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- Three types of gameplay: Fast paced action as Modern Sonic, thrilling platforming as Classic Sonic, and utilize powerful gadgets as your own Custom Hero Character!
- Fight against a brand new mysterious and powerful enemy, Infinite!
- Featuring an all-star cast of well-known Sonic franchise heroes and villains!
- Bonus Edition includes: game, controller skin, and costume DLC code
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Join an epic high-speed fight to save a world decimated by Dr. Eggman and a mysterious villain in the newest game from the team that made Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations. Experience fast-paced action as Modern Sonic, catapult past perilous platforms as Classic Sonic, and use powerful new gadgets as your very own Custom Hero Character. The Sonic Forces Bonus Edition comes with an exclusive controller skin and awesome in-game costumes for your custom character. The controller skin design transports you into Sonic's universe, featuring Sonic and the mysterious new villain, Infinite. Plus, the costumes from games like Persona 5, Jet Set Radio, Super Monkey Ball, Nights, and will transform your custom character to match characters from these iconic SEGA games. Download the free Episode Shadow add-on when the game launches to fight with Shadow as a playable character!
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I like the avatar and all the options. I do wish the sonic franchise made more games like Mania, but this is enjoyable and the price is about right. If you like Sonic this game is not awful and is very playable. Just don't go in thinking it redefines the series like Mania did. Visually the game looks nice. I really do the like avatar and all the options for it. Tons of in game unlockables for it. Negatively I feel the levels are short and you can blast through them and just mash "X" the whole time. It seems a bit short. The difficulity is also pretty easy.
Overall I am happy with it. I was worried when reviews game out that I bought a dud, but I'm having fun with it so in the end that's kind of all that matters.
Pros: This game fuses a lot of the old sonic with the new. There are levels where you get to play like old school sonic mania style kind of like how they did with generations. There are levels where you play with 2 characters kind of like sonic heroes and then there are new ways to play including action whips swinging with grapples and other things.
Cons: The stages are awfully short this game has a life span of about 16 hours. There are people who are getting all the achievements and trophies for the game in less than 2 days. So don't expect to be entertained for weeks off of this game like previous sonic games.
Conclusion: The game is worth 30 dollars I am glad it was not priced higher than that I look forward to seeing more advanced stages and game creation with this concept in the future.
Bottom line is, don't expect a Game of the Year candidate with this, just a good game, and you will enjoy it.
Sonic Forces is a Sonic game that does a number of things very well, but also has a number of things that hold it back from being an amazing title. It's a step forward in some areas, but huge step back in others.
The Story: The maniacal evil genius, Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik, has found a mysterious new power, and with it has created his latest weapon against Sonic: Infinite. Sonic is effortlessly defeated and is presumed to be out of the picture for good; with Sonic out of way, Eggman quickly manages to take over 99.9% of the world in mere months. A new face, your avatar, joins the resistance to continue the fight and find the now MIA Sonic, and Classic Sonic arrives on the scene as well. It's up to you to help the Sonics reclaim the world!
Pros: The story is one of the strongest in years since Sonic Unleashed. It's got a decent balance of humor, adventurous tones, and drama. It's neither aggressively dark, nor too lighthearted.
Character personalities are rather solid; want to hear Sonic make Spider-Man levels of banter and verbal comebacks against enemies? You'll get that. Not one to enjoy the comical side of Knuckles, and want him to act serious again? You'll get that. Want an Eggman who can be a lunatic manchild, yet still be a major threat in the long run? You'll get that. Those that lIke their Sonic games with a balanced mix of light and dark may enjoy it's plot.
Now, while Sonic is the title character, it's worth noting that the story focuses on your hero more than anything else: Your character is the center of the adventure, with a decent amount of character development, starting out as scared survivor of an Eggman attack, then becoming a truly brave hero in their own right. This is where the story has the most charm to it.
Cons: Despite the being a push in the fight direction, and being a decent story in general, the game's main story is rather, well, short. Longer than Generations, but shorter than Unleashed and Colors. As far as the main storyline goes, one could finish it in a matter of a of few hours (3-4 at best estimate). There's also some parts that feel like there was meant to be more to it; Lets get the disappointment out of the way here; you don't have any major scenes against Shadow or against Chaos. Chaos is there briefly, and Shadow...well, just play Episode Shadow, which at least makes the lack of a Shadow battle more acceptable.
