Review by ChaosInvoker
The Colors are so Bright
Sonic Games have struggled over the past few years. Thankfully Sega is getting a better handle on their team mascot. Although I wouldnt say all their games were bad, just that the better half were decent. In 2010 the Sonic Team finally started listening to the fans (and haters) of the series. Their comeback streak started with the Mario Kart rip-off Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing, then with the new retro Sonic 4 and of course Sonic Colors.
Its a Sonic Game, so you cant expect much here! I have to hand it to Sega for at least trying to give it a plot this time around rather than making up a crazy theme and have Sonic trying to destroy Eggmans unexplained evil scheme. Although besides a Looney Tunes plot, I guess you could say that it hasnt changed much!
Surprisingly Sega decided to change some of the voice actors. In my opinion Sonic sounds a little odd now, Tails sounds much better and Eggman was left alone, but he already sounded perfect for the part. The rest of the usual cast didnt make the cut, but one can only hope Sega doesnt ruin other characters with new voices in future games.
The music was great for the most part. It fit the mood of the game quite well. There was one track I didnt like for its unforgiving loop. I dont want to throw in a spoiler, but its not hard to guess the song Im talking about. Its too bad because the tune itself was good, but it just looped too quickly, making it very repetitive. Aside from this one track though, I want to say again that the rest of the music is some of the best work in the series.
Sega hit one out of the ballpark. This games graphical presentation is beautiful! When they called this game Sonic Colors, they werent kidding. The colors and graphics in the background, level design and everything else all look amazing.
Sonic Team finally listened to their fans when making this game! I can only hope in future games the series plays similar to this one. I can proudly say Its about time Sega, although it wasnt without its flaws! If you played Sonic Unleash, the game plays similar to the Sonic Levels of that game. Its a combination of 2D and 3D Sonic gameplay. Like every Sonic game, it too introduces a new gimmick. This time around it wasnt too distracting to the core gameplay, in fact it added to the enjoyment. Aliens called Wisps give Sonic interesting power ups, similar to Mario caps. The wisps all have different colors to make them recognizable from one another. The light blue one gives Sonic more boost ability, the Yellow one allows Soinc to drill through certain surfaces, the orange one lets you take off like a rocket and you glide back down, so-on. Although this gimmick was a fun addition I still look forward to when Sega finally makes a game without gimmicks.
The physics of the game could have been more polished off. I cant help but think something is always off when they make a 3D game. The funny part is I think the 3D angle is just fine, but when the camera shifts to the 2D view it has an awkward feel to it. Its weird because when they make other 2D games they do a much better job on the physics, like the Sonic Advance Series, Sonic Rush Series, Sonic Colors DS, and even Sonic 4 was better although that one isnt the best of recent examples.
The last thing I wanted to say was that some of the Levels seemed too short! Some levels have 7 or so obstacles and you hit the goal. I cant complain about more than half the levels here, but Id like to see Sega progressively make the levels longer as you reach the climax final Boss.
I can clearly tell this isnt Segas focus on the game, but it hurts me to see them attempt this kind of failure. It gives you co-op levels to play with your friends like the New Super Mario Bros. Wii game. This would have worked better as a race, rather than a team effort. One screen doesnt work well with two Sonics, youll find yourself out of lives faster than you can blink just because you couldnt keep up with your partner.
I enjoyed this game. I may have a few problems with the outcome, but all and all it was worth the purchase! For Sonic Fans, this is a must buy. Its clearly the best 3D Sonic game yet. I only hope this becomes a base for future Sonic games, rather than see Sega try a new route only to fall back a couple steps!
Rating: 3.5 - Good
Product Release: Sonic Colors (US, 11/16/10)
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