Metascore
43

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 13 out of 17
  1. Not only are the voices horrible, as is the case for most Sonic games, but the story makes very little sense. Its like if you took any basic Nintendo story like Mario saving the Princess, lengthened it to several hours long, and filled it with mindless details that make no logical sense at all.
  2. Every installment has us hoping for a return to glory, but each one further craps on the hedgehog's legacy. The redeeming qualities here are few and far between, and it's just plain not fun.
  3. Wrought with visual glitches and pre-existing issues with poor camera angles, the mixture of zippy running missions grows tedious at near-Sonic speed, with limited control and boring exploration sequences. This one hits a brick wall, for sure.
  4. Sonic has been on a slippery slope for years and SEGA has done nothing about it, and this has culminated in what can only be described as a complete disaster.
  5. It is worth a rent, however, just to savour the few good bits, laugh at all the glitches... and to start crying when you remember what Sonic games used to be like in the '90s. Sob.
  6. If you're willing to withstand the constant onslaught of glaring issues regarding the control, you might be able to revel in some of those aforementioned highlights, but it won't last. In the end, you'll find yourself wishing for the good ol' 16-bit days.
  7. 42
    Sonic the Hedgehog is a mess. While there are a few glimmers of hope early on when players take control of Silver and his cool telekinesis ability, it's quickly realized that the game's design never really capitalizes on it.
  8. Sonic the Hedgehog may share its name with the Genesis original, but this game is even more broken than most of the other recent Sonic games have been.
  9. Some scenes take so long to load up that they induce nostalgia for the days of tape drives and 300-baud modems. Glitches and a jittery camera don't make the game unplayable—just profoundly unpalatable.
  10. Thanks in part to an atrocious camera, extremely dislikeable characters and a handful of amazingly frustrating sticking points, all this iteration of Sonic The Hedgehog manages to achieve is a yearning for the old days. [Apr 2007, p.129]
  11. The most muddled and irritating Sonic game yet. [May 2007, p.110]
  12. In the end, Sonic nuts will love it. Everyone else should stay away.
  13. The 3D elements do not gel well, and controlling Sonic feels awkward and hasty. Sudden deaths are far too common for a modern game. Old school (un)playability does not work this time. [Feb 2007]
  14. Some good ideas and lush graphics marred by bad game design. [Apr 2007, p.66]
  15. 52
    A crushing disappointment for those who thought Sonic had finally found his feed in 3D. Uncontrollable, twitchy, awkward and confused, this game will kill off all hope of there being another decent Sonic outing ever again. [Issue # 149, p.66]
  16. Possibly the lowest point in Sonic gaming, sloppy camera and terrible level design let this down badly. [Mar 2007, p.53]
  17. In short, the game is simply awful--though, to be fair, at least the FMVs are decent. [Apr 2007, p.88]
User Score
4.1

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 109 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 50
  2. Negative: 29 out of 50
  1. JoshK.
    May 4, 2007
    4
    What was Sega thinking?! Unlike the 360 version of this game, there is nearly nothing good about this P.O.S. Downsides include muddy, What was Sega thinking?! Unlike the 360 version of this game, there is nearly nothing good about this P.O.S. Downsides include muddy, undetailed graphics, long(er) loading screens than the 360 version, and more glitches than the original. And to top it off, this game came out 3 months later after the 360 version did, which was more than enough time for Sonic Team to fix the problems of the original for the PS3 version. I don't even think this game is worth a rental. Just skip it and play another Sonic game. Or if you must, and you have a 360, pick up the other version, at least it looks pretty and plays smoother. Full Review »
  2. Apr 19, 2012
    10
    This Sonic Game may have a lot of hate, but let me tell you this....I LOVE THIS GAME!!! Its one of my Favorite Sonic Games. Not trying to be aThis Sonic Game may have a lot of hate, but let me tell you this....I LOVE THIS GAME!!! Its one of my Favorite Sonic Games. Not trying to be a Sonic Fanboy, but its true. Silver is Cool, Shadow is Great and Sonic is AWESOME!! Full Review »
  3. Apr 4, 2011
    6
    Ok ok I admit that the game is ugly but I liked it, and much, even if actually has many flaws including
    often slow
    bad audio bad video bad
    Ok ok I admit that the game is ugly but I liked it, and much, even if actually has many flaws including
    often slow
    bad audio
    bad video bad gameplay
    and a minute to load on a mission equally poor and slow. .. but I liked the game and if it deserves a sufficiency
    Full Review »