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Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog

Release Date in USA: November 14, 2006

Franchise: Sonic the Hedgehog
This game was intended to be a celebration of Sonic's 15th anniversary.

Only 4Kids-era Sonic game to use Hollywood talent (in this case, Lacey Chabert), and the only Sonic game at all to have a celebrity voice actor. She is a fan of the Sonic games and was excited to be part of them.

Since "Sonic the Hedgehog" is also the name of a TV show, the original 1991 Sonic game, and Sonic himself, this game is commonly called "Sonic 2006" or "Sonic Next-Gen" among fans.
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Truesonic
said at 3:37 PM on Thu Sep 25 2014
You know, I actually don't hate 06 but now I see it more as a game with lost potential and the mistake was obviously rushing the game. It's a real shame.

Interestingly, there would have been a day and night system in the game which would transition depending on the amount of time spent in the stage. Shame it was scrapped but at least it came back in Unleashed (bar the transition). Tails, Knuckles, Blaze, Amy,Rouge, Omega and Metal Sonic would have had their own storylines in single player and I would assume they would be playable in multiplayer. You would also be able to unlock music from past games and do missions similar to what SA2 had.

I think Yuji Naka made the mistake of leaving during the development of the game because this put pressure on the team as their was no proper guidance anymore hence how we saw a change from the beta footgate from the demo footage. Secondly, correct me if I'm wrong but I believe another team was working on Secret Rings at the time which meant the 06 team was decreasing in size? Lastly, SEGA made this situation worse by forcing or in other words putting pressure on the team to finish before the deadline as they wanted it out for Christmas hence why it was rushed. They should have taken their time to work on the game, really.

I understand that they wanted to make sure it came out in order not to lose sales and as it was anniversary game but I think it would have been best to push it back at a later release but what's done is done.

Now, this was the last MAIN 3D Sonic game to have full 3d control. Gameplay wise, I actually find it to be decent for the most part in terms of Sonic's level design only. Blaze is easily the best character to play in this game, believe it or not but I experienced no problems when playing as her. She felt fluid, fast and had a good range of attacks. It's just a shame you don't play much of her.

Sonic is pretty decent despite his homing attack losing momentum at times. If you actually watch the beta footage, his homing attack is more powerful and fluid in that version as he does flips. I like manipulating the gems too. However, the controls for the mach stages are WAY too sensitive. Omega is another character that works fine too although you can actually break the game by abusing his hover mode.

Shadow is okay when not using a vehicle but he still lacks speed and I like being able to grab objects and projectiles when playing as Silver but again, the same problem occurs with him. The slowness of movement.

Unfortunately, the rest are pretty slow and I think Amy is sadly the weakest of the bunch. Her hammer attack is delayed. her double jump has no momentum and for some reason, she can turn invisible which I never understood? Considering that Metal Sonic was supposed to be in this game, is it safe to assume that they were planning to have Espio since David Wills was in the game? Probably not likely but just a theory.

I like the level design for some levels such as Kingdom Valley and White Acropolis.

As for the voice acting, it's pretty hit and miss. A very close mixture of both good and bad. I don't consider it to be the worst voice acting. I think it's inbetween decent and below average. I think Dan Green, David Wills, Pete Capella, Bella Hudson, Mike Pollock do a good job in this game. Jason Griffith sounds good in the CGI cutscenes but does a rather mixed job in the ingame cutscenes. Again, I don't think it's not terrible but not his best effort and voice direction also takes a part of this. Fortunately, I feel he does much better in every other game beyond 06.


Storywise, I liked Shadow's story for what is was and to an extend, parts of Silver's story. Shadow shows determination, bravery and is no longer dwelling on the past. I actually like his personality in this game. However as a whole with all 3 stories, it's quite a rocky mess. There's a lot of incosistencies that you easily notice, not everything is fully explained and there are a lot of things don't make full sense. Blaze's backstory was also messed up in this game. This is probably one of the reasons why remaking the game wouldn't be very easy because the story would also have to be fixed as well as the gameplay and other things.

I really love the ending for the game though.

So to conclude, Sonic 06 is a game that offers some good content but unfortunately not enough as it is a unfinished and rushed game which leaves the bad stuff domianting around it heavily and is just seen as lost potential to me.

