I've been overwhelmingly feeling like Sega's just sleeping on unused assets and IPs to the point of being insane not to use them, and had to share my thoughts somewhere.
Believe or not, most Sega fans are PC gamers, especially because of modding and the need to modernize older games.
Sega can make a lot of money by releasing PC ports, as it's been the case with Sonic Generations. But they don't even remotely bother.
They're just sleeping on so many gems. They're afraid of any game whatsoever that won't be as succesful as Mario and Zelda, and this attitude is what ruined Sonic and all their other IPs too.
Anyway, here's a list of what they could have done…
Games that deserve a modern PC port to be released:
- Jet Set Radio Future
- Do I need say more? People have been asking for this for so many years. Also why did Sega ever expect this to be successful by making it only for the Xbox? PS2 and Gamecube were dominating that era, of course it was just gonna fail.
- Sonic Unleashed
- The werehog levels suck but the game's a cult classic by now that many love. It deserves a PC release.
- Sonic Colours
- I myself don't like this game due to how the ruining of the franchise started here with how the Sonic characters are portrayed, but it's decent anyways and there are many that love the game, just release it for PC already.
- NiGHTS Journey of Dreams
- Why did Sega even make an obscure title for a relatively unpopular console and expect it to be successful? Least they could do was a PC port. It's more than a decent game, just rerelease it already.
- Sonic 1 & 2 & 3 & Knuckles
- That emulation thing on Steam does not count at all. Sonic CD was remade wonderfully in the Retro Engine, and Sonic 1 and 2 too for mobile. Just do this for PC already for the classic trilogy. Fans have already made decompilations of the mobile ports of Sonic 1 and 2 and there's also Sonic 3 A.I.R., so yes, it's all possible. Why are fans always fixing your games Sega?
- Sonic 3D Blast
- Rerelease a version of that first PC port, it has way better graphics. The PC version already exists anyway, just needs to be adjusted to work on modern machines.
- Sonic Heroes
- The game's beloved, believe it or not. It's one of the last decent Sonic games that were still in the style of the franchise's original Adventure style. It's been almost 20 years, the game needs a widescreen rerelease. There already exists a good PC port, so just fix it up. There are some mods now that help the game to be almost completely properly modernized. And you also need a CRI Middleware hooking mod to allow the game to boot up properly without delaying or crashing. The game just needs a proper modern PC rerelease already, it's more than way good enough to deserve it.
- Shadow the Hedgehog
- Say what you want, but it's a game that could be enjoyed on the PC. Just needs a rerelease already. Just adjust the physics a little bit maybe.
- Sonic Riders 1
- Already has a generally good PC port, but again no widescreen and again CRI Middleware boot up problems. Also has choppy FMV playback for some reason. Just fix this up and release it, this is a cult classic too by now.
- Sonic Riders 2 Zero Gravity
- Again, why does Sega think that console exclusives are anything helpful? Just release the game for PC already. It's already widescreen too, so just port it and release it.
- Sonic Free Riders
- Quite a decent game, truer to the Riders formula than the sequel was. Just remove the nonsensical motion controls and release it as a proper game for PC. Many would love it!
- Sonic Advance 1 & 2 & 3, Sonic Rush 1 & 2, Sonic Rivals 1 & 2
- Just why not? Just why not, seriously. They're all decent games. Sigh.
- Sonic '06
- Believe it or not, most of the glitches in the original game require only minor fixes. Fans fixed some of them too, imagine the possibilities with a PC version even if it was just released as it is. Just fix them all up and release it for PC. This game was originally supposed to be great if Sega just allowed the developers a little more time to make it be. But of course, instead of fixing their mistakes, Sega just acts as if it never happened. What a childish behavior for a big company. I'm ashamed of how they hate their own franchises. Sega used to be a company that believes in their games and had so much passion.
- Sonic Secret Rings & Black Knight
- Just do it. Some people like them.
Games that already have modern PC ports but need major fixes (but Sega will probably never even bother):
- Sonic Adventure DX
- The port's full of issues. There's no widescreen, framerate is awful. This port's full of so many downgrade that it's nothing but a complete joke. You need SADXModLoader/Installer to even enjoy the game, which in fact reverts it to the 2003 port, and makes it widescreen. And you probably need even more mods to fix the game anyways. And there are lighting issues that have been there since the Gamecube port. Fix all this Sega.
- Sonic Adventure 2
- This port's full of so many nonsensical issues that it's a joke. They couldn't bother to stretch some video files that do nothing but show some effects, so it would have been ok, but they limited several cutscenes to 4:3 while the majority of the game is 16:9. The game crashes so often when running on modern graphics cards that you need to manually limit max FPS to 60 via the graphics control panel, this is because the game's logic is tied to the FPS and if it encounters anything beyond 60 FPS during loading screens it just freezes or shuts down. Did anyone even test this game? Also there are lighting issues too in some levels. Also lacks gamepad button assignment in the launcher. Just what is all this Sega?
- NiGHTS into Dreams
- Lacks gamepad button assignment in the launcher just like the above. I guess the launcher was made by the same people. With theses launcher you can't even use DirectInput and need a DirectInput-to-XInput emulator. Sigh.
- Jet Set Radio
- The launcher's completely broken at resolutions at and below 1366×768. The input boxes don't show up properly. Needs a complete fix.
- Sonic 4 Episode 1
- The launcher doesn't boot up without having Java SDK installed. A huge developer oversight. You need a fan launcher to enjoy the game without installing an entire SDK.
So the only Sega games that I can think of that had a proper modern PC port is:
- Sonic Generations
- There are no immediate issues with the game. For a long while it had two major issues: FPS limitations at certain ingame scenes and the quickstep sound missing. But those were eventually fixed. So this is the only game that got the touch-ups it deserved and is mostly the only modern release that stands in proper form.
- Sonic 4 Episode 2
- Has no issues that I can think of.
Obviously I won't even bother mentioning Sonic Lost World, Sonic Forces, and Team Sonic Racing, because those games pretty much just suck. I personally don't like Sonic CD or Mania either so I won't list them either. Sonic Generations and Sonic 4 Episode 2 were the last decent Sonic games that were still true to the franchise's passion for the most part.
Being a longtime Sega and Sonic Team fan, I'm just so sad at this point. These franchises just deserved so much, so much more care, love, and passion.
So what do you think of all this?
And feel free to leave comments about your favorite lost Sega franchises, surely I must have missed some, I simply listed the franchises I'm a fan of myself.
So whaddya think?
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