When I first saw the trailer for this game, I thought it would be awesome that sonic is back to his old roots. Then comes the introduction of the werehog and I started getting suspicious. Then finally, the day it comes out, people are throwing insults at it left and right, giving death threats, and ultimately hating sonic no matter what game he's in. Then I thought, "So you're panning Unleashed simply because of the werehog thing?" Well I got my copy for christmas and was given the oppourtunity to see why this has gotten out of hand, and I did just that. I was suprised to see, after playing this game, how wrong people are. Now I'm not going to compare this one with the other Sonic games because people are blinded by the one thing that he is known for: speed, something that keeps the people from seeing the good in Sonic Unleashed.
There are two different types of gameplay. First, the daytime levels have you speeding through stages as the speedy hedgehog that Sonic is. Believe me when I say that these stages are fast, I mean you're just blazing by at breakneck speed. Of course it does have it's share of platforming, and because of how fast you're going, you WILL die at least one time when you first play a stage simply because you don't know what's coming. The transitions between 2D and 3D are smooth and always keep you going.
And then there's the nighttime levels. This is where you're in a beat 'em up style gameplay as the werehog. Combos are fluid, nice finishing moves, and you unlock more as you level up. Yes, the stages are long, but isn't that how beat-'em-ups are?
There are other levels that aren't connected to the story, but to unlock them, you need to collect medals located all over the world. That should keep you busy.
Overall, it's a great game, but it's not for everyone. It just isn't. Because when people play a Sonic game, they expect it to be fast and nothing else. So if that's you, then why bother with this one? At least rent it and give it a try.
The game is pretty cool. It is a throwback to the old sonic games but with better graphics, and some awesome cut scenes that have the feel of an animated TV show. The game is really good with most aspects, but the game is at its best when you are running really fast with Sonic.
At night Sonic turns into a big buff werewolf like Sonic. It's a cool idea but all it does is make him have stronger, more awesome like claw strikes and stuff. But I think real Sonic fans like him just the way he is. Fast is what makes Sonic cool.
One more thing, the game has few checkpoints. After going a ways past certain parts and dying, I would have to go all the way back to this seemingly ancient level of the game. Not a fan of this...
this game is really fun. I mostly like the Werehog stages since when you upgrade Sonic's speed to max you can't tell where you will end up at since the area is confusing at times. the game is short and the levels are long so it makes it fair. whats unfair is that as you progress through the game the enemies get tougher and when you attack them as the Werehog they don't even flinch when you hit them but they still take damage and thats fine by me. and I really hate it when players think this game sucks cause its hard. its not the game thats giving them trouble its the player that sucks if you are failing that this game, I should know I was sucking horribly on the final level but I was able to get through it. so just keep trying and keep playing.
and I hope that Sonic and the Black Knight will be as good as this game too