Could be worse
There’s no need for catty remarks from yours truly anymore, as it’s time for Sonic Forces (and its fanbase) to put up or shut up where critics are concerned. Hopefully the game’s good, but we can tell you that SEGA has decided not to send us code until after launch – and it seems like we’re not the only outlet in that boat...
It's not intended for us
In a recent livestream for the upcoming Sonic Forces, it was announced that those looking for some hands on time prior to release will have their wishes fulfilled in the form of a demo, which is actually out now in Japan. However, the sampler -- which restricts play time to a minute -- won't be made available outside of the...
A force not to be reckoned with
Sonic fans seem eager to die for Sonic Forces, but is there anyone out there that genuinely believes this Casino Forest gameplay looks good? To be fair, the Classic Sonic gameplay appears to be the worst of the title’s three-pronged suite, but when it’s literally one-third of your game, is that really acceptable...
To Infinite and beyond
For fans of the Modern Sonic gameplay that was predominantly featured in Unleashed, Colors, and Generations, you can rest your fears as it returns in Sonic Forces feeling just as slick. Switching between the widescreen 3D and singular 2D, Sonic’s pace thankfully never outruns the screen. This issue occurred for some in...
Top-tier Sonic character Shadow the Hedgehog will be playable in Sonic Forces as part of an add-on pack available with the Digital Bonus Edition of the game. Word comes way of an errant listing on the Xbox Store, but we assume it’ll apply to the PlayStation 4 version, too. SEGA’s yet to comment on the leak, but we suspect it’ll pipe up...
NiGHTS to see you
Sonic Forces will launch on 7th November in Europe and North America, and if you pre-order the retail release, you’ll snag some classic SEGA and Atlus customisable character items, allowing you to recreate the look of the likes of Beat from Jet Set Radio and AiAi from Super Monkey Ball. Here’s what associate editor Robert...
Still no word on Europe or North America
Sonic Mania may be the best rated outing from the Blue Blur in eons, but Sonic Forces will attempt to outpace it later this year. SEGA has slapped a 9th November release date on the Sonic Team developed adventure in Japan – though there’s still no word on a North American or European launch date at the...
Shocking, we know
"Sonic Mania is the highest-rated new Sonic game in 15 years. Thank you all so much for being part of this journey with us," reads a rather proud-sounding post penned by the official Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter account. The recently released retro-styled platformer currently sits at a metascore of 86 over on Metacritic, but does all...
Plenty of Chaos Emeralds, though
No one’s going to skip the stellar-looking Sonic Mania over its weak roster of trinkets, but just a heads up: the game doesn’t have a Platinum Trophy. The inconsistency of Sony’s achievements system has reared its ugly mug again, with the full-length 16-bit throwback netting just 18 Trophies – and primarily...
Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s loved but overlooked competitive multiplayer mode will return in Sonic Mania because, well, of course it bloody will. The split-screen feature appears to be remaining pretty faithful to its Mega Drive origins, as it squashes the screen in the ugliest manner imaginable. We’re particularly fond of the...
Aw yeah, this is happenin'
You can tell Sonic Mania’s been made by fans of the franchise, can’t you? The new Special Stages are like a nostalgia overload, as they fuse elements of every 16-bit era Sonic game into one. Essentially your objective here is a little like in Sonic CD: you need to catch the UFO. But eagle-eyed fans will notice the...
The king of cubes
Who’s the Blue Blur battling in the upcoming Sonic Forces? Is it Eggman? Maybe Metal Sonic? Could it even be that watery w*nker from Sonic Adventure? Nope, it looks like it’s all of 'em – and they're joined by Shadow the Hedgehog and a dude wielding cubes! Check it all out in the E3 2017 trailer above.
Pick your poison
Another day, another Sonic Mania update. SEGA has confirmed that Chemical Plant Zone will be joining the roster of re-imagined stages in its upcoming retro-themed release. As with all of the other levels in the game, the environment looks familiar at first blush but is host to a variety of new mechanics, including bouncy jelly water...
Sonic Forces to sport complete, er, character creator
Sonic Forces will allow you to create your own custom member of the Blue Blur’s world-saving crew. Wait, what? Seriously, the third pillar of Sonic Team’s latest will allow you to fashion your own anthropomorphic hero to fight alongside Tails, Knuckles, et al. You’ll then take your avatar...
Sonic the Hedgehog's picking up the pace this year, with SEGA supposedly bringing two titles to the PlayStation 4. The project known as 'Sonic 2017' has been kept under wraps since it was originally announced last year, while Sonic Mania, based on what we've seen so far, is looking like the return to form that the blue blur has been...
Come for the footage, stay for the sexual tension
You get more than you may be bargaining for in this Kinda Funny playthrough of Sonic Mania. First up, the video includes all-new footage of a brand new zone – Mirage Saloon – as well as the first gameplay of both Knuckles and Tails, who appear to function the same as their Mega Drive...
Sonic Mania looks like the best title starring the blue blur in years, and SEGA's commemorating that fact with an awesome Collector's Edition. Two problems: it doesn't include a boxed copy of the PlayStation 4 game on Blu-ray and it's not coming out in Europe. This is a publisher that will insist on taking one step forward, and two steps...
Put a ring on it
Considerably less exciting than the upcoming Sonic Mania, it's been confirmed after months of rumours and teasing that Sonic the Hedgehog will be joining the roster of Warner Bros' increasingly weird licensed love-in, LEGO Dimensions. The blue blur will be available as part of a level pack which will allow you to speed through some...
After the godawful Sonic the Hedgehog 4, it looks like SEGA has finally figured out a way of making a 2D Sonic title befitting of the Blue Blur's legacy. Due out on the PlayStation 4 next year, Sonic Mania looks like it's fallen straight out of the mid-90s, with "happening" electro tunes and some "lit" sprite work. GameSpot's stumbled...
The blue blur has been MIA on PlayStation platforms since 2011's Sonic Generations – or, if we're counting spin-offs, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed in 2012. Over the last 14 years, SEGA has been working closely with Nintendo to bring exclusive Sonic games to their consoles, including Sonic Lost World, Mario & Sonic at the...
SEGA classics NiGHTS into Dreams and Sonic Adventure 2 are escaping the confines of standard definition and jumping onto PlayStation Network in fabulous HD next month. Under the SEGA Heritage label, the duo will be revitalised alongside Jet Set Radio, which is skating its way onto the PlayStation Store in September. We don't hav
Get ready to race
IGN's lifted the lid on SEGA's next character crossover, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. The mouthful of a title is coming to PS3 and Vita later this year. The transformed of the title refers to the vehicles' ability to transform into cars, boats and planes, but also the course's tendency to change and morph over time:...
Back in time
Remember the Lock-On function of Sonic & Knuckles on the Mega Drive? It's making a resurgence in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2, as the trailer below shows. Anyone who owns Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I and the follow-up will be able to access four exclusive Metal Sonic levels that span the gap between Sonic CD and Sonic 4,...
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