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Sonic Unleashed

by Sega
 Ages 7 and Over
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Platform: PLAYSTATION 3
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation 3
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product details

Platform: PLAYSTATION 3
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  • ASIN: B00178AT00
  • Release Date: 19 Dec 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,810 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PLAYSTATION 3

Product Description

Sonic is truly in a world-wide race against time... as the sun sets, a new adventure awakens.

In this new adventure, Dr. Eggman is up to his evil antics again, in his quest for World domination. He unleashes a powerful ray that not only divides the world into several continents, but has an unexpected transformation on Sonic's state.

Sonic must travel across the globe, completing action-packed stages to retrieve the power of the Chaos Emeralds to ultimately save the world... and himself! Sonic's world has been transformed, courtesy of a powerful new game engine that delivers the tight gameplay of a 2D sidescroller in stunning, picturesque 3D environments. Sonic Unleashed takes everything you know and love about Sonic and upgrades it with spectacular scenery, new combat powers, an unexpected storyline, and, of course, blistering speed.

  • Introducing the all-new powerful Hedgehog Engine that delivers a revolutionary gameplay experience, combining ultra realistic graphics with seamless transition between 3D to classic 2D high-speed action.
  • Accelerate to super speed with Sonic Boost, avoid obstacles instantly using Quick Step and accelerate around corners with Speed Drift - this is Sonic at his fastest!
  • Journey and explore seven unique, rich and vibrant continents - sprint across cobbled streets or race through lush jungles on a quest to save the world.
  • With a massive world as Sonic's new playground, follow multiple paths and routes that presents different encounters, rewards and obstacles at every turn, as an unexpected storyline unfolds.
  • Sonic's transformation brings new powers of combat and movement, giving an innovative and challenging Sonic experience.

Amazon.co.uk Review


Transformed and unleashed, Sonic races to save the world...and himself. Sonic the Hedgehog is on an adventure unlike any other. Powered by an all-new engine, Sonic Unleashed blends classic Sonic gameplay with a variety of in-game perspectives to create an entirely new and unique gaming experience. Merging blistering 2D action with meticulously rendered 3D environments, players race through intriguing locations across the globe as Sonic to save a chaotic world.

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The other side of Sonic
Sonic and his alter ego Werehog in 'Sonic Unleashed'
Sonic and his alter ego Werehog.
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Sonic collecting rings in 'Sonic Unleashed'
Collect rings for Ring Energy.
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Sonic the Werehog in 'Sonic Unleashed'
Swing into action with Werehog.
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A New Sonic a New Story
On a quest for world domination Sonic nemesis Dr. Eggman has managed to steal the chaos emeralds once again and this time drained them of their power. As a result not only has the Earth split into distinct sections, so has Sonic. Now he is two beings. During the day he is the usual speed-addicted hedgehog players will remember, but at night he becomes Sonic the Werehog. In either form it is the player's ultimate goal to find the missing chaos emeralds and return them to their proper place in order to set the world and Sonic himself, back the way he should be.

Gameplay: The Two Sides of Sonic
Like nearly all Sonic games, Sonic Unleashed is platform-based. The game combines the feel of 2D side-scrolling that fans of the Sonic series love, with sharp 3D graphics, and throws in an over the back third-person perspective reminiscent of FPS gameplay for good measure. And just as in earlier games, as players race through and explore the expansive world before them, using auto lock to hone in on enemies and areas of interest, they will rely on the power they gain from the rings they collect for a variety of things, but with the new twist of Sonic's split personality, things are a little bit different.

Playing during the day, as you race across the world in the form of Sonic, speed is the main goal. Collecting rings fills you with 'Ring Energy,' which not only provides extra life, but also the advantage of 'Sonic Boost.' With this players can travel at speeds that approximate 300 MPH. In addition, Sonic Unleashed introduces two new features: the 'Speed Drift' and the 'Quick Step'. Speed Drifting is similar to drifting in racing games, allowing players to slide around corners at high speeds, while Quick Stepping is a sidestepping maneuver allowing Sonic to avoid enemies with quick steps to either side. Both keep you moving as fast as possible, so you can get as many rings as possible, which again keeps you moving as fast as possible.

As night falls and Sonic assumes his Werehog form the rings provide a different kind of power more suited to his more menacing appearance. Much slower, but also much more powerful, the Werehog relies on the rings to provide life as well as strength to shield himself from the attacks of enemies. This is necessary because Werehog gameplay, although based in platforming, incorporates significant levels of combat as well. Red orbs gathered as enemies are defeated allow the player to unlock additional combo moves that will supplement the hack and slash and arm stretching abilities that the Werehog always possesses. Whether Hedgehog or Werehog, no matter which form players prefer they will get ample opportunity to explore the two sides of Sonic since each area in the game contains both night and day segments where each form must be played.

Key Game Features:

  • Sonic’s World Transformed - Sonic maintains his high-speed abilities during the day, but at night he is transformed into a mysterious dark form with incredible never-before-seen abilities including 3D-action brawling and amazing agility.
  • Tight Navigation and Speed Control - Players accelerate to super speed with ‘Sonic Boost’ by collecting rings to increase Sonic’s ‘Ring Energy.’ Using ‘Quick Step,’ players will quickly move left or right to avoid obstacles instantly. Additionally, ‘Speed Drift’ allows players to rocket through turns without slowing down.
  • Powerful New Engine and Cinematic Graphics - With its new proprietary“Hedgehog Engine,” Sonic Unleashed enhances the classic 2D perspective with mind-blowing 3D stages. Other next-gen technology capabilities include global illumination, grid computing, continuous data streaming and an intricate path finding system.
  • Enhanced and Expanded Environments - Many unique and fascinating continents offer the player an opportunity to save the world in a dynamic, high-speed experience. In addition to exploring exciting unlockable areas, players dash through up to nine locations resembling real-life destinations including the Great Wall of China, Arctic Pole glaciers and many more.
Whether it's the updated graphics that retain the side-scrolling feel of classic games in the Sonic franchise, an expansive world to race through and explore or the multiple and new ways to play, Sonic Unleashed offers something for players of any age or level of ability.