Now, let's talk about Classic Sonic: Arriving from the Mania world, Classic Sonic is just...there. He is quickly recognized by Sonic and Tails as the same Sonic from Generations-- who's world now exists as a separate universe/dimension of its own. However, after this fact, he doesn't play a major role outside having a few levels, and silently helps out in the battle against Eggman.
- Modern Sonic: For those used to the likes of Unleashed and Generations...Modern Sonic here can feel a bit stiff. Once you can get used to it however, it's easy to pick up and play, and delivers on the high-speed action. He ultimately plays like Colors; the boost must be earned as it can only be filled with obtaining White Wisps and by destroying enemies. Modern Sonic can also use the quick-step, slide, stomp, homing attack, and double-jump to overcome obstacles. Oddly, the drift is not here.
Pros: Gives the fast-paced action you'd expect from a Modern boost-style Sonic game, with plenty of cinematic moments, and tight, easy to grasp controls. There are a decent amount of paths and detours to take in some stages, as well.
Cons: Levels are rather short, pushing barely past the two minute mark at best. The levels were built clearly with speedrunning in mind, and while it hits the mark in that regard, the simplicity of some level designs and short length of a number of it stages don't do the Modetn gameplay justice, leaving you wishing that there was more.
Avatar/Custom Hero: So, you've made your hero; welcome to Sonic's world! The Avatar is a new play-style, being more combat-based, being a hybrid of Modern and Classic, along with its exclusive combat feature: the Wispons.
Pros: The controls, despite taking a bit to get used to, is very fun and satisfying. There's plenty you can do with your character; including the choices of species, gender, appearance. You can even dress your character up with plenty of outfits/gear. Your character can as legitimate to as downright ridiculous as you desire. The Wispons themselves are satisfying to use, allowing you to satisfyingly dispose of enemies with ease. Each Wispon has unique abilities allowing for plenty of ways to approach levels and obstacles. The same could be said for the choice of species for your avatar, as each have unique beneficial abilities.
The Avatar gameplay and it's customization features are very fun, and is probably the strongest part of the game.
Cons: While being a great new feature, some can find the level designs to be a bit on the okay side at worst, and the physics can be a bit awkward/tricky to get used to.
Classic Sonic: Things get old-school with Classic Sonic! As Classic Sonic, players can dash (and even Drop/Dash) across stages in 2D.
Pros: Classic Sonic has some of the more level designs in the game, with a decent amount of paths to explore and goodies to find.
Cons: For those coming fresh from the likes of Mania, Classic Sonic here can be a bit difficult to enjoy; the physics here are better than Generations at moments, yet also worse. While still enjoyable, it's ultimately a step down from Generations, and is outshined by Mania's handling of the gameplay.
Also, despite having some of the better level designs in the game--he also had some of the worse: stages tend to have a bit of automation sprinkled around, as there are plenty of speedboosters, unnecessarily placed springs to push you forward, ultimately weakening the core platforming experience.
There's plenty of replayability to be had, as there are a number of extra stages to unlock, collectibles to find, and missions to accomplish. Add on to that, there's some speedrunning fun to be had.
Soundtrack: sonic Forces features a set of various music styles; featuring a mix of techno/synth rock, orchestra, 16-bit style retro tunes, and some Synth Pop/EDM.
Pros: Probably one of the catchiest soundtracks in the series in a long time, it's full of plenty of catchy, head-bobbing vocal tracks for the Avatar, rocking, fast-paced music for Modern Sonic, and retro tunes for Classic Sonic. The soundtrack suits the game very well, and is a fresh new sound direction for the series.
Classic Sonic's music is by far the weakest part of the game's soundtrack; some may find them okay or simply catchy, but most will find its odd instrument choices and structure to be terrible, uninspired, or both. Those that aren't fond of the game's electronic music sound direction may also find the soundtrack to be not very memorable.
Sonic Forces is an above average Sonic title that does a number of things right, and the Avatar is a fun addition for fans to enjoy, but the game is ultimately held back by the franchise's common mistakes, as well as some of it's inconsistent/questionable level design choices, and overall length. It's an alright push in the right direction, and is an enjoyable experience, but doesn't quite do all that it can with its greater ideas, and falls just short of being an amazing title worthy of its hype, and will leave players wishing there was much more content to enjoy once they're done.