Previously on Sonic… Following the events of Episode I, Metal Sonic is back and this time he’s formed an alliance with Dr Eggman, leaving our prickly pal forced to summon the help of old running mate, Tails, race like a woodland Usain Bolt and take down the dastardly duo with some devastatingly deadly moves. Hedgehogs – why can’t they just share the hedge…
SEGA have been knocking out Sonic games since I was a nipper, the world was still in black and white and banks were places you trusted with your money. Naturally then, they know a thing or two about pumping out a high quality arcade experience whether you’re playing on your Mega Drive (look it up, kids), your Dreamcast (anyone remember that?) or on the latest all-singing, all dancing Android phone. So is the latest Sonic up to SEGA speed?
Well, fast, furious and furry (Tails), fans of Episode I will delight in rolling straight back into the action as you careen from screen to screen, running, bouncing, flying and besting the baddies across an absolute array of hugely imaginative levels. But the question has to be asked: is more of the same what people really want in an age where games can offer so much more?
THE BOTTOM LINE
Developed for the Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset, gameplay is smoother than a greased weasel, but constant changes in tempo has a tendency to break the flow and make things jar a little too much. The soundtrack, meanwhile, could just as well be the soundtrack to a mental breakdown. But that aside, ardent advocates of Sonic will undoubtedly find a lot to love in this latest adventure. For the rest of us, it may be just one overly energetic stroll down memory lane too much.