Sonic Adventure  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Sonic Adventure  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network SEGA Discusses the Future of Sonic Adventure 3 Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:12:46 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

The Sonic Adventure games were the first two fully 3D installments in the mainline Sonic the Hedgehog series. Many fans of the Sonic feel that the Adventure formula was one of the best (if not the best) style of gameplay that Sonic has had in all of his 3D outings -- often citing elements such as consistent controls and intriguing stories. While not a unanimous opinion, some people even consider Sonic Adventure 2 the peak of the Sonic series in 3D.

Many people have been hoping for a third installment in the Adventure style. But as time has gone on, more and more vastly different 3D Sonic games have been released -- and the possibility only seems less and less likely. Unfortunately for these fans, it seems as though a third Adventure title just officially became even less likely.

In a recent interview with Polygon, head of Sonic Team Takashi Iizuka stated: 

“I hear people saying that they want Adventure 3, but the path that we’re on and ... Adventure 3, what fans want that to be, might not be an advancement of the series... So I don’t want to do an Adventure 3 and step the franchise back just to give the fans what they want... From the developer standpoint, every Sonic game that we’re making is taking new steps and advances, furthering the game in a new direction, and that’s dictated where the Sonic series has been going...

If we can get the gameplay to evolve and get to a place where Adventure 3 makes sense, then you might see an Adventure 3 come out... But we don’t want to take the entire series back to where it was just make people happy. We want to advance the idea of what a Sonic game is.” 

There is still a chance for Sonic Adventure 3, but unless Iizuka and the rest of the team see it as an advancement or evolution for the franchise, they won't do it just because fans want it. This doesn't mean that there's no chance that it will ever happen, but at the very least it doesn't seem as though we'll be seeing Adventure 3 any time soon.

How do you feel about this statement from Sonic Team? Disappointed that Sonic Adventure 3 might never come to fruition? Let us know down in the comments!

Top 5 most adorable NPCS Fri, 08 Apr 2016 06:03:07 -0400 Cresta Starr


1. Palicos

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

There have been many iterations of these adorable cat-like creatures throughout the Monster Hunter franchise. The latest version of these human-like cat creatures are called Palicos, and they are just as cute as they are fearsome. While you cannot play as these purrfect little creatures, they will fight for you. You can even dress them up in different costumes from other popular video games that have different powers. What's not to love?


Is your favorite adorable NPC missing? Or did you find a new one to love? Leave your comments below and let us know what you think!


2. Poros

League of Legends

These furry little snow ball creatures first made their appearance back 2013, when Riot Games introduced Summoners to the Howling Abyss. When asked where did Poros come from, Riot Games had this to say:


"We wanted to create something furry that looked like it could survive through harsh weather, so RiotEarp looked to mountain goats, reindeer, and polar bears for inspiration. He sketched the initial poro concept art based on a cuter version of all of those things and we ran with it!"


And ran with it they did. Players can even feed these furry little critters -- but be careful not to feed them too much, because they will explode in to more Poros!


3. Carbuncle

Final Fantasy XV

We have yet another Final Fantasy NPC on our list. This time, it's Carbuncle from the upcoming Final Fantasy XV. In the playable demo, players get to play young Noctis as Carbuncle helps guide them through a dream. With a similar appearance to a Fennec fox, this adorable little guy is sure to melt our heart once Final Fantasy XV becomes available to play.


4. Chao

Sonic the Hedgehog Series

These fun little creatures made their first appearance in Sonic Adventure back in 1998. These guys take on the role of your pet, where you can do a lot of fun and cool things with them. Players can raise them like their own, and even enter them in special races for fun.


5. Moogles

Final Fantasy franchise

Starting off at the top of the list are Moogles from the Final Fantasy franchise. There have been many versions of Moogles though out the Final Fantasy series. However, the most notable Moogle looks like a white teddy bear, has a giant red pom on its head, and tiny bat wings. Moogles come in at Number 5, because in Final Fantasy VI you could play as a Moogle. So not completely an NPC after all.


