Sonic Unleashed
Sonic is Unleashed *with screens*
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If someone told me 20 years ago that a little blue hedgehog named Sonic would be an icon in the gaming industry, I would have laughed and spit milk at you... Well that was  mostly because I was a kid and that's what all kids do isn't it? Either way I still wouldn't have believed you. But here we are, 20 years later and it appears I was naive. Sonic is due back on our consoles in the aptly named "Sonic Unleashed" sometime in "late 2008."

"Sonic Unleashed is built on a powerful new “Hedgehog Engine”, which introduces seamless 3D to classic 2D camera transitions, whilst delivering a rich and expansive world with multiple paths to choose from. Under development for three years, the Hedgehog Engine produces a visually rich next generation look and feel with elements of classic Sonic gameplay mechanics. The Hedgehog engine will help re-define the gameplay experience for Sonic fans and newcomers to the franchise alike."

"“By combining rich and vibrant scenery with dynamic viewpoints Sonic Unleashed will provide an immersive 3D experience whilst keeping alive the 2D gameplay elements and fantastic worlds that Sonic fans know and love” commented Gary Knight, European Marketing Director for SEGA Europe. “In addition to this classic Sonic gaming experience, when darkness sets in Sonic Unleashed players will be able to experience a completely new way to play as Sonic… making this his most exciting adventure yet!”"

"Having been broken apart by the evil Dr Eggman, it’s down to Sonic to put the pieces of the world back together again by retrieving the power of the chaos emeralds. In doing so, Sonic will find himself in a race against time and faced with an unusual situation that will challenge him in ways never before seen. By completing a wide variety of action-packed stages, spanning the seven broken continents of the world, gamers will need to unleash Sonic’s amazing abilities to save the world, and himself!"

"The opportunity to engage in Sonic in different ways during the day and night time levels brings a completely original way of playing to the Sonic franchise, in addition to running at high speeds in classic Sonic style, combat fighting will become possible. Super quick Sonic’s speed skills will be highlighted by four new modes, whilst the all new combat, movement and functional abilities will offer depth and variety to the game. As the sun sets in Sonic Unleashed, a different type of adventure will awaken in Sonic’s newest quest…."

We're praying that they fix the huge problems that were so apparent in the previous title and our little blue friend can recapture previous glories. The one thing that did make us sit up and pay attention was the mention of the "new" engine... So we're ever so slightly hopeful.

Check out the full gallery here for the images in high def glory.


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Comment #1 by Randygam3freak
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 04:28:17 PM
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If they screw this one up, im done with new sonics, ill stick with sonic adventure 2:battle

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Comment #2 by b3nnyth3gr33k
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 04:28:36 PM
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is this an arcade game or a retail

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Comment #3 by Hippie Slayer X
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 04:29:23 PM
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Meh...I've learned not to play any Sonic NOT on the Sega Genesis...and to especially avoid those made in the 2000s.

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Comment #4 by Hippie Slayer X
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 04:30:32 PM
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Another 3rd. :)

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Comment #5 by SlySi1976
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 04:32:04 PM
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isnt time sonic was laid to rest... thats what i say now r.i.p sonic

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Comment #6 by an1m051ty
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 04:37:24 PM
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Rental. At Best. The last dozen sonic games have been ridiculous.

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Comment #7 by Scotian Bred
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 04:53:23 PM
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Looking at those screens i have to say i kinda like the look of the game .. it definatly has the right camera angles .. and if they can make some kick ass levels then i am game for this .. i avoided the other 360 sonic game for one reason BAD CAMERA ANGLE which in turn is not good for a sonic game when your flying at super "sonic" speeds .. the screens make me say " well hopefully its plays as good as it is looking"

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Comment #8 by Hoebagger
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 04:59:47 PM
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Nothing can be worse than the other one for 360.....i hope

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Comment #9 by Twilight Star
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 05:06:44 PM
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sega have been doing good with sonic for past year

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Comment #10 by LFCDANNY 2k8
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 05:11:04 PM
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This better be good, the last 6 or so sonics have been utter crap. Still wont even rent it.

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Comment #11 by JBURNICLE
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 05:14:22 PM
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This is sonics last chance with me. if this game turns out to be rubbish im not going to buy another sonic game (apart from the ds) again.

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Comment #12 by James03
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 05:16:26 PM
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This is liek 3 weeks old. ;s

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Comment #13 by Kotaro-Fuma
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 05:32:09 PM
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Dont screw this up!
You've killed Sonic with all these bad games!