I honestly get some enjoyment from the game but at the same time, it becomes frustrating once you experience the bad stuff such as glitches and unresponsive controls etc. I would really like to see another Sonic game with the Adventure gameplay someday but sadly I can't see it happening now.
Ross123
said at 3:13 AM on Wed Nov 26 2014
@Truesonic Sonic and the Secret Rings was ment to be a Wii port of Sonic 06 but Sega had troble trying to port the game over so therefore we got SR instead.

I heard it was supposed to be a game to get Sonic back on his feet again after 06.
HienFan
said at 8:52 AM on Sun Jul 27 2014
It's a real pity this is the last all 3D control Sonic game, I like Unleashed and Generation(never played Colors yet) but the switch between 2.5D and 3D is very disorientating for me I rather stick to all 2/2.5D or all 3D
Fulgore2005
said at 3:24 PM on Sat Jun 21 2014
If it wasn't for the glitches and the poor gameplay, this might actually make for a great game.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 4:35 PM on Fri Jun 20 2014
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I actually knew someone who unironically thought this was a great game. When I asked him why he just got irritated and gave no justification for it.
Metabad
said at 3:04 PM on Sat Jun 21 2014
@Nightmare Crusher That seems to be the case for everyone who feels this is a great game.

I saw one of my friends play it and...yyyyeahhhh, I'm not playing it anytime soon.
GothamRed
said at 12:16 AM on Sun Feb 23 2014
Despite it's faults, I actually like the story of the game. Granted it plays horribly (example I actually managed to get lost in Silver's first stage in the past...yes I actually got lost in a sonic game).

And one thing I want to point out, Sonic himself gets a bad rep for the whole Elise thing when the relationship never seemed romantic at all from his end. Blame her, not him.
soniclover14
said at 8:46 PM on Sat Feb 22 2014
i like the game and all but I found it strange confusing and out of the ordinary
NCZ (Admin)
said at 5:48 AM on Thu Dec 19 2013
 10 Shout Outs! [?]
"This game was intended to be a celebration of Sonic's 15th anniversary."

I saw this and laughed.
Ross123
said at 6:19 PM on Tue Dec 31 2013
@NCZ If you take away all the glitches, poor controls & certain parts of the plot (the bad parts). This would probably end up being a decent game. I'm actually surprised no1 has ever actually thought of that. Guess it really left a bad taste in people's mouths to not try & think of ways to make it better. I've never actually played it but all those reviews & a glitch video put me right off.
HedgehogsRule
said at 2:23 AM on Wed Nov 6 2013
I've watch the walkthrough for this game, and I *seriously* don't see how this is the worst Sonic game yet.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:15 AM on Wed Nov 6 2013
@HedgehogsRule There's the thing. You only watched it instead of playing it. The actual game is a buggy mess with absurd, constant loading times that make it close to unplayable. It was pretty blatantly rushed to make a Christmas season deadline, due to all the planned features that had to be scrapped and the ludicrous amount of glitches. Not to mention, the plot feels like a fan-fiction and it takes itself too seriously.
Lion's Edge
said at 8:29 AM on Wed Nov 6 2013
@NCZ Which is a shame, actually, because Mephiles the Dark was, in my opinion, the BEST Sonic villain of them all.

But his game was the worst of them all.
Ross123
said at 11:17 AM on Wed Nov 13 2013
@NCZ why didn't Sega bring out an update like a lot of game making companies do when the games are buggy?
DreamMaster08X (Moderator)
said at 6:22 PM on Tue Dec 31 2013
@NCZ I saw a 'glitch compilation' of clips from the game, and judging it by a visual/gameplay level alone, I think I'm going to stay waaaaaaaaaaay clear of it for as long as I can.
Ross123
said at 9:20 AM on Fri Jan 3 2014
@HedgehogsRule Despite the comment you made being 2 months ago last year. Youtube videos (including walkthroughs for games) can be fake.

You really should see some of the glitches in the actual game. It's here in case you ever come back to this page. And this video is not faked since it has been verified.

And now for some reason (maybe a technical difficulty) I can't cooy & paste the link. Just type Sonic 06 glitches into the search engine on Youtube.
Ross123
said at 2:56 PM on Sat Jan 4 2014
@HedgehogsRule Finally got it fixed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhcN5SMLUng

And this is just for show.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZE10lLJTtI

I know it's not Sonic but it's worth a laugh.
Ross123
said at 11:43 AM on Thu Oct 24 2013
I thinking of buying this game at 1 point but I heard all about the reviews & that it was 1 of the worst games of all time with a lot of gliches. So I'm glad I didn't.
HienFan
said at 10:34 AM on Mon Oct 14 2013
I'm one of the few who likes the game better than all the games after it(especially Unleashed yeesh medal grinding and Eggman Land)

The only thing I dislike is the battle against Silver really weird

Then again I liked the old Tom and Jerry Movie over all the direct to DVD movies
Shiny Raticate
said at 3:09 AM on Fri Jul 12 2013
 1 Shout Out! [?]
I actually really liked this game; it was good. They just needed to fine-tune the loading screens and the glitches, and it would have done better in the markets.

