Sonic the Hedgehog – Review

Everybody’s favourite hedgehog is back and this time he is in High Def. The game takes place in the city of Soleanna, where as usual Dr eggman appears to spoil the party, by attacking with his fleet of ships and various contraptions. He kidnaps Elsie, who is the princess of Soleanna, but before she gets taken away, she manages to throw sonic a chaos emerald.

The game allows you to play around with three fully playable characters, which are gradually unlocked as you progress through the game. You can take control of Sonic (obviously), Shadow the Hedgehog or Silver the Hedgehog. Each has their own strengths and weaknesses. Shadow has the use of a gun and Silver can use telekinetic powers.
Although no new levels are unlocked for each character, as with previous Sonic games, each characters ability allows the player (you) to reach parts of the level that were once impossible while playing as standard Sonic.

The game play is akin to Sonic Adventure found on the Gamecube Or the Dreamcast, and is broken down into two distinct types, Action stages and Free roaming town stages. The Action stages are exactly what it says on the tin, mainly fast running and jumping is all you need to do , until you see Sonic reach the end of a set level. At the end of each section you will be awarded with a rank of how well you did, such as speed of completion and the total amount of points obtained.

Town stages allows Sonic to walk around a large town freely solving simple puzzles and being able to speak to the town folk, which will give him tips or clues on where he should be going next.

Final Words

Sonic the Hedgehog was supposed to be a return to form for every body’s favourite hedgehog, although the amount of flaws seen in the game make it hard to stick with, even for the most hardened Sonic fan such as myself. Sometimes the controls are unresponsive or the camera will spin around suddenly, making Sonic fall to his doom. These moments are regular while playing the game, and it does not get any less annoying. The graphics are good and the game play is what we have come to expect from 3d Sonic games. I myself really wanted to like this game and was rooting for the little guy to succeed, although here are too many flaws in the game to make it an enjoyable experience.

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2 Responses

  1. Mark Davis says:

    Sonic worked well as the original MegaDrive version. Once it started going all 3D it started looking silly. Great for kids – but Sonic die-hards will probably give this a miss.

    2 banana’s is probably a bit generous.

  1. May 8, 2008

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