“Modern Sonic isn’t as good as the classics! and here is my fifty billion reasons explaining why!” We’ve all seen threads like this, we’ll all seen youtube videos like this. It’s an old argument and even when the dislike is aimed at classic Sonic, usually the best reply is to ignore the random person…
However when a one Yuji Naka allegedly agrees with a journalist who put it to him that ‘Modern Sonic games are not as fun as past Sonic games.’ Suddenly, you take an interest in that discussion again.
Speaking to Gameindustry.biz, when asked about his video game legacy, Yuji Naka reflected on his time at Sega and some of his highlights. At this point in the interview, things started to get a little interesting. The journalist says….
“I also think that recent iterations have not been as fun when compared to those of the past,”
To which the article then says ‘Naka agreed, proclaiming…’
“I think the number one reason for this is that the games have become much easier, so the gamer doesn’t feel that extreme joy that comes with the satisfaction of accomplishing something that was very difficult to achieve.”
Lets be very calm here and examine this for a moment before someone starts to enter a million comments and over react… He did NOT say ‘Modern Sonic Sux’ nor did he directly say that ‘the games are NOT fun’ He isn’t even quoted as any way in saying that the games are not fun or even as dramatically not as fun as the original article makes it out. Otherwise there would have clearly been a direct quote to show this when there is not. Take this as your warning Blue Believers, Yuji Naka didn’t out rightly bash or slag off anything. Whilst the article says ‘Naka agreed,’ he is not quoted as saying those exact words that the journalist said. Be very vary as some people will try to manipulate this one in conversation.
However, if he did agree with that quote as the article claims would suggest that that Yuji Naka doesn’t like the new games as much as the older ones, to what extent that dislike is however isn’t exactly clear. But he did offer some interesting insight into why. Specifically the difficulty, it’s too easy.
He then continues to talk about Sonic games seem to be trying to appeal to a universal audience and that it’s affecting the difficulty, according to Naka, even raising it moderately could work well in the games favor.
Other interesting bits of the interview include his views on Mario & Sonic’s rivalry and even work on other Sega games as well as his time with Prope.
You can find the full interview in the source at the end of this article, but for now, what do you think? Agree with Mr Naka? Are Sonic games a bit too easy? Is it affecting the enjoyment/difficulty? Consider how hard Special Stage Zone 7 is in Episode 2 when answering that one.
Oh yes, as for Episode 2… expect a TSS review soon.