Review: Sonic Unleashed

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Graham:
Actually, most of the critics I've read (aside from Russ) have praised the daytime segments and said that Unleashed has some of the best fast-paced Sonic gameplay that has ever been seen in 3D.

I don't disagree. If the game were comprised solely of the daytime levels I'd have recommended it wholeheartedly. Having to play through the rest of the crap to get to those levels, however, makes this one a FAIL for me.

Cardskeeper:
Thanks for the review!
I wasn't far away from buying this game,because I really really liked the demo. Yeah it was trial and error basically,but that didn't bother me that much ,because sonic was ... well... sonic! He was fast,he was "cool",he was like he should be. But in the demo,they don't show any "Werehog" parts ,which made me believe that its just 1/8 of the game,a little short part...But now I know otherwise.
Again,thank you for saving me $60!

Cardskeeper:
Thanks for the review!
I wasn't far away from buying this game,because I really really liked the demo. Yeah it was trial and error basically,but that didn't bother me that much ,because sonic was ... well... sonic! He was fast,he was "cool",he was like he should be. But in the demo,they don't show any "Werehog" parts ,which made me believe that its just 1/8 of the game,a little short part...But now I know otherwise.
Again,thank you for saving me $60!

Please get a seond opinion or dish out an $8 dollars for a rental. The Sonic stages are at least half of the game. Let me find that level list again...

Day (21)
-Apotos, Mazuri, Spagonia, Chun-nan, and Adabat have three acts
-Holoska, Shamar, and Empire City only have two acts

Night (12)
-Apotos, Mazuri, Chun-nan, and Adabat have two acts
-Spagonia, Holoska, Shamar, and Empire City only have the one

And I think it's counting optional, therefor you can easily make the amount of Sonic playtime range over the Werehog's playtime. And I heard the hub worlds were 1/3 of the game...bull. maybe a 20th. You only have to talk to someone mandatory 1-2 times, the hubs will take no more than 20 seconds to cross, and the levels can be played straight from the world map (map of revolving destroyed earth which shows your progress as well) once you have entered and beaten them once. He may have saved you $60 (Actually $50 is the MSRP), or he may have robbed you of a truly great game. Just give it a try, as no reviewer can give you a true opinion.

Also, you only played the first real level in the game. I've heard it only gets better from there.

EDIT:Oh, and here is the most descriptive and IMO best review for the game.

http://www.hardcoregamer.com/index.php?option=com_magazine&id_rubrique=1&type=article&id_article=228

Everything after the first real level is downhill and don't worry the Sonic Team will most likely keep making crap as seen is this trailer.

http://sonic.sega.jp/ankokunokishi/

We all look foward to the next gimmick filled Sonic game in, "Sonic and the Black Knight".

Super Racer Z:

Okay then you jackass, start making lies. How does better, bigger, more challenging levels mean the fun will be going downhill? And how does bosses and more powerups and more speed and longer and better lasting boost and learning more on the story and more combos for the werehog and more crazy platforming and an insane hard-as-last-levels-of-classic-sonic-games final level that lasts for 30 minutes and more and more unlocked music and cutscenes as you go and...I swear this is really starting to piss me off, the blatant lies...

Don't listen to me or him. Just rent the game and see for yourself.

Nobody is going to argue with you. You are a giant Sonic fan boy and fan boys such as yourself will buy sonic games no matter how crappy they are. Stop being ignorant for three seconds and understand everyone is entitled to an opinion and ratings on games are typically an average opinion of the general public. If I were you I wouldn't tell people to rent the game as nobody who rents this game then goes out and buy it. Nobody. Fan boys will buy it already and everyone who isn't a fan of Sonic is not going to find this a game to change their mind.

Plus, you yourself in previous posts have already had to "Rationalyze" the parts everyone else is claiming shitty saying oh the werehog levels are no big deal since there only half the game anyway. Sorry, anything you say after you ignorantly defend something out of pure fanboism kinda takes away from what your preaching to the rest of us. Opinions are not "lies" idiot.

I already explained what I want in a Sonic game, let me explain what I don't want. Something that isn't a Sonic game. I don't want to play a game where Sonic gets a sword and kills doods for xps and buys armor. I want to run, really fast. I want levels to be challenging but not frustrating. Sorry but 99% of the playerbase starts a Sonic level and dies within the first 15 seconds, that isn't "Challenging" thats frustrating. Killing a player with the element of surprise every 15 seconds to the point where the only way to beat a level is by memoryzation is not fun. Remember the last level of Sonic Unleashed? Remember the part where with the Roller Coaster? Yeah. You didn't get past that first try did you. In fact, there is a reason they put a life RIGHT in front of it as you kinda have to do it a couple times. That isn't fun. Sorry that isn't what most gamers consider fun. Dieing is not fun.

