Whenever a new game system comes out, long load times are commonplace. Game developers just haven't quite figured out how to work the new hardware, so load times are long. And the one franchise that suffers this the most is Sonic the Hedgehog. As I see it, Sonic's just too fast for a new system. And it really shows here. Horrendous load times plague this "fast-paced" game. Honestly, now, this game actually LAGS during basic, non-online gameplay. It's hard to think of Sonic as the world's fastest hedgehog when he and his world randomly freeze in midair for a moment. 3D Sonic games have just gotten worse from the start. His colorful, utterly useless cast of friends is still here--furry mammels like Tails and Knuckles continue to annoy. The other main characters, Shadow and Silver, offer some alternative from Sonic's fast-paced, hard-to-control stages, though. I did find Silver's stages to be quite fun, but Shadow offers the same gameplay seen in the last-generation game named after him. But honestly, whatever happened to the 2D Sonic games with no story and all action? Those were the days... It's a shame, really, that Sega decided to put this game on the PS3 right now. It's a much better game on the Xbox 360, but only because Sega has had some time to learn that system. They should have waited a year on the PS3. Oh, well, I guess I'll just check out the Wii's Secret Rings.
I would like to start off that I am not that big of a sonic fan. Every once and a while i will pick up a sonic game or rent one just to check it out. This sonic game is pretty decent on game play there's a few loading problems and the fact of it not auto saving but other then that its pretty well. Ive heard a lot about the controls for this game being awful. I for one disagree with that. At first the controls are a little tricky but after you get the hang of it it isn't that bad of a game. Overall i give it a 8 so if you want some speed or a sonic game at least rent this one!