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- Sonic the Hedgehog returns in this platform for PlayStation 2 with 2D and 3D elements
- Different style of gameplay depending on whether it is day or night
- Nine beautiful levels based on real-life locations
- Sonic changes from a Hedgehog to a Werehog
- Classic elements including loops and corkscrews
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Take an unforgettable journey around the world in Sonic Unleashed! With seamless 3D to classic 2D perspectives, new speed capabilities, and an all new proprietary engine, as well as new combat, movement, functional abilities and platforming, Sonic is UNLEASHED like never before!
Transformed and unleashed, Sonic races to save the world...and himself. Sonic the Hedgehog is on an adventure unlike any other. Powered by an all-new engine, Sonic Unleashed blends classic Sonic gameplay with a variety of in-game perspectives to create an entirely new and unique gaming experience. Merging blistering 2D action with meticulously rendered 3D environments, players race through intriguing locations across the globe as Sonic to save a chaotic world.
On a quest for world domination Sonic nemesis Dr. Eggman has managed to steal the chaos emeralds once again and this time drained them of their power. As a result not only has the Earth split into distinct sections, so has Sonic. Now he is two beings. During the day he is the usual speed-addicted hedgehog players will remember, but at night he becomes Sonic the Werehog. In either form it is the player's ultimate goal to find the missing chaos emeralds and return them to their proper place in order to set the world and Sonic himself, back the way he should be. Gameplay: The Two Sides of Sonic
Like nearly all Sonic games, Sonic Unleashed is platform-based. The game combines the feel of 2D side-scrolling that fans of the Sonic series love, with sharp 3D graphics, and throws in an over the back third-person perspective reminiscent of FPS gameplay for good measure. And just as in earlier games, as players race through and explore the expansive world before them, using auto lock to hone in on enemies and areas of interest, they will rely on the power they gain from the rings they collect for a variety of things, but with the new twist of Sonic's split personality, things are a little bit different. Playing during the day, as you race across the world in the form of Sonic, speed is the main goal. Collecting rings fills you with 'Ring Energy,' which not only provides extra life, but also the advantage of 'Sonic Boost.' With this players can travel at speeds that approximate 300 MPH. In addition, Sonic Unleashed introduces two new features: the 'Speed Drift' and the 'Quick Step'. Speed Drifting is similar to drifting in racing games, allowing players to slide around corners at high speeds, while Quick Stepping is a sidestepping maneuver allowing Sonic to avoid enemies with quick steps to either side. Both keep you moving as fast as possible, so you can get as many rings as possible, which again keeps you moving as fast as possible. As night falls and Sonic assumes his Werehog form the rings provide a different kind of power more suited to his more menacing appearance. Much slower, but also much more powerful, the Werehog relies on the rings to provide life as well as strength to shield himself from the attacks of enemies. This is necessary because Werehog gameplay, although based in platforming, incorporates significant levels of combat as well. Red orbs gathered as enemies are defeated allow the player to unlock additional combo moves that will supplement the hack and slash and arm stretching abilities that the Werehog always possesses. Whether Hedgehog or Werehog, no matter which form players prefer they will get ample opportunity to explore the two sides of Sonic since each area in the game contains both night and day segments where each form must be played. Key Game Features:
- Sonic’s World Transformed - Sonic maintains his high-speed abilities during the day, but at night he is transformed into a mysterious dark form with incredible never-before-seen abilities including 3D-action brawling and amazing agility.
- Tight Navigation and Speed Control - Players accelerate to super speed with ‘Sonic Boost’ by collecting rings to increase Sonic’s ‘Ring Energy.’ Using ‘Quick Step,’ players will quickly move left or right to avoid obstacles instantly. Additionally, ‘Speed Drift’ allows players to rocket through turns without slowing down.
- Powerful New Engine and Cinematic Graphics - With its new modified game Engine, Sonic Unleashed enhances the classic 2D perspective with mind-blowing 3D stages. Other technology capabilities include global illumination, grid computing, continuous data streaming and an intricate path finding system.
- Enhanced and Expanded Environments - Many unique and fascinating continents offer the player an opportunity to save the world in a dynamic, high-speed experience. In addition to exploring exciting unlockable areas, players dash through up to nine locations resembling real-life destinations including the Great Wall of China, Arctic Pole glaciers and many more.
Top Customer Reviews
And, having never played the other versions, I must say I'm pretty impressed. Perhaps my lack of experience with the PS3 and Xbox versions allows me a truly unbiased perspective...allowing me to evaluate the PS2 on it's own merit. And, it has a lot of merit.
