Excerpt: It’s seemingly impossible for SEGA to release a new Sonic game, without some sort of added gimmick to mix things up. Sonic Adventure introduced a ton of different playable characters, whilst Sonic Unleashed turns the blue hedgehog into the more bulky and less agile, Werehog. Fortunately, Sonic only turns into the Werehog at night, so during the daylight hours you can expect a much more traditional Sonic experience, something which is the sole thing that a lot of us are...
Excerpt: It’s difficult to keep a successful series fresh and new while at the same time honoring what earned its notoriety in the first place. Historically, this has seemed to be even more the case for extreme sports games. This was the obstacle that EA Black Box faced once again with Skate 3 , and while it isn’t the perfect holy grail of skateboarding games, it still provides players another great skateboarding experience. The campaign in Skate 3 is driven by board sales.
Excerpt: Anyone who played a Mega Drive during its glory years will have fond memories of Sonic the Hedgehog. These days mascots seem to play second fiddle to general brand coolness, but in the early 90s the playground was dominated by Sonic and Mario, with sides most definitely being taken. At the time it seemed as though Sonic would be around forever, battling Mario to the bitter end.
Conclusion: They weren't great, but I liked how Sonic Team at least tried something different. This game isn't a great game, but is at least worth a rent. With more time and effort, it could have been better, but it's certainly better than the Sonic 06' disaster that came before it. This game is good, let it pass.
Excerpt: The epic battle between Sonic and Dr. Eggman continues in the newest installment of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. The newly developed Hedgehog Engine shows off the speed that branded Sonic who he was then and is now. After an enthralling battle of might vs. machine, Dr. Eggman fires a ray gun at the world, crippling it. Sonic, used as a catalyst, experiences a transformation that leaves him a werehog, a furrier, bulkier version of himself.
Summary: If you are a fan of the original Sonic the Hedgehog games, leave your nostalgia as it is. This game will only taint the memories you have of running through the Emerald Hills saving helpless woodland animals. If you’re desperate for a current-gen Sonic game, download Sonic 2 on the Xbox Live Arcade if you can. Sonic needs to be remembered as he was, not a constant “re-invention” of the series. The best Sonic game is a 2-D side scroller with great level design.
Excerpt: Sonic is one of the most known gaming characters, ever (just behind Mario) and he is one of those characters which I grew up with and the amount of memories I have with the original set of games were fantastic. It ate away hundreds of my childhood hours speeding through Emerald Hill trying to beat my cousin’s time.
Summary: The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise has an audience filled with mind-boggling variety. You’ve got the little children who think he’s the coolest thing ever . You’ve got the older fans who were there at the time of his inception. You’ve got the people who’ve become disenfranchised with his console outings, and you’ve got the people who’ve still managed to have fun with them.
Conclusion: I really wish I could say this Sonic game was worth while. The asking price is just not good enough; this game should be discounted now! It is a much bigger improvement over the last Sonic game, but anything is better than that crap. Buy this if you are a Sonic fan, others should pass on the blue hedgehog again.
Summary: Everyone's favorite hedgehog will be breaking new ground yet maintaining his roots, in the upcoming title, Sonic Unleashed, taking players on an unforgettable high-speed journey around the globe in a way never before experienced in the world of Sonic.