Like I said. If you are going to change the Sonic game to not be a fun mix of 2D/3D games where I am running as fast as I can, I don't really want to play them. You can't have someone called "The Fastest Thing Alive" then have a optional Werehog level that is just you BALANCING ON BEAMS. That ISN'T SONIC. I never DID THAT in the originals and in the ORIGINALS IT WOULDN'T BE FUN. There are very few times where even in the orignal sonics going fast would kill you. I mean yeah there was a couple but sometimes that "fall" or trap didn't kill you it just set you back a bit. This game isn't like that. The first two land levels are but after that it becomes Trial and Error. OH I'M GOING SO FAST WOOO THIS IS FUN... OH LOOK AT THAT I RAN OFF THE SIDE OF THE WALL.... oh well thats not fun if I have to do these parts slow. Oh man remember the ice world as Werehog? Gee that was fun right? RIGHT? No. No for most people, it's not fun and they turn off there console.

I am this close, JUST FOR YOU, to going through the Sonic game one more time and recording exactly what I mean by moments that are "Fun" and moments that are "Crap". I'm not like most gamers, I kick games asses. I don't quit because something is hard or because something is even frustrating, I beat this shitty game anyway just so I could say I did and hell I'll get those 1000 achievement points or damn freaking close too it and if you really want me to SHATTER your world for you and show you as one Sonic fan to another why this game is horrible. I will do it but you my friend... you shall cry a river far greater then any god could design from said video.

FYI, I will be buying the next Sonic game anyway. I own nearly every game since my first genesis and have beaten them all as well. I too love Sonic but I also can and will point out the flaws in a game franchise I love so much.

Don't be a tool, it just isn't cool.

They need to stop trying to add these annoying gimmicks and experiments to these games. (City area and "Were-hog" mode) Sure they're trying to innovate or whatever, but good lord! Can't they see that they keep taking steps in the wrong direction. They just need to K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Stupid) give the games what they want! The only gimmick I'd accept in a Sonic game is probably short, and I mean short Sonic Rivals like segments or something like that... ack a bit of a contradiction...

zoozilla:
It's made for kids. And I think that's where it fails.

I beg to differ. Even kids won't swallow that crap.

I recently picked up the PS2 version of the game, mainly because it was cheap and I like to waste money. Imagine my surprise when I played the first sonic level and enjoyed myself. It was like old school sonic, but 3D/2.5D and I was happy. Shocked, but happy, as I'd given up on Sonic long ago.

Then the werehog came along and ruined everything. It doesn't seem to matter whether I mash square, circle or triangle, I just win fights automatically. And like most people have said, the story is awful and it takes far to long to get to the next sonic level. Apparently, there is roughly the same amount of day and night levels, but the werehog is so slow that its levels seem twice as long. Remove the story, the werehog and the town hub bits and it'd probably be a worthwhile game... As it stands, I agree with the review.

from what i've heard, and ONLY what i've heard, this game seems to be a pile of steaming crap. everybody seems to hate it. (not fanboys, but they are equal to monkeys and should be ignored. inccidentally, the trailers of course made it look like the second coming of jesus, but what doesn't in trailers. oh yeah, Haze)
Then again, having just seen the next sonic game, my unbiased opinion will be that it will probably make me want to firebomb Sonic team and burn them forever. Arthurian legend, honestly. pummel the dead horse some more!

EDIT If I go and post this on a nintendo/sonic forum, will it be classed as masochism or suicide?

Virgil:
Sonic Team should spend some time hanging out with Capcom. With Bionic Commando: Rearmed, the "re-mix" of Street Fighter II, and the upcoming Street Fighter IV they seem to have gotten the hang of restoring classics to their former glory recently.

Take the classic side-scrolling Sonic games. Put them in a 3D engine. Re-master the audio. Add achievements, save points, and the other conveniences of today's games. Release. Bonus Points: online co-op using Tails or Knuckles (any other characters should be deleted).

Bingo! I've said this as well: everyone accepts the old Sonic games and would probably buy them again, as... marketing division as that sounds.

Well, having only played the demo I downloaded off X-Box Live (which coincidentally didn't feature a playable werehog section, something which disappointed me as I at least wanted to try it out). Nonetheless, the daytime section was a blast, and was probably the closest, not counting Sonic Rush, thing there's been to the glory days of playing Sonic 2.

Sadly, but also rather amusingly, the last 5 seconds or so sum up Sonic perfectly in this day and age.

