Review by midnight1300
"A Sonic game for everyone"
I love the original 16-bit Sonic games. They were great platformers. But when Sonic made the transition to 3-D, platforming was abolished in favor of speed. Now Sonic Colors is bringing back the platforming that I love. It's not as good as the Genesis games, but it is still very fun.
The gameplay in Sonic Colors mixes 3-D speed segments with 2-D platforming segments. The 2-D segments take up most of the time and most levels even switch between 3-D and 2-D segments. Another major point of the gameplay is the Wisps. The Wisps are alien creatures who, when touched, give Sonic different powers such as hovering or transforming into a rocket. These are very similar to the power-ups in the Super Mario Galaxy games and work very well, although it isn't necessary to use most of them. The only bad thing about the gameplay is that the game is short and very easy. But you'll want to play through the game lots of times to discover all the secrets in the levels.
The story isn't as complicated as recent Sonic games, which is good, but seems like it could have used a little more work. Eggman builds a giant theme park spanning several planets, trying to make amends for what he did in the past. However, as Sonic and Tails soon find out, he really wants to draw the wisps to the park so he can harness their powers so he can rule the universe. So, yeah, the story could use a little work but it isn't complicated and can even be funny at times. Another complaint about the story is that there are only three Sonic characters: Sonic, Tails and Eggman. It seems there could be room to fit in a few more characters but this is a minor complaint.
The sound in the game is very good, ranging from classical to rock styles. However, there isn't much variety in the songs and sometimes you will get sick of hearing remixed versions of the songs over and over again. Still, the songs can be enjoyed by anybody.
The graphics in the game are very good. You can see each character clearly and the game flawlessly switches between 3-D and 2-D segments. They're not as good as the Galaxy titles but they come very close and are some of the best I have seen this year.
Sonic Colors is a very enjoyable game. Anyone can pick up and play it, unlike some of the more complex Sonic games. I recommend this game to anyone who enjoyed Sonic's earliest adventures, fans of 2-D platformers or anyone looking for a new game. Sonic Colors is definitely worth a try.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 01/04/11
Game Release: Sonic Colors (US, 11/16/10)
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