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7:30 PM on 08.27.2014

Check out Sega's booth at PAX Prime and hop in an Alien egg pod

If you're headed to PAX Prime this weekend, first of all, I'm jealous and you should take me with you. Second, you should hit up the Sega booth, where you can get friendly with hands-on demos of Alien: Isolation, Sonic Boom: ...

Brittany Vincent


8:30 PM on 08.26.2014

Here's another incentive to pre-order Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric

Starting August 25, anyone who pre-orders Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for the Wii U from Amazon will receive a exclusive character costume pack that can be used in the game. Fans who pre-order will receive a code to unlock the ...

Brittany Vincent

5:00 PM on 08.20.2014

These Sonic-themed chili dogs and onion rings look pretty tasty

I'm not sure why Sonic's favorite food is chili dogs, but whatever. Rosanna Pansino, star of my favorite videogame cooking show Nerdy Nummies, has created a Sonic-themed meal here in the form of Sonic chili dogs with onion r...

Brittany Vincent

4:30 PM on 08.15.2014

The latest Sonic Boom trailer is rife with quips and a movie announcer dude

Are you tired of Sonic Boom yet? Oh, you are? Well, I guess you won't want to check out this new trailer, then. See if I care. The latest trailer details some of the enemies and villains Sonic will face up against,...

Brittany Vincent

11:00 PM on 07.28.2014

Scientifically accurate Sonic the Hedgehog is more nightmarish than even my fanfiction

What's weirder than Sanic making a big boy puddle for Amy? This newest video in the Scientifically Accurate series from Fox's Animation Domination HD YouTube channel, which features good ol' Sonic the Hedgehog. Going fast. And other things. I won't spoil it. Just go ahead and watch it yourself. Then check out the rest of the series. You're welcome.

Brittany Vincent

2:30 PM on 07.24.2014

Sega reveals Sonic Boom release dates, package art

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (that's the Wii U one) is dashing to North America on November 18, Sega announced today. It won't beat its portable (and more promising) companion to market, though, as Sonic Boom: Shattere...

Kyle MacGregor

5:15 PM on 07.23.2014

Sonic Boom also has characters not covered in tape

SEGA released a little collection (with bios) of other characters in the Sonic Boom universe, whether they inhabit the 3DS version, Wii U version, or are in the television show. And there's so little tape there, unl...

Steven Hansen

2:00 PM on 07.10.2014

Sonic Jump Fever is fun for about two minutes

Sonic Jump Fever is now available worldwide via iTunes and Google Play, Sega announced today. The vertical platformer is a free-to-play sequel to Sonic Jump, which first appeared on Japanese mobile phones in 2005. The experi...

Kyle MacGregor

4:30 PM on 07.02.2014

Two new Sonic Boom trailers show off one super extraordinary team

In May, I had a chance to check out the two upcoming Sonic Boom games -- Rise of Lyric and Shattered Crystal. I was surprisingly impressed by one, and unsurprisingly unimpressed by the other. These two trailers mak...

Brett Makedonski

7:00 PM on 06.23.2014

We're celebrating Sonic's 23rd birthday the only way we know how

It's Sonic's 23rd birthday, and we couldn't let his big day go by unnoticed. We wanted to celebrate by paying tribute to the legendary hedgehog. A really hot, steamy, sexy, erotic tribute. In case that last sentence wasn't indication enough, this post isn't exactly family friendly. So, not safe for work content to follow. You've been warned. Enjoy.

Brett Makedonski

5:53 PM on 06.10.2014

Prepare for a hybrid CG/live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie

Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sega Sammy's Marza Animation Planet studio have plans for a big-screen Sonic the Hedgehog movie that will combine CG animation with live action, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Evan Susser...

Jordan Devore







Sonic Boom on 3DS seems like a pleasantly surprising platformer photo
Sonic Boom on 3DS seems like a pleasantly surprising platformer
by Brett Makedonski

Just last week, Sega announced that the two upcoming Nintendo-exclusive Sonic games were given subtitles. The Wii U title is now Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, and the 3DS version is Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal. Despite sharing the Boom moniker, these two games are headed in opposite directions.

While I'm not sure that Lyric shows a ton of promise, Shattered Crystal certainly does. The handheld platformer draws from some of the most beloved Sonic games of all-time, while injecting inspiration from the best parts of Lyric to keep gameplay varied.

By and large, Shattered Crystal looks to be a 2D-platformer that's paced similarly to the original Sonic The Hedgehog. That is to say, it doesn't play as fast as the series would eventually ramp it up to. But, what it lacks in speed, it makes up for in other areas.

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1:30 PM on 06.06.2014

I wanna be all alone with Alien: Isolation and more with Sega's E3 2014 offerings

Once your heart's broken, what do you do? I only want some pieces of you, Sega. And I won't be making it out to E3 to check out your lineup. There are a few games coming down the pipeline over at Sega that I'm more than a lit...

Brittany Vincent



Tuesday Newsday: Mortal Kombat Ecks, Sonic Boom fizzles, and Homefront: The Revolution photo
Tuesday Newsday: Mortal Kombat Ecks, Sonic Boom fizzles, and Homefront: The Revolution
by Bill Zoeker

There's a hot drizzle of news leading up to E3, and Max is here to suck it down and spit it back at you! A sequel to Homefront is actually happening, for some reason. Ed Boon officiates the new MK as Mortal Kombat X (as in Ecks Vs. Sever). Sonic Boom isn't very impressive, surprising no one. Battlefield: Hardline had leak of beta footage. And many, many more stories, which Max will tell you if you watch this video instead of just reading about it.

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Sonic Boom plays pretty much exactly as I expected photo
Sonic Boom plays pretty much exactly as I expected
by Brett Makedonski

[Update: Apparently, just this morning, Sega decided to subtitle both Sonic Boom for Wii U and the upcoming Sonic 3DS game. Sonic Boom on Wii U is now Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, and the 3DS title is Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal. This preview only looks at Rise of Lyric.]

Heading into a recent play session with Sega's Sonic Boom, I was filled with odd, conflicting senses of hesitation and anticipation. Would this be an all-out trainwreck that I had to cringe my way through? If I set my internal bar low enough, would I be strangely surprised? Heaven forbid, might it actually be good?

The Sonic name has sat in an uncomfortable place for years now --  past failures in the franchise simultaneously meriting both more lenient expectations and a more critical eye to future installments. Sonic Boom looks to be no exception. Its faults stick out like poorly bandaged sore thumbs, but some of them are sort of acceptable because it's Sonic. Sort of.

The demo that we were shown was broken up into a few different sections that could be selected. There was a level from the campaign, a boss fight against Doctor Eggman, and a fast-paced, on-rails level to zoom through. They all played very differently from one another, and gave good indication as to what Sonic Boom's strengths and weakness truly are.

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Dumb Idiot Ideas: Sonic Boom's Sticks vs Mario Kart's Mercedes photo
Dumb Idiot Ideas: Sonic Boom's Sticks vs Mario Kart's Mercedes
by Bill Zoeker

Max and I have a chat about some interesting new characters coming to the Wii U. However, Max has an ulterior curiosity that may just ruin everything forever. Which would you choose: Sticks the Badger, or the Mario Kart Mercedes?

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