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  • Summary: Join an epic high-speed fight to save a world decimated by Dr. Eggman and a mysterious villain in the newest game from the team that made Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations. Experience fast-paced action as Modern Sonic, catapult past perilous platforms as Classic Sonic, and use powerful newJoin an epic high-speed fight to save a world decimated by Dr. Eggman and a mysterious villain in the newest game from the team that made Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations. Experience fast-paced action as Modern Sonic, catapult past perilous platforms as Classic Sonic, and use powerful new gadgets as your very own Custom Hero Character.

    In Eggman's greatest victory to-date, the evil doctor has conquered much of the world with a mysterious new power. A resistance comprised of Sonic's friends is formed to fi ght back, and in the midst of the chaos and destruction, an unlikely hero will rise up to help Modern and Classic Sonic take back their world.

    Even these three heroes may have their work cut out for them, as Dr. Eggman has a new ally of his own...
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Nov 14, 2017
    65
    There is too much wrong with Sonic Forces to recommend it to everyone, but if you’re hankering for 3D Sonic, and you’ve finished every other Sonic game, then check it out on sale.
  2. Nov 8, 2017
    65
    Despite my multiple gripes with Sonic Forces, I still enjoyed the adventure. 3D Sonic games still aren't to where they should be after such a long time of iteration and experimentation, but through improved gameplay and level design, Sonic Forces continues the series' evolution in the right direction.
  3. Nov 16, 2017
    64
    Quotation forthcoming.
  4. Nov 13, 2017
    60
    We get the impression that Sonic Team wanted Forces to be the Best Sonic Game Ever, with a Greatest Hits package of everything good in the series, but they didn’t have the time, money or talent to accomplish this. The 2D sections control poorly, and the 3D sections sport the same problems that the series has had since Sonic Adventure – such as dying if you don’t play the level exactly as the designer intended. There’s fun to be had, but even then Forces feels so cheap and abrupt that you’ll be finished with it entirely in 4 hours. It’s not the worst 3D Sonic game, but in trying to do everything Sonic Team didn’t really accomplish anything. Next time, stick to just Generations 2 or Colours 2. Or even better – give Sonic entirely to other developers.
  5. CD-Action
    Feb 8, 2018
    50
    Sonic Forces’ few merits (like the soundtrack) are not enough to offset primitive gameplay, crude level design, poor pacing that completely obliterates the sense of speed, and the script that resembles a fanfic. [01/2018, p.42]
  6. Nov 15, 2017
    50
    Sonic Forces is not, like several entries in the series, offensively bad. There are some stages where you can’t help but be swept up by its breakneck pace, pounding soundtrack, and chaotic pinball table levels. It’s just unfortunate that it was released so soon after Mania, which took the best of old Sonic and made it sparklingly relevant again. Forces, however, is plagued by inconsistent level design, floaty controls, and a risible Saturday morning cartoon storyline that only kids and rabid Sonic fans will find entertaining.
  7. Jan 18, 2018
    30
    I won’t pretend that Sonic Forces is a disappointment – it telegraphed its kitchen sink approach to content a long time ago. Desperately trying to please every kind of Sonic fan, it is every bit the mishmash of half realised ideas vying for your attention that it seemed like it would be. I guess I just never expected that their attempts to hold that attention would be so feeble.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 65
  2. Negative: 17 out of 65
  1. Nov 8, 2017
    10
    Game is awesome!!! I enjoyed this game from start to final! Many 2D but ok that's normal in sonic games. Great story, amazing music andGame is awesome!!! I enjoyed this game from start to final! Many 2D but ok that's normal in sonic games. Great story, amazing music and fantastic new mechanics for this game! Expand
  2. Nov 8, 2017
    10
    Let's get ready for an Very Unpopular Opinion!
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    I loved the game! Yay! Having finished the game in just 5 hours, i really wanted it to
    Let's get ready for an Very Unpopular Opinion!
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    I loved the game! Yay!
    Having finished the game in just 5 hours, i really wanted it to be longer, but nowadays it's hard to find a game with the lenght you would wanted.

    This game has Story, Has Plot, but its just not the core of the game i feel, but the Story is enough, it is simple and has some twists, i like how it made look like a movie (that can be said to many other Sonic games, but this one felt more Cinematic)

    The Soundtrack unsuprisingly is AWESOME, Sometimes brings the tension up, and sometimes brings Emotions up.

