Sonic Adventure is a funny old game. The blue blur’s first foray into 3D really hasn’t aged well, thanks to a dodgy camera and some occasional fiddly controls.
Still, the Dreamcast game’s lofty ambitions – coupled with some cracking music – ensured it’s remained firmly in the hearts of fans ever since its 1998 release. It would go on to become the best selling game on the system, and spawned an even better sequel in the form of Sonic Adventure 2.
Now, it seems Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka would like another crack at the classic. He told Retro Gamer he reckons Sonic Adventure is one of the most unique titles in the franchise, and that it deserves a second look.
It was the first highspeed 3D action game that also featured a scenario highlighted with six different stories, the A-life Chao, six unique styles of gameplay – it is a unique game offering even 20 years after its release. At the time, it also wasn’t just a solitary software release, it was the title to bring people to the Dreamcast and we were given the budget to make something to showcase the hardware. However, it was the very first 3D game that we worked on and looking at it now I can see the rough edges it has, which really makes me want to remake it again.
The rough edges Iizuka refers to in the interview are, I imagine, the aforementioned fiddly controls and rubbish camera. If we could get a Sonic Adventure with everything that made it great minus those bum notes… well, that’d be nifty.
Hopefully we do get a remake of Sonic Adventure someday, if only because I’d love for that to pave the way for a Sonic Adventure 2 remake and then, finally, the Sonic Adventure 3 I’ve waited half my life to see.