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Sonic Unleashed

Sega's Mascot Still Lives In A Hog Sty

Every time Sega plans a new Sonic game I hear someone talk about how they are fixing Sonic, and every time the game releases the developers do something new to mess it up. Look Sega, I don't want to play as Sonic's annoying animal friends. I don't want to wander around town talking to people about ice cream or hand puppets. And I don't want to play as some howling bestial, slower version of Sonic. I play Sonic games because I like to go fast.

Sonic is certainly good at going fast. Sega's tech is impressive, as Sonic's sprawling levels speed by without a hitch. Occasionally you'll have to dial in a button-pressing event or quickly jump over to a branching path, but for the most part Sonic's speedy levels are rollercoaster rides you cruise through. If these traditional Sonic levels were the only gameplay in this disc, I might have walked away amused. Sadly, they only make up about a third of the overall experience.

After Dr. Eggman uses the Chaos emeralds to split open the Earth's crust, thereby releasing a horde of evil spirits, Sonic becomes infected with some strange disease.

This disease turns him into a super stretchy Werehog monster whenever the moon is out. These Werehog segments play like a poor man's God of War. You fight hordes of enemies and level up his Werehog attacks, but many of the enemies look the same, Sonic's pace is plodding, and the platforming is frustrating.

Even worse are Unleashed's hub world areas, which have Sonic holding inane conversations with random pedestrians in tedious adventure-style quests. As much as I disliked lumbering through levels as Sonic's hulky Werehog, I disliked hunting through the hub worlds looking for coins even more. Sega, if you really want to fix Sonic, the first thing you should do is stop trying to fix him.

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Second Opinion:


Another game, another new Sonic character. This time it's our hero's alter-ego Sonic the ''Werehog,'' who (natch) only comes out at night. This split personality concept transfers to the game design, as the levels are divided up between the speedy, traditional Sonic levels and the platforming and fighting-oriented Werehog levels. As you might expect, it's a mixed bag. The Sonic levels deliver a modicum of high-speed thrills, but sadly the Werehog's botched gameplay (wonky platforming and boring combat) show an evil underside. If the Sonic levels are just more of the same, at least they show a certain level of polish – I'd rather have the same old thing done fairly well than the failed experiments of the Werehog levels. Interestingly, the Wii version is actually better – its unique levels are better designed and implemented than on PS3 or 360. Still, after the triumph of Sonic Chronicles for the DS, this is a bit of a letdown.

User Reviews:

  • 10.00
    the wolf link is sooooo boring he's not even that cool all animal but sonics werehog transformation is awesome and i loved the new type of gameplay and the boot (borrowed for sonic rush and sonic rush adventure)which delivers an awesome werehog ability i even have a friend who has the wii versio...
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  • 1.00
    As a huge sonic fan in the past, this dissapoints me in every way. The graphics were acceptable but when Sega tries to improve a franchice, they only make it worse. I literally felt sick to my stomach when i popped this in on Christmas day. UN ACCEPTABLE
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  • 8.25
    First thing I have to talk about would have to be all of the reviews that this game got, I own it for PS3 and I love it, I don't see why it got that low of a rating, but anyway on to my rating. Gameplay: Well, the gameplay of the game is pretty cool, such as going around and talking to people, unlike...
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  • 3.25
    i've played this game once and well it sucked
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  • 5.00
    As a past Sonic lover, this game wasn't anything like I thought it would and SHOULD be. Im not going to spoil it for anyone, I'll just let you play it for yourself. From the title of my review you should already see my opinion of the game, so expect some disappointments.
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