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This review is from: Sonic Lost World: Deadly Six Edition (Nintendo Wii U) (Video Game)
After reading many positive previews of this game, I decided to ignore the negative reviews dished out by the gaming press and give it a try ... I wish I hadn't.
I loved Sonic Generations and coming off the back of that game, Lost World is a massive let down. Generations had its flaws, but it was a competent platformer that offered up a hearty slice of nostalgia in its 2D stages along with perhaps the best take on 3D Sonic yet.
Lost World gets it all wrong. First things first, it doesn't play well --running through the levels just isn't fun. Sonic's move set is never really explained properly during the game and you're left to work it out yourself.
Sonic's new moves are not particularly intuitive and come at the cost of losing the quick step and drift moves found in Sonic's last 3D outing. Essentially, the new controls make navigation clunky and slow.
The level design also takes a hit and there aren't really any I wanted to blast through again for fun. Sonic Team seems intent on removing any of the "flow" typically found in Sonic games and replacing it with increasingly frustrating stop-start level segments. Many people have compared the level design in this game to Nintendo's Super Mario Galaxy. Unfortunately the comparison is a moot point, because the Galaxy games are in league of their own in terms of gameplay quality, level design and inventiveness.
To top it off, the enemy designs are poor, with some feeling particularly cheap. The boss battles are laughable and Sonic and his friends are characterised as crass and unlikeable in the game's simplistic story.
One area in which the game does impress though are its visuals. The graphics are beautiful -- Sonic's world has never looked this vibrant and crisp and the game always runs smoothly.
Sadly, graphics don't make a game and I would recommend anybody that's on the fence about purchasing Lost World to simply forget about it. If you're a diehard fan you may be able to find some enjoyment in it, but I would not advise paying anywhere near full price for a game like this.