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- 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.'
- Powerful New Engine and Cinematic Graphics: With its new proprietary “Hedgehog Engine,” Sonic Unleashed enhances the classic 2D perspective with mind-blowing 3D stages.
- Enhanced and Expanded Environments: Many unique and fascinating continents offer the player an opportunity to save the world in a dynamic, high-speed experience.
- Sonic the Hedgehog returns in this platform for PlayStation 3 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
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Sonic the Hedgehog is on an adventure unlike any other! Powered by an all-new engine, Sonic Unleashed merges classic Sonic gameplay with the latest in next-generation innovation. 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 domination once more, Dr. Egg man unleashes a slumbering beast from the center of the world. The event causes a devastating tremor that splinters the world into seven continents and triggers a hair-raising transformation in Sonic. With the world divided and Sonic altered with new abilities and powers, the stage is set for a climactic battle. for when the sun sets, a whole new adventure awakens!
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 proprietary“Hedgehog Engine,” Sonic Unleashed enhances the classic 2D perspective with mind-blowing 3D stages. Other next-gen 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.
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The story really was top-notch and felt perfect for a Sonic game. It had just enough edge to give you that "Holy crap Eggman is getting serious and we actually have a world to save" but it also did a very nice job of keeping some aspects nice and cartooney-feeling and lightening the mood with some nice slapstick and jokes thrown in. This format overall gives the game a (forgive the use of the word) 'epic' feel and you really do feel like it is an adventure to stop Eggman, but it is enjoyable and fun along the way. Everything is paced nicely, and there are plenty of cut scenes to reward the player along the way and tell the story in a good length. Not too long, not too short. I have replayed this game multiple times and trying to get through as quick as possible (and knowing the quickest route on each level mind you) the game at its base level still took me a good six - seven hours to complete.
As far as gameplay goes, this title really nails it. Like I stated above, if you only are willing to invest a couple hours of time to beat the story once, you probably will not enjoy this game a whole lot as it is simply too large and complex to master in that amount of time. However it simply grows in entertainment the more and more you play it. To this day I still find little tricks and shortcuts to improve my playthrough of the levels. The levels are very well designed and once you master a level it is almost like playing through a movie with how the levels are laid out. Sonic runs through the level flawlessly (assuming you have spent sufficient time mastering said level) and it is truly beautiful watching him run through the game's environments without a snag. The game's switch to the new boost style of gameplay is also very fun as you can literally run at the speed of sound and whizz right by enemies and obstacles.
Although it sounds like I am only a fan of the day stages, do not be fooled. Despite what you might hear, the night stages are a very nice change up from the day levels. As much as I love the day levels, it is always good to take a break and do some good old beat-em-up platforming. I would say for me personally, the Wherehog took a good 10 hours to get to a point where I was able to zip through the levels at a good pace. I will say that the first time through some levels you WILL experience taking over an hour to complete them. However the game's taboo level, Eggmanland, which did take me 57 minutes to complete the first time, I eventualy shaved down to just 13 minutes, which says A LOT about this game having replayabilty. In each level there are multiple different ways to go about getting to the goal, and it is always a great feeling finding a new route. Once you master the controls of the night sections, they really do become a blast to play through and I find myself switching between day and night levels constantly when I remember some little trick I might be able to use. The night levels are very fun despite what you may hear, you just have to take a little time and actually play the twenty dollar game you just spent money on.
In terms of graphics.... WOW. This game came out in 2008 and it STILL looks amazing to play today. The game's signature 'Hedgehog' engine displays the game's environments in the utmost beauty, and you really do feel like you are running through Greece, Italy, the Big Apple, Africa, Alaska, Thailand, China, and the Middle East on a mission to save the world. The art style was perfect for a Sonic game as well, with the environments being near photo realistic while the characters themselves have a nice cartooney approach which gives Unleashed a charm that no other game (Sonic or not) I have ever played has. Although the frame rate does have a dip here and there, I never felt a noticeable enough drop to affect my gameplay experience. However, this small inconvenience was actually patched in a DLC later on I believe so it is not really relevant anyways.
Finally we reach the soundtrack, and Unleashed does not fail to deliver. The game's main theme "Endless Possibility" has a great feel to it that really fits this game well. It is a nice rock theme that isn't too heavy, but isn't your typical pop junk of modern days either. For the rest of the game's tracks, they do an amazing job of working with the game's graphics engine to completely immerse you in your surroundings. This reason alone has led me to clock over 100 hours in this game, a surprising amount of it coming from simply running around in the town levels listening to the music and looking at the pretty scenery, taking a vacation to Greece in my own living room. During the main game play segments the music does excellent work at getting your foot tapping and wanting to pull off moves in sync with the beat. You just might find yourself going "WHOOHOO" along with Sonic on more than one occasion as you run along the lovely Grecian coastline.The music also does a very nice job of conveying emotion and the game's opening cinematic (which also looks gorgeous and like it is straight out of a movie) will leave you with goosebumps from the grand scale it portrays, while the game's ending (which is also pre-rendered to a lovely effect) just might leave you in tears when coupled with the music during the cut scene and the game's ending song, "Dear my Friend".
