|Sonic the Hedgehog (2006 game)|
|Developer: Sonic Team PS3 background modeling Polygon Magic|
|System(s): Xbox 360, PlayStation 3|
|Genre: 3D Platformer|
Sonic the Hedgehog (ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ) is a 2006 video game released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. A Wii version was planned but reworked into Sonic and the Secret Rings. It was developed by Sonic Team and released to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.
The game shares its name with two earlier video games, a manga, a television series, a comic book series and, of course, the character of Sonic the Hedgehog himself. To disambiguate, the game is frequently referred to as Sonic the Hedgehog 2006, Sonic 2006 or Sonic '06. Sonic 360 (despite not being exclusive to the Xbox 360) and Sonic Next-Gen were also common names when the game debuted, but have since fallen out of use.
Sonic '06 was the first Sonic game to be released in what is now considered the seventh generation of video game consoles. It builds on ideas first floated in Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2 and, to a lesser extent, Sonic Heroes and Shadow the Hedgehog. Many of the characters were subtly redesigned (save for Dr. Eggman, whose appearance is far more drastic), and settings were made more realistic presumably to take advantage of the hardware.
Sonic '06 remains a controversial release in the franchise and was the subject of extremely negative review scores on release. It is widely considered one of the worst Sonic the Hedgehog games in the franchise, followed closely by 2014's Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric.
The objective of the game is to complete all of the levels and ultimately fight a boss in one of the final levels, which is unique to each character. Ultimately, all characters face off with Solaris, the Sun God of Soleanna, in the Last Story segment.
Each character has moves or attributes which make them unique to one another, such as Sonic's ability to perform the bounce attack.
Although each character plays the same levels, each character's unique abilities allow him or her to get to different areas of each stage, or deny them accessing to certain areas and items.
Gameplay is broken up into two types of stage, similar to Sonic Adventure. Action Stages are where the bulk of the gameplay takes place, whereas Town Stages are free-roaming locations where the player can talk to non-playable characters and explore, as in Sonic Adventure's Adventure Fields. For each of the action stages in the respective stories, gold medals are obtainable by achieving high ranks in these stages.
There are a total of eleven stages. A ranking system exists for each of the levels and town missions, providing ranks calculated from score, Rings, and time remaining. The highest rank is S Rank, followed by A Rank, down to the lowest, D Rank. Gold medals can be obtained by achieving high ranks in these stages.
Sonic the Hedgehog features two styles of multiplayer gameplay, which allow two players to either cooperate or compete.
The first mode, Tag Mode, is a co-op type of play between Sonic, Silver and Shadow. Two players, each one controlling a different character, must work together to clear levels and collect Chaos Emeralds. In this mode, lives are shared. The second multi-player game mode available is Battle Mode. Battle mode pits two players against each other and has them race to a goal in the selected level.
Before release, it was rumoured that the game would contain mini-games that would allow up to four players to play simultaneously/alternately (Quiz, Race and a few others). However, these do not exist in the released version of the game. There are no online multiplayer capabilities, even though the back of the game case describes the game as online capable. The only use for the mentioned online capability is the game's downloadable content.
There are three fully playable characters, who are progressively unlocked by playing each character's story in the game. Only Sonic is available initially; Shadow and Silver must be unlocked.
In addition, the player may control partners for some sections of a level, thus aiding Sonic with their unique abilities.
Several downloadable extensions have been released that add features to single-player gameplay in the Xbox 360 version. These include Very Hard mode, a much more difficult version of the game, which is available for all three main playable characters; Boss Attack modes, which allow a playable character to engage in continuous battles with all of the game's bosses; and Team Attack Amigo mode, which allows players to play through the entirety of the game as Sonic's friends (amigos): Tails, Blaze the Cat, and E-123 Omega. There is also a picture pack for Dr. Eggman, Soleanna, and Sonic.
The only add-on for the PlayStation 3 version is Very Hard mode.
Following where the Chaos Emeralds go during the game's story can be an exercise in frustration; particularly when they lead to plotholes, paradoxes, and ontological loops while being taken backwards and forwards in time by various characters. The route each Emerald takes through the story is as follows (see also diagram):
Sonic '06 received widespread criticism on release, primarily due to numerous bugs, flawed controls and excessive load times. Many features hinted at during development were not implemented in the final release, and many in-game assets were given a graphical downgrade over what had been shown in earlier screen footage. Sonic Team have since admitted that the game was released in an unpolished and often unfinished state, citing strict development schedules and difficulties adjusting to new console hardware.
The overwrought plot, in particular the relationship between Sonic and newcomer Elise, is the subject of much disdain among fans, though much of these elements are retconned by the game itself by wiping the main characters' memories at the conclusion of the story.
