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Sonic has come a long way over the years, and to be honest, his age is starting to show. Back in his hay day Sonic was the man, and at one point, was outselling Mario. Now-a-days, however, he’s starting to lose his speed and Mario’s been keeping young. In his 16 bit days Sonic was on top of the world, and now he’s scratching and clawing his way to stay in the game. Sonic has even resorted to teaming up with Mario in gimmicky Wii Olympic party games just to stay on the radar. What follows is a timeline (and collection) of a handful of Sonic games that I’ve played over the years. This isn’t a complete collection of all his games because, trust me, he has a lot of games out there for many consoles and systems. This is more of a “best of” collection, if you will (excluding the newest ones—i.e. the current-gen games, they’re just necessary to include). I’ve played all the games in this list and I’m a long-time Sonic fan. This list just go to show you how long the blue blur has been around, how far he’s come, and how much he’s far he’s fallen.

 

1991

Sonic the Hedgehog

On the Sega console –The originator, the supposed “Mario Killer”. The best foot forward for Sega and a classic game every video game fan has or should play.

1992

Sonic 2

The second installment on the Sega Gensis. This was the first game we get to meet Sonic’s sidekick/mechanic Miles “Tails” Prower (a pun of miles per hour)

1993

Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Beam Machine

The Sonic Team’s attempt at a puzzle game. It’s essentially Puyo Puyo.

Sonic Spinball

Like the name suggests this is a Sonic pinball game. Don’t be fooled though, it’s hard.

Sonic 3

Like the Mario franchise, the third installment is arguably the best of the series. This is the first game players are able to take control of Tails (our first taste of co-op play in the Sonic series).

1994

Sonic & Knuckles

This is not only a full fledged game but it’s also an add-on to the previous Sonic games. You could actually plug one of the 3 previous games into the top of this cartridge. This is also the first game we actually get to play as Knuckles.

1995

Sonic CD

This game was for the PC and has the best intro to any Sonic game that I can remember. The intro was a quick animated short with a great song overtop. The game play stuck to the classic 2D Sonic we’re familiar with.

Knuckles Chaotix

This game was for the short lived Sega 32x (32x was like the Sonic and Knuckles cartridge but it up’d the graphics from 16bit to 32 on the Sega Gensis) Sonic wasn’t in this game but I actually owned this game so I figured I’d mention it.

1996

Sonic 3D Blast

This was the first 3D Sonic game and it was on the Gensis. This game was a failure, I suppose you could call this foreshadowing?

1997

Sonic R

This was the first Sonic Racing game, this game was also somewhat of a failure (but then again so was the Sega Saturn). 3D Sonic has a harder time with games than the 2D one.

1999

Sonic Adventure

This is how you make a 3D Sonic game. This was the staple game for the newly released Dreamcast system (at the time). This game was epic—I loved this game.

2000

Sonic Shuffle

Sega is always trying to do what Mario does, so this was Sega trying to cash in on the Mario Party series. Mario Party had 7 sequels, Sonic Shuffle has none—I wonder why? (hint: it sucked)

2001

Sonic Adventure 2

The previous game did so well, why not make another. Shadow the hedgehog was first introduced in this game. The game met with mixed reviews but personally I enjoyed the hell out of it. I’m still waiting for Sonic Adventure 3 to be honest with you.

2004

Sonic Heroes

This may be harsh but I feel like every 3D Sonic game from here on out were more or less terrible. Sega quit the console business and just stuck to making games so this game was a multiplatform release (Xbox and PS2). You took control of 3 characters at once, switching between the 3 throughout. There was multiple teams to choose from but this gimmick, unfortunately, didn’t help this game.

2006

Sonic the Hedgehog

This is Sonic’s first step into the current generations of consoles. This game was terribly frustrating. The load times in this game were torturous and Sonic made out with a human. Just because an animal can talk doesn’t mean it’s ok to let them kiss humans (especially in a game for kids). Just like bestiality, this game is just wrong.

2007

Sonic and the Secret Rings

This is the first game that game out with the new Wii Nintendo System. Just like most of the games for the Wii, this game is just one big gimmick. Just because I have to waggle some dumb controller rather than press a button doesn’t make this some new fresh Sonic game. To be fair through, this game wasn’t as terrible as the aforementioned one, so it’s not that bad of a game considering.

2008

Sonic Unleashed

This is the latest game release for Sonic and maybe the weirdest. I hear this game did well with a younger audience (which is who they make these games for) but I’m a little ashamed of this game. It’s hard to sell the same game to people so usually developers try to through something new into the mix to spice things up. In this game Sonic turned into a warehog with stretchy arms at night. I don’t have much else to say about this game, it’s absurdity leaves me speechless.

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Infinity Ward put out a PSA trailer staring, none other than, the Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (or you might know him from the horrible Comcast commercials). The video is some mock PSA with 2 swear words thrown in for no reason. Although, it is funny to hear Cole Hamels drop the P and F words. I’m not sure if this implies that he’s a celebrity voice in the game itself, when it comes out later this month, but it’s still pretty cool none the less. So enjoy this short, arguably pointless, video.