I guess we'll just have to wait till they finally release the one Sonic game that isn't infested with a multitude of characters that nobody cares about, among other things. In my opinion the only valid characters are Sonic (of course), Tails, Knuckles and I suppose even Amy Rose (seeing that she turned in Sonic CD, when things were still okay.

Also, Dr Robotnik. Not Eggman, or Eggman aka Dr. Robotnik. Just the doctor :). we just can't be doing with that at all really.

SirSchmoopy:
Everything after the first real level is downhill and don't worry the Sonic Team will most likely keep making crap as seen is this trailer.

http://sonic.sega.jp/ankokunokishi/

I can't believe it,sonic and the black knight will be a cross between devil may cry and sonic?!
Well,at least Sonic team doesn't make a first person shooter or fighter with sonic...
(I just hope that no one in the sonic team reads this..)

Cardskeeper:

SirSchmoopy:
Everything after the first real level is downhill and don't worry the Sonic Team will most likely keep making crap as seen is this trailer.

http://sonic.sega.jp/ankokunokishi/

I can't believe it,sonic and the black knight will be a cross between devil may cry and sonic?!
Well,at least Sonic team doesn't make a first person shooter or fighter with sonic...
(I just hope that no one in the sonic team reads this..)

I'm afraid to tell you Sonic the Fighters already exists. Its not good... http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Pf4msgD77OA

Russ Pitts:

Graham:
Actually, most of the critics I've read (aside from Russ) have praised the daytime segments and said that Unleashed has some of the best fast-paced Sonic gameplay that has ever been seen in 3D.

I don't disagree. If the game were comprised solely of the daytime levels I'd have recommended it wholeheartedly. Having to play through the rest of the crap to get to those levels, however, makes this one a FAIL for me.

Well, I really hope Sonic Team is reading threads like this all over the 'net and maybe, just maybe, wising up to that notion.

We can dream Russ... we can dream.

I think Team Sonic needs to take a page from Capcom and make retro 2D Sonic Games for XBLA, PSN and WiiWare. Mega Man has never been good since the old NES days, and Sonic hasn't been good since the Genesis/Mega Drive, so this way we can have the Sonic experience we know and love w/out all the 3D bs, bad characters, ect...

Sounds like a win/win for everyone.

I like how there's a lot of "Sonic Team should..." posts - but sadly, they are utterly FUCKED. This game was their last hope, but it's over, and soon we'll see the headline "Sonic team bankrupt".

Graham:

Russ Pitts:

Graham:
Actually, most of the critics I've read (aside from Russ) have praised the daytime segments and said that Unleashed has some of the best fast-paced Sonic gameplay that has ever been seen in 3D.

I don't disagree. If the game were comprised solely of the daytime levels I'd have recommended it wholeheartedly. Having to play through the rest of the crap to get to those levels, however, makes this one a FAIL for me.

Well, I really hope Sonic Team is reading threads like this all over the 'net and maybe, just maybe, wising up to that notion.

We can dream Russ... we can dream.

Indeed. And it's not from a purely selfish perspective, either (although I would love to play that game). I used to work next door to Sonic Team. We shared office space with them when I was at TechTV. I never really knew any of the guys, but I saw them around the office, etc. The looks on their faces when Sega pulled the plug on the Dreamcast were heart-wrenching. I'm not even sure how many of those same guys are still there, but I feel for them. I'm sure no one would like for them to make a hit game as much as they do themselves.

It was so bad I felt embarrassed for Sonic Team. Really.

Russ Pitts:

Indeed. And it's not from a purely selfish perspective, either (although I would love to play that game). I used to work next door to Sonic Team. We shared office space with them when I was at TechTV. I never really knew any of the guys, but I saw them around the office, etc. The looks on their faces when Sega pulled the plug on the Dreamcast were heart-wrenching. I'm not even sure how many of those same guys are still there, but I feel for them. I'm sure no one would like for them to make a hit game as much as they do themselves.

Wow, I hadn't even thought about it from that perspective. It's not like these guys don't deserve it, they just need to focus and go back to a formula that works.

Speaking of a working formula, was there a reason they abandoned the Sonic Adventure franchise? I kind of lost touch with Sonic in those depressing post-Dreamcast years so I never played the sequel, but didn't that franchise have some room to grow when it was axed?

I think a return to form for that series would be more welcome than these attempts at action platforming that we're getting now.

I think that format made more sense for them, strategically, when they were controlling the hardware as well. I didn't play Adventure 2 though, so I don't know what kind of legs the series still had at that point. I enjoyed the hell out of Adventure 1 though.

