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Don't be put off,
This review is from: Sonic: Unleashed (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Its fair to say that Sonic Unleashed has suffered a lot of terrible reviews since its release in late 2008. But as a diehard Sonic fan I think the game has its fair share of merits.
Unlike a lot of other Sonic fans, I personally do not think the quality of games has suffered drastically since the change from 2D environments to 3D. To an extent this one is no different. The game is generally divided into two sections, one in which you play as Sonic the Hedgehog, and the other where you play as Sonic the Werehog (which strikes me as stupid as "were" actually means "man", so it would be more appropriate if it was a hogwolf for example...but anyway...). The Hedgehog levels are as you would expect, full of speed and excitement, well thought out level design, great graphics and lots of fun. In my opinion Sega have really hit the money with this, the transition between 2D and 3D environments work really well and any Sonic fan will feel right at home. However, unfortunately the Werehog levels are not so fun, as far as a standard platform game would go they aren't terrible, but the slow paced smash and grab styling of these sections of the game just don't feel like Sonic should, and thus are totally out of kinder with the rest of the game. Apart from some truly hideous and frustrating camera moments there isn't a massive amount wrong with them...only that they take ages to complete and you will spend the entire time wanting to get back to the next high speed Hedgehog stage. The werehog levels feel like a drastic and poorly thought out attempt by Sega to breathe new life into the sonic series through a bizarre new gimmick, which doesn't really work, and would be better suited to a game like Crash Bandicoot.
All in all the Hedgehog stages are great, and the Werehog stages are not. The game thus is far from perfect, but it would be foolish to completely write it off. If you are a genuine Sonic fan then this is certainly worth a look, but be aware that there are far better titles in the series....
*prays for Sonic Adventure 3*