The many controversies surrounding Sonic '06 likely caused the distinct and noticable change of pace and settings witnessed in Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Colours. Few elements have been brought forward from this game, with the exception of Crisis City's inclusion in Sonic Generations (it too a controversial decision among some fans) and the character of Silver, who has made numerous cameo appearances in Sonic games since (despite making little sense in terms of game continuity). Mephiles also appeared as a playable character in Sonic Runners.
Redesigned characters, particularly the taller Sonic and the almost entirely different Eggman, have since been reverted to their previous forms. Elise has not appeared in a game since.
Sonic '06 is thought to have caused significant damage to the franchise, and while opinions vary on the recovery, this period is often cited as the lowest point in Sonic the Hedgehog's history.
|Role||English Voice Actor||Japanese Voice Actor|
|Sonic the Hedgehog||Jason Griffith||Junichi Kanemaru|
|Shadow the Hedgehog||Jason Griffith||Kōji Yusa|
|Silver the Hedgehog||Pete Capella||Daisuke Ono|
|Princess Elise||Lacey Chabert||Maaya Sakamoto|
|Doctor Eggman||Mike Pollock||Chikao Ōtsuka|
|Miles "Tails" Prower||Amy Palant||Ryo Hirohashi|
|Knuckles the Echidna||Dan Green||Nobutoshi Canna|
|Amy Rose||Lisa Ortiz||Taeko Kawata|
|Blaze the Cat||Bella Hudson||Nao Takamori|
|Mephiles the Dark||Dan Green||Takayuki Sakazume|
|Rouge the Bat||Kathleen Delaney||Rumi Ochiai|
|E-123 Omega||Maddie Blaustein||Taiten Kusunoki|
|Maids|| Amy Palant
|Duke of Soleanna||David Willis||Kenji Utsumi|
|Solaris Project Scientist||Dan Green|| Keiji Okuda|
|G.U.N Communicator||David Willis||Keiji Okuda|
|Additional Voices|| Hikari Yono|
Although both voice language tracks are included in the game disc, there is not a proper option to switch them in any platform and/or regional version, and the game sets both the text and voice language by default according to the console settings language, with the Japanese voices defaulted to Japanese console language and the English voices to the rest of languages. Therefore, the only way to have the Japanese voices on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions is by changing the console language (Xbox Dashboard in the Xbox 360 and console language option in the PlayStation 3) to Japanese in order to set the game entirely in Japanese.
Director/Game Story/Game Title: Shun Nakamura
Original Executive Producer: Yuji Naka
Producer: Masahiro Kumono
Chief Game Designers: Shun Nakamura, Atsushi Kanno
Game Designers: Hiroshi Miyamoto, Takao Hirabayashi, Masayuki Inoue, Takako Nagase, Makoto Hirata, Daisuke Shimizu
Chief Programmers: Yoshitaka Kawabata, Makoto Suzuki
Programmers: Ryuichi Ishiguro, Takuma Komatsu, Tsutomu Matsuo, Yoshihiko Toyoshima, Kouji Ogino, Yuichi Matsuoka, Kentarou Tomii, Naoko Shimura, Tomoatsu Imai, Yosuke Yamazaki, Hiromasa Kaneko, Takateru Ohyama, Ryouhei Yamada, Maki Nishimori, Yusuke Ichiyama, Daigo Matsuura, Hiroshi Iwasaki
Chief Artist (Art Director): Akira Mikame
Character Artists: Yoshinari Amaike, Shinkichi Tanahashi, Akio Sakai, Takashi Iida, Masao Tsunoda, Sho Kunieda, Yuka Matsumoto
Enemy Artists: Wataru Watanabe, Masatoshi Yasumura
Motion Artists: Kentaro Niina, Motomu Hayashi, Tomoaki Yuyama, Hiroaki Take
Event Scene Artists: Tamotsu Kushibe, Yusuke Kashiwagi, Mamoru Ohta, Hiromasa Yoshida, Fumihiko Kagawa, Yukihiro Ishida, Tatsuya Yabuta
Effects Artists: Tadakazu Aramaki, Takafumi Yoshioka, Seiichi Tsuruoka
Menu Screen Artist: Eriko Mikawa
Field Artists: Yuki Takahashi, Kazuko Ito, Takeshi Matsuura, Yuji Yamaga, Kenji Odaka, Michio Abe, Hitomi Nagao, Hisae Jibiki, Mayo Sudo, Akiko Muto, Ryouhei Yanase, Naoko Irube, Masashi Kuma, Takashi Saito, Akane Hayashi, Ken Suganuma, Hideaki Fujisawa, Keihan Fujii, Shuhei Sakamoto, Ryuichi Yamanaka, Akiko Ikehara, Yuichi Komagata
SEGA OF CHINA Staff: Makoto Uchida, Katusnori Kosuge, Cheng Li, Shao Mingzhu, Li MuZhang, Fang Jie, Sheng FeiFei, Bao JanGang, Mei Ling, Liu ChengLing, Yu YongQing, Li Shuo, Jing Huan, Digital Media Labo Inc., Polygon Magic Inc.
