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- Four Friends - Each playable with their own unique skills and personalities
- Play as a team - Use individual abilities to explore the environment, fight together in combat and use the new Enerbeam tether mechanic to interact with the world
- A New World Full of Adventure - Discover amazing environments, run at high speeds, fight colossal enemies and pilot awesome vehicles
- Multiplayer - Drop in/out two-player co-op, and a special "Team Challenges" mode for up to four players
- Platform Exclusives - Off-TV play, GamePad interactivity, and Miiverse sharing features
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In Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy must work together as they face the deadly snake-like ancient villain, Lyric and his army of war mongering robots as they rise from deep within their home island. Sonic and his team will navigate the world like never before; racing across ancient ruins, through the depths of the ocean and even back in time to save the world from Lyric's evil plan! With a strong emphasis on collaboration, the roles of Tails, Knuckles and Amy, will be elevated in gameplay that capitalizes on each character's unique talents and abilities.
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However, as a simple action/adventure platformer title? It's actually okay. It's not the best game you'll ever play, but you're definitely going to be feeling like you're playing a late Playstation 1/early PS2 cartoony platformer. This might be due to the developer of the title containing several former Naughty Dog employees, and the game really does feel like a Jak title with a coat of Sonic-themed paint. And keep in mind that since its release, the game has had patches released for it, which might be why I didn't encounter many problems. Outside of some frame-rate issues early on, and a couple of spotty jumps, the game ran fine enough.
I didn't hate my time playing through it, and if you're just looking for something safe for your kids to play, I'd say this is at least worth a bargain bin purchase. Keep in mind that there are better Sonic games out there that actually play like Sonic games, but if you or any children you have like the cartoon, you'll probably be okay with this.
I am absolutely surprised by how mediocre and unrefined this game is. The game is fundamentally flawed in many ways ranging from story to mechanics, to technical design. The refresh rate is low and unstable. There is almost no smooth motion through the entire game. The camera is always jerking around like it has epilepsy. The story seems like something from a halfway decent Sonic fanfiction, but it has several elements that to me just indicate lazy story telling. The are moments were information is clearly unorganized and events in the story are seeming irrelevant to the major plot at times.
Here is just one example of the sheer mediocrity in the design of the game. Right after the gang chases after Lyric, they arrive at Cliff's Excavation Site. They wander around and find a big gate. Amy says this about the gate. "I think it is from Lyric's time." Then there is a cutscene where Cliff explains what the snake is called and what he is. The characters did not obtain the information of what this snake's name or any other information about him until this cutscene. But somehow Amy just randomly knew this snake's name before this event when his name was never mentioned before hand. Now that his name is being revealed, she acts like she had no knowledge of it. You expect me not to notice that? How does a story telling mistake like that stay in there without the developers going "Wait a minute....that does not make sense."
The battle mechanics are tedious and repetitive. Just mash the Y button until your enemies are dead. Dying means nothing because you respawn right where you died and it has no consequence to your progress. Therefor, you are given no drive to get better at playing this game/
Much to my surprise, the soundtrack sounds very generic. That is something I have never said about any Sonic game. Usually even the worst Sonic games have an appealing soundtrack, but this one just puts me to sleep.
The only redeeming quality I think this game has is just its sense of humor. The most this game does for me is give me an occasional chuckle. Listen, Sonic. I love you man, but this game is just awful. This game has been a waste of my time and money. I can say with full confidence that Sonic The Hedgehog 2006 was significantly better than this title. That may be the single worst thing I have said about any game and I hope I never have to say that about a Sonic game again. The only consolation I get from playing this is just the acknowledgement that this is just a spinoff from the main series. I honestly feel embarrassed to even admit that I have played this.
Well. No, that's not the case here. This game is so bad I think it's only tolerable while heavily intoxicated. I haven't given myself the benefit of the doubt to play it yet after getting drunk, because I hate it so much when I play it sober. This game is unbelievably bad. The controls, the story, the game has no idea what it wants to be and trying to use the controls feels like you're a man on the brink of death with no concept of direction etc.
The game looks terrible too, even on high definition TVs. In fact I think it looks worse that way where the bad rendering, or little to no rendering, makes the game a sore sight to the eyes. It's horrifyingly painful to play. Not to mention there are so many editing errors and nonsense not even worth dealing with. Just do yourself the favor, don't play it. Don't buy it. Spend your money elsewhere.
Get a 24 pack of beer and drink yourself to death before playing this game.