Sonic the Hedgehog has been through many ups and downs over the years. SEGA’s mascot has had his fair share of duds over the years, but he usually manages to bounce back. The 2006 Sonic the Hedgehog game was greatly maligned, and the franchise was able to survive that and have a great comeback. In 2014, Sonic suffered from the greatly maligned failure that was Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. It just seemed with that game, Sonic went too far in a direction that no longer felt like the Sonic the Hedgehog fans of the franchise know and love. However, in 2017, it looks like Sonic is back, and the Blue Blur stands to make a great comeback. First, there’s Sonic Mania. Sonic Mania is a throwback to classic, side-scrolling platform gameplay for the franchise with pixelated graphics and throwback gameplay. That game, developed by Headcannon and PagodaWest Games, is due out in August after some delays. But for the mainline franchise, Sonic Team is coming back with a bang for Sonic Forces.
During this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, Square Enix had Dissidia Final Fantasy NT on full display for gamers in attendance. The demo at the Square Enix booth was fully playable, so players could finally get a real taste of this arcade-style brawler. Fans of the original Dissidia Final Fantasy games for the PlayStation Portable will find the new installment familiar, but the upcoming PlayStation 4 title has some very notable differences as well.