Are you ready to jump back in time for some really classic Sonic the Hedgehog gaming? Well, look no further, we got wind of the Sonic Origins release date. And we’re sharing with you all the details concerning this upcoming anthology pack remaster for you nostalgia fans. So, jump in Doc Brown’s DeLorean with Marty McFly and have a stroll down memory lane of some of the best Sega Genesis moments you might’ve had if you played this one when you were a kid.
What’s the downside of this? Well, as you know, the videogame industry has no stoppage of questionable bad business tactics. And that isn’t stopping Sega from releasing a title like Sonic Origins. Which is essentially another cash-grab of the same old titles bundled in a novel packaging to make you feel good and nostalgic. Now, as a veteran gamer, I will break down the game for you, and I will give you my opinion on this title too. So, without further ado, let’s begin.
What Is Sonic Origins?
Sonic Origins is a collection of the first three Sonic titles and Sonic CD. Moreover, Sega presents this as a redefinition of the Classic Sonic. And it’s Playing through the four games in this collection – Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and Sonic CD – is an incredible amount of fun. Sure, some frustrating design elements in Sonic 1 and CD haven’t aged as well as the other two games, but these are all true 2D platforming classics.
Why Is Sega Doing This?
Everyone’s blue favorite hedgehog is —once again— being trotted by big corporate for one more nostalgic performance of the classics. It gives you that vibe of a one-hit-wonder artist from the 1990s who always takes the stage to sing just one song and can’t pay their bills because nobody cares a rat’s ass about the music they’re playing. And in case the analogy isn’t clear —cue in Sonic Forces. As someone who always enjoyed the original 2D scroller Sonic games because it feels unnecessary and desperate on Sega’s behalf to keep cashing in on these classic games.
Sonic Origins Release Date And Price
Sonic Origins releases on June 23, 2022, for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, and for Microsoft Windows. For Windows, the game will be distributed on Steam. Now, let’s talk about the price. Firstly, the standard edition —which only includes the essential game— costs US$ 39,99. Moreover, the “Digital Deluxe” edition gives you a “Premium Fun Pack”, a “Classic Music Pack” plus the game for the price of US$ 44,99.
What does the Premium Fun Pack Bring?
If you decide to buy the Premium Fun Pack, you get the main game, hard missions, letterbox background, and character animation in the main menu. Camera Controls over the main menu islands, character animations during music ilands, and additional music tracks from MegaDrive and Genesis Titles.
Is This Worth Your Money?
In case you’re not realizing it. These are old titles, vintage titles. Paying extra for hard missions is no such thing as “new content”. All in all, marketing hard content, animations, and letterbox content sends the wrong kind of vibe to veteran gamers who know what they’re paying for. It sounds ridiculous that harder content is something you should pay for. What could’ve made this game way better, but Sega failed to do it was actually throw in a couple of levels. Furthermore, animations and songs aren’t cool if you already played the games. Why not mix things up a bit and make the value of the dollar purchase accordingly.
Instead, Sega chose to do the opposite. Throw in a bunch of apparently cool-looking goodies, bundle them into the same old games and market the hell out of it, expecting someone to go and buy it when they know for a fact that their games are just a torrent away from a ROM emulator. Too bad Sega. You could’ve done better. And you know it!