Sonic Boom: is this really Sonic?

It was Sonic the Hedgehog that made the Sega Genesis a fixture in living rooms across the country. The flagship series delivered successful sequels such as Sonic the Hedgehog 2, 3, and Knuckles that brought Sega to the top of the video game industry.

Unfortunately for our little blue hedgehog, most Sonic games released in the last ten years have been total flops. Robert Workman of Shacknews reminds us of "his disastrous 2006 debut, featuring poor level design, too many limitations, and a weird, creepy romantic interlude with a human girl. Seriously, we're still trying to shake it off."

Last year, Sega attempted to return Sega to glory with Sonic: The Lost World for Wii U and 3DS. Although it was definitely and improvement to previous games, it was too easy to accidentally die and unnecessarily difficult at unlikely parts of the game. Plus, Workman states, "it just wasn't as much fun as Sonic's main platforming competitor, Super Mario 3D World."

Enter: Big Red Button, a new publisher to give Sonic a helping hand. Sonic Boom offers Sonic players a new perspective with new character designs, open world levels, and a three player co-op mode. That all sounds promising, but videos of gameplay showed off at E3 2014 have garnered mixed reviews from fans.

Does Sonic Boom really have the ability to please long time fans while enticing new consumers? Robert Workman of Shacknews explains the worry surrounding Sonic Boom, here. If you're a Sonic the Hedgehog fan, you're going to want to read this one.