Suggested by Anonymous Nack may never have gotten all that popular, but he is definitely not an opponent to be underestimated. He has a gun at the ready and has some good skills under his belt. Sonic can handle him, but it won’t be an absolute cakewalk like you might think. Once Sonic gets serious it’ll be over, but I’m sure Nack will get in some good one liners in the meantime to try and make the match a little more exciting. Sonic wins.
Suggested by Anonymous Drago Wolf is another Sonic character that I had not heard of before this match. He’s definitely no slouch, but once again this is a match where Sonic won’t have to break a sweat. Sonic takes down guys like this for breakfast . He has his Super and Hyper forms at the ready and even in base mode Sonic would be too much for this guy. Sonic’s a runner and a fighter, you can’t beat someone who excels in both areas like that. Sonic wins.
Suggested by Anonymous Master Mogul is a very powerful character from the Sonic comics. He’s taken on Knuckles in his Enerjak form and in general his stats are all through the roof. His raw power is like nothing we’ve ever seen before. That being said, Super Sonic can definitely overwhelm him in a fight. Sonic definitely has the speed advantage and his raw power in Super Sonic form is nothing to sneeze at either. Master Mogul better get ready to start running because once Sonic gets in close then it’s over. Sonic wins.
Suggested by Anonymous The Flying Frog is a fairly strong opponent, but not someone who can really give Sonic much of a fight. No matter how you slice it, Sonic’s just the much more stronger individual. He’s got super speed and a whole lot of close quarter combat techniques. The Flying Frog will be sent flying as soon as Sonic connects and knowing how fast that hedgehog is, a hit will connect very quickly. Sonic wins.
Suggested by Anonymous Sergeant Simian may be one of those fighters who doesn’t back down, but he really doesn’t stand a chance against Sonic. Sonic’s got super speed at his disposal and we also shouldn’t forget that he does know how to fight. Sergeant Simian will quickly realize that he is a little out of his depth here. Sonic has various super forms at his disposal like Super Sonic and Hyper Sonic. With these forms under his belt there really isn’t much that Sergeant Simian can do to damage him. He’s simply too slow. Sonic wins.
Suggested by Anonymous Sleuth is definitely a pretty skilled combatant. He’s got a gun at the ready and knows how to handle himself in a fight. That being said, you need more than simple confidence and determination to take down someone like Sonic. Sonic has enough speed and power on his side to keep Sleuth guessing for days. There’s no way he will even take a hit in this match. Sonic wins.
Suggested by Anonymous Lightning Lynx is a pretty quick guy. He is effectively a ninja and has good all around abilities so he won’t just roll over once Sonic shows up. That being said, he is definitely out of his league here. Sonic is simply a lot faster than Lynx and I dare say that he is a better fighter as well. Nobody’s stopping this hedgehog. Sonic wins.
Suggested by Anonymous Fiona Fox is a pretty tricky character who used to like to mess with Sonic and Tails. When it comes to combat ability though she is nowhere near Sonic’s level. His speed is far too great for her to hope to land a hit on him. Then you can throw in his raw power like his Super and Hyper forms. The match becomes a blowout at this point and there are very few characters who can realistically give Sonic a good match. Sonic wins.
It’s time to take a look at the 2 part segment Sega released. It’s roughly 10 minutes or a little shorter than that, but it’s a nice way to cross promote the game. I was lightly tempted to get the game day 1, but there are just so many good games coming out right now that it’s tough to know which ones to take the plunge on. Regardless, I do look forward to playing it some day. I imagine it will be quite solid just as this special is.
The plot is pretty straightforward. The various heroes and villains have entered a race where the winner will receive a large gold trophy. Team Sonic, Chaotix, Rose, and Dark are all entering the race. Only one team can win though and it quickly becomes clear that Shadow and Sonic are the front runners here. That being said, there are a lot of racers on the track and so anything can happen. Be sure to stay glued to the seat so you don’t miss a second of the action.
The animation is very smooth and this style is definitely good at energetic scenes like this one. In general it’s a nostalgic style and one that’s very “clean” You will always know what’s happening and the designs are simplistic and so they are able to go through a lot of movements very quickly. It’s always been one of the big strengths of this animation style and Overdrive puts it to good use. A whole show like this would be quite fun for sure. Although the characters don’t talk here you can still get a lot of their personalities instantly because of how well animated they are.
As always Shadow is definitely a stand out character here. He actually does really well while at the same time knowing when it’s best to finally put his abilities into motion. The other characters also have to deal with a lot of interference on the track. It puts all of their skills on the line. There’s certainly nothing negative about this special and so it’s pretty much ideal. Between this and the Sonic Mania shorts, it’ll be fun to see if Sega decides to keep them up. I remember at the big Sonic event they did say that it takes forever to animate these scenes but maybe if they bring more animators on board they would be able to make a whole show like this. I’ll certainly be ready if they do.
Overall, I’d definitely recommend checking this special out. Even if you aren’t planning on getting the game it’s fun to see the cast just hanging out and getting all competitive. It’s also a lot of fun for fans who grew up in the Adventure era as there are a bunch of references and remixed tunes from the old game. You’ll likely remember all of them even if you don’t know the exact names. It’s the little things like that which really help take Overdrive to the next level. Also, it’s super short so it’s not like it’ll take all that much time out of your day to check it out right?