HOLY COW, THIS GAME IS FUN! I BOUGHT IT, PLAYED IT AT MY COUSIN'S HOUSE, AND EVEN THOUGH I HAD NO WAY OF GETTING MY DATA ONTO MY WII, I WAS GLAD, BECAUSE THAT WAY I COULD DO THE TOTALLY FUN LEVELS AGAIN! THIS GAME IS EXCELLENT! IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BUY IT, MAKE IT A RENTAL! I'M NOT KIDDING!
Even though this game has some of the best speed levels around there are only 7. Then the sun goes down and there are 25 werehog levels which drag on. Although they are fun at first I wish they were not included in the game. I found myself wondering when I would get back to a speed level especially near the end in Adabat when there are 8 in a row. Sega could make a whole new franchise with the werehog and it would be fine but this is not a Sonic game. If you like Beat em ups then you will enjoy this and it might even open your eyes to more Sonic games. If you are a hardcore Sonic fan who has been deprived of speed in the last 8 years then rent it and wait for Sonic and the Black Knight in March.
Ok, I generally don't write reviews, but I felt I needed to justify the 5 I'm giving it.
Basically when Sonic is SONIC, that made the game for me. Absolutely brilliant. Sega brought back the intense side scrolling moments you'll remember from the Genesis and Master System days, along with full control similar to that of Sonic Adventures on the Dreamcast. As a plus, graphics were top notch - real time and cinematic, music was very enjoyable, and the extra content is fun to browse.
Now, here's where I just flopped. Werehog?! I mean really... I would have loved to sit in on that conference meeting and heard what kind of idiot brought it up. Like, "Hey guys, I got an idea, let's slow Sonic WAY DOWN and make it a platformer like God of War meets Lara Croft, but make it the most generic transition ever."
I mean guys and girls, it's SONIC. 'Unleashed'? More like leashed. You go from turbo charged gameplay to slow-mo mode on a whim. Talk about a wrench in things.
To be fair, let's actually look at the aspect of what it has to offer. When you play as Werehog Sonic, you run around smashing jars/barrels/boxes, etc, climb poles, swing from rafters, punch, kick, and kill monsters that look just like Heartless from Kingdom Hearts. That's it in a nutshell. It's dreadful. Really. Even if we stripped away the awesome gameplay of normal Sonic as a comparison, you still have a very sad and EASY, EASY, EASSSSSY platformer in the form of a Werehog.
Everything about the night side of the game had you screaming for the end of it, so you could move on to the day side. What really chaps my hide is the fact that it really is half Sonic half Werehog, and since I despised it, I can only give the game a 5.
.5 of it was superb and the other was, well... you get my point.