    The Gameplay is the one Expected, so no suprise there, the Diferences in gameplay between the 3 Characters are diverse enough to keep ya entrertained, the Avatar/Rookie has weapons which is nice, its something we almost never see in Sonic games.

    The Levels are Short and Diverse, there are 30 levels in the game (not counting Episode Shadow and Extra Levels) i wish some of them were longer, but they are fine.

    Customisation of your Character is INSANE, so many diferent things you can wear, put, paint... its really fun! i wish there were more Animal options though, and choosing the colors of some pieces would be nice.

    Overall... this is one of my Favorite Modern Sonic games, its up there with Sonic Generations, i give it an 9.0/10!
    Well, now to Wait for SEGA to release the next one!
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  3. Nov 7, 2017
    10
    this game is awesome
    and follows the boost formula perfectly from unleashed and generations and colors
    if you really enjoy playing the
    this game is awesome
    and follows the boost formula perfectly from unleashed and generations and colors
    if you really enjoy playing the previous boost games i recommend you to play this one as well

    dont care about the biased ratings it doesn't make any sense that they gave colors and generations such good ratings while forces is getting more hate than positive ratings
    forces is a mix of an improved sonic colors and generations
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  4. Nov 7, 2017
    7
    Sonic Forces is a really good Sonic Game, but the PC port of the game came with some very large issues. Most PC gamers immediately startedSonic Forces is a really good Sonic Game, but the PC port of the game came with some very large issues. Most PC gamers immediately started hating on the game with the announcement that it would have Denuvo's DRM. Day 1, the game had stuttering problems. The stuttering wasn't bad during the gameplay until the 7th level. The cutscenes, however, play as if you were watching a youtube video of the game with .75x speed on. They were unwatchable. People have also reported crashes, but I've already played through the game twice and haven't had that issue. There are also small input delays that made certain parts of the game more tedious than they needed to be.

    Now onto the actual review.

    The story is one of the more unique ones in the franchise. The typical plot for a Sonic game is: Eggman discovers super life form, Eggman uses super life form, Sonic beats super life form. Forces does it in a similar fashion, but with a SatAM style resistance twist. As such, the game has a light hearted tone shining over the grim circumstances. This, in my opinion, makes it the most entertaining story in Sonic's history. Other games always felt either overdramatic or simple and void of interest. The plot takes a very good mixture of the two story telling styles and pumps out a Saturday morning cartoon.

    After the failure of Lost World, it's only natural that Forces would bring back the boost formula from Unleashed, Colors, and Generations. As such the Modern stages are relatively linear and feature small detours that eventually lead to the central part of the stage. As usual, those areas have hidden goodies like Red Rings and Moon Coins (Collectable after getting all red rings and number rings in the stage). Sadly, they don't give us anything other than Wispons and clothing for your avatar. The avatar's stages are easily the best stages in the game if you want variety. The Wispons all come with special abilities that can get you to different places in each level. Later on in the game, you'll unlock upgraded versions of each wispon that feature a skill that will change your experience very slightly. Is your character moving too fast and sliding everywhere? Just equip a wispon with the ability to immediately stop momentum regardless of where you are. It takes a while to notice that the stages have more freedom than they seem they do. There's a stage that's just a giant waterslide. At first, I was disappointed because it was basically directing me in a line. But then I accidentally deleted my save file and quickly replayed the game. I got to that stage and got bumped off the edge of the slide just to discover a secret passage with a Red Ring. That wasn't the only stage to have a low profile hidden area. Every stage features different routes to take. They just go by so fast that you might not notice them. The weakest part of the game is classic sonic. His controls are so immediate that it doesn't feel like you're playing sonic. He could go full speed and jump just for you to hold back for half a second and suddenly he's moving back. The basic physics are not there, but the angular jumps that you can do that send you super far in the genesis games are possible in this game, unlike Generations. In the end, I would say this is probably the best 3D gameplay the franchise has had in over a decade.

    Music is rather subjective so this will be quick. I absolutely loved all of the Avatar and Modern songs. The Classic songs were pretty bad in comparison to the rest of the franchise though. A personal favorite track is Imperial Tower's theme. Rave music just fits the franchise too well considering the high tempo.

