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Weirdness: This First-Person Sonic the Hedgehog Video is Rather Impressive

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

But would it be playable?

It's a favourite hobby of some gamers to fantasize over "what ifs"; maybe "what if Mario had worn green and been the easily frightened taller brother?" Or "what if Mega Man had been a middle aged man with a pistol, like on the box art?" Another may well be, what if Sonic the Hedgehog wasn't a 2D platformer, but a first-person platformer?

OK, so that last one may not have been considered by many, but it was clearly thought over by someone, as Machinima has posted a stylish video showing the first level of Sonic's iconic Mega Drive / Genesis debut from a first-person perspective, with a view of the original included so you can see how accurate it really is. The result of stretching the 2D environment to 3D is sort of similar to the effect in Super Paper Mario on the Wii, if a little less refined.

It's certainly a fresh take on a popular level, but we're not sure how much fun the game would be using this perspective; let us know what you think.

[via destructoid.com]

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BrightBeing

#5

BrightBeing said:

This seems more like a technical demo or a college project than a game concept, really.

SilverArrow

#6

SilverArrow said:

After the /url, the bracket is wrong.

Anyway, at the very least they could've made a sky and ocean a little more vibrant.

GuSolarFlare

#10

GuSolarFlare said:

I just found weird that "pipoca" at the start I mean what sonic has to do with popcorn?(pipoca is popcorn in portuguese)

aaronsullivan

#14

aaronsullivan said:

Nice to see from this perspective, but... it's also a nice demonstration of why it doesn't translate directly and the types of challenges faced when bringing a 2D game style into 3D. :)

ferrers405

#16

ferrers405 said:

@CyberNature What i said it's a whole new conception of doing a classic extremely good game like Sonic the Hedgehog look like a bad game just like they made Unleashed (at least half of it) for example, and take note i'm not criticizing the game, but the way they changed.

WingedSnagret

#17

WingedSnagret said:

As a video, it's pretty cool. Would probably suck as an actual game though.

Also the spring sound was missing when Sonic jumped on them.

Sjoerd

#18

Sjoerd said:

These guys really do great things. The one about a Goomba's life is also very enjotable. And a bit sad really.

Obito_Tennyson

#19

Obito_Tennyson said:

I have the feeling of playing Sega Genesis Sonic the Hedgehog now. I hope that the 3D Classic is exactly like the original. I like the Game Gear version, but it's not what I grew up with. I had a Game Boy all my life. I also had a PSP at one point, but I played no more than five games and gave it to my brother.

Knuckles

#20

Knuckles said:

Lets see,
Green Hill Zone- Sonic 1 Gen/MD
Green Hill Zone- Sonic 1 MS/GG
Green Hill Zone- Sonic Adventure 2 unlockable
Green Hill Zone Act 1- Sonic Generations PS3/360
Green Hill Zone Act 2- Sonic Generations PS3/360
Green Hill Zone Act 1-Sonic Generations 3DS
Green Hill Zone Act 2-Sonic Generations 3DS
Green Hill Zone Acts 1-3 -3D Sonic the Hedgehog

And now this.

Wonder_Ideal

#21

Wonder_Ideal said:

The video demonstrated that a first-person Sonic would be awesome, but impractical. The view would be cool, but it would be very difficult to control.

eltomo

#22

eltomo said:

Isn't it 100 points per ring? It ended with 10 yet there was 5700 points?

Looks awesome thou, Super Sonic would be crazy!

Kirk

#23

Kirk said:

Interesting but I don't think it would be much fun to play like that. Well certainly not in it's current form anyway. It's probably possible to make it something that's actually fun, with a lot more time spent on it...

AltDotNerd

#25

AltDotNerd said:

Technically, Sonic does a flip spin everytime he jumps. Can you imagine THAT in first-person?

ShadJV

#27

ShadJV said:

I would love this sort of creativity for first person titles. Especially after Mirror's Edge, which like this idea is a first person platformer with an emphasis on speed. :-p

ricklongo

#28

ricklongo said:

I freaking hate first-person games. HATE THEM!

I played Skyrim using the 3rd-person view, and couldn't stand seeing other people go for first-person.

