• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Nov 11, 2014

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 28 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 28
  2. Negative: 24 out of 28
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  1. Dec 1, 2014
    It’s not deserving of some of the vitriol it’s received as it’s not the worst game ever, but it’s just so painfully average in so many ways that it may actually be worse by not being a worse game.
  2. Nov 24, 2014
    Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric is too slow-paced, too easy, and too childish for teen or adult Sonic fans, and its control and design issues make it difficult to recommend even for its target audience.
  3. Nov 20, 2014
    The game could have used a few more months in the hopper and taken many more risks.
  4. Nov 13, 2014
    It’s admirable that Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric tries so many new things, but every path it follows is a dead end.
  5. Nov 28, 2014
    Sonic Boom is a broken game that still manages to let some of its potential shines through all the mess. But still, it's a broken game. Avoid it.
  6. Nov 14, 2014
    Its exploration is so-so, its brawling is tedious, its characters are annoying, and the only stages where it feels like a Sonic game are the ones most likely to suffer technical problems.
  7. Jan 15, 2015
    Simply put, Sonic Boom is one of the worst Sonic games in recent memory: the concept is bland, the design is awful and the execution is incredibly poor.
  8. Dec 17, 2014
    Sonic is dead, killed by Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. The game is a disaster from the point of view of the gameplay and from a technical standpoint, and in this production there is very little to save.
  9. Nov 30, 2014
    If you like Sonic, don't even try it. It might work as a platformer for kids, particularly if they're also watching the TV show. Still, we can see there are some good ideas behind it, but the execution isn't the right one.
  10. Nov 24, 2014
    Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric is a worrying misstep for Sega. While we applaud the idea of refreshing the characters for newer audiences, Rise of Lyric feels like a mishmash of ideas that never got to fully develop.
  11. Nov 13, 2014
    I was initially excited when Sega first announced that Big Red Button would be developing Sonic Boom. I thought Sega handing the iconic license over to a new developer might shake Sonic loose of the slump he's endured via a string of rough Sonic Team titles. Unfortunately for fans and the Hedgehog himself, Sonic Boom is a blemished bore.
  12. Nov 13, 2014
    The undercooked Rise of Lyric does away with just about everything that makes a great Sonic game, favoring tedious, uninspired combat, exploration, and puzzle-solving over exhilarating bursts of speed coupled with well-designed platforming passages.
  13. Dec 1, 2014
    Holy hedgehog, what have they done to you? Sonic hit another low. The fights are monotonous, the puzzles don’t deserve the name. Add to that framerate issues, an unreliable camera and other technical faults. Did I forget something? Yes. This isn’t entertaining. Not at all.
  14. Dec 6, 2014
    It’s an unfinished mess, astounding only in how rapidly you can count its flaws.
  15. Dec 23, 2014
    Sonic Boom Rise of Lyric is a real disappointment for Sonic fans. There is basically nothing positive to say about this game. Sonic deserves much better.
  16. Dec 19, 2014
    Sonic deserves better days and also his fans, which are in need of a game that can return to the good old days.
  17. Dec 1, 2014
    Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric is a ridiculous game that consists of bad camera work, sloppy controls and a stupefying script. Fortunately, it is possible to suffer through the campaign with a friend, but the fact remains, this game is an insult to all the senses.
  18. Games Master UK
    Jan 31, 2015
    Possibly the worst blotch on Sonic's record. [Feb 2015, p.73]
  19. Dec 10, 2014
    Just stay far, far away from this toxic hedgehog.
  20. Dec 20, 2014
    It's baffling how Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric draws inspiration from such good sources but fails at delivering almost everything it promises. Burdened by technical problems, a lackluster plot, confusing exploration mechanics and empty settings, Rise of Lyric needed a complete overhaul before being released.
  21. 20
    I might even consider it the worst Sonic game I have ever played.
  22. Nov 24, 2014
    It pains me to say it, but Sonic Boom needs to be the last noise we hear from the blue hedgehog for a very long time.
  23. Nov 21, 2014
    One thing I’m sure of is that Sega ought to be embarrassed for pouring so much hype, so much marketing money, into this project, only to have a sad, miserable little dog’s dinner of a product to show for it. I guess it doesn’t matter, though. It’s an idiotic baby’s game for children, and it exists to sell toys. It also thinks you’re all dumb, and it wears its contempt for you on its sleeve. A sleeve covered in bandages.
  24. Nov 14, 2014
    Somewhere along the line Sega lost sight of what makes the series work. Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric has a laundry list of problems, and not just problems inherent to the modern Sonic franchise, but failings of basic design.
  25. Dec 17, 2014
    Oh, that's terribly bad. From the beginning to the very end, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric is such a shameful adaptation that we can only wonder how someone agreed to sell it. Oh Sonic, poor boy, they let you down, didn't they?
  26. Nov 25, 2014
    Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric is the mark of the vulgar and should not be touched.
  27. Nov 25, 2014
    Possibly the worst Sonic the Hedgehog game ever made, which considering some of his previous lows is one of the harshest insults in gaming.
  28. Nov 24, 2014
    The absolute worst Sonic video game.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 689 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Nov 11, 2014
    Well, I wanted this to be a good game, but unfortunately it Isn't.

    Sega's newest attempt at the blue blur fell remarkably short of most
    Well, I wanted this to be a good game, but unfortunately it Isn't.

    Sega's newest attempt at the blue blur fell remarkably short of most expectations. It's scattered with many bugs. While not gamebreaking bugs as some have described, many require you to restart the level. The game lags out at several points as well.

    It's graphics are a huge disappointment. While some levels, such as Lyrics base, look nice at parts, other parts are downright ugly. At points it really does look like a PS2 game. On a system like the Wii U this is simply unnacceptable. In addition, after three years in development one would expect consistent graphics, but alas, no.

    The gameplay is generally repetitive and I became bored within the first few levels. The difficulty is minimal, and while more enemies began appearing near the end, they are easily dispatched.

    Music has been one of the consistent bright spots of the Sonic franchise, but unfortunately Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric bucks this trend. The music is unfitting at points and generally forgettable.

    The major bright spot is story. The games story is far more advanced then the last four Sonic games combined. It does have a generic villain and stereotypical (and pointless) characters, which takes away from the enjoyment.

    In an effort to appeal to new fans Sega has completely alienated it's original fan base. The game is not good enough to draw in many kids; nor Sonic enough to draw in the dedicated fan base. Sega has fell into a situation all too many companies fall into. In short, this game is very disappointing.
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  2. Nov 11, 2014
    I enjoyed the Combat, comedy and variety of moves and an emphasis on exploration are pretty neat as the original sonic games did have. AlsoI enjoyed the Combat, comedy and variety of moves and an emphasis on exploration are pretty neat as the original sonic games did have. Also like the humor and quirkiness of story. Don't understand the hate the game is getting. Have played every sonic game and still enjoying it along with new cartoon. Full Review »
  3. Nov 11, 2014
    The only bad thing about Sonic Boom is that the game is terrible in every way.

    But this game is just really bad, It just feels really
    The only bad thing about Sonic Boom is that the game is terrible in every way.

    But this game is just really bad, It just feels really rushed like it's still an Alpha build.
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