The Top 15 TSS Articles of 2017

Continuing a bit of a tradition only this time I managed to plan it to land exactly on January 1st!

Throughout the year our site monitors and keeps tracks of various statistics and we’re able to run various reports based on that data. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at what were the top 15 news/articles of 2017 on TSS according to total views, I have discounted individual images or hub pages like the Home page.

The date period that the data is from is 1/1/17 – 1/1/18.

Number 15

Out of utterly nowhere, a random company puts up the banner for the game on it’s website, then pulls it, then accidentally puts up the entire Q&A for the game, then pulls it down, then puts it up again, then pulls it down. Then soft launches it a few days later! Whats going on!?

Number 14

First bit of Mania news to hit the list, Detective Sonic Stadium discovered a small WIP animation of what appeared to be Sonic fighting one of the Hard Boiled Heavies. Little did we know that a few weeks later we would get the full stunning opening sequence.

Number 13:

A fan game proof of concept made the list! That’s pretty impressive… but what’s more impressive is that this article was written outside of the date period, more impressive than that, it was also on last years list!

You guys seem to really enjoy this one!

Number 12

First bit of Forces news on the list. Soundtracks are always popular products, no surprise that the news of a physical and digital soundtrack for a 3D Sonic game makes it onto the list.

And it totally says ‘Ow the Edge’ when you quickly glance at it.

Number 11

The pre-order hype train started for Sonic Forces with the promise of unique costumes. Fans were invited to dress up Clark the Wolf as a variety of characters from other Sega and ATLUS titles so long as they bought the game the moment it came out.

Number 10

Another article from outside the date range makes it onto the list! Not that surprising, we didn’t get the full reveal for the Avatar (AKA Clark the Wolf) until many months later, probably explains why this one made the list yet again.

Number 9

First bit of movie news to make the list… which seems really strange since there has been so little in terms of news for the movie since it’s announcement. In fact the only other bit of news for the movie which I can think of that came to light last year was the announcement that the film was now in the hands of Paramount Pictures.

Well it’s due out in 2019 and we still know nothing about it, I don’t see a problem with that… right?

Number 8

Another day, another mobile game gets announced! Sonic Fores Speed Battle was released to accompany it’s bigger brother and was actually better received than the game it was designed to support.

Number 7

Well… This certainly set the cat amongst the pigeons didn’t it? Whilst the majority of people reacted in support, some claimed I was making it up and used every excuse in the book to try and explain or somehow stain what I had written.

But after the game released there was really only one explanation. Sonic Forces was just naff both as a demo and a final product.

Number 6

Not much to say here, the new Sonic game gets a release date, of course the hit counter went nuts.

Number 5

Sega teases us again! We got an outline of the character and for an entire month we were toying with possibilities as to who it could be. Who was that third man? Bubsy?Fang? Big the Cat in a disguise!?

April was a fun month, we all went detective trying to figure it out. We even made a few guesses ourselves

Number 4

Things started to get stranger with this title. Sonic Runners Adventure got leaked, then got accidentally announced, then got pulled, then got released in Russia and nobody from Sega wanted to confirm it was real! This prompted many fans to ask was it real!? Is it real!? Am I real!? Are you real!?

Number 3

I’m… not that surprised this made it onto the list, nor am I that surprised it made it this high. Trophy and Achievement Guides are the new cheat books, considering how we were able to put this together so soon it’s not that surprising it helped out so many people.

Before You Continue…

There was only 1000 clicks between the next two articles… the article which hit the number 1 spot was published at the very start of the year, so it had an entire year of exposure and was constantly referenced to due to the fact the news was constant for over 9 months.

Which makes the number 2 spot even more amazing. Had it not been for the constant news and rumours about the number one article, odds are this would have made it to the top spot.

So without further ado… here is number 2.

 

 

Number 2

You maniacs! What have you done!? She made it onto the list… she would have been the most viewed article of 2017 had it not been for… well you’ll find out in a moment. This is… I am at a loss for words.

A trick of the eye? A glitch in the Matrix? Call it what you like, what someone saw in Sonic Mania kickstarted a short term but very popular meme. Omelette was considered to be Eggmans secret niece who tired of watching her older relative try and fail to stop Sonic takes matters into her own hands.

Now can we please make her canon and put her into the next All Stars Racing game?

Number 1

Yup… it was always going to be on here…. And only just beat out Omelette by 1000 clicks!

We were the very first news outlet to break this story, we actually found out about it several days before we published this article, only there was nothing rock solid to support it. But a lot of signs were there to suggest what we had been told was indeed true.