While it is worth remembering that Sonic is supposed to be aimed at younger players, I really can't see why even a young gamer would enjoy this. Having watched someone play through 1 level of each type, I think Russ has done very well to mirror what I've seen just watching the game. I could sum up an evaluation as

If you try to please everyone, nobody will like it.

There is something in there that's meant to appeal to everyone:

Kiddies - Navi Chip/Storyline
Whining fanboys - 2D sections
Hardcores - Perfecting high speed platforming
??? - "Werehog" levels

However, when you throw all of these into a blender, all you get is a bland pulp with your favourite flavour being overpowered with things you don't like. When Sonic Team solidly decides which direction to take a game and not mutilate the concept at hand, then somebody will actually like what they're buying.

this is one of the worst sonic games ever!!!

sega needs to give up and start a new franchise, another example that sonic and sega suck is mario and sonic at the olimpics. this game could have been a so so game if nintendo would have made it, sega messes every thing up. give up sega.

Poor sonic he might as well do prostatution now.Why doesn't sega just make 2-D sonic games like they used to,not to make another lame ass attempt.

i dont get it, i loved this game, i thought it was just fun,
i dont know what half you people are expecting but your going into this game with the wroung frame of mind, its not ment to be some intalectually challangeing piece of gaming drama, where you have to find one thing to do another thing to level up to fight some twat with a bigger gun than you and kill him, {shadow the hedghog aside, ill admit that was awful}only to find out theres 20 bigger twats with bigger guns behind him, all ready to kill you

now ill admit the last bunch sonic games were less than an admerable notch on segas ever falling gameing air ship, but think your all looking at him though an angry blue haze from the previouse games and instantly designating him to death, when in fact it no where near as bad as you make out,

the day stages are good clean running fun, its nice not to have to dive behind every bit of cover you can find with your every depleting health and ammo while the world and his wife trys to kick seven shades of shit out of you, and then lauphs while you fail for the fortyfith time,
its sonic at his very speedy best, you say its terrible, but its sonic at his roots, its just him running through different enviroments useing his speed to over come obsiticals, just like he used to do in the retro game of yor, and that is what what you all wanted right? and while im at it the 2D/3D flip is kool, its nice two get a diffenet perspective on things, gives you a real sense of speed

the werehog levels,are,,,,,,, well,,,,,, again fun
i liked them, people dont get what the point of him turning into the werehog is, what is there to get, its a new twist on an old chracter, like nero in devil may cry, or the toon link in the zelda games, its an experiment, and consept, an idea, it may not be the best idea, but neather where all thoughs solid snake clones because look what happend to that fucking game, i for one think its a good idea to start brodaning the relems of what sonic can become,now i no i said that its nice not to levels up and if i dont say this then someone will pick up on it and try to fuck me with it, yes you level up as the werehog, but its not integeral to the compleation of the game, its just a nice bonus ant the end of a level,its just fun to smash enemys around, its like a cartoon fight of sorts
the only thing that puzzles me is the stretch arm thing, but hay, its sonic, its not ment to make that much sense

the problem is that your all expecting some great master piece of gameing that your over looking the great qualitys it has got as a game, your all so crititcal of what sega hasent done and what it should be putting in games that youve back them into a corner, and if the did make some great piece of gameing genius, you would say its shit because you think its gimicy and they have just stolen ideas from totally original games like oh lets say halo {sarcastic lauph} so they should be more retro, and then if they did make a retro style game you would call it shit for being to simple and childish, you havent left them any opyions to make a good game,

stop looking at this game though an angry blue haze, dont dwel on past mistakes,
this game is a well needed sonic shaped plaster on the torn artery of sega, its fun plane and simple, its nice just to able to pick up the controler and just play a game without the fear that some one is going to shot the buggery out of you

and just for the record, i no i sound like a fan boy but im not, i just dont like to see disjustice done to to game that is actually very good once you get down to it

Meh, i happened to like sonic adventures 1 and 2 for the dreamcast, that and powerstone but no one seems to even know what that is anymore. 3d sonic was a good change, but sonic with melee? forget it... sonic jumps on things like mario, he shouldn't bash things with his fists.

Super Racer Z:

EDIT:Oh, and here is the most descriptive and IMO best review for the game.

http://www.hardcoregamer.com/index.php?option=com_magazine&id_rubrique=1&type=article&id_article=228

I see you subscribe to the "lets find the high score" to prove a point logic.

right so, Russ Pitts got muderized for his bad words towards Sonic, what about Yahtzee? is he muderized yet?.

carrnage:
i dont get it, i loved this game, i thought it was just fun,
i dont know what half you people are expecting but your going into this game with the wroung frame of mind, its not ment to be some intalectually challangeing piece of gaming drama,

*blahblahblurblurb*

and just for the record, i no i sound like a fan boy but im not, i just dont like to see disjustice done to to game that is actually very good once you get down to it

As Yatzhee put in a deliciously, succinct manner: "[fanboy] yes you are".

