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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: 7 out of 50
  2. Negative: 10 out of 50
  1. Sonic Unleashed is a glorious return to true console form for Sonic.
  2. An accomplished Sonic game leaving us wanting more.
  3. I appreciate Team Sonic’s effort to mix the old with the new, and there’s definitely some potential in the alter-ego mechanic. Unfortunately, they don’t blend especially well in Unleashed, an experience that had me alternately stoked to get to the next traditional level and a bit disappointed every time the sun went down.
  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. 60
    Sonic Unleashed is kind of a video game equation of sorts. If half the game is solid but far from perfect, and the other half is pitifully bland and repetitive, then the result equals an experience that ends up disappointing almost as much as impressing and entertaining.
  6. Despite the power of the blue Hedgehog, Sonic Unleashed never really impressed us. The game has its moments, but these moments are so rare and easily forgotten when you've reached the point where you almost throw your controller against the tv. The race levels are awesome, but with the heavy load of the uninspiring Werehog levels, those aren't even enough to give the game a sufficient grade.
  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. Negative: 15 out of 150
  1. Dec 14, 2018
    10
    The best game ever! Werehog? Medals? Go away, if you don't like it! I am one of those people who love to run around the location, look for anyThe best game ever! Werehog? Medals? Go away, if you don't like it! I am one of those people who love to run around the location, look for any useful or even useless stuff. Who puts less than 75 points, those fat sows! Sorry. But it really pisses me off when people underestimate such a masterpiece. You do not like Werehog? You do not like to collect medals? Well, the only thing is that in order to see how much you have left to collect a medal for moving to this or that location, you have to go to the village / city, find the transition to the level, come to this thing and stand on it. Difficult, is not it? Expand
  2. Sep 16, 2020
    10
    the game is just incredible! it has incredible music, iconic characters, incredible history, this game is simply a work of art!
  3. Aug 17, 2011
    10
    A much better game than the reviews suggest. Loads of secrets and replay value, fantastic graphics and music. If you love sonic you'll loveA much better game than the reviews suggest. Loads of secrets and replay value, fantastic graphics and music. If you love sonic you'll love this. Hell, you may even learn to like the Werehog. Expand
  4. Mar 6, 2013
    9
    I really must give this gem praise. Sonic really should take another daring crack like this game did. The game was fun and those who deny itI really must give this gem praise. Sonic really should take another daring crack like this game did. The game was fun and those who deny it are kidding themselves. While it is true that the Where hog levels were not as good as the Day stages, they were still quite fun in its own right. Me and my brother played in cooperative craze trying to beat this. He played the Where hog and me the original Sonic since I wasn't as good as he was in the Night stages. The Day stages are fast paced and fun with platforming in the mix. This new concept in the 3D Sonic formula really drove you into playing for those stages again. The key in these stages was to go really fast, but not get carried away in it as well. Sonic games have always challenged your restraint in speed as the trick to playing cleanly through a stage and it sure doesn't stop in this game either. The only problem is that Sonic is a little slippery to control at times. The Night stages, contrary to popular opinion, were really not that bad. They weren't as fun as the Day stages, but they were fun in their own way and really helped hit home in the atmosphere this game was playing out towards. The only flaw in this plan was that there were too many Night stages to play through. This is really dissapointing because a balance would have really made this game much better than it already is and frankly, it would make me more inclined to play through it again. The story is decent, but its presentaion is the biggest victory over it. Its saving the world from Eggman again, but it really feels like that final battle that you have to keep persevering to finally prevail in the end. The scope of this game makes you really feel like your where you are. In the Arabian area, Italian town, Tropical Island, a bustling city, etc. The music is really where I must give props for. SEGA truly had outdone themselves in an original soundtrack in this game. Its diverse and high spirited, with different cultures added into the mix. The orchestration and jazz band are truly welcome in SEGA music as this is among their best soundtracks. It really brings the adventurous feeling of traveling from country to country, saving the world, meeting new people, etc. One of my biggest gripes about this game is the voice acting. Jason does his best performance as Sonic, but everyone can't be said the same way. Chip's character was also a bit annoying, but still memorable and he did grow on me after a while. Its not the best Sonic game ever, but its still definately an underrated game in the franchise, easily worth the buy, especially the 15 dollars its on sale for these days. If you want the best version of this game I highly suggest getting the Xbox version. Don't pass this game up if your interested. Expand
  5. Apr 3, 2020
    8
    I will say, this game, is one game, which I will never forget. This was my second Sonic game I have plated ever. I love this game!

