Two things that I would not thing of putting together - the legend of King Arthur and Sonic the Hedgehog. But it's an interesting backdrop to Sonic and the Black Knight. King Arthur's powers has gone to his head and he's turned evil. His magican, a girl named Merlina, takes Sonic out of his dimension and into hers. She asks him to put an end to Arthur's rule, but first the hedgehog has to learn how to use a living sword she gives him. That's right, the sword Sonic uses in this game is alive, and it has a snobbish attitude about it. (By the way, is there a way you can tell boy swords from girl swords?) The game mostly plays like the other games in the franchise - you speed your way through levels from start to finish and pick up rings. But this time, you have to slash the bad guys with your smart sword. To do this you shake the Wiimote. It works - but you have to use steady, firm swings of the Wiimote and not frenzied arm waves. There are boss battles that are sword fights, but I found those to be bland. To beat the bad guy (or gal) I had to wait for them to strike a few times, then I can counter attack. This waiting to strike takes a lot of the fun out of the game. The last battle with King Arthur is really infuriating. And giving rings to the citizens of the kingdom is a chore. Why do I have to play a timed button pushing mini game when I could just give them the rings? The multi player doesn't measure up, either. It's your basic beat up the other players or team up to beat up a bunch of knights. Still, there's still a lot of levels where Sonic does what he does best - go fast and get rings. If only they could complement it with another feature that's just as fun. RENT IT.
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This is (probably) the best game ever with hedgehogs and swords. You play Sonic the Hedgehog, a speedy blue character we all know and love. This true-blue hedgehog now steps into the world of King Arthur (the middle-ages) You go around fighting knights, including 3 characters I'm sure we all love: Shadow, Knuckles, and (who else?) Blaze! The storyline is VERY fun, though slightly short-lived. They could've spent more on graphics, considering the storyline goes as slightly moving characters in the pages of a book (remember Sonic and the Secret Rings?). I won't give anything away, but let's just say it has an EPIC ending! The game play is very different from what we've experienced before, and at first may seem a little strange and difficult. But once you get the hang of it, the storyline and multiplayer sword-fighting battle mode is really quite great!
For those of you who don't like to read, here's me overall rating:
Storyline: 9.5 Game play: 9 Graphics: 8.2 Sonic Speed!: 9 Multiplayer: 9.5
Overall, I reccomend you should at least try this game, I believe you will like it! And it is a MUST for any Sonic the Hedgehog fans out there! (such as myself) Stay true, blue dude!