On March 31, the day earlier than April Fools’, Sega launched an official (and free!) Sonic recreation on PC that straight up killed the blue bastard. Now, per week later, the sport is blowing up on Steam and is even a success on Metacritic. So it appears critics and followers alike agree: Killing Sonic was a fantastic alternative!
The Homicide of Sonic the Hedgehog is a visible novel-like murder-mystery recreation that has your cute, furry investigator working with varied Sonic characters to resolve the “homicide” of the franchise’s iconic blue hero himself. It was simply one of many greatest jokes on April Fools’, not solely as a result of the thought of Sega killing Sonic in a online game and releasing it as a playable product could be very humorous, however as a result of it additionally ended up being a fairly stable recreation that Sonic followers have largely embraced. In actual fact, the Sonic franchise’s social media supervisor confirmed on April 5, by way of a tweet, that the sport had been downloaded over one million occasions. Spectacular stuff! However not solely do followers prefer it, critics dig this new recreation through which Sonic will get unmade.
Over on Metacritic, The Homicide of Sonic the Hedgehog has racked up 5 scored critiques from retailers and that’s sufficient to provide it an total mixture rating on the location, which, as of this writing, sits at 87. If that rating stays the identical as extra critiques are available (or goes up, even) it’s going to seemingly imply that The Homicide of Sonic the Hedgehog will go down in historical past as one of many highest-rated Sonic video games ever launched. Solely about 5 different Sonic video games (not counting varied ports) have an 87 or larger Metacritic rating. If the rating goes up even simply two factors thanks to a couple extra optimistic critiques, it’s going to wind up the third-highest-rated Sonic recreation ever.
And it’s not like there have solely been a dozen or so Sonic video games over the previous few a long time. This can be a franchise with an enormous variety of entries, together with spin-offs, ports, sequels, and now bizarre shit like video games through which Sega murks its personal mascot. So attending to the highest of all that may be a real feat for Sega’s sudden new visible novel.
Certain, it’s not shocking that any recreation is healthier than the terrible—[notices an angry group of Sonic ‘06 fans outside, cracking their knuckles] uh—the terrible…Sonic Shuffle. Nonetheless, it’s wild that every one it took for Sega to get its subsequent huge Sonic hit was to kill its star character and ask gamers to resolve his homicide. Now, the place’s the Hollywood film adapting this spin-off?