The daytime speed levels are really fun. Never before has a sonic game truly captured the feeling of BEING Sonic the hedgehog. Phases melt seamlessly into each other as first person perspective shifts to side view to front view and back. These levels have mastered the concept of "flow" that the original Genesis Sonic games made famous.
What many people don't seem to realize is that the controversial night levels (featuring Sonic the Werehog) are just as reminiscent of the old Genesis games as the daytime levels. NONE of the original 16-bit Sonic games was 100% speed. In fact, a large fraction of the average Sonic zone was PLATFORMING. And, that is precisely what the werehog levels offer. Platforming, puzzles, and some Streets of Rage style beat 'em up action. If games like God of War and Heavenly Sword can receive widespread acclaim, I don't see why the werehog levels should offend anyone...because they're the same thing.
Plus, the werehog levels provide balance for the frenetic pace of the speed levels. Just as the original 16-bit Sonic games were balanced between speed and platforming, Sonic Unleashed is balanced between daytime levels and night levels. This is nothing new people. I don't see why the official game reviews are so bothered by a concept introduced by Sonic the Hedghog 1: "balance".
The levels (both day time and night time) are well designed and engaging. Victory is very satisfying. Werehog levels, while slower than the speed levels, are not really THAT slow (he can run by double tapping a direction). The semi-frequent fights may become repetitive to some, but honestly, the Final Fight fan in me enjoyed them.
And, besides, if you absolutely HATE the werehog levels, you only have to play them once. After encountering a stage, you are free to choose it again from the menu. So, feel free to replay those unlocked daytime stages exclusively. Even alone they're worth the price of admission.
Bottom line: The game is fun. Colorful and energetic, while paced between high speed excitement and methodical exploration.
An impressive PS2 game. And, hopefully (if enough people give the game a try) this will be the first step towards Sonic's long overdue rebirth.
(Please dont take me as a troll)
The game started out great I enjoyed the sonic day lvls it was fun to speed around and i got wicked good at drifting. I did enjoy how it almost felt like sonic from 16bit days, but soon i started to have a lot of problems controlling Sonic. He was more difficult to control then my car when i was learning how to drive! He does go fast, boy does he go fast, but it's your first time playing so you die 10 thousand times cause you didnt know that you had to use homming attack to get over a broken part of the bridge or use light dash cause you're traviling at 130MPH. Oh ya and you only get 2 lives until you get enough sun and moon coins to open the doors, its the only way you can get more lives. Here i am thinking its 100 rings like the old days ::sighs::
The Were-Hog started off fun too he reminded me of a mix of Knuckles and Shadow the hedgehog(game) You kicked major butt and I enjoyed that for a while too ,but saddly like day sonic the were-hog ticked me off too. He doesnt grab onto the items he's supose to all the time i hit R1 R1 R1 all the time and many a time he'd fall to his death, you make one ONE mere mistake and you're dead. It's very frustrating and I've played ALOT of sonic the hedgehog in my time. (I'm 26) Instead of making the were-hog fun they made him an acrobat who proforms without a net which is sad because he was fun to play and a bit easyer to control then day time sonic, but it seems Team Sonic also put in the camera angles from hell. A lot of the time i couldnt see how i was jumping and jumped into my own death along with small bits of land if you accidently make the were-hog run you easly fall off. I honestly thing this game would of been better in 2D.
Thats why I'm sad about this game i really thought i would enjoy it but in the end i just want to return it and get my 18 bucks back (saddly i cant cause i opened it) It was a cool idea As i said i like werewolves ,but in the end i think im going to just put Sonic Heroes and Shadow the Hegehog back in my PS2 and try to unlock everything and let Sonic Unleased Rest In Peace. Between all the terr-a-bad controls the lack of control with day time sonic, the frustrating levels with the were-hog, the borring as crap tutorals, Chip (enough said about him), The Hubs (which bored the crap out of me Sonic the Hedgehog is NOT about Hubs) The agervating as crap real time actions (reason why i stoped playing I died 10 times on the 2nd to last boss, the 6th temeple. It punishes you if you dont hit X fast enough and bad enough if you do die they change the buttons they could of atleast kept them the same so you could learn the pattern) Don't buy this game unless you enjoy a migrane it will just let you down you'll have fun for a bit then hit another level or area from hell that will slowly make you go were-hog on your game system. This game is a far cry from the awesomeness that is sonic the hedgehog.
such a cool idea...yet this game is a sin...to bad...