Modded Sonic Games Are Zoomed Out To The Heavens

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Modified versions of Sonic 1 & 2ripped from their mobile ports, decompiled, then played on a PC—can do some neat stuff, like let you play with the camera zoomed out so far you can see the whole damn level.

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As Ars Technica reports, these mods allows you to scale the game’s resolution, including pulling everything back to an astounding 4096x2160, which is just a sight to behold:

Is that playable? Maybe. It depends how close you’re sitting to the monitor! But what it lacks in practicality it more than makes up for with the fact you get to enjoy the whole level laid out in front of you, providing an entirely new perspective on something you may have played 500 times but never seen quite like this.

For reference, Sonic on the Genesis/Mega Drive was displayed at just 320x224, so yeah, this is zoomed out.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

DISCUSSION

conker1985
Conker1985

I always dug the various routes you could take through Sonic’s levels in the originals. It’s neat seeing them like that. It also never dawned on me they’re using two separate city skylines to account for the vast change in verticality in that level.