The longest running comic based on a video game was coming to an end. With radio silence from Sega and Archie for over 9 months, the announcement of it’s cancellation finally came with a short press release.

Whilst many fans expressed anger and sadness at this, spare a thought for some subscribers who are still trying to get their subscription money back if our forums are anything to go by.

 

Honourable Mentions

These articles just missed out on the list. But were pretty significant, if only for the mass hysteria which followed their publication.

Sonic Mania is leaked… PANIC!

How do you leak a digital game? Well it turns out that the redemption codes for it are not time locked on certain systems! Which is a big problem if retailers start shipping out Collectors Editions early!

Coming to light several days before the games released, a lot of fans entered panic mode! Some instantly logged out of their Google accounts to prevent YouTube from displaying spoilers in the ‘Recommended’ section. Others took more drastic steps and went on a full internet blackout for several days.

With videos and even streams going on for days before hand. Even Sega stepped in and tried to block the leaks!

Clark Kent the Wolf is revealed!

Confirming what many had suspected, the third character in Forces was indeed Classic Sonic  The Avatar! A customised character that you could create, he would swing on a grapple hook (during scripted segments) and be a reflection of yourself as you help Sonic defeat Eggmans army.

All-Stars Brawl & Football Discovered

2017 was a quiet year for new Sonic game discoveries… but these two came to light on the same day and became a short distraction from Mania and Forces. A football themed All-Stars game as well as a Beat-Em-Up style brawler. 

 

 

See you in 2018, it’s going to be an Adventure.

Black Friday Sonic Deals

In just a few hours, Black Friday will officially begin here in the UK. So with that in mind we’ll keep you updated with all the best deals that we can find related to Sonic.

Keep an eye on our twitter account as we’ll be posting any additional updates there and the details of which here.

World-Wide

TeeTurtle: 50% off pretty much everything including their Sonic stock! 

United Kingdom

Argos: Sonic Forces: £21.49 (PS4 & Xbox One) *Collect in store for free or delivery charge*

ShopTo: Sonic Forces: £24.85 (PS4 & Xbox One) *Includes the Shadow Avatar Costume*

Game: Sonic Forces: £25.99 (PS4 & Xbox One)

United States

ToysRUs: Buy 2 get one free on all Sonic toys and figure sets. *Instore Only*

Best Buy: Sonic Forces: £24.99 (Switch)

Amazon: Sonic Forces: $24.99 (Switch)

ToysRUs: Lego Dimensions Sonic Pack: $14.99

* We have heard rumours of Sonic Forces being priced at $20 in some Gamestop stores, not had any verification of that.

We’ll add more deals as and when we find them.

Found anything not on the list? Let us know in the comments.

Sonic Augmented Reality Experience Coming To SDCC!

Hidden away on the official San Diego Comic Con website, there is some really exciting news if you are lucky enough to be in San Diego during comic con.

Away from the actual event, in the Omni San Diego Hotel Grand Ballroom you can find Sega hosting a Sonic the Hedgehog Augmented Reality Experience. There will also be a concert with Shota Nakama held on the Tuesday evening but no details on that were given.

The event opens to developers and the public as a preview on the 19th of July, but it fully opens up on Thursday 20th and runs until Sunday 23rd.

Sega is presenting an AR Sonic experience and a special concert with the awesome Shota Nakama on Thursday evening, and dome takeover on Friday! 

WHERE: Omni San Diego Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 4th Floor

WHEN: Wed., 7/19: Developer & Public Preview, 6:00–9:00 PM • Thu.–Sat., 7/20-7/22: 9:30 AM–7:00 PM • Sun., 7/23: 9:30 AM–5:00 PM

Absolutely no details as to what this experience will be were revealed, or if it will ever be released in any way so those who are not there can see or experience it. If you happen to be in the neighbourhood at that time, lets us know what it was like.

More information as we get it.

Source: Comic Con 

Weston Super Sonic 2017 Kickstarter Launches

It’s been all quiet on the Weston Super Sonic front, but that looks like it’s about to change! Weston Super Sonic is back for another year, this time the event will be held Saturday October 21st.

However, it needs your help to become a reality, the organisers have launched a Kickstarter in order to help secure both a venue and a wide variety of special guests for this years event.

The Kickstarter goal is £1000 and tickets for the event are available as pledge rewards, other rewards include goody bags, T-shirts and pin badges.

Source: Weston Super Sonic Kickstarter