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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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  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: 43 out of 69
  2. Negative: 3 out of 69
  1. 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
  2. Jun 25, 2018
    10
    It's sad that such a wonderful game like this that had so much work put in to it got so much hate. Just because it was released after SonicIt's sad that such a wonderful game like this that had so much work put in to it got so much hate. Just because it was released after Sonic 06, when it was "trendy" to hate on the franchise. It even had CG mini films.
    One of Sonic's best.
    Great gameplay
    Amazing graphics
    Awesome mechanics
    Amazing story
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  3. 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
  4. JimT
    Dec 31, 2008
    8
    This game is pretty great. If people could just get over the stupid "OMGZ WEREHOG!!??" mentality they'd realize that even the werehog This game is pretty great. If people could just get over the stupid "OMGZ WEREHOG!!??" mentality they'd realize that even the werehog portions of the game is a good, challenging platformer. The Daytime levels are perfect and amazing. So amazing day levels + rewarding and fun night levels = Good game. Expand
  5. Jul 9, 2016
    8
    Visuals-The game looks very nice for a late 2008 game,Beautiful lighting,vibrant environments that are distinct along with well madeVisuals-The game looks very nice for a late 2008 game,Beautiful lighting,vibrant environments that are distinct along with well made models,the game still look good today.Now a down side is there can be a decent amount of frame rate drops,around 10% of the time in levels,40% when it comes to hubs.a lot of textures can look blurry close up,and the plant life isn't that detailed(there is an abundance to draw away from that) when not running fast is when you notice this the most, its not a very offensive amount though.

    GamePlay-Sonic's base form controls like it did in sonic rush,if you haven't played that in 2D you somewhat have a classic sonic control on things but you have a boost that increases your speed that can move enemy's out the way easy.You can jump 1 time and use homing attack when a green target shows in the direction your pointing by pressing square,its quick and has a very hard hit.You have a slide with O and can do a kick if you stand still and hit O.In 3D sonic has pretty stiff movement .The design is well suited for it though so no need to worry.Jumping slows you speed down making it a lot easier to get precise jumps in heavy platforming areas.Now the werehog controls like a old school 16bit beat em up in 3D with god of war box puzzles in it.The wherehog can upgrade life,strength,skill and the unleashed bar.Thats not all of them but your better off upgrading skill to increase your stylish killing efficiency.You have a sprint that stiffens your movement and gives you a higher wider jump.

    Story-Starts out with a heavy action sequence of eggman versing sonic.After that whole thing happens eggman captures sonic and breaks the earth trying to awaken a creature called dark gai to do his bidding.The energy the creature gives off back lashes into sonic which I assume sonic was there for taking the negative effects ,he turned into the werehog.After that the plot kinda of has no tension sonic meets a little animal and they find out with tails they have to find the gai temples to restore the planet,Oh and dialogue can be pretty corny so don't expect a laugh out of the main story(only expect that from the hubs).The game doesn't get intense again till you get to the hell hole that was hinted since 1998 in sonic adventure.EggMan Land the atmosphere is is intense,and really feels like a grand finally with what goes down there,don't expect to be disappointed.

    The Hubs-Now you have to go thru them to get information to advance the plot,and collect medals. Now besides that you can actually do little fetch quest with all the people in these small areas(theres not a lot but it was used pretty efficiently)You can help people out with missions that include little sections of the main level being altered,and they can give you rewards to trade with people for extra things like concepts.Now the writing was done a lot more well here,you can care for the people your saving going to these hubs.One example of better writing can be this random fortune teller you think is" alright might as well"Answer a series of question.Then she actually manages to read you like an open book and tells you things about your actual self that relates nothing to the questions you answered It was pretty neat.Helping with some family affairs,people over coming there social issues its all very well executed.

    Level Design-You have to collect sun and moon medals to progress,And difficulty gradually goes up. Sonics base levels are built to be beat them as fast as you can9now your not forced too).the main levels will take around 4-7 minutes on average,side levels 1-3 minutes.7 continents which have an average of 2-4 extra side levels.Now eegman land is the 8th but its one giant level that will take around an hour.The game is also reaction based mostly dodge spikes.You don't have to boost like a mad man most the time either,the game starts you off at the slowest speed to ease you in so you wont be over whelmed.You have grinding,bounce pads to launch you,zip lines, rotating platforms,fire works to be launched off of,dash pads to give you a boost,running so fast you can keep a float on water.As you can tell its an energetic game.It has 40% 2D and 60% 3D switches but the change isn't to big you more or less feel the games the same pass.Wherehog is all 3D,and Consists of beat all the enemy's to eliminate the barrier, jumping from platform to garbing edges with stretchy arms,swinging on poles,spinning levelers,lifting doors up,getting a switch.Now it can be less stylish then the other games in the beat em up genera,but you have to level up to get entertaining sights with your fighting.You have small murks,medium murks,very small murks for throwing and bashing 2 of there heads together,and the big guys that need that unleashed bar to take out quick.
    Music-Very diverse is usually takes a well known idea people would have of areas sounding, like the middle east,Cambodia,china,Greece,Italy,America,The South pole,Africa
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  6. Dec 7, 2011
    7
    I strongly believe that Sonic Unleashed does not deserve a 54/100 if the 'average' score on Metacritic these days for games is an 80. ThisI strongly believe that Sonic Unleashed does not deserve a 54/100 if the 'average' score on Metacritic these days for games is an 80. This game does indeed have its flaws, such as the nighttime levels being quite tedious, however the day time levels are so good that this game stayed enjoyable for me for quite a long time.

    I've been playing Sonic Generations recently and I've noticed that the daytime levels in Unleashed are generally *much* better than Generation's, purely because they are much more fun and feel a lot more fast-paced and satisfying to beat.

    I would certainly recommend this game to younger gamers. It's not perfect, but is certainly worth the low price.
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  7. Apr 5, 2015
    2
    Is it bad? YES. Does it earn your time? NO. So disappointed. Too much boring unnecessary stuff, too goofy, too childish, too dumb, levels justIs it bad? YES. Does it earn your time? NO. So disappointed. Too much boring unnecessary stuff, too goofy, too childish, too dumb, levels just doesn't feel right. Generations are 10 times better. I wonder: is it possible that Sonic 06 is even worse? Expand

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