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Sega launches online Sonic game

Sega launches online Sonic game

The new Sonic game runs in Flash and lets players create their own levels, provided they subscribe to the service.

Sega has quietly released a new take on the Sonic The Hedgehog games, with a flash version of the original game being made available online with a new level editor included.

Unfortunately, the site requires that players pay a subscription fee if they want to make the most of the game.

Launched at PlaySega.com, the service is currently in beta and has a number of other games available on the site. While you can hop into and play any of the games for free and without signing up, a membership account allows you to participate in competition, save your high scores, customise avatars and the like.

While creating a basic account is free, you'll need a VIP account to unlock everything on the site, including the Sonic Level Editor, which uses a simple drag and drop interface.

Subscription starts at $5.95 a month, but signing up for three months at $14.95 will net you a Sega Saturn-style gamepad to use with the games.

After having had a quick fiddle with the game it definitely seems to run well, even if Sonic doesn't go as fast as we remember. The question is though, with all the other free flash platform games around why would you want to pay a subscription for Sonic The Hedgehog? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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mi1ez 16th September 2009, 12:19 Quote
If the saturn controller is as widely compatible and reliable as the XBOX controller, I might be tempted...
mi1ez 16th September 2009, 12:22 Quote
Actually, scratch that. The controller looks awful!
l3v1ck 16th September 2009, 14:43 Quote
It didn't work for me It gave me an error message saying the level didn't exist.
Skill3d 16th September 2009, 20:42 Quote
yup my level doesn't exist either, guess they don't have pro lvls ;)
SMIFFYDUDE 16th September 2009, 22:06 Quote
I'd just play the original via the Gens Mega Drive emulator for free.
DXR_13KE 16th September 2009, 22:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
I'd just play the original via the Gens Mega Drive emulator for free.

piracy?
docodine 16th September 2009, 22:59 Quote
I'd just rather play Sonic CD. :-)
Jojii 17th September 2009, 00:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
piracy?

What if you own both the system and the game yourself but would rather play on an emulator rather than shuffle through boxes in the attic to setup that beast?
mute1 17th September 2009, 01:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jojii
What if you own both the system and the game yourself but would rather play on an emulator rather than shuffle through boxes in the attic to setup that beast?

Plus emulation allows improved graphics, tweaks, save current state (i.e. save anywhere), etc. Just don't pirate the game.
Icy EyeG 17th September 2009, 01:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
I'd just play the original via the Gens Mega Drive emulator for free.
Quote:
Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
piracy?

Or... You can play Sonic Mega Collection. It exists for PC, Xbox, Playstation 2 and Gamecube. You can still get the game on eBay for a cheap price.

As for me... I really like playing Sonic Jam on my old trusty Sega Saturn. :o
B1GBUD 17th September 2009, 02:02 Quote
Now, where did I leave those roms...... **rummage**
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