Product Type: Sega Wii games
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Sonic Unleashed (Wii)
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Sonic Unleashed (Wii)
Advantages: The inclusion of the Werehog, variety in the gameplay and some decent sound effects!
Disadvantages: Weak graphics, far too easy and no multiplayer!
Sonic Unleashed is yet another game in the series of Sonic games that seem to have been around for a very long time. Sonic Unleashed is a platforming action game and is the 11th installment in the Sonic series. The game was developed by Sonic Team and published by SEGA. This is one of the first Sonic games to feature two different types of gameplay events which include daytime and nighttime. This is one of my favourite Sonic games but on the Xbox 360 and PS3 and this Wii version of the game isn't as good but I feel neither of them can compete with the older classic games. The game does feature a story which is quite good as old favourite characters return in the game such as Doctor Eggman. This Sonic game is available on many systems which include the Xbox 360, PS2, PS3 and the Nintendo Wii.
=== STORY ===
Sonic is captured by Doctor Eggman who also does tests on Sonic which turn him into a Werehog which gives him greater abilities and strength at night. Doctor Eggman then sends Sonic into space which he then lands on the planet below. Sonic then meets a little creature who assists him on his adventure. Now Sonic's quest has begun with the help of old friends such as Amy and Tails. Sonic and his friends must now find a way to repair the emeralds and also find a way to stop Doctor Eggman and save the world once again in this exciting adventure.
=== GAMEPLAY ===
Sonic Unleashed is a little different to many of the Sonic games because it involves the old styles platforming where you start at one place and try to get to the end then there is also the newer style Sonic games where you race from one place to another. Both of these are mixed together to form the Sonic Unleashed game. The platforming is quite good in the game and does feel a little like the old games but obviously in 3D. Also in this Sonic game you can now fight with Sonic by doing things such as punch or even jump on your enemies but it all depends what enemies you are up against. Sonic in the day doesn't fight so much but at night when hes a Werehog he fights more than he does anything else.
The levels do offer a lot of variety because of the different things you can do. When you're a Werehog you can use combos to defeat enemies and special attacks. Whilst the Werehog is really good at fighting enemies its not so good at doing other bits such as running or jumping. There are tons of different enemies from things such as plants, robots to some very ugly looking creatures. Sonic can also ride pipes like in previous Sonic games as well as running along speed pads to gain speed and tackle the ramps, hoops and other bits.
The game does feature a few bosses as well which can be tackled as the Werehog or as Sonic depending on which you have to be. Sonic Unleashed also features a world in which you have to talk to people to find out information on what you must do next and where you have to go. Its a menu-based map system, where players simply click the appropriate area to talk to the townspeople and find information. There are a lot of items for Sonic to find and use and his good old faithful Rings are back. There are also extra lives to be found and other bits to help on Sonic's adventure. There are also power-ups that Sonic can gain for a limited time. All in all the gameplay is great and fairly varied depending on what time of day it is. My personal favourite is the nighttime levels because its something new.
=== GRAPHICS & SOUND EFFECTS ===
Both the graphics and sound effects are okay for the Wii version with the sound effects outshining the graphics tho. The game doesn't look the best on the Wii but it sounds really good to be honest. Sonic looks great in terms of graphics. The layout of each level is okay but its nothing spectacular because its a Wii game. I do feel the music to the game is quite good though and stands out more so than the actual sound effects themselves. The scenery isn't that bad but most of the graphical features to the game are a little bit of a letdown compared to other versions of the game such as the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions. The sound effects however are just as good if not better than other versions. The platforming sound effects are good but the fighting sound effects are even better. Overall the game looks okay but it actually sounds really good.
=== DIFFICULTY & LONGEVITY ===
I always find most Sonic games quite easy but the main reason for that is because they are aimed at gamers of all ages. Whilst most of the game is easier it does feature a few tricky parts and even a few tricky puzzles that may cause a little problem at some point. Also each level in the game varies in terms of difficulty and length because whilst some could last over an hour there could be some that last as little as 5 minutes. Also the controls to the game are a little awkward for the Wii. Overall the game isn't difficult but can get harder as you progress further into the game but its definitely suitable for most gamers and also the length of the game isn't the best and I had completed the game after just 8 hours but its the type of game you can play again and again.
=== PROS ===
*A mixture of gameplay features with two different styles with speedy Sonic and a Werehog Sonic.
*Some top sound effects that bring the game fully to life!
*Tons of enemies to defeat, tons of abilities to use and quite a lot of variety in the levels.
*A world which you can interact with a little bit like the Spyro games with people to talk to for info.
*The action the game offers is good with pulse pounding action and high speed running all the way throughout.
=== CONS ===
*The graphics are a little weak but that's no surprise because its a Wii game.
*Not one single multiplayer mode or online feature and the Wii version is the worst of the games.
*Could be far too easy for the more advanced gamers.
*The game is also far too short and could be finished in as little as 8 hours.
*Quite expensive for an old Wii game that's not the best ever!
=== FINAL THOUGHT ===
So at the end of the day Sonic Unleashed is just an okay game. I have played all versions of the game and have to say the best is either the Xbox 360 or the PS3 with both versions being bigger and both versions looking better than the rest. The Wii version is still fun to play but it only offers limited fun and enjoyment. This is definitely one of the Sonic games that offers something new which is why I like it. Probably the first and only time you will ever see a Werehog Sonic.
I think the game has enough for me to recommend it. If you like any Sonic game past or present am sure you will love this one too as its Sonic and its fun and exciting at times. If you're looking for a good platform game on the Wii then look no further because this is it. If you are a major fan of anything platform then this is right up your street. The game has an age rating of 7+ and the game manual itself is quite average overall.
Sonic Unleashed is an okay game but many will be put off by the price of the game and to be honest I'm shocked this version of the game is roughly the same price as the Xbox 360 and PS3. The Wii version of the game is on Amazon for around the £10 mark which isn't too bad but for what you get some gamers maybe slightly disappointed by this. Other versions are around that price too but there is more to those games than the Wii version.
Overall its a good Sonic game definitely one of the better new ones but it just lacks everything the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions have. The Wii version of the game gets a 6/10!
Review also posted on Ciao under the username: MrBrightside1987!
Summary: A different style Sonic game from what we're used to seeing.