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Welcome back Sonic,
This review is from: Sonic Colours (Nintendo Wii) (Video Game)
Well, Sega finally did it. Sonic Colours is hands down Sega's best Sonic game in 16 years. This game takes what worked in Sonic Unleashed, and makes it even better. Plenty of 2D platforming and high speed 3D sections along with new power ups make this the best 3D Sonic game of all time.
The story goes is that Dr. Eggman has created a giant Theme Park in space as a remorse for his past evil deeds over the years. Sonic of course doesn't buy it and heads to the theme park with Tails to investigate. Past 3D games have had more darker plots, but the story is lighthearted this time around with some great comedy and a well written script done by the American writers of Madworld. It's great fun to watch and the comedy is great. It's like watching an episode of a cartoon. The franchise needs lighthearted stories again as they work well for the series.
The gameplay is what makes this game a blast. You'll be playing as Sonic throughout the adventure speeding along 6 worlds with 7 acts in each to beat. You'll be playing in 3D areas with plenty of speed to be had, and a lot of 2D sections with lots of platforming. The newest aspect to this game is the aliens called Wisps. They work as power ups giving you different abilities as you unlock them in each world. The level designs are fantastic. The best level designs seen in a 3D Sonic game yet. Each level is a blast to play through. There are plenty of different shortcuts to discover and 5 collectable red rings to find in each level to unlock something special. There are 8 Wisps to use in the game. There's the Cyan Wisp that turns Sonic into a laser to blast at enemies and use shortcuts, the Drill Wisp that turns Sonic into a drill to dig through soft surfaces at high speeds, the rocket wisp that tunes Sonic into a rocket that blasts into the sky and much more. Each one is great fun to use and makes the gameplay even better. There is even Co-Op multiplayer which you can play alone or with a friend. You work together to beat several stages with a retro theme to them.
The controls are the best they have ever been in a 3D Sonic game. They feel much tighter than in previous games and you have several different control options to choose from. You feel like your in full control.
The graphics are outstanding. This game is very colourful and has great animation in the CG and in game cutscenes. Each area is a sight to behold. This really is one of the best looking Wii games.
The soundtrack is outstanding. Probably the best music in the series. Each tune will have you humming along to it. Even the vocal songs are catchy and fit the theme of the game. The Sonic voice cast has now been changed, and the new voice actors are the best the series has had. Roger Craig Smith as Sonic is Sonic's best voice and makes him sound like a dude again, and Kate Higgins as Tails makes him sound the best he's ever been.
Sonic Colours takes the best from the 3D and 2D games and brings them together into a brilliant package. Sonic's finally back on form with this game, and what a game this is. Welcome back Sonic the Hedgehog. 10/10
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Initial post: 21 Nov 2010 15:35:25 GMT
Great review - just one question - does the game have japanese voice acting (in the options screen)?
Thanks in advance!
Posted on 21 Nov 2010 18:09:01 GMT
James Willshee says:
You are quite correct, in every way. I doubt that I could write a better review of this game even if I tried.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2010 16:58:54 GMT
There is indeed Japanese voice over.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2010 17:03:13 GMT
Thanks for letting me know! Will be getting this now (I normally watch things from japan in english dubs but since I grew up with a 'silent sonic' I can't stand him opening his mouth! At least in another language I can ignore his dialogue lol!)
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2010 22:48:23 GMT
Hah, I never knew anyone actually buys sonic games for the dialogue and storyline then. The story is alright, but you should get this game because of the gameplay, not the storyline.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2010 22:58:00 GMT
Its not because of the story. Its because his voice is so annoying! I'd rather have sonic stay silent ala link and mario etc.
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