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Sonic The Hedgehog #28

Sonic's allies continue their missions against the Deadly Six, attempting to reclaim the Chaos Emeralds. Who will return from their final stands? And will they make it back before Sonic has to face Zavok? Fantastic battles continue as we reach the climax of the Metal Virus Saga.

Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2020

"Untold Tales of the Metal Virus!" As the Metal Virus plague-Dr. Eggman's latest plan that turns all organic life into zombified robots-spreads across Sonic's world, none can escape its path! Join Sonic and some of his greatest friends and worst foes in six incredible, previously untold stories about how the world reacts to this latest threat!

Sonic The Hedgehog #29

This is it! Sonic and the remaining members of the Restoration team-up for their final fight against the ultra powerful Deadly Six. Not only do they have to take on Zavok, but a legion of zombots as well! The thrilling final battle of the Metal Virus Saga!

Sonic The Hedgehog #30

The Metal Virus Saga is over, but that doesn't mean things are back to normal. As the world begins picking up the pieces, who will be missing? What villains will escape? And who will go back on their word?

Sonic The Hedgehog #31

It's all led to this... the thrilling two-part epilogue to the Metal Virus Saga. The world has changed. Heroes and villains plan for the future as reconstruction begins. But one hero remains missing...

Sonic The Hedgehog #32

The second half of the Metal Virus Saga epilogue. With all the chaos of the recent past still fresh in everyone's minds, Dr. Eggman launches a new assault-determined to take down his enemies once and for all.

Sonic The Hedgehog: Bad Guys #1

The mastermind behind the Metal Virus isn't done yet. Ian Flynn returns to answer: What happened to Dr. Starline?

Sonic The Hedgehog #33

Tails and Sonic try to solve how to fix their damaged ally, Omega. Elsewhere, Rouge and Shadow team up with Cream to win replacement parts for Omega through... Chao races!

Articles

Sonic 3 A.I.R: The Definitive Sonic 3?

Sonic 3 is in a rather complicated situation. With more than a few of it's music tracks being surrounded in a sea of legal and licensing troubles, that seems to be the popular reason why Christian Whitehead and Simon Thomley were never allowed to remaster it as they did the other Classic Sonic titles. Among that, it may also be why Sonic & Knuckles on its own appears on far more compilations and Sega Genesis clone consoles than Sonic 3 has in many years. So, when the officials can't provide, the fans must step up to the plate.

Enter Sonic 3 Angel Island Revisted, or, Sonic 3 A.I.R for short. This is a project that's been making the rounds for a while now, and only recently saw a full release. Developed by Eukaryot, Sonic 3 A.I.R introduces a 16:9 aspect ratio, 60 fps, a Time Attack mode in which you can race against Ghost Replays, and other quality of life improvments that make an already great game even greater.

Perhaps the best additions, beyond the preformance updates and bug fixes, is the added Drop Dash from Sonic Mania, and the ability to play as Knuckles and Tails together. More welcomed additions include Super cancel and being able to cancel Tails' flight and in-game achievements. Completing these achievements is how you unlock the three secrets in the game, being the Drop Dash, Knuckles and Tails, and another that I myself have yet to unlock.

Sonic 3 A.I.R sets out to improve Sonic 3, and, in just about every regard, it succeeds. But those of you who follow the Sonic modding community may remember Sonic 3 Complete, another modification that sets out to improve Sonic 3 and adds more customization options than possibly any Sonic game or mod to come before it. How does A.I.R compare? Well, one important thing to note is that A.I.R also hasn't had a final release yet, as Eukaryot is constantly taking feedback and suggestions on Twitter and will be implementing them in future updates. Sonic 3 Complete was finished years ago and likely won't see any updates again.

It may, perhaps be too early to say, since I've only done an all Super Emeralds run with Sonic and Tails, and have only started my Knuckles playthrough, but I would venture so far as to call this the definitive way to play Sonic 3, and the closest we'll come to a TaxStealth remaster. Sonic 3 Complete, as it stands, offers a bit more, but what A.I.R does offer sets it over the top. Perhaps one day Sega will work out whatever trouble they're having and we can have the best of both worlds. That's the dream, isn't it?

Sonic HQ Old Enough To Drink!

The site is now 21 which in the US is the legal age to be able to drink alcohol. Not sure why I felt compelled to share that. Anyway, I'll use this opportunity to share some of the upcoming features that have recently been implemented and some that are planned down the road.

Recent Updates

In case you haven't noticed, on the left side bar, the "upcoming comics" is no longer just comic releases but also games, movies (even if just the one for now haha), and other misc events like the SXSW panel that we had last month. It will also be kept up to date. You can also toggle off the entire sidebar using the button in the top menu bar.

Future Updates

Comics

We're looking into giving this section a major overhaul at some point this year. We'll have more details if everything (hopefully) all comes together

Games

You like games? Yes? Of course! We're hoping to bring this section back also this year. Once again, we'll let you know when we have more information to share.

Q&A

Should we bring this back? Let us know!

More Content

You will be seeing new content in general being posted (which we've already started to work on)

We've started a little mini comic series you can check out

There will also of course be new general sitewide improvements. Stay tuned!

Anything else you want to see here? Please let us know in the comments!

13th anniversary of our forum!