Stick too the roots, Sonic & 3D = BAD
Sonic & 2D = GOOD

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Comment #14 by Webb [STAFF]
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 05:42:50 PM
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lol @ James03 - I think you'll find that this is BRAND new news released by SEGA. I have the press release sat in front of me and it reads "LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO (April 3, 2008)"

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Comment #15 by Ritual Beating
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 06:02:58 PM
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Wheres my Next Gen remake of Sonic Spinball!!!!

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Comment #16 by Axe Argonian
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 06:03:31 PM
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They should bring back the Chao-raising system from Sonic Adenture and Sonic Adventure 2:Battle. If they make this game's platforming system GOOD,then I just hope that they bring back the Chao-raising system. It was such an addictive game-within-a-game.

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Comment #17 by Sge77i
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 06:08:02 PM
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I agree with Axe, I raised Chaos for HOURS on end (hell, I left my GameCube on for a week straight just to age them to evolve) on SA2:B, so bringing them back would compel me to buy this game. An achievement for having an all-S Chao and a one for an Angel/Devil chao would be the firsts on my to-do list.

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Comment #18 by Kif
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 06:18:53 PM
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I was so psyched for this game until I learnt that Sonic turns into a werewolf. The gameplay looks pretty cool though actually, like 2.5D for the platforming and third-person for attacking.

So yeah, Sonic Team please don't fuck this up.

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Comment #19 by Luckbox
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 06:39:46 PM
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Werewolf? That might be kinda weird, but hey, as was said so many times, as long as its better than the previous 360 sonic, I'll be happy

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Comment #20 by Eighteen88
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 06:44:10 PM
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Looks cool. But so did all the other ones and they all sucked. Secret Rings could have been good if it wasn't on Wii.

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Comment #21 by Pointless Dan
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 06:53:45 PM
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I love Sonic. There have been some amazing Sonic games, but I think they need to stop. After the last 360 effort, unless this game is amazing it will destroy Sonic's good name.

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Comment #22 by v_thorne
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 08:50:39 PM
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I'll cry if this one is as bad as the last one.

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Comment #23 by bsimmons4prez
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 08:52:18 PM
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i agree with many of you... the idea of a 3-d sonic has never sat well with me.

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Comment #24 by Sakurafire
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 09:30:55 PM
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Why not make another Sonic Adventure game? Seriously, the last Sonic wasn't that bad. Scratch the RPG elements, bring back Chao Garden, and give me some seemless storyline co-op. (Sonic 2 ftw!) Do that and I'll be a happy man. ^^

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Comment #25 by EL1TExWARRIOR
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 09:38:54 PM
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Oh, well i don't like SONIC, but my friend: Ev1sCeRatE loves him.

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Comment #26 by JakK93
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 09:41:20 PM
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looks like a classic 3d sonic game, which is always good

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Comment #27 by eddie_cheeseman
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 09:47:54 PM
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kinky stuff!

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Comment #28 by James03
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 09:55:37 PM
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@ Webb - Oh lulz sorry I meant the screenshots, I completely skipped the text. >.>

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Comment #29 by Twilight Star
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 09:56:35 PM
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all of this was leaked like 3weeks ago screenshots of super sonic and a video of the game play.

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Comment #30 by Webb [STAFF]
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 10:19:54 PM
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Notice the word "leaked" though... It's now official and we won't get in to trouble for posting it lol

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Comment #31 by Twilight Star
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 10:29:30 PM
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true. why does this have to be released on the ps2 aswel, what game will out on the ps2 late this year beside sw:fu and possibly fifa09?

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Comment #32 by LegitLostLegend
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 10:32:47 PM
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It better be as good as the gamecube one, or i'll have to wait in Sonic 3 comes out for XBLA

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Comment #33 by Suplemental
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 10:37:11 PM
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This one looks amazing im getting it either if its crap too me or its good because im a sonic fan and i gd damn hope sonic 3 comes on XBLA as that is one of my most wished games for xbla or if they put up S3&K (Sonic The Hedgehog 3 And Knuckles) i will be happier than ever :D

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Comment #34 by YogiB
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 10:56:10 PM
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I hope they add Chao Garden like other people want.. Remember the good time on DC og GC when I rasied Chao.. And I like the Sonic Adventure^^... So hope it become like a SA games

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Comment #35 by BackerMan
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 11:06:28 PM
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Not this. I want sonic 3 and sonic & knockles on live acade.

