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Almost there Sega!,
This review is from: Sonic: Unleashed (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Sonic The Hedgehog. One of the most popular characters of the nineties and at one point was more recognizable than Mickey Mouse himself. His rise to fame started on the 16-bit game console the Megadrive, his games were colorful, fast, had great music and best of all, SIMPLE. Now 18 years since his debut the blue blur has certainly fallen from his podium and SEGA, even now, have yet to make a game that matched the 2D games in comparison. But this game is a small step for gamers one giant leap for SEGA and Sonic Team.
I'll now categorize this review in the things i think are most important in a sonic game, Graphics, Music, Story, Gameplay, Fun and finally the Super Sonic portion of the game.
WOW! Going at 300mph never felt so satisfying, the scenery is absolutely gorgeous and just feels so right when your playing the game. There are 8 continents and all have there own theme. Be it the savanna's of Mazuri, the bone chilling cold of Holoska, the mellow forests of Adebat or the dry sands of Shamar you are are going to be amazed by the detail and thought that has gone into the craft of the levels. The Day and Night stages all look good but the Day stages steal the show as they are so varied it never looks the same twice, the Night stages however all look relatively the same and can be a bore too look at. The only thing that holds this from being 10/10 is that there are several graphical glitches that, while not heeding the game play, are very disenchanting and annoying nonetheless.
Finally the embarrassingly bad rock and techno tunes have been gotten rid of and not a minute too soon. Instead of that rubbish we are now treated to a variety of instrumentals that really capture the location and atmosphere of the level. Sadly though the music is very passive and instantly forgettable in comparison to the Megadrive music which would stay in your head so long it wasn't funny. The voice acting in this game is also another brilliant step forward from the other 3D titles, gone are the cheesy lines and the terrible 8 year olds here are some actual voice acter's who deliver they're lines to great effect (I must give a nod to the guy who did the voice of Dr Eggman he was sensational.)The flag song for this game ,'Endless Possibility', is in two words F**king AMAZING! It is amazingly catchy and energetic and it really is a song i cannot describe in words.
Ok its no secret, sonic games have never had good story. It was always just, Dr Robotnik/Eggman, had captured some animals and turned them into robots and sonic had to show up and SAAAAAAAVE THE WORLD (WU-HUU). But this time there is an actual plot to this game, i won't spoil anything but this is the jist of it. Upon trying to destroy Dr Eggman's new flag ship, sonic is inadvertently captured and the chaos emeralds he possess' are used as the power to a new weapon that splits the world up into 8 different continents and releasing an ancient, mysterious terror onto the land named Dark Gaia. The experiment not only releases this creature but turns Sonic into a beastly version of himself, whenever the moon shows, aptly named the 'Werehog'. When Sonic is sent hurtling back to earth with the spent Emeralds he comes across a strange being who has lost his memory who decides to tag along with Sonic, he is dubbed 'Chip' by Sonic. So the game is basically you traveling the globe in search of Gaia Temples in order to restore the Earth back to normal. Along the way you'll come across Tail's (Sonic's old friend and compardre'), Dr Eggman and his various giant robot bosses, giant, ancient animals possed by Dark Gaia itself, Eggman's own level and amusement park named EGGMANLAND, People who are possessed and need exorcising, 8 HUGE lands, ride a whale, a bobsled, a rocket, run up and down a dargons back and finally fight off against Dark Gaia in one of the most epic fights ever on a Sonic video game.
Sonic's games are never, ever going to be pick up and play simple again, i think that needs to be realised but the game plays as well as it looks with most of my Kudos going to the Day time stages. The Day time stages are well designed and fun, they are not so easy its boring but neither is it so hard its worth committing suicide, the game does not feature a factor most Sonic games have had in that holding one button and merh, pressing the jump button here and there would basicallt get you through the level. The puzzles in level are well thought but if you want to get A or even S ranks in this game your going to have to play over again to find shortcuts and basically memorize the level in order to beat it flawlessly. So why 8/10 well i guess if you've heard reviews on this game you'll know the why it was recieved so poorly...the Werehog. The Werehog stages have become infamous for their terrible camera angles and repetitive combat system. I didn't think it was THAT bad but i can see where people are coming from. The camera angles don't really present a problem until you get to sections that require tight rope walking in which case the slightest error will send you to your death. As for the combat again, not that bad but i know what people mean, just pushing buttons repeatably isn't fun and is very monotonous but its nothing thats too major to put you off beating the game. So now perhaps the two signature thing's about any Sonic game are the Boss battles and his speed. These two things are brought together beautifully in one. Some of the boss battles are quick, quirky and most of all repeatedly fun and challenging.
This game is fun...no seriously i can't describe it any other way. You have to play this game to know how fun this game is.
Super Sonic 9/10
This is in a way the thing i look most forward too in a Sonic game. You've got all the emeralds, all that hard work and time you invested in this game and the game rewards you the way any game should, with the hero becoming more powerful and awesome than ever before. Again i won't spoil what made this level of the game so awesome, all you need to know is that it the graphics were stella, it was fun, fast and the music was some of the best i've heard yet. The only thing i wish they would keep in the new games is the ability to turn into super sonic during game play as that would totally add another notch to how awesome this game is.
OVERALL: 8/10 or 4 stars translated
Sonic has fallen since the 90's but with this game in the eyes of fans he's clawed his way back and lets hope this is the start of better things too come. Don't trust what reviews from critics you hear about this game it is good but unfortunately people nowadays would rather our spiky hero was put too rest rather than revival. BUT NEVER FEAR, SONIC WILL NEVER DIE!