Review by fawful_X
"The blue blur has a little extra help this time..."
Introduction - Sonic Colors was made for the Wii and DS Nintendo systems in late 2010. Several consider this to be the end of the dreaded "Sonic Cycle," while fans refer to this game as Sonic's return.
Gameplay - 10/10. Players control Sonic the hedgehog in order to smash their way through 7 zones with 6 acts each, while saving alien creatures known as "Wisps," that give Sonic special powers like turning into a laser that goes through laser ports and crystals, a drill that goes through semi-soft substances, a cube that acts like an on-screen nuke that also changes indestructible blue blocks into blue rings and vice versa, not to mention the aliens you find nearly everywhere allow you to boost. You will also earn a special rank at the end of the act if you have enough score called an "S" rank, and there are 5 red rings in each stage, some that require Wisp powers from later stages in order to acquire.
Story - 9/10. Eggman, AKA Robotnik, built a theme park in outer space. Sonic and Tails suspect some evil plot, giving a green light for Sonic to enter the place and trash several of Robotnik's robots. After visiting the park for a while, the duo spot a cube-shaped and a ball-shaped robot going after some aliens. After saving the two aliens, but without trashing the robots, Sonic instantly discovers that one of the aliens he saved turned him into a laser, and shot him through the park. After a while, Sonic returns to Tails, who finds out the aliens are called Wisps, and that Tails built a translator out of his handheld that still has a few bugs. The other alien that Sonic saved is named Yacker, and begs Sonic to save the other Wisps.
Graphics - 6/10. The graphics are great, especially the later zone's graphics. Still, the main character models, except for the Wisp's models, were reused from earlier installments.
Sound/Music - 10/10. The music is amazing to the point it is cringe-worthy from how epic the music is. The Sound isn't that great, but it is made up by Robotnik's announcements and the music.
Play Time - 9/10. It doesn't take long to beat the game, but it takes quite a while in order to collect all the red rings and get an S rank on every stage.
Replayability - 5/10. It really has a real lacking in this part, aside from replaying the levels in order to get a high score after you get the "S" rank and the 5 red rings.
Final Recommendation - Unless you hate high-speed platformers, BUY IT. Otherwise, RENT IT. This game is considered the end to the dreaded Sonic Cycle, so if you avoided every Sonic game after Sonic Heroes, spend some time playing this game.
Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 01/04/11
Game Release: Sonic Colors (US, 11/16/10)
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