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- In SONIC FORCES, the evil Dr. Eggman has conquered much of the world with help from a powerful and mysterious new villain named Infinite.
- Now, you must assist Sonic and build an army to reclaim the world as they fight against chaos and destruction.
- Defeat enemies with blazing speed as Modern Sonic, catapult past perilous platforms as Classic Sonic, and create your very own Custom Hero Character equipped with a variety of powerful gadgets.
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In SONIC FORCES, the evil Dr. Eggman has conquered much of the world with help from a powerful and mysterious new villain named Infinite. Now, you must assist Sonic and build an army to reclaim the world as they fight against chaos and destruction.
Defeat enemies with blazing speed as Modern Sonic, catapult past perilous platforms as Classic Sonic, and create your very own Custom Hero Character equipped with a variety of powerful gadgets. Experience fast-paced action with these three unique gameplay styles, explore iconic stages, plus, fight across unique added content with Shadow as a playable character!
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- SONIC FORCES videogame
- EPISODE SHADOW (DLC)
- SEGA PACK
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The storyline is pretty interesting, and surprisingly dark, but in a way that feels mature and earned, as opposed to the forced edginess of Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic '06. I won't go into detail for fear of spoiling it, but there are some interesting themes going on about the need for hope in a dark time.
Even though it's maybe not as polished or consistent as Mania or Generations, this is still an enjoyable 3D platformer, and I think fans of Generations will enjoy what Sonic Forces has to offer.
When the game first launched, there were issues with it crashing after a few levels, but Sega has issued a patch to fix this. If you're still having these problems, restart Steam and you should be good to go. That's really the only technical issue I've had and the game seems pretty solid on a technical level overall.
Sonic Forces was developed by the main designers at Sonic Team at the same time as Sonic Mania was being developed by the fans who Sega hired to make that game. I believe Forces was overshadowed by Mania's success. Not to take anything from Mania, as it is a wonderful in and of itself, but Forces deserves some appreciation, too.
The plot revolves around Dr. Eggman (Or Dr. Robotnik, as he's known in earlier games), who finally succeeds in taking over the world. It's up to the Sonic Forces to stop him. The Forces are a collective of Sonic and all his friends from past games, including Tails, Knuckles, and Amy. Series fans will see many familiar fan favorite characters take part in the Forces, including Silver and Shadow the Hedgehog, as well as more obscure ones like Vector, Espio, and Charmy Bee from Knuckles Chaotix. It's nice to see them playing a big part in the story. Old villains are brought back too, including the underrated Chaos from Sonic Adventure and fan favorite Metal Sonic from Sonic CD. It's really great for series fans to see all of these different characters together in this game. It makes the whole game feel very epic indeed. The game introduces a new villain, Infinite, who messes with people's heads to create illlusions and madness, drawing his power from the Phantom Ruby Prototype which is fused to his chest. This will be the main antagonist you are fighting against as the story unfolds.
For the first time in Sonic series history, you get to create your own character, referred to as an Avatar. You can pick from several different species, including rabbits, cats, wolves, bears, birds, and hedgehogs. You then customize them to your liking. It's simple and easy. All of the classes play the same for the most part, so don't get too hung up on which class to pick. Just go with what you like. This character you create will play a main part in the story, joining up with the Forces and helping to stop Dr. Eggman and Infinite.
There are three different gameplay types in this game: Modern Sonic, Classic Sonic, and Avatar stages. As Modern Sonic, you run through the levels at lightning fast speeds, collecting rings along the way and jump attacking enemies. You can boost through at breakneck speeds by pressing X when your boost meter is full. The speed in these levels is insane. Sonic Team really perfected this style of gameplay that Sonic is best known for in this game. Past games were known for having lots of glitches in the levels, where you would fall through them a lot, but these stages are really well polished. They are a blast to play. The Classic Sonic stages play just like the old Genesis games, but they use 3D character models on a 2D playing field. These are so fun to just pick up and play, and easily one of my favorite parts of the game. You simply run and jump from left to right to get to the flag pole at the end of the level. Finally with the Avatar stages, they play similar to the Modern Sonic levels but not as fast. Instead of boosting through them, you use your grappling hook with A on enemies and objects to fling fast across jumps and gaps. You equip different Wispons to your Avatar when customizing them, and this is your weapon you use in these stages. The RT button shoots your Wispon attack, which can range from a burst of fire to a lightning bolt. You unlock different Wispons as you play and some of them include added effects, such as starting you off with a shield or giving you extra rings. Having an automatic shield is the best perk you can get, as it allows you to take a hit but still retain all of those precious rings you've collected on that stage.
