety of the game as amigo characters.
The first mode, Tag Mode, is a co-op type of play between Sonic, Silver and Shadow. Two players, each one controlling a character, must work together to clear levels and collect Chaos Emeralds. In this mode, lives are shared. The second game style available is Battle Mode. Battle mode pits two players against each other and has them race to a goal in the selected level.
The previously rumored mini-games that were to allow up to four players to play simultaneously/alternately (Quiz, Race and a few others) seem to be missing in the final release of the game. The back of the game case describes the game as online-capable, the only reason for this is because there is downloadable content on the marketplace, however, it is noted that there is no such option to do so in the menu.
HipHop/R&B Artist Akon has done a remix to Dreams Come True song "Sweet Sweet Sweet", a song from the album 'The Swinging Star'. This track was originally composed by Masato Nakamura, and sung by DCT's Miwa Yoshida. Added as the ending theme for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Sega Genesis, The song is entitled "Sweet Sweet Sweet ('06 Akon Mix)", in Japanese and "Sweet Dreams" in English. It is Sonic's ending theme for the game..
Silver's theme, "Dreams of an Absolution" by Lee Brotherton (Remix Factory), can be heard at their website in the "Solo Projects" section of the "Music" header, as well as an exclusive remix of the song. It is similar to the music for the Green Hill Zone.
Elise's theme, entitled "My Destiny", was performed by singer/songwriter Donna DeLory.
Sonic the Hedgehog has been widely panned by critics. Across thirty-nine reviews, Game Rankings recorded the average score as 46%; the second poorest average for an Xbox 360 title at the time of the game's release. Sites like IGN admitted that "it offers a few good ideas, and a handful of exciting moments, but none of this helps the game recover from a catastrophic loss in control." Gamespot called it "a mess from top to bottom," while GameTrailers concluded that the game is "flat-out unfinished, unfairly difficult, and most importantly, just isn't much fun."
Dave Halverson of Play Magazine is notable for initially giving the game its biggest praise; a score of 9.5 for the 360 version. This was dropped down to 8.5 in the next issue, with Halverson explaining how he was incorrectly told that the load times and glitches in his review copy would not be in the finished product. Later, Halverson gave the PS3 version a 5.5, expressing his disgust not only for how the glitches and load times had not improved, but how the game actually ran worse despite the extra development time.
Sales were also lower than expected for a premier Sonic title, with only 38,000 units being sold in the first two weeks.
The reason why we probably ended up with what we see today, involves a lot of reasons. One is that we did want to launch the title around Christmas, and we had the PS3 launch coming up, but we had to develop for Microsoft's 360 at the same time and the team had an awful lot of pressure on them. It was very hard for the team to try and see how we were going to come out with both versions together with just the one team. It was a big challenge.|||Yojiro Ogawa| Sonic Wii Interview with Yojiro Ogawa