Dan Green was absolutely fantastic as Mephiles, and it makes me sad that we may never see Mephiles again; he was the greatest Sonic villain to exist.
Mrguy22594
said at 3:03 PM on Sun Jun 9 2013
 4 Shout Outs! [?]
This game is just... uuuuuuuuuuuuuggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Trami0501
said at 12:57 AM on Sat Jul 14 2012
I saw Why Knuckles never turn super anymore on youtube.com that's funny!
alyssaclaw123321
said at 2:12 PM on Wed Jun 20 2012
this game is awesome!!
jewardcruz12
said at 5:19 AM on Sun Apr 15 2012
Oh man tis game ROCKS!!!
alyssaclaw123321
said at 2:14 PM on Wed Jun 20 2012
@jewardcruz12,
you are awesome because everyone thinks this game sucks.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 10:01 PM on Mon Nov 14 2011
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The furry fetish was a little weird. The game was filled with glitches too! Plus the voice acting was terrible, even for the Sonic X cast (which was usually very bad anyway). Even Lacey Chabert sucked, and that's surprising considering she's usually a very good voice actress!
Truesonic
said at 7:46 PM on Wed May 4 2011
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
This game turn out Okay but it could of been way improved I know it was rushed and unfinished and SEGA were also working on the PS3 Version so they probably didn't have time to finish the Xbox 360 Version as it was first but somehow both versions turned out unfinished and SEGA were rushed This game had a lot of potential most elements were a lot similar to Sonic Adventure

I wish they would remake this earlier but it's too late now they should of patched it earlier but oh well it turned out okay once you get the hang of it then it's not so bad a sold my copy though still it's a shame this was rushed all the supporting characters were suppposed to have their own story even metal Sonic was supposed to appear ah well

The positive higlights from the game is the Music, Begining and Ending Graphics and I liked the voice acting a lot here even though they could of improved a bit but it was still a great performance Especially Dan Green,Lisa Ortiz, Jason Griffith and David Wills all did great though they shouldn't have made Omega's voice monotone and we know it wasn't Maddie's fault

I'd like it more if Caren manuel made Rouge sound more Edgy with the Sexy and playful attitude like she did in Sonic X and Rivals 2 and for Amy Palant to deepen the voice a bit just like she did in Shadow The Hedgehog,Sonic Unleashed and Black Knight but they were all good in the end no complaints I still liked it :) I even found Sonic's laugh funny I jsut laughed along with it It isn't annoying to me just funny XD.

This game is not Horrendous but not Incredible either just not one of my favourite 3D Sonic Games...

Music, 4Kids Voices and Level designs were awesome :D just as well as Major scenes I guess those are positive things.
TheBlackHawk
said at 9:06 PM on Mon Mar 4 2013
@Truesonic Personally, in addition to all that you'd stated, I really liked the story, though so many seemed to hate it.

Had Yuji Naka-sama not resigned in the middle of development, and had the game been completed and release on all three intended consoles (Wii, PS3, 360), I think that the result would have been amazing.

All in all, I still really like this game, especially for its plot.
Sonic_Blaze
said at 2:22 PM on Tue Apr 12 2011
Basic line s and basically bad line placement equals a bad performance. but a least they got better in later games.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:18 AM on Sun Apr 10 2011
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Judging from Sonic, Shadow, and Mephiles' clips, characters in this game have a tendency to say "I'm (name). (Name) the (whatever)." lol.
TheBlackHawk
said at 9:03 PM on Mon Mar 4 2013
@NCZ I'm Black Hawk, Black Hawk the BTVA member. Sorry, couldn't resist. xD
sonic (Guest)
said at 4:03 PM on Tue Nov 9 2010
this cast and game is awsome


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Listen to all the actors who have voiced the following Sonic the Hedgehog characters.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Knuckles the Echidna
E-123 Omega
Blaze the Cat
Silver the Hedgehog
Princess Elise