[THE VIDEO WAS REMOVED FROM YOUTUBE DUE TO COMPLAINTS TO INFINITY WARD]

image from http://www.fourzerotwo.com/

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I’ve been waiting for this for a while because, up until now, I wasn’t really into the characters for L4D2. I liked the original L4D crew because they had personality. Definitely stepping it up another notch Valve. They need to make a movie because Value’s production is quite amazing.

Ps: If you pre-ordered L4D2, the demo is available now!

image by gamesmen.co.au

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For the record–there’s way too many WWII games out and most of them were made by Infinity Ward. Normally I’d roll my eyes at a WWII game but Pandemic’s The Saboteur actually looks pretty good. It’s a third person action shooter much like Pandemics last outing Mercenaries 2. If only France had this protagonist in real life, maybe they wouldn’t look like such babies today. Irishman Sean Devlin will trek though WWII France kicking Nazi ass and taking names–and driving fancy race cars. One of the games most interestingly notable game-play mechanics is color. In areas where the population has low moral (due to Nazi control) the color is de-saturated, with grays filling up most of the palette. The less control the Nazi’s have of an area the more “Will To Fight” (WtF) the people have and the more color is brought into the area.

I’m not sure if I’ll pick this game up but it’s definitely worth watching till it’s released December 8th, 2009.

Image by IGN.com

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Marsha Marsha Marsha! The video game world can behave like the real world (not the show) and sometimes more “popular” upcoming releases over shadow other releases–like your cooler older brother. I feel like Borderlands might suffer from this. We’re finally out of September and we’re into October and most of us know that late October, November, and early December is reserved for us Gamers. How cute of developers to pick a month or so to cram a bunch of blockbuster titles into–more like financially savvy. Why? Well the best holiday ever follows in shortly behind, so that gives parents just enough time to check off Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 from your Christmas list. So what’s in store for us in October, well a couple games actually. 2 worth mentioning, before I get to what I’m really hinting at, are Uncharted 2 (which I already talked a bit about) and Brutal Legend. Brutal Legend is a game made by Tim Schaffer who, if you don’t know him, makes some pretty good games and has a great sense of humor so that game looks promising. Not to mention Tim said the hardest part about making a game is multiplayer  and so he decided to start there when making the game. Now with 2 big titles coming out, on the same day no less, where’s the room for other worth while titles.

That’s where I come in. Now, I haven’t got a chance at any game conferences to play this game but I’ve been watching this game for a while and have seen tons and tons of videos of this game and I feel compelled to mention it to you. If you’re already bored and about to stop reading this then let me give you one point on this game before you leave. THE GAME HAS OVER 3 MILLION GUNS!! 3 million!? Oh, interested now are we? Do go on you say? Why certainly

So what is Borderlands? Borderlands is one of those games that’s been in development so long that it burrows underground and escapes the radar for a while but is resurfacing closer to its release date: October 20th (for Xbox and PS3).  Already well  into development the art team decided to pitch a new art style for the game a while back. Normally they would have been denied given that they already had an art style and were already making the game but, apparently, everyone loved the new art style so much they went for a complete overhaul. The new style they claim isn’t cel-shading but a new concept art style that they created.

Borderlands is an action RPG the likes of which have yet to be seen. It combines first person shooting with RPG elements such as hit point and experience points. What about these 3 million guns you ask well allow me to explain this (to the best of my ability). Some games such as Diablo for the PC have utilized the concept of randomly generating terrain for dungeons so that no two experiences are the same. With Borderlands, not only have they used that for their terrain but they also used it for their weapons. What the game will do is randomly generate guns by combining parts from three different in-game companies. For example you could have a handgun that has a scope and shoots shotgun shells or an automatic rifle that shoots sniper bullets.

The game also offers seamless drop-in and drop-out online/offline co-op with up to 3 additional players.

An action first person shooter RPG with 3 million guns and online co-op–sign me the hell up. I think this game is definitely worth checking out. In fact, let me get you started with a trailer–you can go from there.

Hello Interwebbernaughts. My name is Chris and I’m the admin/webmaster/main content provider here at A&B Games—in fact it’s pretty much just me. Since the interweb is full of anonymous strangers with no faces, I’d thought I’d introduce myself a little to you (while remaining faceless). I’m a college student who currently attends Rowan University and I’m majoring in Radio/TV/Film with a minor in Journalism. It’s not a bad school even though sometimes the administration can give you the run-a-round. I’ve been playing video games since as long as I knew how to use my thumbs, and have been kicking ass ever since. My father used to make me play Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out with him in between beatings and lectures. My brother constantly pushed me to better at video games by being just as good as me and challenging me everyday. I got out of video games for a short while in high school while I tried to figure out who I am. After I sorted that nightmare out I’ve been steadily enjoying my time back with video games. Ever since I got back I’ve been reading more and more about the industry and the video game world (the video game part not the people who play them). Anyway I hope to entertain you and provide you with a unique prospective on this crazy crazy world of video games.