Product Description
Take an unforgettable journey around the world in Sonic Unleashed! With seamless 3D to classic 2D perspectives, new speed capabilities, and an all new proprietary engine, as well as new combat, movement, functional abilities and platforming, Sonic is UNLEASHED like never before!


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This has quickly become my 4 year old son's favourite PS3 game, not much higher praise can be given as that's exactly what they were trying to do. The new view takes up where Sonic 3D left off and the advances in technology are clear to see, as the game doesnt feel anywhere near as clunky as it's predecessor. The sheer speed of gameplay is something kids and old-skool Sonic The Hedgehog fans will adore, at times I felt I was simply coasting on instint alone as it was moving so effortlessly fast I'd have been done if there were suddenly a wall in front of me.

Graphically, Sonic looks better than ever and the whole night/day Sonic/Werehog aspect really does break the game up and make it much more enjoyable. Going from the speedy Sonic missions to the more puzzle-based and battle-orientated Werehog missions. Previous Sonic outings got a little stale after a few levels as they get a bit repetitive, however this constant change disguises that to a large extent and makes the game feel fresh everytime Sonic morphs between his characters.

The Eggman is as dastardly as ever, and the battles are truly great lasting upto 10 minutes each. Sonic and The Eggman now make an appearance in all of my son's imaginary battles when he's playing in his room :)

When this game first surfaced we put off purchasing it after reading some negative reviews from fans, that was a mistake. There were a lot of older Sonic fans, or even casual fans of the series wanting to bandwagon-jump, who were happy to slate this game simply for being different to the other Sonics, and were very keen in pointing out that Sonic should remain in 2D like the old days of the Megadrive..
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fun game hamstrung by poor choices. 29 Aug 2014
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Sonic the Hedgehog's reputation took a bit of a nosedive after the series' transition to 3D, and especially after the Dreamcast's life cycle ended. But to be fair, while there have been some pretty mediocre titles (the ultra-repetitive Sonic Heroes and the cynical attempt at C&C in Shadow the Hedgehog being two prime examples), the only genuinely terrible game was the 2006 reboot, simply called Sonic the Hedgehog. Not only was the story absolutely horrendous, but the game was clearly unfinished with one of the worst cameras in any 3D platformer, perhaps second only to the notorious Bubsy on the original Playstation.

Sonic Unleashed therefore took the somewhat understandable step of trying to add a significantly different new gameplay style to its repertoire, and the result is certainly playable and enjoyable at times. However, a few questionable decisions prevent it from being the return to form it could have been, and instead leaves it as an interesting but still somewhat lacklustre sidestep in Sonic's history before the series finally got back to previous glories with Sonic 4, Sonic Generations, and Sonic Colors.

There are two major problems I have with the game, one of which is based on gameplay and the other is based on the concept. In terms of the gameplay, the reliance on QTEs and strategy-devoid beat-`em-up stages is what holds it back.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Beautiful & Fun!! 29 Dec 2008
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Ive heard that Sonic was almost dead due to the poor games recently that were in his name but after playing Sonic Unleashed i can smile with joy as hes back in a quality game!
Sonic Unleashed is very addictive and just a joy to play, the graphics are beautiful and i cant get enough! All im worried about is can they keep this sort of game quality development for sonic in the future as this is what he wanted and deserved to be resurrected from a near death experience.
Quite simply an addictive, quality game that goes back to the old skool formula but with extras and far superior graphics and sound.
The best Sonic game ever!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sonic is....okay 7 May 2010
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
When I recieved this game as part of a ps3 console bundle, I was very sceptical of how much enjoyment I would actually get by playing it. All of the Sonic games from ps2 upwards seem to have lost the quality that makes the Dreamcast games so amazing to play. Even sonic shuffle (as much of a mario party ripoff as it was), even with its different deviation from sonic adventure and the sega originals, was still fun.

This game, however, still retains some gaming quality, but much of it is still missing. I have to say, the Sonic daytime levels (in this game, the levels have been split into ones playable in the day as Sonic, and ones playable at night as 'Werehog' Sonic) kept me amused for quite a few hours. Skill and practice is actually required to complete the levels at a sufficient grade - and Sonic is really, really fast. The level of difficulty was a challenge (especially for the time, ring and enemy trials, where you have to complete a level with certain goals in mind), but this was why I liked it. Also, the graphics are still top notch, and seeing Sonic racing through glaciers and atop a whale is quite amazing.

However, this game loses a lot of points where the plot and the Werehog levels lie. The plot is terrible, and Chip is the most annoying character I have seen in a Sonic game - In fact, in any game I have played. The dialogue would be better if there was none, as the voice actors and the conversations were not convincing and generally were not needed.

The Werehog levels should not have been created, end of story. Sonic is about speed - and when this is taken away, we are left with a Werehog who stamps and thrashes around a bit. With the poor level design and hordes of enemies in these levels also, it's easy to just switch off the console and never look back.
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