By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee November 14, 2017
Every kid that grew up during the 80's and 90's sure as heckfire remembers the super fast blue hero: Sonic the Hedgehog. My first Sonic game was in fact the original Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Mega Drive and I have good memories of this time. Now, 26 years later, Sonic is back for a brand new adventure and boy, it is a grand one! So, let's put on our running shoes and try to keep up with Sonic Forces!
In the introductory movie of Sonic Forces, we run into Dr. Eggman (or Dr. Robotnik, as he was formerly known outside of Japan) who, as one might suspect, is plotting a to take over the world and turn the entire planet into his very own Eggman Empire. Eggman seems to have learned something from the previous games in the Sonic series, so he expects Sonic to try and thwart his plans. So, as any evil genius would, he take a number of precautions. What Dr. Eggman didn't know, was the fact that Sonic will not be the only problem he will have to deal with. A brand new hero will enter the stage and that hero is nobody less than.YOU. That's right, ladies and gentlemen! You can create your own personal Avatar and become the true hero of this game. When you create the Avatar for the first time, you only have some standard options, but as you progress through the game, more and more customization options will become available to you.
When you start playing, the game will offer you a couple of tutorial hints. These tips will make your life easier, and longer for that matter. Like in every other Sonic game, the rings that you collect on your journey are very important. As long as you have at least one ring, you'll survive taking damage. Damage is caused by being hit by an enemy or landing on or running into other hazard that are strewn throughout the world. So, back to the enemies; lucky for you, there are several ways to defeat them, like boosting through them. You can also defeat enemies by jumping in the air and hit the jump button again when the lock-on cursor appears. If you manage to time your attacks, you will finish off every enemy in sight in a blink of an eye.
I love how Sonic Forces looks like a modern game, but still has some well-known and well-loved elements from the games we played back in the 90's likes the cool looking block pattern on platforms. Back then, the Sonic games were 2D side-scrolling platform games and I'm really excited to tell you that, in Sonic Forces, some game modes still feature that perspective instead of the more recent shoulder perspective. These elements make this game a really pleasant trip down memory lane for me. Don't get me wrong; most of the time you will be playing in the 3D, over the shoulder perspective, which is also totally awesome. Plus, the additional stuff the developers managed to cram into the game is really awesome! One boss fight will make you run at a snake and you can literally run around its body. While playing the game you'll usually hear some Japanese rock music playing in the background. I personally love it and it totally fits the fast pace of the game's frantic stages.
Sonic Forces can be played on two difficulty levels: Normal and Hard. To be honest, this kind of worried me when I started the game for the first time. You see, I have a little confession to make. I never actually managed to complete the original Sonic the Hedgehog game on my Sega Mega Drive. I'm just too clumsy for all that old-school high-speed platform action, I guess. That doesn't mean, however, that I don't love playing these games, because I really do! And, I can honestly say, Sonic Forces is more than just a platform game. It feels like the developers focused on creating a truly smooth game experience that could be played by everyone, instead of just the diehard platform fans among us. Together with a fair level length and enough checkpoints during your travels, this game will never really get on your nerves and still offer you a great Sonic adventure at the same time!
You can play all of the main game on both difficulty settings and you can change this setting at any time. But keep in mind that your rank and best time will not be recorded in Normal mode. The main game has more than enough stages for you to clear, including some secret stages. And you can download the Shadow Episode for free, which adds a couple of new stages to your game. Is that great, or what? Besides the story stages, there are also challenge missions, daily missions and SOS missions. You can earn different items after completing such a mission, so you should definitely keep your eye on them.
I can only conclude my review by saying that I already was convinced I wanted to play Sonic Forces during our hands-on session at Gamescom earlier this year. And, now that I've actually played it in the comfort of my own home and I just can't get enough of it. I absolutely love it to pieces! It contain so much recognizable elements for the fans of the first hour, but without just repeating a standard formula. The developers managed to keep the good stuff from the early days and added modern day graphics, new game modes and new abilities. So, no matter how you look at it, they've made a really awesome and modern looking game. So, if you like fast platform action with cool characters and game modes, or if you're a true fan of Sonic, there's only one thing left for me to say, and that's: "May the forces be with you. " (I'm sorry, I just couldn't resist...)
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