Storyboard: Tatsuya Yabuta (EnumaElisch.LLP), Masaya Suzuki (EnumaElisch.LLP)
Lighting Imageboard: Yukihiro Ishida (EnumaElisch.LLP)
Artist Special Thanks: AM2 AuthMotion Team, Masaharu Nakayama, Yoshiyuki Tomatsu, Seiju Taniguchi, Makoto Yonezu, Taro Hino
Sound Director: Tomoya Ohtani
Music Composers: Mariko Nanba, Tomoya Ohtani, Hideaki Kobayashi, Taihei Sato, Jun Senoue, Takahito Eguchi
Senior Music Composer: Masato Nakamura
Recording & Mixing Engineer: Yoshitada Miya, Masahiro Fukuhara, Yutaka Yamamoto (Attic Arcade), Yoshikazu Sasahara, Hideyuki Arima (Power House Studio), Stan Katayama
Recorded at: Sound Crew Studio, Power House Studio, Onkio Haus Studio, Sound Inn Studio, Olympic Studio, Del Rey Studio
Mixed at: Sega Digital Studio, Attic Arcade Studio, Onkio Haus Studio, Sound Inn Studio, Mit Studio
Original Director, Original Wii Planer: Yojiro Ogawa
Drums: Toru Kawamura, Nobuo Eguchi
Electric Bass: Takeshi Taneda
Electric Guitar: Chewtaro Moritake, Yasutaka Kume, Jun Senoue
Acoustic Guitar: Chewtaro Moritake, Naganori Sakakibara
Electric Sitar: Chewtaro Moritake
Piano: Nobuo Kurata, Masaki Matsumoto
Chorus: Miho Fujiwara, Kazuko Hamano, Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Flute: Bob Zung
Oboe: Hiroshi Shibayama
Accordion: Yoshiaki Sato
Strings: Kuwano Strings, Shinozaki Strings
1stVl: Hiroyuki Koike
2ndVl: Rei Koike
Vla: Tomoko Fukuhara
Vc: Tomio Yajima
Cb: Shinji Tanaka
Arranger: Takahito Eguchi, Yasutaka Kume
Additional Recording Director: Tadashi Otsubo
Recording Coordinator: Kiyoshi Yoshida (Attic Arcade), Hidetaka "Carl" Shibata (Power House Studio), Yoji Sugiyama (Witch Craft), Kazuyuki Doki (RE-BIRTH), Jun Senoue, Tomoya Ohtani
Supervisor Sound Editor: Tatsuya Kousaki
Sound Editor: Hiroaki Funane
Supervisor Sound Editor: Eiji "AJ" Nakamura (RedAJ Sound)
Sound Editor: Chiharu "Micchi" Minekawa (RedAJ Sound), Kenichi "KEN" Saito (RedAJ Sound), Yoshihiro "PIRO" Maeda (RedAJ Sound)
Post-Production Manager: Masayasu Yamashita, Kazuya Taniguchi
Mixing Engineer: Kazutaka Someya
Assistant Engineer: Tomohiro Fuchikami
Foley Artist & Editor: Yuka Kitazawa
Visual Technician: Natsuko Yamashita
Mixing Studio: DIGITAL EGG STUDIO MA-1 <THXpm3>
Sound Section Special Thanks (Sound Effects): Todd Singerman, Lynn Grossman, Melody Santos, Ken Sakata (A&K CORPORATION), Koji Matsumoto, Teruhiko Nakagawa, Ai Muroi, Naofumi Hataya, Masaru Setsumaru, Seirou Okamoto
VP Product Development: Jin Shimazaki
Voice Coordinator/Dialog Director (Voice Recording Director): Eriko Kimura
Dubibing Production Manager (Voice Recording Producer): Hiroyuki Inage, Yae Tateyama (TOHOKUSHINSHA FILM CORPORATION)
Voice Recording Studio: Studio Uni, OMNIBUS JAPAN
CG Movie Director: Minoru Kusakabe, Tomokazu Takahashi, Tomohiro Yonemichi
CG Movie Modeling: Hideyuki Higashi, Yoshihiko Suzuki, Hiroaki Ohta, Toshiya Sugiura, Satoshi Takahashi, Hideaki Makinouchi, Takayuki Hayama, Yoshihiro Hanada, Takeshi Hoshino, Yutaka Yamaki, Satoshi Kounosu, Kazushige Hayakawa, Emiri Minagawa, Tomohiro Mitsui, Naoto Kawaguchi, Jun Masuda
CG Movie Setup & Animation: Jiro Yamagishi, Yusuke Sakai, Kiminori Kusano, Kenou Hakamaya, Mio Tagiri, Tsuyoshi Tanaka, Takaaki Kise, Tatsunori Tomiyama, Tatsuya Akagi, Kengou Nukizono, Yoshimasa Kimura, Hideyuki Kinoshita, Kei Miyamoto