Some stages have you controlling both Sonic and your Avatar at the same time, using both of their powers combined. I've read people complain about the stages being too short. Most of them can be completed between 2 and 3 minutes. This isn't a bad thing in my eyes. I enjoy them being short and quick. There are a total of 38 levels in all. You unlock secret stages naturally as you progress through the story. These are extra short, usually 1 minute or less, but they are fun to run through. Some include vanishing blocks or extra hazards such as spike balls being dropped on you as go through them. There are also a few boss stages in the game against Infinite and Dr. Eggman. Follow their patterns, and take them down. They aren't difficult once you figure out their weakness!
At the end of each stage, you are given a ranking of C,B,A, or S. You are judged on how many rings you collected, how fast you get through, and how many times you had to retry. There are infinite lives in this game, but the more you die in a level, the lower your ranking will be. It's not that hard to get S ranks in this game, which is a breath of fresh air because the Sonic series is known for being stingy with the stage ratings. I've managed to get S ranks in 32 of the 38 levels so far. It gives the game lots of replay value. On top of earning the S rankings, there are 5 red rings to collect in each stage. These are scattered all over the place, and can be easily missed. Once you get all the red rings in a level, you then have to collect 5 number emblems. You must get them in order, or they will disappear. Finally, once you do that, you collect 5 moon emblems in a level. This is the most difficult, as you have to get them fast, before they disappear. These emblems are usually found near the end of a stage. If you try to get all the red rings, the numbered emblems, and the moon emblems in all of the stages, you will be playing this game for a very long time. (There are no red rings or emblems in the boss stages, but there are still S rankings to earn.)
There's a great sense of progression in this game, as you are always unlocking new items for your Avatar. The game has missions, which upon completion earns you clothing items for your Avatar. There are hundreds of these cosmetics to unlock ranging from gloves, hats, shirts, shoes, and body suits. The missions range from just beating a stage or to beating a stage with an S ranking. There's no short supply of things to unlock for your Avatar, and it's all included in the game. No DLC or loot boxes here. Sonic Team knows how a game should be made. You also earn experience points after you beat each level. These simply upgrade your badge ranking. It doesn't take long to max it out. There are also daily missions, which are simple tasks, such as change the gloves on your avatar. These will then give you a 1.4 times XP boost for 30 mins. This makes it a lot easier to S rank stages and max out your badge ranking. It's how I got a lot of my S ranks.
The stage select screen is shown on a cool world map, where you scroll to different areas of the world for each level. It's easier to just press Y, which brings up a list of all the stages to pick from. I still liked the stage select screen, though. Before you play a level for the first time, a character dialogue box will pop up, giving you some backstory to the current stage. This reminded me of the interactions in Star Fox 64. These conversations are short and fully voiced. I enjoyed them.
The graphics in this game are absolutely amazing. The environments are beautiful and the characters move so fluidly at 60 fps. There are cutscenes, and they look like an animated CGI movie from Pixar. Yes, they are that good. I also found it cool that your created Avatar takes part in these cutscenes, and looks exactly as you created him or her. It's a really cool feature.
The Sonic series is known for it's great soundtracks, and this is no exception. It has classic music remixed from the old games, like Green Hill and Chemical Plant. They sound better than ever. It also has new songs with vocals for the new stages, and they really put you in a good mood as you play through them. The songs are very catchy. There is a song that plays when you double boost with Sonic and your Avatar, (where you mash X and you both combine forces and go really fast), and it captures the essence of the insane amount of speed that is flashing across your screen. "Together, we can show the world what we can do! You are next to me and I'm next to you!" I just love that. It's so catchy! The game really pulls you in with it's great soundtrack.
The controls are simple and responsive. This game is meant to be played with a controller. I used the Xbox One controller, which is by far the best controller to use for PC. Anyone can pick this game up and play. It's got something for gamers of all ages. In closing, I'd like to say that Sonic Forces is a great game. It was overshadowed and unfairly bashed. I encourage all gamers, whether you are a Sonic fan or not, to give this game a chance and play it with an open mind. It's worth a spot in your digital library. There's a lot to love here. I look forward to seeing what Sonic Team has for us in the future.