I would like to preface this by saying that I am a fan of Sonic the Hedgehog. At least as it once was on the Genesis and DreamCast. The sheer volume of load screens in this game made me want to die. Every 2 seconds its time to load. Want to perform this little side challenge, hold on, Loading... First I have to load the text to tell you about it. Then I must load so you can play. Then load again to get back to where you were. If you fail, more loading is required. This game would probably be fair if it weren't for all of the frustration waiting for yet another loading screen. So if you like frustration and you like waiting more than playing, this is the game for you.
Let me begin off by saying that i am in fact, a sonic the hedgehog fan. This game however is seriously bad. There are two kinds of stages: Action stages, and town stages. Lets start off on the town stages. You run around a REALLY small town looking for people in need, buying things, or getting into an action stage. The town stages are frequently cramped, making it extremely hard to navigate (being fast doesn't help here). The quest system is 1.find person in need, 2.listen to that person talk, 3.accept, 4. 2-minute loading screen 5. more info on what to do 6. 2-minute loading screen.7.complete 8.load 9. reward 10.load. The shop is downright awful awful. with the only stuff coming in is stuff that you need for the main quest (wouldn't be so bad if you got them BEFORE the actually needed them!) Next is the action stages. These are (almost) as bad as the town stages. An average action stage is usually running and killing bad guys. So What's wrong with it? Well since you asked, Your attacks will sometimes shoot you way into different directions (which is often in a bottomless pit meaning you die!). Frequent bugs like falling through the level and running through walls into oblivion kill what could have been a good game. misc. Complaints When you run out of lives, you get sent to the main menu. it forces you to do town stages again all thee way up to where you died (the action stages) the "checkpoints are after you beat action stages. Long load times are another complaint. like i said before each load is around two minutes and the occurs A LOT. Pros? Well, the pre-rendered cutscenes look absolutely gorgeous
Even if you are an extreme fan of Sonic i recommend you stay away from this one. If you must, rent it using your gamefly subscription. Don't make my mistake and shell out 59.99$ for it
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I'm a Sonic fan, no matter what Sega does to him. Even Shadow, as bad a game as it was, couldn't kill my affection.
This is the best Sonic game since the Sonic Adventure titles I loved on the Dreamcast. This, however, is killing the game with REALLY faint praise.
Let's look at the positives: It looks decent. Some areas aren't painful to play. I don't mind Sliver too much. My 360 didn't red ring while playing it.
OK, now to the problems. The camera is your most persistent foe, Tails is still lame, and the town portions of the game --- which are fairly numerous and lengthy --- are bad. The undertones of human female/hedgehog male romance is just really, really darned creepy to boot. Visually, it is nice, but it's much nicer than the Dreamcast titles.
Sega needs to stop making 3-D Sonic games. The entire series works only in 2-D, which is why the handheld Sonic games are fun and these games on the consoles --- well, AREN'T FUN. At all. The 360 lacks platformers and I still cannot begin to recommend this.