The Oculus Rift is a device with an uncertain future in the wake of being acquired by Facebook. But with thousands of dev kits out there, and plenty of nerds playing with it, really it was only a matter of time before Sonic got his moment in virtual reality.
Sonic, He Can Really Move
The idea is simplicity itself; build a Sonic game and play it in the first person. Sonic, of course, is the hedgehog that can run at jet-engine speeds, so you can already see the appeal for some of strapping a headset to your face and moving really fast through the environment.
Sonic, He’s Got An Attitude
Sadly, this is not an official product, or at least not yet. Instead it’s a fan build using the Sonic Game Development Kit and Unreal Engine 3 to create a Sonic game playable on the Rift. That said, the technology is fairly impressive in of itself. The game moves smoothly, and if you watch the video, you’ll notice there’s even little graphical touches like screen shake as you run through the loops and hit the corkscrews. Thankfully, Tails is missing from this one, but it’s got everything else you’d expect from a game built around speed and momentum. Although come on with that level design; why would you create a Sonic game that stops and starts?
Sonic, He’s The Fastest Thing Alive
Still, it’s undeniably pretty neat and probably the best game the poor hedgehog has seen in quite a while. While we doubt this will help Sonic salvage his overall career trajectory, it’s nice to know that there are fans out there willing to do a little more for the little blue speed demon. Just don’t start adding in all the cute little sidekicks, guys; Sonic is better on his own.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.