Reviews and Problems with Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
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Sonic Chronicles The Dark Brotherhood
Family Friendly Gaming
2 February 2013
Excerpt: Sonic the Hedgehog has been around since the 16-bit era, and been in all kinds of video games. Sonic Chronicles The Dark Brotherhood is the first time Sonic was in a role playing game. Well known developer Bioware is the company that took on this task, and put it on the Nintendo DS. Sega deserves a lot of credit by allowing this game to be created.
Conclusion: Concept: Have a respected outside developer repair Sonic's reputation
Graphics: Impressive hand-drawn environments mesh well with 3D character models
Sound: No annoying voices! Killer guitar riffs!
Playability: Phantom Hourglass navigation works well and the active battle system keeps you engaged
Entertainment: Sonic fans can hold their heads high once again
Replay: Moderately High
Conclusion: The graphics in Henry Hatsworth are extremely cute, with enemies that look like they were pulled straight out of a children's cartoon and character designs that are original and likable. The environments are mostly things you've seen before, but they're designed well enough that it's forgivable. The sprite work isn't the most impressive you've seen, but it's serviceable.
Excerpt: Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood had many RPG fans scratching their heads from the get-go. A Sonic RPG? Unheard of! Well, unfortunately not any more. While the game offers some neat gameplay aspects, it ends up falling short of being worthwhile.
Excerpt: Sonic has fast become the black sheep of the Sega family, following some unsuccessful attempts at bringing the series into the current generation. It seems the poor wee mammal just can’t cut it in 3D so when it emerged BIOWARE, best known for their sterling role-playing titles were having a crack at making a good Sonic game, fans were a bit puzzled.
Conclusion: Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood sounded like a good idea. Mario was able to spawn a few decent RPGs so why can’t Sonic? BioWare had enough time to make this the sleeper hit of the year, both on the DS and RPG genre. Chronicles relies too much on the stylus and the mini game like battles get dull after a few hours. Sonic fans should defiantly give this one a shot, just don’t expect this game to resurrect the Sonic franchise.
Excerpt: Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Jade Empire, Mass Effect and now... Sonic Chronicles? Hold up one second. Canadian RPG gods BioWare have made some of the best RPGs ever. They've also got a reputation for making hardcore RPGs. Which makes SEGA's decision to get the studio on board to make Sonic the Hedgehog's first ever role-playing game rather surprising. But a decision great for us so called core gamers, right?
Summary: Hey guys, have you played the new Sonic game? It's amazing! Also, there's this new band called Nirvana that's really great – singer's name is Kurt something-or-other. Given how much I enjoyed Sonic Chronicles, you'll have to forgive me for thinking I had warped back to the early '90s.