    This game was very clearly made as a bit of a love letter to fans of modern 3D Sonic. It may turn people away with the boost mechanic, but this is easily the most entertaining console boost game I have played period. I played it all day on release day, accidentally deleted my completed save file, and replayed the entire game a second time. It is an incredibly satisfying game regardless of the poor DRM and cutscene quality on PC. Otherwise, I would have given it a 9. If you have a next-gen console, then I highly recommend you buy it for that. But if you only stick with the master race, I recommend that you wait for it to inevitably go on sale.
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  5. Nov 7, 2017
    6
    Ok. Ill try to be honest, this game... wasnt as good as people (and SEGA) told us about. NO, im not saying its bad, either im saying itsOk. Ill try to be honest, this game... wasnt as good as people (and SEGA) told us about. NO, im not saying its bad, either im saying its good... its "OK"

    Ill divide my review on various parts, to explain my opinion as pure as possible:

    STORY:

    Its kinda good, not gonna lie. For the "GOOD" part, the idea of Eggman actually ruling the entire world for various months is pretty nice, and the fact he actually tortured Sonic for once its... pretty interesting i would say... also, including old and new bosses adds a nice touch (old, talking about Chaos and Metal Sonic, and new, talking about zavok).

    for the "OK" part, the introduction of infinite is kinda weird, because you need to play Episode Shadow to understand how all begins, which is not a very nice decision from Sega, but i will let it pass...

    And the implementation of the OC Avatar is very simple, just a survivor that wanted to join the resistance isnt very attractive.

    for the "Not Good" part, Classic Sonic appeared just out of nowhere, not even sure how or why the idea of Classic Sonic appearing out of nowhere was a cool idea :(

    also, in some of the trailers of the game, you see shadow as part of the bad guys, when in the game you cant even fight him (either Chaos) which is kinda disappointing, but oh well...

    PLAYABILITY/GAME ASPECTS:

    Its ok... its not like they introduced something new to the playability (because we have the casual Modern Sonic running the same line all over again, Classic Sonic with the 2D enviroment), except the things that the OC Avatar can do, that can change depending of the animal you choose, which it add a bit more of replay value, but excluding that, its just like any other sonic game (this doesnt mean thats bad... just kinda repetitive)

    About the game aspects, for the "GOOD" part, voice acting is good and the quality is nice in all versions of the game, pretty smooth and good looking.

    in the "OK" part, the AI of the NPCs isnt as good as previous games, in the Modern Sonic stages they dont even try to hurt you, which is kinda understandable, since the main goal of those stages is just run in a straight line, but it makes it too easy IMO, they should at least try to hurt you, not just be there, wasting space. In the Classic Sonic stages, they look ok.

    And in Modern Sonic stages, the checkpoints hitbox seems kinda weird, you can "kinda" go thru it, small detail, since again, the main goal is just run until you reach the end, but its hitbox should be complete.

    The stages are fun and pretty colorful, packed with a bit of that nostalgia and feelings, depending of the situations

    DIFFICULTY:

    its too easy, comparing it with other sonic games (not as easy as oddysey, but thats a different franchise), the NPCs dont really try to hurt you, they are pretty easy to avoid and destroy as well, most of the stages can be completed very quickly, and overall, you can complete the game in 2 hours, or even less, and im not talking about speedrunning the game... which IMO is not that good, but moving that to a side, some (not all) of the stages can take 2 or 3 tries to understand where you need to go and where you should fall.

    OVERALL:

    its ok. As a Sonic fan myself, i think this game had too much hype (and i was hyped too), but im kinda dissapointed, since some things are not as the Trailers promised. But is not as bad some people told me it was going to be, either is as good some people told me too...

    Its enjoyable at least, and it gives some fresh air with the OC thing (which im not a fan of, but apparently it was well received, so, i guess ill let that pass too) and i can say its better than Lost World and Boom.

    Should you buy it? If you want, or if you are a big Sonic fan, but i wouldnt say this is a title you should really get...
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  6. Nov 15, 2017
    4
    I will be very specific.

    This game is just boosting and boosting until you finish the stage (a short stage of 1 minute), basically this
    I will be very specific.

    This game is just boosting and boosting until you finish the stage (a short stage of 1 minute), basically this game has no challenge I don't even know if this could even be called a game, it's much like a movie, Sonic is doing everything not the player... besides you get easy high ranks of S, to be honest you should buy Crash Bandicoot game or even better you should buy a Mario game.
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  7. Aug 8, 2018
    0
    Sonic Forces
    A bit half-baked
    Sonic forces is a 3d meets 2d sonic game where you set out to save the world from dr eggman and the new
    Sonic Forces
    A bit half-baked
    Sonic forces is a 3d meets 2d sonic game where you set out to save the world from dr eggman and the new hedgehog in town infinite your goal is to run through the games 30 stages
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