Hello everyone! It is the 13th anniversary of our forum! But wait! Why is the forum not as old as the site and why is it not the one I remember? Let me explain. I, Metallix, started Sonic Blast in 2006 with the ethos that there needed to be a high quality Sonic forum that did the franchise justice. Most Sonic forums either used eye searing colors or just had a few Sonic images plastered on a default skin with no customization. I wanted to make a forum that not only had a high quality design but had Sonic very much integrated into everything as well as having a friendly environment for users. For several years the forum was the most active Sonic forum on the web with 30k posts during some months. Then social media came and ate our lunch but we continued on. We had used InvisionFree which turned into Zetaboards but they recently closed down and got absorbed by Tapatalk and Tapatalk does not allow for much customization which severely hampers our ethos so we had to switch to self-hosted. The old forum's final tally was 1.25 million posts.

Mid 2017 Sonic HQ and Sonic Blast teamed up. I was looking for affiliates and I remembered Sonic HQ. To my amazement it was still up and running. Even being updated! We became affiliates but I thought, "why not join forces so we can finally have a site and Sonic HQ can have a great forum." And thus our partnership began. It has been great so far, I look forward to the future of Sonic HQ and will do my best to make it the best it can be!

Check out the history thread in our forum for a more detailed write up of our history and some pictures of the evolving theme we've had from the start. Hope to see you around!

 

SONIC 3 A.I.R. FULL GAME RELEASED

SONIC 3 – ANGEL ISLAND REVISITED (Sonic 3 A.I.R.) is a PC port of the original Sonic 3 & Knuckles.

Freed from the hardware limitations of the Genesis / Mega Drive, it allows for features you would only expect from a fan game engine, including full widescreen support.​


FEATURES

  • 100% accurate Sonic 3 & Knuckles physics
  • Sonic, Tails, Knuckles fully playable, including Sonic & Tails co-op
  • Widescreen display
  • Additional effects like 360° rotation
  • Optional high quality pixel filter xBRZ
  • Controller support
  • Experimental Time Attack mode
  • Many fixes and small gameplay tweaks
  • Added movement options like Tails Assist and Flight Cancel

Interested in giving it a try? You’ll need the Steam version of Sonic 3 & Knuckles installed, which Sonic 3 A.I.R. is built upon. 

Download via Google Drive (recommended): http://sonic3air.org/downloadgame2.php

Alternative direct download: http://sonic3air.org/downloadgame.php

 

Reminder: Sonic X up for preorder on Blu-Ray.

The good folks at Disctek Media are bringing all 78 english language episodes in one volume. This includes the extras from the DVD version as well as the original pitch video where the world of Sonic X had a lot less humans. It is releasing on May 28th and up for preorder at quite a discount. Keep in mind this isn't in HD, it's SD video on Blu-Ray and hasn't been remastered. This is the first time I've seen this as usually SD discs are put on DVD but the added benefit of these being on Blu-Ray is less discs are needed due to the larger file size.

The Blu-Ray retails for $69.99, but you can pre-order it from rightstufanime right now for $45.47. In case you have forgotten or not aware, jump on this deal while you can!

Team Sonic Racing Team Up Trailer!

Sega just released a new trailer for Team Sonic Racing. This one shows off more gameplay and the delay for this game has really shown for the better. After this trailer I am hyped up more than ever for this game. Are you sold on TSR? Let us know in the official topic!

Genesis Mini details revealed

At this year's Sega Fes, more details were unveiled about the mysterious Genesis/Mega Drive Mini console. If you remember, its release was initially delayed for quality reasons. The initial theory (and fear) was that this was simply going to be a reskinned clone console from the dreaded AtGames. Well, put those fears to rest.

Here's a quick rundown of some significant details:

  • Releases September 19th worldwide
  • Emulation handled by M2! (Currently working on the Sega Ages line for Switch, previously the 3D line for 3DS, and much more)
  • 40 games total (10 revealed so far)
  • Western package includes two 3-button USB controllers, retailing for $79.99 USD
  • Outputs at 720p and 480p
  • Save state support, up to 4 per game
  • New menu music produced by Yuzo Koshiro! (of Streets of Rage fame)

Of the 10 games announced, Japan gets Sonic 2 while the west gets Sonic 1 and Mean Bean Machine. Though, I think it's reasonable to assume Sonic 2 will also be included in the western release. Sonic 3 & Knuckles... um, maybe not.

Other highlights of the revealed lineup include Gunstar Heroes and Castlevania: Bloodlines. This will be the first time Bloodlines has been rereleased since, well, ever. The Japanese version also includes Namco's Wrestleball (aka Powerball in the US). This confirms both Konami and Bandai-Namco are onboard. (Fingers crossed for Contra and Rocket Knight.)

The game lineup seems like it's going to be quite different between Japan and the west. The Japanese lineup includes games that never got an English release, such as Madou Monogatari and Rent A Hero. Not just that, but Japan also gets the 6-button controller in either a one-controller or two-controller package.

For further details, check out the official websites: Japan - US - Europe (And here's the portion of the livestream where it was introduced and discussed.)

Sonic movie tie-in to upcoming game + plot details!

Over the years, Sonic HQ has been at the forefront on Sonic news and rumors. Today we can put rumors to rest and confirm via sources within Paramount Studios that the new Sonic the Hedgehog movie will be a tie-in to the next upcoming mainline game. Read on further for the scandalous details!

Spooky New Team Sonic Racing Track

We were able to get another music track from Team Sonic Racing with "Haunted Castle". It appears to be inspired from Rooftop Run from Sonic Unleashed as seen with the clock tower. Take a listen with the track below.

Featuring Tei Sena on violin, Tee Lopes for composing and performed by S.A.M.E. You can also find a high resolution image from the map here

Update(3/29/19): Fans are working to revive Sonic Runners

The revival attempt is currently in closed alpha, but it's looking like Sonic Runners may yet get a new lease on life. Runners is an official Sonic Team game that's no longer playable today. This is good news for fans who liked the game if it pans out. Click to get all the details!