CG Movie VFX & Sequence: Yoshihisa Inoue, Keisuke Takahashi, Shuntaro Furukawa, Kouhei Kajisa, Satoshi Tomatsu, Tsubasa Nakai, Takeyuki Suzuki, Masayuki Tanaka, Takuya Hada
CG Movie Engineer: Taku Wakisaka, Toru Iwata, Jun Saito
CG Movie Management: Takeshi Itou, Masahito Imamura, Yoshifumi Sueda, Chikako Tanaka
CG Movie: Aoki Prod., Blur Studio, Inc., Shirogumi Inc., Foro Grafico Co. Ltd., Gemba Inc.
Motion Capture: SEGA Motion Capture Team, Takeo Iwata, Hiroshi Tanaka, Shunkichi Yukitake, Kimiko Nakaizumi, Hitoshi Noda, Yukie Hagiwara
Motion Capture Actor: Wonderman, Tony Hosokawa, Iori Sakakibara, Ami Sakai, Tomomi Ohta, Naoyasu Achi, Wataru Koga, Action Actor Group "Katsugekiza"
Dancer: Kaori Nishimura, Sachiko Takagi, Mariko Tagami
Motion Capture Data Editing: Double-O-Buck Inc., Orbital Link Inc., Dynamo Pictures Inc.
Publicity Artwork: Yuji Uekawa
Game Script: Kiyoko Yoshimura, Shiro Maekawa
Web Team: Mayumi Moro, Yuichi Kikuchi, Takeshi Ichimura
Special Thanks: Takashi Iizuka, Hirono Sato, Keith Palmer, Keisuke Nakamura, Yojiro Ogawa, Sachiko Kawamura, Masanobu Yamamoto, Tetsu Katano, Fumitaka Shibata (wave master), Tetsuya Hotozuka, Takeshi Sakakibara, Keiichi Noda, Eitaro Toyoda, Yoshihisa Hashimoto, Takashi Atsu, Yoshiaki Hattori, Hitoshi Ohta
English Character Voices: Lacey Chabert as Princess Elise, Lisa Ortiz, Bella Hudson, Mike Pollock, David Wills, Dan Green, Maddie Blaustein, Kathleen Delaney, Jason Griffith, Pete Capella, Amy Palant
Japanese Character Voices: Jun'ichi Kanemaru, Koji Yusa, Daisuke Ono, Maaya Sakamoto, Takayuki Sakazume, Ryo Hirohashi, Nobutoshi Kanna, Rumi Ochiai, Taitem Kusunoki, Nawo Takamori, Taeko Kawata, Hikari Yono, Keiji Okuda, Yoshikazu Kazuma, Kenji Utsumi, Chikao Otsuka
Product Marketing Manager: Yasushi Yamashita, Naoko Ooka, Satoshi Imai, Takeshi Shimizu
Retail Sales Manager: Akihide Ichimura
Sales Promotion: Osamu Sato
Public Relations Leader: Hiromi Seida
Technical Support: Takashi Shoji, Akihiro Etori, Osamu Ogata, Toyoji Kurose
Localization Support: Representatives at IBPD, Aya Takeuchi, Shinobu Shindo
Product Management: Junichi Shimizu
Product Support: Akira Nishikawa, Hiroyuki Miyano, Yuki Takahashi, Daisuke Suzuki
Quality Control: Sunao Murayama, Yuji Nakamura, Kenji Oohashi
Support Team: Masayuki Takahashi, Kiyotaka Kondo, Yukihiro Taguchi
Software Manuals & Packaging: Yoshihiro Sakuta, Hisakazu Nakagawa, Hiroki Osawa, Takashi Nishimura, Tetsuya Honda, Colin Restall
CEO: Naoya Tsurumi
President/COO: Simon Jeffery
VP of Product Development: David Cobb
Technical Director: Jez Sherlock
VP, Marketing: Scott Steinberg
Director, Marketing: Don Mesa
Producer: Justin Lambros
Producer Assistant: Marta Khosraw
PR: Anne-Marie Stein, One PR, Jeane Wong, One PR, Dana Whitney, One PR
Creative Services: Jen Groeling, Heather Luchetti, Bridget Oates
Head of Operations: Tom Dudley
Online: Chris Olson, Leri Greer, Mike Dobbins
Mastering Lab: Rey Buzon, Andrew Byrne, Rhianna Kellom
QA Manager: Deni Skeens
QA Supervisor: Josh Morton
Senior Test Lead: Shawn Dobbins
Project Lead: Lee Frohman
Assistant Lead: Chad Ginsburg
Testers: Chris Pierce, Jesse LaGrange, Andrew Thanyawatpokin, Peter Koenig
Compliancy Test Lead: Stephen Akana
Compliancy Assistant Lead: Lawrence Mann
