Excerpt: After a series of somewhat sketchy and ever-more tenuous links in the Sonic The Hedgehog chain, its quite frankly about time that the game took a good hard look at its roots. Sonic Rush for the Nintendo DS is indeed that look back and I decree that ye shall give thanks. The main added attraction to the 2D Sonic that we all know and love is the dual screen use. Rather than go overboard and try to shoehorn some touch-screen action in, a more sensible route has been taken.
Excerpt: Sonic must have run through a few too many loops on his early Genesis exploits, because he got dizzy and lost sight of what made him so great when his games popped up on 3D consoles. Since the Dreamcast's Sonic Adventure, I've felt that the blue blur's been suffocating and he needed to find that elusive air bubble to catch his breath and float back up to the top. With the DS's Sonic Rush, he's done just that. Sonic Rush is the best Sonic game since the Genesis.
Excerpt: Announced at E3 2005, Sonic Rush is one game
that I’ve been waiting for - partially because it was a Sonic game, but
also to see what the developers could do with the DS. Thinking back, I
was wondering how the developers could use the touch screen in the
game, but now I am thankful that the touch screen is barely used at
all. The only instances of touch screen action are in the menus and in
the bonus stages.
Excerpt: Sonic takes one step back and sprints a thousand forward When I handed Sonic Rush over the counter, my local game store minion made an interesting statement… “Y’know, the problem is Sega are making the 3D Sonic games too much about speed and not enough about plat-forming.” It’s not a thought that ever occurred to me before, but his words did ring true in some respects.
Pros: Balances speed and platforming well, Nice use of touch screen controls, The retro simplicity brings back fun and addictive gameplay
Cons: An irritating soundtrack, some sections of levels still depend upon trial-and-error
Conclusion: All in all Sonic Rush is just about on the brink of a must buy title. Sonic fans needs to get up off their booty and run out to get it as soon as possible as it is unquestionably the best Sonic title in recent years. Sonic Rush is what every Sega fan has been screaming for since Sonic made the jump to 3D. A return to the good old fun Sonic games.