Sonic Unleashed is one of several Sonic games that are derided as not being all that good. Some of the Sonic games are genuinely pathetic, like Sonic the Hedgehog 06. That game was a nightmare that never should have existed. It had a lot of potential, but it had far too many issues to be a good game. I used to think that Sonic Unleashed was a bad Sonic game too, I’d toss it in the same group as Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic 06. I still don’t think it’s just the greatest Sonic game ever but after getting it and playing it on my PS3 I think I’m starting to change my mind a bit about it. I’m not willing to call it a bad Sonic game anymore. It’s not in my top 5 or even top 10 Sonic games of all time, but I put it more towards the good list than the bad. So since I have been playing it more lately I though it would be good to review it!
The game is actually pretty fun overall, especially in the daytime levels. I had missed the behind the back (and side to side) quick gameplay that this game and Generations, as well as Colors, offered. I love Lost World and I also enjoy Sonic Boom, but there’s something about the daytime levels in Sonic Unleashed that I really enjoy. The nighttime levels are what I used to hate about this game, and they still are the weakest part. You become a Werehog and the game slows down considerably in favor of a more Kingdom Hearts like fighting style. It does work, the fighting anyways. I have a tough time nailing down the larger jumps between poles and whatnot that you have to do. Cheap deaths still are common. It may be that I’m just not great at some parts, so that’s not a real issue with the game if that’s the case, but I still don’t love the nighttime levels. But I do appreciate them more after seeing how much you spend fighting in Sonic Boom, and I do enjoy that game.
There are DLC levels you can get, day and night, that enhance the game which is really cool. I haven’t downloaded any of them yet, but it’s cool to see that you have that option. The cutscenes, though they have some cheesiness at times, aren’t horrible like the newer Sonic games, which is a huge plus to me. It’s a fairly solid game that’s very cheap by now, so it may be worth a look for you if you’ve not done so by now. Here are my top likes and dislikes!
Likes: Fast daytime levels, DLC adds more to game, not a total cheese-fest, great graphics, fun boss fights, good music.
Dislikes: Nighttime levels overall (specifically when you have to do timed jumps and the like).
There isn’t much I really dislike about this game. If there were no nighttime levels I’d probably rank this game right up there with the best of the Sonic universe. As it stands though it’s still a fair 7/10 game. It’s not great but it’s not bad. More good than bad, and I suppose that’s better than a game that’s all bad like Sonic 06.