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Sonic Fan Gaming Update

Over the years, Sonic fan games have certainly evolved from the days of Klik & Play. Back in 1995, Sonic Boom started it all, with collecting apples and avoiding bees… it was an amazing feat, being the first noted Sonic fan game, and today’s major fan games still provide that same sense of amazement only on a much bigger scale! As of recent, Sonic Fan Remix took center stage on the fan gaming scene. It ultimately changed the way fan games were thought of previously by the public; disposable projects on par with fan fiction. It caught the immediate attention of major gaming blogs, companies, and developers, so much in fact that Sega’s representatives requested Megaupload, the site which hosted the download file, to take down the file because they believed it would disrupt the sales of the then upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1.

Back in September, a video of the work-in-progress Chemical Plant Zone was shown by forum member and Sonic Fan Remix creator Pelikan13:

Recently, Sonic CD was ported to almost every platform imaginable, thanks to Christian “Taxman” Whitehead’s custom game engine, the Retro Engine, which at it’s early stages was a dedicated fan game engine. It blows me away, and a lot of other people I’m sure, to see one of the Sonic fan gaming scene’s very own make it to where most of us want, or wanted, to be… making or working on a tried-and-true Sonic game.

Three days ago, Sonic Retro forum member Andrew75 posted a work-in-progress engine test, Project AXSX, dedicated to faithfully recreating Sonic X-Treme, as well as a 3D version of Sonic CD. In the demo version that Andrew75 released, we see a test level of his Sonic X-Treme remake. It is as close to what anyone has seen of the original Sonic X-Treme, recreating the level design, camera, and movement of Sonic. It’s truly amazing, almost like seeing a tech demo of an official Sonic game! You can see his topic and the link to download here!

About a month ago, a new Sonic Before The Sequel was released to the public by LakeFeperd. I haven’t personally tried this one yet, but I’ve heard very, very good things. You can also find the topic and download here!

If you’d like to see more Sonic fan gaming projects and follow their progress, check out the Fan Gaming Forum!

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