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  • Summary: Having been broken apart by the evil Dr. Eggman, it's up to Sonic to put the pieces of the world back together again by retrieving the power of the chaos emeralds! In doing so, Sonic finds himself in a race against time and faced with an unusual situation that challenge hims in ways neverHaving been broken apart by the evil Dr. Eggman, it's up to Sonic to put the pieces of the world back together again by retrieving the power of the chaos emeralds! In doing so, Sonic finds himself in a race against time and faced with an unusual situation that challenge hims in ways never before seen. Both day and night play different, yet important, roles in Sonic's newest quest... as the sun sets, a new adventure awakens. By completing a wide variety of action-packed stages, spanning the seven broken continents of the world, gamers unleash Sonic’s amazing abilities to save the world, and himself! In addition to running at high speeds, which is highlighted in four new speed mechanics, combat fighting now becomes possible. New combat, movement, functional abilities and platforming are introduced to offer increased depth and variety. Sonic Unleashed offers a re-defined experience for fans and newcomers of the franchise alike by combing picturesque & detailed scenery, an expansive world with multiple paths to choose from and dynamic viewpoints for an immersive and renewed gaming atmosphere. Along with seamless 3D to classic 2D camera transitions, the game is built on a powerful, new proprietary "Hedgehog Engine," which introduces impressive lighting abilities and new technology tailor made for Sonic’s new speed capabilities. [Sega] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 24
  2. Negative: 8 out of 24
  1. To be quite frank, Sonic Unleashed is half great game, and half unnecessarily unleashed. The Sonic levels are extremely fun and bring back the memories of yesteryear, and the night-time levels will leave players wondering why Sonic Team continues to torture their fans by continuing to add pointless things to prolong good gameplay.
  2. It is not the most awaited experience for a tri-dimensional Sonic but this chapter will leave the fans pretty satisfied and convinced that the formula for a more organic and complete game is one or two blocks away.
  3. If Sonic Unleashed is a good game or not has to be decided by you. If you are patient, you can have lots of fun with this title. If you tend to be a bit choleric or just want to relax while playing there is no necessity to buy it.
  4. The Sonic-team has succeeded in developing an improvement upon the last Sonic-game on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Even then, Sonic Unleashed is a flawed game. The Hedgehog-levels are fast and fun, while the Werehog-levels offer a bit of a change to the classic Sonic-gameplay, although, unfortunately, it often comes down to mindless button bashing. Unleashed shows that Sonic isn’t dead and buried yet, but still leaves a lot to be desired.
  5. There are things about Sonic Unleashed that reminded me of how great this franchise could be when done right. It’s just a shame those parts weren’t the true focus of the game.
  6. 45
    Sonic Unleashed has made me bipolar. In the daytime, I'm happy – almost too happy. And at night I become angry and irritable, frustrated and impossible to be around. [Ed: Nice, Hilary. Backwards much?]
  7. Terrible level design, unresponsive controls, and a poor camera are just the beginning of the problems in this awful adventure.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 118
  2. Negative: 6 out of 118
  1. May 4, 2021
    10
    Got to love the IGN, Gamespot ect. reviews, it's not like the gaming media make it out to be, its one of, if not , THE BEST sonic game (in myGot to love the IGN, Gamespot ect. reviews, it's not like the gaming media make it out to be, its one of, if not , THE BEST sonic game (in my opinion), i don't even hate the werehog, it could have used some fine-tuning (like unique battle themes for each stage ect.) but honest to god, it's combat is REALLY good!

    I have played the PS3, XBOX 360, PS2 And Wii versions of the game (only completed PS3 and PS2 versions), and in all versions i enjoyed myself, the HD versions of the game are absolutely gorgeous, fast paced and have a lot to take in, and the SD versions have plentiful routes, lots of secret items to find and their own physics (compared to the HD versions), the music in this game is the BEST gaming soundtrack i have ever heard, right besides the Kingdom Hearts Series, You'll hear the lush remixed bossa-nova of Windmill Isle, based off Santorini in Greece, all the way to the chilled out, traditional track of Chun-nan (Night) based off China.

    To be fair, i do not hate the Werehog in ANY of the versions, the SD based Platforming rather then combat night stages are extremely fun and thrilling, and the HD Based Combat rather then Platforming is always good fun, performing amazing combo's, giving you XP to unlock new moves and so much more!

