Sonic: Lost World Sure Looks A Lot Like Mario Galaxy… Which Is A Good Thing.

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Earlier today IGN debuted the first trailer for SEGA’s next entry in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, Sonic: Lost World. After watching the trailer two things came to mind. The first is that the Nintendo exclusive looks surprisingly solid and the second is that the game play looks very familiar…

Lets face it. Although the last two entries in the series (Sonic Generations, Sonic Colors) have actually been fun, Sonic hasn’t really had the best track record in prior years. For Lost World, developer Sonic Team seems to be building on the success from Colors and Generations and adding some new, yet familiar twists. The standard levels and worlds that you are probably used to are gone and have been replaced with floating, abstract stages that look like they were pulled straight out of Nintendo’s Mario Galaxy series.

I also love how Sonic Team is once again choosing to embrace the best elements of both 2D and 3D gameplay. This will allow them to create a nice balance between speed runs and platforming. The new Mario-inspired gameplay also seems like it will utilize all of Sonic’s abilities as well as some new ones, such as wall-running. And the fact that they don’t have to focus on creating an actual world per se, they can work strictly on designing well-crafted and enjoyable stages. You know. The stuff that actually matters.

As far as the story goes, it’s pretty much standard fare. As the trailer suggested Sonic will be facing off against a new set of six villains that have been oh-so adequately named the “Deadly Six”. To be honest, I could care less about the storyline. As long as the gameplay ends up being as fun as the trailer makes it seem, I will be fine.

While I will always be cautious when it comes to Sonic titles, I will admit that this new approach definitely has me a bit excited. While there is no information regarding exactly when Sonic: Lost World will hit store shelves, I am sure we will hear much more regarding the Wii-U and 3DS exclusive at E3.

-M

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