NPCs, or non-playable characters, can be found all thoughout the video game world. An NPC is any character you encounter and interact with in any video game who is not controlled by other human players -- they are generated and controlled by the game. Most NPCs are neutral, while others my try to harm or help you.


Many NPCs are just normal-looking folks. But some of them can be just so darn cute. We're going to talk about the most adorable ones across many games -- so get ready to "squee" and go "awwwhh", because here we go.

The 3 Most Useless Third Wheels In Gaming Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:59:05 -0400 vegna871

Gaming nowadays has a lot of characters. While most games tend to stick to four or five major characters, sometimes they go for more than that.  With as many characters as there are in gaming today, there are some that have shown up that really just don't need to be there.  These characters are gaming's "third wheels," and what follows is my personal list of the top three third wheels in all of gaming.

3. Brendan/May

The Pokémon franchise has a ton of characters, just about all of whom exist mainly to let your adorable monsters beat up their adorable monsters for money and delicious XP.  However, not all of these characters are necessary.

The Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire games, you can choose between a male or female playable character.  So what happens to the their sprite? Well, rather than waste it, Game Freak makes that sprite into another character, one that happens to be the professor's child. Brendan appears if you chose to be a girl, and May appears if you chose to be a guy, and they get the opposing type Pokémon to the starter you chose. That means they're your rival, right? Nope, there's another character, Wally, that serves that role. What do they do then?

As far as I can tell, aside from telling you that they 'really just want to be a Pokémon researcher' a lot, they don't really do anything. They show up every once in a while to grant you some nice experience, but other than that they seem to just exist so that you get a chance to look at the other trainer sprite for the rest of the game.  Brendan and May take the #3 spot because they exist only so that Gamefreak doesn't waste a sprite.

2. Big the Cat

The Sonic the Hedgehog series of games has several characters that are pretty maligned.  The Sonic universe is ripe for the picking with characters that have little to no purpose, so choosing just one as the biggest third wheel of the Sonic series is hard.  After much deliberation, I have to give it to Big the Cat, who first debuted in Sonic Adventure.  

There are several reasons behind this. He's an unnecessary character with one of the most irritating voices in all of gaming (which is saying quite a lot).  There was no reason to add him to the game. Yes, his story is a bit important, but that's because of a secondary character, his pet Froggy. Big himself adds nothing to the story of the Sonic Universe.  

However, probably my biggest reason for adding him is that he's a playable character that isn't any fun to play. In Sonic Adventure, his gameplay boils down to a series of poorly programmed fishing mini games.  They're difficult, they're irksome, and all you really have to do is find his frog before the enemies in the level kill you.  The frog's location in each level is also random, and some fo the levels are massive.

Big makes a return as a playable character in Sonic Heroes as the Power Character for Team Rose, but you'll barely need him at all except on the final boss fight. You can pretty much get through Team Rose's entire story without ever using him except on very, very rare occasion.  Big is #2 because he's pointless and plays poorly.

1. Vaan

The guy Square Enix likes to tout as Final Fantasy XII's main character makes the top of my list. The reason I include him is because Final Fantasy XII has 6 party characters, and it seems a shame to waste a party slot on a character who has little or no story development at all during the game. 

Final Fantasy XII, however, has two party members that fit this bill: Vaan and Penelo. Penelo pretty much exists to follow Vaan around, but she has some development and is a bit of a dynamic character in the first 3 or 4 hours of the game. Vaan is completely static.

He has one ambition: he wants to be a sky pirate.  

That is his entire story, throughout the entire 60+ hour game.  To top it all off, Square Enix pretty much straight up calls him the main character, despite the fact that there are much better and much more dynamic characters surrounding him the entire game. Vaan takes the #1 spot because he is a main protagonist that has no effect on the story of his own game whatsoever.

What do you guys think?

Who are your biggest third wheels in gaming? Sound off in the comments, and stay tuned to Gameskinny and the Team Timelords Facebook page for gaming news and culture!