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Sonic Is Unleashed

Posted by Anthony Dickens

Earlier this week SEGA officially announced the next game in the Sonic series, Sonic Unleashed, which will appear on all the major consoles.

Sonic Unleashed is built on a powerful new “Hedgehog Engine”, which introduces seamless 3D to classic 2D camera transitions, whilst delivering a rich and expansive world with multiple paths to choose from. Under development for three years, the Hedgehog Engine produces a visually rich next generation look and feel with elements of classic Sonic gameplay mechanics. The Hedgehog engine will help re-define the gameplay experience for Sonic fans and newcomers to the franchise alike.

“By combining rich and vibrant scenery with dynamic viewpoints Sonic Unleashed will provide an immersive 3D experience whilst keeping alive the 2D gameplay elements and fantastic worlds that Sonic fans know and love” commented Gary Knight, European Marketing Director for SEGA Europe. “In addition to this classic Sonic gaming experience, when darkness sets in Sonic Unleashed players will be able to experience a completely new way to play as Sonic… making this his most exciting adventure yet!”

Having been broken apart by the evil Dr Eggman, it’s down to Sonic to put the pieces of the world back together again by retrieving the power of the chaos emeralds. In doing so, Sonic will find himself in a race against time and faced with an unusual situation that will challenge him in ways never before seen. By completing a wide variety of action-packed stages, spanning the seven broken continents of the world, gamers will need to unleash Sonic’s amazing abilities to save the world, and himself!

The opportunity to engage in Sonic in different ways during the day and night time levels brings a completely original way of playing to the Sonic franchise, in addition to running at high speeds in classic Sonic style, combat fighting will become possible. Super quick Sonic’s speed skills will be highlighted by four new modes, whilst the all new combat, movement and functional abilities will offer depth and variety to the game. As the sun sets in Sonic Unleashed, a different type of adventure will awaken in Sonic’s newest quest….

This comes as the latest attempt from SEGA to successfully move Sonic from 2D to 3D, so far in this generation we've seen two different Sonic games (Sonic The Hedgehog on PS3, Xbox 360 and Sonic and the Secret Rings on Wii) both of which had some distinctly different ideas, hopefully SEGA will of learnt from both titles and are capable of merging the positives and not the negatives.

Along with the announcement SEGA released the following teaser trailer which showcases the new game:
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[via sega.co.uk]

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User Comments (5)

DamoAdmin

#1

Damo said:

If this one sucks then they might as well kill Sonic off completely.

motang

#2

motang said:

I am actually excited about this game...love the fact that it's 2D gameplay with 3D graphics reminds me the New Super Mario Bros. :-D

get2sammybAdmin

#3

get2sammyb said:

The 2D bits look great. The sections where the game goes "behind" Sonic look fiddly.

They need to spend a lot of time getting the sensitivity of the analogue stick just right - it's always been the problem with 3D sonic games - given the speed the game runs at just knocking the analogue stick has always caused Sonic to move too much I found.

I'm excited about this one though - seems like they've listened to the media and fans response on the recent Sonic games and they appear to be doing what they should have done a long time ago.

Given that this is waht the media have craved for such a long time I still expect them to pan this - given the gameplay is of a "dated" style.

All the same this could be a return to form for Sonic. Longevity issues could be a problem aswell though so SEGA have still got to do a helluva lot to convince me given their poor track record of late.

#4

said:

i hope it's not like the crudy sonic the hegchog that strips his of him speed and that has a rubbishslow frame rate

#5

said:

i hope it's not like the crudy sonic the hegchog that strips his of him speed and that has a rubbishslow frame rate

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