    Good
    I will say, this game, is one game, which I will never forget. This was my second Sonic game I have plated ever. I love this game!

    Good things about this game!

    1) Amazing and breathtaking graphics. This game gave us one of the best starting cut scenes out of any sonic game. It feels so real. It's so vivid.

    2) Best soundtrack. This game is good with music. Such as Endless possibility, and many other! Soundtrack in levels is good and amazing.

    3) New characters. Yes, yes, I know that other sonic games introduced other characters. But these characters in Sonic unleashed, are special, Sonic team even still talk about these characters, sometimes.

    4) ONE OF THE BEST BOSSES IN SONIC HISTORY! Omg, this game had a boss called Perfect dark Gaia, and I will say, it is scary as hell, but it was so epic to fight this boss. The Level music was amazing and it was just great.

    Bad things.

    1) Night time levels. These night time levels were kinda painful, it took very long. It was hard. And U will die easily, if u were careful.

    2) Moon and sun medals. These medals made us annoyed, we had to replay missions to get these medals to unlock certain locations.

    3) Eggman land... This level was meant to make Gamers swear and rage. It was long! About like, idk 50 Minutes long! U will easily die, and then there impossible enemies to beat.

    But overall, I love this game and it will always be in my heart
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  6. Aug 15, 2018
    7
    I love this game not the best but at the time it was redeemable than the terrible 06 kind of game. This game change story that's actually moreI love this game not the best but at the time it was redeemable than the terrible 06 kind of game. This game change story that's actually more inspiring than any other modern sonic games where this one introduces two ways to play sonic daytime where you go fast with the new boosting power with great level design and nighttime with the combat with more of a exploration this feature is not too bad actually it's just a way of changing the pacing of how you play the game which is fine not that big of an issue the music great actually cause instead they use orchestra with one of the best music in a sonic game even though the game is difficult at times, frame rate can be a bit of a problem, the voice acting is cheap due to 4kids at the time, collecting sun and moon medals to unlock stages can be a hassle but fair, and the controls can be weird at first but once you adjusted on how it handles you'll be fine. So far the visuals in this game is great I really wish sonic games have CGI stuff like this and how it has high replay-ability value even if concept like the were-hog is out of place if you give this game a chance you'll find a lot to love about Sonic Unleashed. Expand
  7. Sep 24, 2012
    0
    Sonic Generations is a game released on the 360, PS3, PS2 (if you couldn't afford a current gen console), and the Wii (if you like crappySonic Generations is a game released on the 360, PS3, PS2 (if you couldn't afford a current gen console), and the Wii (if you like crappy gimmick motion controls). The story of the game is that Dr Eggman blasts a laser at planet Earth and the planet is divided in half. The game offers the return of the terrible open world from Sonic 06 and instead of focusing on the main gameplay, they dedicate half the game to a gimmick. This gimmick is known as Sonic the Werehog who is Sonic turning into a warewolf in the night time. This wouldn't be a problem if this didn't affect half the gameplay. Instead of being focused on speed, these levels are focused on COMBAT. And as we all know, all Sonic games with combat in it failed miserably, so there was no point in doing this. This was a disappointment because the other stages were spot on. This game is not that good. It is half good and half bad because half of the gameplay is messed up. Expand

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