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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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9:15 AM on 05.29.2014

Sonic Boom: New character Sticks

Presenting Sticks, the new character for Sonic Boom. She's Amy's best buddy, and she's maybe a little backwards. She lives in a burrow and has a boomerang as a weapon.  What do you think?

Dale North

1:15 PM on 05.09.2014

Sega's numbers are down, but still profitable

Sega didn't have a great year, but did enough to stay in the black. Due to a "harsh market environment," the publisher's physical videogame sales tumbled to 8.7 million. However, the company noted that mobile and digital PC t...

Brett Makedonski

9:00 PM on 04.25.2014

First-person Sonic with the Oculus Rift looks pretty fun

Disorienting, but fun. I wonder how long before you vomit. I knew someone who played Team Fortress 2 with the Rift for 30 minutes and had to lay down for an hour to stop being woozy. I still really want to play Mirror's Edge with it.

Steven Hansen

8:00 PM on 04.25.2014

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is free on iOS and Android 'cause you gotta go fast

If you've been jonesing for a new racing game you can carry in your pocket, consider Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, which is now free on the App Store as well as Google Play. See, Android users? They didn't forget ...

Brittany Vincent





11:00 AM on 04.21.2014

Sega opens up about CryEngine 3 on Wii U, split-screen for Sonic Boom

Speaking to the Official Nintendo Magazine, Sega producer Stephen Frost opened up a bit about using the CryEngine for Sonic Boom on the Wii U. It's not a 1:1 use of the engine, as it's modified to allow things like split-scre...

Chris Carter

10:00 PM on 04.08.2014

Here's what Sonic and friends' feet look like

We come across all sorts of dumb things while looking for gaming related content everyday here at Destructoid. Usually we post the stupidest thing in our office chat, and it typically just stays there never to be seen by the ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



PSA: Sonic CD is free for Android for 7 more hours photo
PSA: Sonic CD is free for Android for 7 more hours
by Steven Hansen

Apparently-controller-compatible Sonic CD is Amazon's free Android app of the day for about seven more hours. This staggering deal will literally save you dollars compared to the usual $3 price tag.

Use them well. I'm going to buy a lottery ticket and burn the other two as sacrifice. For luck.

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Impressions: Sonic Lost World The Legend of Zelda Zone photo
Impressions: Sonic Lost World The Legend of Zelda Zone
by Chris Carter

Sonic Lost World may not have met everyone's expectations, but two free pieces of Nintendo-themed DLC sits right with me. We already got a chance to play the 2D Yoshi's Island-themed add-on back in December, but now Link has teamed up with Sonic for a grand 3D adventure.

Just like its predecessor, the "Legend of Zelda Zone" is very brief, but it's a wonderful glimpse into what Sega and Nintendo can accomplish together.

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10:05 AM on 03.26.2014

Sega confirms Legend of Zelda and Sonic Lost World crossover date

It was already a surprise when Yoshi's Island DLC dropped for Sega's Sonic Lost World, but Nintendo president Satoru Iwata noted that there was one more add-on in store for fans, giving the strongly hinted "link" as a k...

Chris Carter



Farts 'N' Crafts: Sonic hates his new design so much he's barfing photo
Farts 'N' Crafts: Sonic hates his new design so much he's barfing
by Max Scoville

Hey gang! Here's a hot and messy GDC edition of Farts 'N' Crafts, brought to you by liquor and cocktail napkins, and also cocktails, made with liquor. Sonic The Hedgehog is covered in bandages and scarves in Sonic Boom, so I drew him barfing up SpaghettiOs. Because cocktails.

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3:45 PM on 03.18.2014

Initial Sonic Boom redesigns caused 'discomfort' in Sonic Team

A lot of people reacted strongly to the new Sonic Boom character redesigns. While the designs mostly seem goofy and easy to jab at, they were way more outlandish at the onset, according to a GameSpot interview with Big Red Bu...

Steven Hansen

7:30 PM on 02.25.2014

Sonic Boom creative director explains all the tape

Is it just me or does the Sonic Boom gameplay in this behind the scenes video actually look better than it did with the initial reveal? And everything is so nice...and colorful. Oh no. No no no. No falling into the Sonic Cyc...

Steven Hansen

9:00 AM on 02.09.2014

Sega's retail sales struggle, while digital market grows

While Sega saw a continued decline in software sales this past fiscal year, its mobile division is continuing to grow, according to a recent report issued by Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. Even with titles like Sonic Lost World and...

Wesley Ruscher

5:45 PM on 02.07.2014

Big Red Button lead talks Sonic Boom gameplay

Sega made waves yesterday with their announcement of Sonic Boom -- which is a television series, a toy line, and a set of two games for the Wii U and 3DS. While Sanzaru Games at large wasn't on hand to discuss the 3...

Chris Carter