Video game remakes have a reputation for being a lazy way for developers to make some quick cash off an old idea, but not all of them are like that. Sometimes the creators (or re-creators) put a lot of time, care, and effort ... into completely baffling shit that totally ruins what the original was about.
So, the next time you complain about the "HD remaster" being way too similar to the classic version, remember that it's possible to go too far in the opposite direction ...
Sonic The Hedgehog (2006) Adds Heartwarming Interspecies Romance
Pretend you don't know anything about Sonic The Hedgehog and want to learn more about this franchise (like, maybe you just ran into some Sonic erotica on DeviantArt and are suddenly intrigued). Logic says that the 2006 game Sonic The Hedgehog would be a good place to start -- it has the same name as Sonic's original 1991 game, there are no stupid gimmicks or sidekicks in sight, and the cover is just a simple image of Sega's radical mascot doing what he does best: running fast and frowning for no reason.
To be fair, his forehead is probably stuck like that by now.
So you start playing the game to find out what Sonic is all about. And what Sonic is about turns out to be ... frolicking in the grass with fancily dressed girls?
The default Windows XP wallpaper is the perfect place for tender bestiality.
Rather than sticking to the simple robot-busting formula of its namesake, this version is full of what one reviewer kindly described as "convoluted manimal melodrama." You play as Sonic and every other pointless furry friend he's ever had as they travel to Soleanna, a Venice-like magical kingdom confusingly inhabited by contemporary-looking humans. Among them is Princess Elise (voiced by the star of Christian Mingle: The Movie), a princess who has a time-travel science demon trapped inside her tears. You must move back and forth in time to save Elise, prevent the apocalypse, and hopefully stop by the meeting where this plot was decided and check if anyone is having a stroke.
Even the virtual children inhabiting the game hate what Sonic has become.