Likely my biggest pet peeve in gaming.

But the video does look cool. I just don't want to play that game. EVER. :P

@GustavoSF - Looking at their names, it seems like the guys who made the video are Brazilian (or from some other lusophone country at least).

KingMike

#32

KingMike said:

"what if Mega Man had been a middle aged man with a pistol, like on the box art?"
But that was the original idea for Super Mario Bros. :P

Gioku

#33

Gioku said:

I wonder if this is the same person (or people) who made first person Mario...

steamhare

#35

steamhare said:

It looks like a bigger field of view would help, and in a real game you'd probably be moving the view a lot faster. Seeing your feet would probably help gauging jumps while platforming.

Realistically, it shouldn't be much worse than a racing game using a first person view, which I always enjoy.

drumsandperc92

#36

drumsandperc92 said:

this video gave me a headache lol.
that being said it also has better graphics than Sonic Lost World...step up your game, Sega!

ValentineMeikin

#37

ValentineMeikin said:

SEGA did a better job at 3D Green Hill Zone with Sonic Generations. Maybe if the guy who did this had a First Person Mod for the Sonic Generations Classic GHZ it might not have several parts that just look ugly.

Austroid

#38

Austroid said:

Pretty cool looking. But I can definitely see how frustrating it could get, especially since most enemies are below your field of vision.

LindsayPez

#41

LindsayPez said:

It looks really cool. I could never play a Sonic game like that though. I would be horrible and miscalculate all the jumps; landing on the spikes and everything lol.

AltDotNerd

#43

AltDotNerd said:

@JayceJa In Metroid Prime, the camera switches to 3rd-person view as she does the Screw Attack. Her "Space Jump" (the double jump) does not involve flipping.

JayceJa

#44

JayceJa said:

in the 2d metroids, you see that any jump that isnt straight up causes her to spin

WiiLovePeace

#45

WiiLovePeace said:

This definitely doesn't look playable, can't even see the ground to know what I'm going to land on after a jump. Definitely looks cool though & a fun look at a classic level from a new perspective :)

WinterWarm

#47

WinterWarm said:

@ferrers405

All units be advised, possible deranged criminal, all evidence points to insanity: He doesn't like the first Sonic game, and he has a wierd Nintendo Life username. Tactical options: Non-Lethal, this guy doesn't have a record, something just made him act this way. Suspect is male, 5'10, 134 pounds, 59 years old, and currently lives with his parents on Un-Employment Avenue. Only child, regular life as a kid.

Let's do this team, keep the peace. Respect, Connect, Protect.

dumedum

#48

dumedum said:

First person platforming sounds horribly annoying. You have to move the camera too much, you keep seeing the floor.. terrible.

SetupDisk

#50

SetupDisk said:

I liked the super mario bros level one better than this but that's probably because I played it before. It would be a cool replay option for the new wii u sonic game though.

SilentHunter382

#53

SilentHunter382 said:

It would be interesting but if it was real and would be released then it would be amazing with Oculus Rift.

ferrers405

#54

ferrers405 said:

@WinterWarm That was for me :D, well you probably didn't learned to read yet, since you are just a child or don't know how to visit a perfil from a user to determine how he is and who are you to say something to me about a sonic game, you wasn't even born when the first came out and i was playing, goes to school and learn some education, you need.

TySoN_F

#59

TySoN_F said:

I'd feel like this would be a cool idea for the 3D Sonic 1 port xD Bottom screen as good ol' Sonic 1 but the top screen is your 3D first person POV. It'd be impractical as hell of course :P

StarDust4Ever

#60

StarDust4Ever said:

Sonic hurl? Video would have been even better and more dizzying if the camera spun around as sonic spun. :D

On a side note, this video demonstrates just how intricate 2D gaming is compared to 3D. It would be a nightmare from this perspective, although might be somewhat playable from a 3rd person sideways viewpoint. Think the occasional 2D mode they juxtaposed into Mario Galaxy 1 & 2.

ferrers405

#62

ferrers405 said:

@CzartD English it's not my first language, so you should look up to this before criticizing someone and even then I write better than some who born speaking english.

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