    The Hub Worlds are one of my favorite things about this damn game though, their chill tracks for both day and night, the beautiful atmosphere to take all in and the interaction with NPCs dressed and appearing as according to the location really makes it feel alive, it is the best form of world building i have ever seen in any piece of media, the NPCs react to you differently at night than day and they also travel around different locations to interact with different NPCs of other culture, it's amazing to see them interact like this. Also, Some give you missions to do where you must find things in the hub worlds, play an altered version of the existing levels with new specific gimmicks and even travel around the world!

    this game really feels like a world adventure.

    Thank You, SEGA.
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  2. Nov 5, 2015
    10
    Sonic unleashed one of the most split games in history some love some hate, me I love this game is easily in my top 5 platformers of all time.Sonic unleashed one of the most split games in history some love some hate, me I love this game is easily in my top 5 platformers of all time. The opening cutscene itself is the best I have seen in any game and sonic is known for its amazing openings. Sonic is seen running across eggman's fortress destroying anything in sight. Just as it looks like sonic is captured he activates super sonic and chases eggman into a room. Here eggman tricks and captures sonic and drains the chaos emeralds of their power, he uses the power to fire a beam into the earth splitting it into pieces and revives dark gaia, a creature sealed away because of its evil. But while he is being awakened sonic is still in the machine and part of dark gaia is transferred to him bringing up the werehog form .Now this game is split into day and night. Day stages are the fastest sonic has ever been and get your heart pumping every time and its also cool that it stays 60 FPS even while going through heavy traffic. Night stages are when he transforms into the werehog. slower gameplay with heavy combo attacks and puzzles to solve. Many people hate these levels but I like them. Tie in amazing bosses a stellar soundtrack and more this game is outstanding. The only thing wrong is the hub world they are better than wii and PS2 but still aren't do exciting. In conclusion PLAY THIS GAME Expand
  3. Sep 27, 2010
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I'm a long time Sonic fan, since Genesis, and I absolutely LOVE this game. It's alarming to see so many giving it so little credit, and highlighting their woes about certain aspects. Personally I had a fun time playing as Sonic the Werehog, but more than that, the speed levels are utterly incredible. Spectacularly crafted, graphically too. Couldn't be more pleased with the outcome![2] 10 for that one Expand
  4. Nov 1, 2021
    9
    Sonic Unleashed is a Fantastic Game that often gets the short end of the stick, mainly because of when it released. the Night stages offer FunSonic Unleashed is a Fantastic Game that often gets the short end of the stick, mainly because of when it released. the Night stages offer Fun Beat-em-Up Action, that rarely gets repetitive, and offers fun little puzzles, and the Day Stages are easily the Best boost stages the series has ever seen. They only get better on repeat playthroughs.
    I feel like this game often get poor reviews because at the time of it's release, It was not what the franchise needed. This was after Sonic 06 and Secret Rings. The Werehog gameplay definitely turned a few heads at the time. But That ignores the fact that this game is fun as hell.
    The plot also is great finding a nice balance of Seriousness and Silliness, never falling to far in either direction, like 06 or the Modern games.
    I cannot recommend this game more to new players of the sonic series, and Sonic Fans.
    Give it a play!
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  5. Jun 9, 2019
    8
    Tras el desastre que fue Sonic 2006 nos llego este titulo el cual en lo personal me pareció un gran salto de calidad respecto a la anteriorTras el desastre que fue Sonic 2006 nos llego este titulo el cual en lo personal me pareció un gran salto de calidad respecto a la anterior entrega. Aquí poseemos ciudades como la Sonic Adventure en las que podremos hablar con Npcs y demas. En lo que a niveles se refiere los tenemos de dos clases. Los niveles diurnos en los que manejaremos a Sonic a una gran velocidad con un turbo los cuales son muy divertidos y luego tenemos los niveles nocturnos en los cuales la jugabilidad pasa a ser muy parecida a un Hack n slash aunque no muy fluido en sus movimientos son niveles divertidos. Bajo mi punto de vista este es otro de esos juegos maltratados por la prensa. Expand
  6. Dec 15, 2016
    7
    Well in comparison, this is the worst, or a better way to put it, least favorite way to play Sonic Unleashed. It would be the best if itWell in comparison, this is the worst, or a better way to put it, least favorite way to play Sonic Unleashed. It would be the best if it wasn't for that darn frame rate. At times, it's the best out of all the versions, but it doesn't stay locked there. Sometimes it'll drop to what seems like 20 frames. It's just not as pleasing to the eye. It's not a bad way to play it, but I would recommend the Xbox 360 version, which I rarely ever say about multi-platform games. Expand
  7. Sep 8, 2021
    0
    Best game ever!!

    Great gameplay
    Amazing graphics
    Awesome mechanics
    Cool story
    etc...

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