Average User Score: 6.4Nov 17, 2011Quite an underrated title. In the vein of Radical Entertainment's Crash Bandicoot games, Spyro the Dragon's The Legend of Spyro series and most Sonic the Hedgehog games from Heroes to Black Knight, Ratchet & Clank has now gotten lower reception for trying to break up it's monotony. This game has some flaws, like glitchy online play, and unskippable sequences. But the main gameplay with co-op and upgrades is a blast. The story is lackluster compared to previous titles, but does development some of the characters. There's a good amount of replayability with the Trophies, Skill Points and an in-game puzzle element, The co-op mechanics are the best part of the game, however. There's many minigames and gadget puzzles which force you to work with your team to get through, including jetpack sequences and reflecting lasers to hit specific targets. The amount of mechanics are plentiful enough to stop the game from getting boring too soon. The single-player mode is also good, and the AI side kick is more intelligent than any AI I've ever seen in a game before. This is a good, recommendable game that deserves a bit more praise than others give it credit for.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Aug 19, 2011Sonic Unleashed is a game where SEGA pulled out all the stops. They worked in an enormous amount of side challenges, including around 30 side missions, a few side levels and hundreds of collectibles. I am not exaggerating with that. There's around 300 things you can collect including a record player and TV which actually have a function. They allow you to listen to soundtracks from the game and view cutscenes.
The gameplay is split between Day and Night levels. Day is full of Sonic's speed gameplay ramped up to never-before-seen speeds. The speed is augmented by the Boost which makes Sonic go faster, but also makes him a speeding bullet, damaging enemies in the way. You gain boost energy by collecting rings and you can upgrade your boost bar and normal speed to go even faster.
The Night stages features the Werehog. This unfortunately controversial gameplay shouldn't be controversial (see below).The Werehog can be upgraded as well, but features more things to upgrade. You can upgrade the life bar, the "Unleash" bar which is similar to God of War III's Rage of Sparta. You can upgrade the Shield gauge; You have a shield/block ability, but it wears out with damage, so you can upgrade your shield gauge to make your block more durable. Now, you see, the reason the Werehog shouldn't be controversial is thanks to how much work was put into it. The Werehog can gain 30 new moves by upgrading. That's more than popular games like God of War and Darksiders. And there's a few additional moves you start out with. This takes a lot of dedication and hard work which sadly goes unappreciated. The platforming in the game is good as well. It's easy to some extent, but it's good and fun to relax with.
You also have excellent bosses which have cinematic quality and are very high-end. The levels have amazing graphics and there's a lot of variety between them. Each new level has many things to do. In fact, the main game will run you around 10 hours, but the entire game, to finish it all, could take 30 hours if you're lucky. Of course it would be less if you know what you have to do, but many levels and challenges are very difficult.
In closing, this is Sonic and Sonic Team's best game and the most underappreciated. It's a shame so much hard work got so much hatred for the sake of the masses' nostalgia. The Werehog didn't ruin the game, it added to it. New gameplay styles shouldn't be hated for trying to refresh the game and make it better. Games are about change and improvement. That's why sequels are made.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.4Jul 25, 2011Being a Crash fan since the series began, I am glad to say this new incarnation of Crash is excellent. It excels in areas Crash never focused on before. It gives you better combat, more variety, more lively bonus rooms and the new ability to hijack, also known as mind control, large opponents called Titans. There's 15 of these monsters in the game, 3 bosses included, and they each have 3 moves with 1 Mutants who have a secret move not listed and one whose move is acknowledged. The platforming is rare and not very impressive, but the combat and bonus rooms make up for it. The game is somewhat short, around 7 hours. But you have collectibles and a rating on how you do 3 tasks in each level. One is getting a high enough combo. Another is finding 3 hidden spy bots in the level, and the other is defeating a certain amount of enemy fodder the size of Crash. The cast have gained new re-designs. Thir looks have changed to be more modern and edgy and I believe they are improvements to reflect the better gameplay. The personalities are also interesting, but they lack some seriousness and some like Tiny get no boss fight out of story-directed cowardness which is a shame. The game isn't perfect, but it's a great change and refreshing improvement over past titles which, while good and great in their own ways, lacked good combat and other innovations which make this game improve in those ways, admittedly at the loss of some positives from the old games. Hopefully they'll fuse the best of both gameplay types one day. In the end, this is a great title for kids and gamers who want to play something unique, innovative and refreshing.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.8Jul 25, 2011This is a Spyro game that any fan of the fantasy genre will love. This game is not meant to be the old Spyro, so expecting that is kind of like thinking you're going to get vanilla ice cream and get chocolate instead. But it's a good game. The story is far deeper and has a lot of focus. The gameplay, while simple compared to certain other beat 'em ups, is good and useful. The Elemental attacks you have are Fire, Electricity, Ice and Earth. You have a primary breath attack, and a secondary special attack for specific purposes. You also get an extremely powerful Fury attack which will decimate most enemies around you except bosses. They still take heavy damage, though. The musical score is very fitting, albeit few tracks are truly memorable. The voice acting is great and the sound effects are good. The enemy roster is somewhat varied, but the positioning of the enemies is not used to it's full potential. All in all, this is a great game with a few flaws. Despite that, it's a must-buy game for any fan of fantasy games or simply good, unique and memorable games. This is nearly worthy of being called a Classic.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.3Jul 24, 2011Crash Mind Over Mutant is great. The gameplay is superb, being able to control huge monsters is really fun, and leveling up Crash and the Titans is not half bad. The music is great and catchy, it's suitable for all ages and there's a good amount of collectibles and secrets to obtain. It does have flaws, though. It's a bit short and the cartoon cutscenes are kind of childish, but if you can get past that, you'll love it. And getting 100% is not that fast, so it's not that short of a game. It's a great game and recommendable to any fun-loving gamer.… Expand