Compliancy Testers: Andrew Weaver, Joe Floyd, John Belcher, Eduardo Camacho
Special Thanks: Beejey Enriquez, Kevin Frane, Takashi Iizuka, Jason Kuo, Keith Palmer, Yosuke Moriya, Ben Harrison
Voice Directors: Christopher Collet, Julie Rath
Production Coordinator: Salvatore Oppedisano
Pro Tools Engineers: Suzy Goldish, Paul Grassini, Mike Knoblauch, Alon Namdar, Questar Welsh
Casting Director: Dawn Hershey, C.S.A.
Voice Director: Lisa Schaffer
VO Producer: Alexandra Dorris
Casting Assistant: Dave Lieber
Production Assistant: Wes Gleason
Recording Engineer: J. David Atherton
CEO: Naoya Tsurumi
President/COO: Mike Hayes
Development Director: Gary Dunn
Creative Director: Matthew Woodley
Director of European Marketing: Gary Knight
Head of Studio, Localisation: Kuniyo Matsumoto
Senior Producer, Localisation: Akiko Uchida
European PR: Lynn Daniel, Kerry Martyn
Senior Brand Manager - Japanese Studios: David Allen
International Brand Manager: Ben Chalmers-Stevens
Creative Services: Alison Warfield, Tom Bingle, Morgan Gibbons, Akane Hiraoka, Arnoud Tempelaere
Head of Operations: Mark Simmons
Operations: Caroline Searle, Natalie Cooke
Online Services: Justin Moodie, Nina Ahmad, Bennie Booysen, Mike Evans, Romily Broad
Head of Development Services: Mark Le Breton
Master Tech. Group: John Hegarty, Jigar Patel
QA Supervisors: Marlon Grant, Stuart Arrowsmith
Senior Team Leads: Dominic Berzins, Julie Metior
Assistant Team Leads: Gabriel Ralls, Alex Humphries, Renée Teloka, Marlon Andall
Standards Coordinators: Mohammed Ajaib, Michael Hanley, Ali Hassan, Language Team Leads, Jean Baptiste Bagot, Sven Wittmaack
Game Engine: Havok
Sound Designed By: Dolby Digital 5.1
Executive Management: Hiroyuki Miyazaki, Masanao Maeda, Hideki Okamura
Chief Producer: Takayuki Kawagoe, Akinori Nishiyama
Executive Producer: Hisao Oguchi
Special Thanks to: All staff members and their families
Middleware Support: CRI Middleware Co. Ltd.
Technicalogy By: ADX, Sofdec
Created By: Sonic Team
Presented by: Sega
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|Number of copies sold||Sega IR Reference||Platforms||Regions||Cumulative sales total|
|340,000||FY2007 3rd Quarter Results||360||US||340,000|
|190,000||FY2007 Full Year Results||360/PS3||US||740,000|
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|Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)|
|Sonic games for the Sony PlayStation 3|
|Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) | Sonic Unleashed (2008) | Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection (2009) | Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing (2010) | Sonic Generations (2011) | Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (2012)|
|Pre-release Sonic games for the PlayStation 3|
|Sonic Generations (Demo 1/2)|
|Sonic games for the Xbox 360|
|Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) | Sonic Unleashed (2008) | Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection (2009) | Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing (2010) | Sonic Free Riders (2010) | Sonic Generations (2011) | Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (2012)|
|Pre-release Sonic games for Xbox 360|
|Sonic the Hedgehog (2006 Xbox Live Demo) | Sonic Unleashed (Xbox 360 Preview Build) | Sonic Generations (Demo 1/2)|