Some other misc. things I wanted to address mainly deal with misconceptions about this game.
Night stages - As stated above, they are long, they are difficult. However they really do add to the game's value and are a blast to play if you actually take some time to play the game you just spent hard-earned money on.
Medal Collecting - Yes, this game does have mandatory medal collecting. However I have beaten it four times through now and there was only one occasion where I didn't have enough medals to unlock the final stage, However it was a very small amount, and I simply played a couple of the second stages of each zone (yes don't even have to play through these to beat the game) to get enough, taking maybe an extra 15 minutes.
Town stages - Yeah, you have to spend a grand total of 20 seconds walking through town and chatting with folks the first time you get to a new area when you just want to get to the next level. After that you don't even have to visit the town as all the stages can be accessed from the world map. However, if you are looking to actually get your money's worth you will find that the town stages are actually very fun to walk around in and look at all of the lovely little details that they contain. Talking with the townspeople can also be quite a treat, as they say some very funny things, and just might give you a few nice perks along the way!
Difficulty - This game is hard, I won't deny it. In fact, if you don't have the patience to spend a good 15 hours with this game, you really won't enjoy it and would probably be better off not playing it and giving it a bad review. That said, this game's difficulty level I find HIGHLY satisfying. It was hard enough to keep me from beating it straight through on my first try, but I honestly never felt like I was being cheated in any way. If you are looking to 100% this game however, you are in for QUITE the ride. It took me around 2 months to collect everything and get all S ranks in this game, and I played it daily. Honestly though I am very happy that it did take me that long, because I felt like I was on an adventure the whole time.
Overall, I really can't put into words how much I love this game. I'll just say that if I ever have to be exiled to a desert island for some strange reason, I'm either going to be bringing my PS3 and Sonic Unleashed with me, or die trying.
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I truthfully enjoyed this game, and there's a lot to love. Granted that nothing is perfect, but this game certainly comes close. (IN MY OPINION!!)
just so you know, my first sonic game(first GAME for that matter) was SONIC UNLEASHED for WII. the only thing I like about the wii version is what it shares with the ps3 version; the story.
First off, the story. (Skip this paragraph if you don't care about story) The plot is original and creative, and it gives a good excuse to introduce a new gameplay. The voice acting is great (except for tails). Sonic sounds friendly and cocky, without sounding obnoxious. People complained that Sonic sounds too old, "like he's now 20 years old", but isn't it now sonic's 20th anniversary of......living? As for Tails, he sounds like a little girl. HIS voice actor is a girl. WHY SEGA??! WHY?!! Tails is a BOY, his voice actor should be a BOY!.. *sigh*.... Amy doesn't sound terrible, but she doesn't sound 12 years old. The actors that play the townspeople just grunt or sigh or gasp, so there isn't much to comment on. The entire character Chip is great, he's usually the source of the humor in the game when he does goofy stuff in the background of video clips, but in the actual gameplay, he talks WAY too much and is really annoying when he pops up even if you don't touch a hint ring. I give the story a 9.5/10
Next, the graphics. The entire game is a gorgeous picture. The difference between the two versions (wii vs ps3) is so great that I wonder how SEGA could release the wii version when its graphics cower in the shadow of the ps3 version. 10/10
third, the sound (music & gameplay sound effects). The gameplay sound effects are great, they sound like they should, and don't distract you from the what you're doing. the music is also great. Each area is based off of a place in the real world. so level music has a great variety. 10/10
Last, and most important, the gameplay. The hub worlds make the game seem more like an adventure, and the innovation put into the townspeople shows how much effort SEGA put into the game. You need to play through these hub worlds to move on in the story, and access new levels.You get graded on how well you complete the levels.The day stages feature 2d and 3d platforming as well as quick time events and a racing style get-to-the-goal gameplay, these stages are fast paced and require lots of practice to get a good grade. The night stages have platforming and a beat-em-up style gameplay. Both Sonic the hedgehog and the werehog can be upgraded. This in itself adds a lot of replay value, as does the items, which need to be collected in the levels and the hub worlds. There are also the plane levels, which are all quick time events; pressing the right buttons in time to destroy the enemies and the missiles they fire. Unfortunately, nothing's perfect. There were incredible difficulty spikes throughout the game, and there sun and moon medals which are like items, but NEED to be collected to access future levels in the game. I didn't find these to be a problem, as I made it a priority to collect them throughout each level. There are also certain levels that irritate me for their own reason, like Arid sands (day) act 1, which drove me mad with all the things to run into, cool edge (day) with the sled mechanic, and Eggmanland in general. Though, overall, I loved the gameplay (Better that Sonic the Hedgehog 3 &Knuckles!) and I give it a 9.2/10
Over all, this is my favorite sonic game EVER!! and I give it a 9.7/10 for great story, amazing sound, and really good (but really hard) Gameplay!