Game of the Year Sonic Dreams Collection

Sep 1, 2019 zwwiibed

first_img For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!Earlier this year I said that Sonic the Hedgehog’s Twitter feed is better than any Sonic game. Well, that isn’t exactly true. Sonic’s Twitter feed is better than any Sonic game officially licensed by Sega. However, in August 2015 the true Sonic game to end all Sonic game was quietly released onto the internet free of charge. If you watched the Gifted and Talented Show, you already know what I’m talking about, but this week’s game of the year is Sonic Dreams Collection.Sonic Dreams Collection is the mad concoction of artsy video game collective Arcane Kids. One look at their GeoCities vomit of a website should let you know what their deal is. I first heard of them thanks to their work on Bubsy 3D, not the actual terrible 3D platformer but an academic parody of it showcased in art museums. Sonic Dreams Collection takes that same idea of Dadaist mascot mocking but expands on it in glorious ways.Named after various Sonic compilations like Sonic Mega Collection and Sonic Gems Collection, Sonic Dreams Collection presents itself as a collection of unreleased Sonic games from the late 1990s. The “gag” is that all of these games are dark and surreal and broken in a way that reflects the current state of Sonic and the weirdos who still love him somehow. I can’t oversell how much better it is to experience these for yourself, but here’s a taste of what you’re getting yourself into.Make My Sonic lets you cobble together your own Sonic Frankenstein of an original character, like Bourbon Kai the Immortal Hedgie, and upload it to the real internet or to “SegaNet.”SegaNet is key to the metagame required for unlocking Eggman Origins, a fever dream of an MMO about feeding Dr. Robotnik like a mother hen.My Roommate Sonic is a VR-compatible Sonic dating game. Sure!And then there’s Sonic Movie Maker, co-developed with Arjun Prakash, where you record and share the increasingly erotic and horrific action Sonic and his pals are getting up to. Tim Miller should take notes. It even has somewhat clever puzzles interspersed with the madness.You could write a book about how bizarre and terrible and strangely endearing Sonic and his fans have become. Sega is even trying to leverage that insanity somewhat. That’s what I was trying to get at with my Sonic Twitter feature. But what’s so brilliant about Sonic Dreams Collection is that it uses gameplay to comment on this video game franchise. Instead of telling, it shows you through glitchy character models and disturbing noises. It makes you feel the chaos through its nonsensical gameplay systems.This is the part where I usually mention some flaw with the game. But aside from some controversy over who actually developed it. Sonic Dreams Collection succeeds in pretty much everything it sets out to do. Granted, what it sets out to do is make an arguably pretentious joke of a game for people ensconced enough in video game/Sonic culture to get it, but a win’s a win.So if you, too, have got to go fast, immerse yourself in the endless sleep of Sonic Dreams Collection. At last, there’s been a Sonic game worthy of the title Game of the Year.Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year! Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 Stay on targetlast_img

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