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Comment #36 by lostmotiv
Thursday, April 03, 2008 @ 11:32:14 PM
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i hope its just like the old genesis games but with a lil 3d look added to it. i'd be more than happy with a simple run from one side of the level to other in a 2d world that just looked 3d.

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Comment #37 by S1ck x VaLoR
Friday, April 04, 2008 @ 12:12:16 AM
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Yes, another Sonic game.

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Comment #38 by Axe Argonian
Friday, April 04, 2008 @ 12:37:37 AM
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Yeah Sge. I think that I got my chao to the ultimate form in either February 2006 and February 2007. Still,I just hope that THIS is the game that brings back Sonic. That will bring back my love for the little blue guy...

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Comment #39 by chiefgonebad
Friday, April 04, 2008 @ 12:50:03 AM
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ya the better not screw this up only im only playin the classics

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Comment #40 by Hurricane x360a
Friday, April 04, 2008 @ 01:15:26 AM
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i really agree with frank west sonic 2 was the best

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Comment #41 by OutlawFMA
Friday, April 04, 2008 @ 01:22:15 AM
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Here is all 20 screens that were released.

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Comment #42 by ArmyOfPie
Friday, April 04, 2008 @ 02:12:08 AM
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Looks fairly good actually.

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Comment #43 by Feel My Rage
Friday, April 04, 2008 @ 02:16:58 AM
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The look acctually reminds me of Crash Bandicoot(Not Crash of the Titans, the old ones.)I remember the good ol days.....well, i think, as far as Sonic retail games go, will be my last play with the blue guy.the last Sonic was MISERABLE.

Also, does anyone miss Sonic X or whatever it was called?It was on the dreamcast, and was also released as Sonic X: Director's Cut on the GC.I think the name had an X in it....either way I'd love a remake of that game.Leaving out Big the Cat and Amy of course....those two parts of the game ruined it for me.

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Comment #44 by OutlawFMA
Friday, April 04, 2008 @ 03:07:53 AM
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It was the first Sonic Adventure game.

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Comment #45 by Sinsko
Friday, April 04, 2008 @ 05:44:00 AM
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Its sad to see Sonic turn to shit... but thats what it is.

Sega is a big joke... and honestly all their latest games suck. They are taking the road of Acclaim, and its very sad.

For some reason whenever i play a sega game i just feel ripped off... like they could have made it so much better but just slapped it together for a quick buck.

I miss days of dreamcast.

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Comment #46 by Lostheroes5686
Friday, April 04, 2008 @ 06:14:36 AM
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nothing beats old school sonic on sega genesis. the sonic for dreamcast came close but there really is only so much you can do with a really fast blue mammal. Who sports red shoes after labor day

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Comment #47 by Asholay
Friday, April 04, 2008 @ 08:14:07 AM
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Hmm - this does look like it could be good actually... looks like it'll be only pseudo-3d, if people get what I mean. As long as they don't mess up the control scheme, it might bring Sonic back...

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Comment #48 by DarkEchoesX
Friday, April 04, 2008 @ 10:23:35 AM
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Every year Sega says the latest Sonic game goes back to it's roots. And every year Sega churns out another Sonic game that is bloated yet more new characters everyone hates, has a rubbish camera and a cringeworthy storyline.

I think this one will be a rent, I just can't afford to spend £30 every year on another bad Sonic game in the hope it'll capture even 1/10th of the enjoyment of the Mega Drive or Dreamcast ones.

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Comment #49 by mjc0961
Friday, April 04, 2008 @ 11:49:56 AM
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I wonder if this game will be "as good as Sonic 3 and Knuckles" like everyone claimed Sonic Rush was. *rolls eyes in disgust at SEGA*

If you don't know, Sonic Rush was a miserable failure. If you ever played Sonic Advance 2, Sonic Rush is the same terrible game all over again, except instead of other characters like Tails and Knuckles, you have to play as some new character called Blaze, who plays the exact same effing way as Sonic. So essentially you have to play the same horrible game twice in a row to actually get the true final boss and ending.

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Comment #50 by X Dboi X
Friday, April 04, 2008 @ 12:29:07 PM
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Kinda ruins the whole point of sonic tbh...

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Comment #51 by Zippy1313
Friday, April 04, 2008 @ 02:28:25 PM
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a few rules about sonic:
1) if the game isn't on genesis, it is crap.
2) it is dr. robotinik not eggman.
3) sonic only has two real partners: tails and knuckles

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US November 24, 2008

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