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Don't believe the bad press...this is the best Sonic game in a decade,
This review is from: Sonic Unleashed - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
I'm an old school fan of Sonic the Hedgehog. I grew up playing his games on the Sega Master System and Megadrive, and always preferred him to Mario. Sonic 3 is, and always will be my favourite game of all time. When I first saw Sonic Adventure for the Dreamcast, I was absolutely blown away. But then Sonic Adventure 2 was a bit of a let down (for me personally, I know a lot of people consider it the best of the 3D Sonic titles), and the Sonic games since have truly defined mixed bag - some great ones on Handhelds (the Advance and Rush series), and console titles ranging from mediocre to awful (for my money, the low point of the series was Sonic Heroes. I even preferred 06 to that piece of rubbish). I've tended to stay away from a lot of the spin offs (haven't even touched Secret Rings or any of the Riders sub series), but I usually get some enjoyment out of even the mediocre Sonic games such as Shadow and 06.
Sonic Unleashed however, isn't one of those mediocre Sonic games - in fact, I can honestly say this is the best Sonic has been since the days of 16 bit. I had high hopes for this game, was a little wary about the whole Werehog concept, but on the whole, Sonic Team really nailed it with this one.
First of all, they got the mix of speed and platforming spot on. The daytime stages are very much reminiscent of the original games, with multiple paths through the levels, and an exhilarating sense of speed.
Second, the graphics for the PS3 version are stunning. Bright, colourful and highly detailed, with a great blend of classic Sonic style with real-world elements. And the music ranks up there with the best - no cringe worthy themes, just awesome, lively music that captures the feel of each environment perfectly. The Spagonia day music is truly memorable and is right up there with Icecap Zone from Sonic 3 as some of the greatest in Sonic's history.
Third - The story is just right. It doesn't become too intrusive, but sets things up nicely, and is helped along with some great CG clips and competent voice acting. Nothing too melodramatic like in Shadow or 06, just light and cheerful. Probably the best part is there are very few annoying side characters. I actually think Chip is one of the best characters to come along in the series, his voice acting is done well, and he adds a nice touch of humour. Tails and Amy have small supporting roles, and there's no useless, lame supporting characters like Rouge the Bat, Big the Cat and E123 Omega, some of the worst offenders from previous entries.
The daytime levels are wonderful, but even the much criticised Werehog levels aren't bad. I can definitely see where the comparisons to God of War come from, no it's not as good as GoW (and to be honest what could be?) but it's far from a deal breaker. In fact, they're still fun.
The little hub world quests are a nice distraction, and there's plenty of hidden content to discover and unlock, as well as trophies to earn. One minor annoyance is having to find so many Sun/Moon medals to unlock extra stages, but this adds to the longevity of the game and it's really a minor nitpick.
Overall, I highly recommend Sonic Unleashed. You can tell the new Sonic Team that made it respected the roots of Sonic and it shows. If you loved the old Sonic games, chances are you'll love this. Ignore the bad reviews from the gaming press, and you'll enjoy the best Sonic has been in 10 years.