Published 18 October, 2013 | by Andrew Winter4
Sonic Lost World: Damned if ya do! Damned if ya don’t!
No sugar coating it, after reading other reviews on the internet today I found myself shocked…not at the fact that it was another bad review for a Sonic game but the fact that people today cannot be bothered to apply some skill into game before judging it. I got my copy of Sonic Lost World yesterday and wasn’t blown away at first…mainly due to how alien the controls seemed at first touch however I figured I would keep at it, And sure enough I found myself getting used to the controls and adapting to the new mechanics.
The game itself features Sonic and Tails crash landing onto a Lost World in which he has to deal with six new enemies (The Deadly Six) and of course Dr Robotnik (Eggman) however that takes a slight turn around the second stage or so, the levels play out similar to a Mario Galaxy game and Sonic himself has been slowed down a little so players can control him and navigate the levels easier. (The spin dash and accelerate buttons still send Sonic off at a good pace, when not using those buttons he walks/jogs by default…and when running into a wall when holding the run/accelerate button the little bugger can bust out some parkour skills)
Now here’s the problem, I think a lot of reviewers have gone into this Sonic game expecting a “one button does all/use the boost to get through!” kinda deal where you can almost mindlessly blitz a stage without having to think. Also the fact that he is slower now seems to be an issue with the same people that complained he was too fast to handle in previous titles! Also! what a lot of people will notice is the spike in difficulty compared to a lot of other New Age Sonic titles…it’s not rock hard but it will test you…or in other words if you fuck up you will be punished which is actually a good thing if you call yourself a gamer since a lot of old school titles used to do exactly that!
This isn’t fanboy talk either because there are quite a few Sonic games that I didn’t like but this one is nowhere near as bad as Sonic 06 or Shadow the Hedgehog…I still think I preferred Sonic Generations and Sonic Rush, and obviously the old Genesis/Megadrive titles etc but for a fresh Sonic entry this one is unique for sure, and fun once you understand it.
The dialogue is lacking (some parts are quite funny) most of it is slightly full of cringe and the game will not win game of the year but in short I don’t believe the game should have been condemned as badly as other reviews have done *cough*IGN!*cough*
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