In reality, Sonic is as dead as the spell-check hotkey on your keyboard =D
~
btw, loved the review. I'm glad someone is doing justice with regards to the atrocity that is Sonic the Wolf-Hog

ColdStorage:
right so, Russ Pitts got muderized for his bad words towards Sonic, what about Yahtzee? is he muderized yet?.

By that do you mean that Russ Pitts has gotten a lot of hate mail for this review?

If that's what you mean, I'm very sure that Yahtzee got just as much.

cartooner2008:

ColdStorage:
right so, Russ Pitts got muderized for his bad words towards Sonic, what about Yahtzee? is he muderized yet?.

By that do you mean that Russ Pitts has gotten a lot of hate mail for this review?

If that's what you mean, I'm very sure that Yahtzee got just as much.

Its a shame really Russ Pits is really rather funny*, but I still dont understand the bashing of reviewers both Russ with this and Yahtzee with Brawl.... or Jeff Gertsmann with the 8.9 review of Zelda.

These guys have to play every single game for a living, to put food on the table for their children, or maybe to put drugs on their credit cards for their habits, so why do they get berated for the work they do?.

You dont call your Doctor a "Jackass" for telling you to stop eating McDonalds because it's crap and bad for you, so why do people come here to slap Russ on the hand?.

*I in no way mean that Russ needs to be hated on more.

ColdStorage:

cartooner2008:

ColdStorage:
right so, Russ Pitts got muderized for his bad words towards Sonic, what about Yahtzee? is he muderized yet?.

By that do you mean that Russ Pitts has gotten a lot of hate mail for this review?

If that's what you mean, I'm very sure that Yahtzee got just as much.

Its a shame really Russ Pits is really rather funny*, but I still dont understand the bashing of reviewers both Russ with this and Yahtzee with Brawl.... or Jeff Gertsmann with the 8.9 review of Zelda.

These guys have to play every single game for a living, to put food on the table for their children, or maybe to put drugs on their credit cards for their habits, so why do they get berated for the work they do?.

You dont call your Doctor a "Jackass" for telling you to stop eating McDonalds because it's crap and bad for you, so why do people come here to slap Russ on the hand?.

*I in no way mean that Russ needs to be hated on more.

Well, that's what happens when you speak ill of something with a large fanbase. For example, numerous movie critics have received threatening letters (some even going as far as DEATH THREATS) if they said ANYTHING bad about the movie The Dark Knight, and bash anyone who hasn't seen it.

People should grow up. I like Sonic Unleashed, but I don't write death threats to Russ Pitts or Yahtzee.

okay fine a im a fan of sonic the hedgehog, i dont care
its a good game, simple as
and the were-hog levels are in no way atrocious, thats just harsh
there are worse things in the gameing world, and much worse games
its a good idea gone abit wroung, but it still dosent make it as bad as you all
sonic is still alive :D and runnig as fast as ever

The opening sequence is spectacular gorgeousness that gave me a serotonin-high flashback to Sonic 2's thrilling finale. I was literally in awe, thinking: this is the Sonic game I've been wanting since S3&K. However, it still manages to disappoint.

The werehog sections are slow, clunky, and frustrate me endlessly. I'm not a fan of God of War (shush, peanut gallery, it's a fine game, I just don't like that style of play) and didn't buy a Sonic game for slow 3D combat. It's a little Kingdom Hearts-y, but with worse camera angle, slower, messier combat and generally frustrating button-mash controls.

The daytime levels are good, hardly "traditional" Sonic, but close enough to feel right and be fun to play. Yes, he's too fast if you constantly hit boost, but if you recall the old games it was pretty hard to stay at full tilt constantly too. Of course, in the old games, he could precision-jump just as easily as he could accelerate to max speed. The camera-behind sections tend to have frustrating, hit-a-wall-and-stop moments. Sega needs to hire a level designer worth his salt, not whatever cack-handed moron they're currently getting, the levels encourage constant linear speed, yet throw in obstacles that halt you completely. In the old games, slowing down was never a problem, and when you needed to go fast, the paths were available to you without obstruction. You just had to keep your eyes open for alternative paths and end-of-path hazards.

I don't own it myself - and certainly won't buy it - but I may play quite a bit more of the daytime levels on my friend's copy. They're not that bad.

If only there was no nightime sections.
This game had serious potential.

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