People Really Love The Murder of Sonic The Hedgehog

The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog launched as a surprise and a bit of a joke, only to achieve the sort of acclaim that many game developers only dream of reaching. The free-to-play visual novel about uncovering the truth behind the titular crime has ended up being a smash hit that few people could’ve foreseen.

While the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise has had its fair share of successes and duds over the years, virtually none of its mainstream releases have enjoyed the same positive feedback as The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog has been getting from day one. Originally envisioned as an elaborate April Fools’ joke, the game quickly rose to prominence following its release, and it has now broken into one of the most prestigious game lists of all time.


Sega’s surprise release of a new Sonic game appears to have paid off with dividends, even though it’s a totally free title. The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog puts players into the boots of Tails as he investigates the mysterious circumstances of the blue hedgehog’s passing in the classic visual novel format, and the whole experience is so impressive that players are giving it rave reviews. In fact, its reviews are so stellar that Murder is now the 61st highest-rated game on Steam, meaning it’s also the highest-rated Sonic the Hedgehog game on PC and quite possibly beyond.

While some believe that The Murder of Sonic was too obvious of a story in the grand scheme of things, the game’s success cannot be ignored. Whether it’s due to its tongue-in-cheek nature or because people were simply eager to jump onto a free new Sonic game, the end result remains the same: remarkably high acclaim and a huge amount of goodwill for Sega from the Sonic community.

It’s possible, too, that The Murder of Sonic may lead to similar projects down the line, as the franchise clearly has the bandwidth needed for this caliber of wacky spin-off titles. Now that it’s established itself as one of the best games on Steam, it’s bound to get even more attention as time goes on, making it a hugely important showing.

Along with that, the Sonic FrontiersSights, Sounds, and Speed DLC is due to launch soon, and it’s going to feature a slew of new content and media for players to fiddle around with. It’s not a huge stretch to imagine that even more players will be pouring into the game now that Murder has made the rounds with essentially universal acclaim, giving Sega just the sort of leverage it needs to keep the blue hedgehog running.

The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog is available now on PC.

Source: Gamerant

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