“Sonic Colors” by Mr Riddler

Sonic is traveling across a bridge that is 2 miles long. He crosses the first mile at 30 miles per hour. How fast will he have to be going to cross the bridge at an average speed of 60 miles per hour?

Impossible. Even for the blue blur to do. He would need to INCREASE his speed to 90 miles per hour, but he would have to do so instantaneously which we all know is impossible, unless he has some Wisp Aliens with him.

What I Expected
Hopefully, you’ve already seen my Sonic rant for my review of Sonic 4. I love Sonic. He was my video game hero of choice as a child. Mostly because I had a Sega genesis and not a Super Nintendo. Eitherway, I’ve considered myself a collector of Sonic The Hedgehog video games as I’s gone through life. I’ve gotten just about every one with the exception of the Sega Game Gear remakes and the 32x ones. That is I’ve HAD everyone one until they started to go down hill. I stopped buying around the PS3 / Xbox 360 game of Sonic the Hedgehog where the character design for humans was throw out the window and they created yet another Sonic Clone. Let’s face it, Sonic clones stopped being cool when Shadow came out. Yeah he’s evil. Blah Blah. Just because he looks like Sonic doesn’t mean that he’s going to be loved like Sonic. And just because sonic’s in it doesn’t mean we’re going to love it like we did Sonic the Hedgehog 2…. What was I talking about? Oh Right. I’m expecting to love Sonic Colors as much as I did Sonic 2.

What We Got
I see what this game is trying to do and it’s in the right direction. If the initial design was Sonic the Hedgehog 4 with the idea that they’ll just recreate the original Sonic the Hedgehog video games, then they realized that not everything was terrible form the more recent sonic games and that some features need to be kept. So they created a blend of the 2 which turn out to be pretty good gameplay wise. Gameplay wise it’s switching between the 2D Sonic platformer for areas and 3D racing Sonic for others. If you managed to muscle your way through Sonic Unleashed then you’ve seen these types of levels before. Really they’re the only thing that made sonic Unleashed bearable. They were the only good levels. Sega took a hint this time and made an entire game like that. Best of all they pulled back on Sonic’s speed a bit. Given he’s the fast thing alive, the blue blur, etc, but you don’t need to use precognition to see where to jump anymore. You still need to be pretty quick witted and sharp to sidestep like a pro and collect all the special red coins but there are precise platforming needed as well so you don’t touch right and zoom forward at 300 mph.
One last thing on controls before we move on. If you’re playing with the Wii-mote, you hold it sideways like an NES controller. No one listens to me. Bitches.
They’ve added in these nifty little aliens, thus the colors part of Sonic colors. Each alien, being of a different color, provides you with a new talent that allows you to get around the map in a different way. Honestly, they’re not that big of a deal. You don’t even really need them unless you’re trying to get a 100% completion. And they don’t add any strategy to the game either. When you need an ability it’s just given to you to use in that section. To make things easier you can’t leave the area until you use it. The game really doesn’t have that much faith in humanity’s ability to problem solve.
The story is the basic Sonic story of Dr Robotnik is doing something that’s really cool but turns out to be something really evil, which this time turns out to be capturing aliens and using their powers to control minds, and the rest of the world doesn’t really seem to care, but Sonic needs to stop him because “that’s how he spends his free time.” Speaking of quotes, Sonic’s quote are all done in his new voice. Roger Craig Smith is the new voice of Sonic. You may know him better as Chris Redfield from Resident Evil 5. Given that it’s kind of a leap from Resident Evil Zombies to a Blue Hedgehog that fights robots, he does a pretty good job as Sonic. I didn’t like him in the previews but after playing the game, he’s really grown on me. I’d also partially attribute the  likability to the chemistry that Sonic and Tails seem to exert in this game. Happy Tree Friends writers Ken Pontac & Warren Graff, writers for Sonic Colors, may just be trying to show that they can make something good…. that doesn’t need the guts and eyes of woodland creatures exploding.
All in all I like Sonic Colors. It’s nice that I can say that about a Sonic game again. The only  real let down, aside from the Wii graphics, is the childishness of the game. It seems that they really dumbed it down. Sonic’s always been a teenager and a tad on the immature side, but that’s fine. He’s a hedgehog for christ’s sake that fights robots. The concept itself is childish. But there’s a certain degree of childishness that goes with games. Case in point: If you were raise in the 90s you’ll remember 2 Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons that ran at about the same time. 1 was a story driven Sonic cartoon about Soinc and the Freedom Fighters that were working with nature and skill to combat the pollutive and oppressive government set in place by Dr Robotnik. The other was a slap stick cartoon with Sonic and Tails as the only antagonists that combated Dr Robotnik that lived in a condo on top of a mountain with his 2 croonie robots. Sonic Colors felt more like the latter than the former.

This is a game for Sonic fans since it’s the first good modern Sonic game in a long time. For fans of other platforming games you may find it a bit bland since it does seem to take the childish road and the bosses can be pretty easy. None the less this is going where it should. Now it’s time to take it to the next step, Sega. Get the Hell off the Wii!

Overall Rating

Protip: Sonic Colors’ Soundtrack is awesome. Search for songs on youtube.

Feel Free to leave me a comment down below and let me know what you think, if you enjoyed the review or what you want me to review next. I’ll pay attention. After all, you are my only reader.

3 Responses to ““Sonic Colors” by Mr Riddler”
  1. ImmaFrog says:

    just when i thought sonic was dead

  2. Justsayin' says:

    My son is also a huge Sonic fan from childhood he's now 22 and this is what he asked for his Christmas present lol, good review

  3. Mr Riddler says:

    Ironically, I am also 22. I'd suggest you'd get it for him then. On the off chance that you're my dad and I just don't know it.

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