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A decent sonic game I have been waiting for long time Mario Duenaz (32) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 3.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.3
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.0
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 2.9
Overall User Score (14 votes) 3.3

Critic Reviews

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87 (Mar 15, 2008)
Aún con todo, me lo he pasado como un enano con este DVD: hacía tiempo que no me divertía tanto con un juego protagonizado por nuestro querido erizo (y eso que he disfrutado con casi todas las entregas tridimensionales de la saga, a pesar de ser muy consciente de los múltiples fallos que cometía el Sonic Team una vez tras otra). Sega ha puesto toda la carne en el asador y nos ha premiado a los fans con un juego tremendamente variado y completo, que nos mantendrá enganchados al pad durante muchas horas, pues además es largo y pueden descargarse nuevos niveles del bazar de Xbox Live.
GameFocus (Dec 17, 2008)
From the moment I put this game in I could see that a lot of hard work, love and dedication was put into this game. The game is stunning, the sound is great … some aspects worked so well but then a few glaring flaws popped up. The camera behaved beautifully and then it went all wonky, the uninspired God of War clone combat was a bit of a let down. This all leads to one thought ….. this title was rushed at the end. A few more months in development and this game would have received my highest praise. But this is still a very solid game to share with those young gamers close to your heart. So, on my continuum, Sonic Unleashed sits close to my “greatness” bookend but not quite there.
80 (Mar 14, 2009)
I have mixed emotions about Sonic Unleashed, I wanted it to be an amazing game and in some respects it is, but in others it missed the mark. The intro movie and high-speed levels are really enjoyable while they are moving along at blazing speeds and not being interrupted by tedious jumps. The Sonic the Werehog levels are also a nice change of pace, but a few of the puzzles and jumps became more frustrating than fun. The graphics look amazing and this is a game you want to pull out to show your friends the power of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but it just doesn’t seem as polished as it could be. It is definitely a step up from the last few Sonic the Hedgehog games and hopefully a great sign of what is to come.
TotalVideoGames (TVG) (Dec 01, 2008)
Hunting around the intermittent stages that follow each village on the world map for medals isn't exactly fun or enticing, whether you're in hedgehog or werehog form. It occasionally hints at a compelling use of the day/night dynamic to serve as the occasional puzzle, but the overall dated and confused design bogs down the experience and serves as little more than padding to the otherwise thoroughly engrossing main stages. That said, the ample selection of side missions provide more entertainment than they probably should.
80 (Dec 31, 2008)
Sonic has finally done it! After years of subpar titles, he finally managed to star in a game that does not reek of game design manure. Sure, there are some issues with cameras, controls and weird gameplay addition decisions but at least it was a good attempt. There certainly is lots of room for improvement but taking all into account Sonic Unleashed is just a good game that will keep you busy for quite some time, even if it is just to retry that insanely timed mission for the sixtieth time. A must buy for any Sonic lover and a recommendation for anyone that doesn’t know Sonic and would like to play a decent platform game.
Gamer 2.0 (Dec 01, 2008)
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. If you can get by the fact that not every level takes place in the day, Sonic Unleashed should take the average gamer no more than ten hours to complete. As for which one to get, aside from the obvious drop-offs in visuals and sound it gets, the Wii version is probably the best. Sure, waggling from time-to-time will be tiring, but Sega fortunately gave players the option of choosing the standard nunchuck and remote controls, along with the options of having to use the Classic Controller or the GameCube controller, which makes everything a whole lot easier. Either way you look at it, Sonic Unleashed is the best 3D Sonic game to date, it’s just too bad Sega insisted on the werewolf gimmick.
GameZone (Dec 01, 2008)
Sonic Unleashed is not a horrible game, but there are certain elements that this game could do without. What will have many gamer's hopes up is the developers really nailed the Sonic portion of the game, but the pure sense of speed, action, and exploring. It will make gamers have flashbacks of earlier Sonic the Hedgehog days. Hopefully the next game in the series will focus more of this then adding a new gimmick to the series.
TeamXbox (Nov 25, 2008)
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. Unleashed isn’t quite the return to form that Sonic’s patient fans have been waiting for, but it’s easily the franchise’s best console effort in years. And, the brilliant speed-based platforming moments prove that his handlers definitely have the potential for a great game tucked away somewhere. Those clinging to Sonic’s 16-bit rock star days will enjoy riding the nostalgic wave through Unleashed’s best blur-inducing moments, just as long as they prepare themselves for the pace-breaking combat levels.
Video Games Daily (Dec 02, 2008)
The Sonic stages make for some very good platforming action and are quite entertaining, but they lack the depth that Sonic Adventure on the Dreamcast offered; while the Werehog was another failed attempt at trying to make Sonic something he isn't. Diehard fans will once again enjoy this title, but for the Sonic franchise, it's another missed opportunity.
Worth Playing (Nov 27, 2008)
Sonic Unleashed is the best that Sonic the Hedgehog has been in years, but this is probably damning it with faint praise. The Sonic segments are fun, and die-hard fans will probably be quite satisfied with them, but everything else just isn't. The werehog segments are playable but rarely enjoyable, and they make up a much larger bulk of your gameplay time then the Sonic the Hedgehog segments. The medal collecting is just aggravating. If it were just possible to play the Sonic segments and occasionally werehog out, the game would be fine, but forcing gamers to hang around the werehog or hub levels, fighting with the camera and looking for shinies, will become less fun. If you're willing to sit through two-thirds of a mediocre game, there is something fun to be found here, but ironically, how much you'll enjoy this latest Sonic game depends entirely on your patience. Rent first.
Retro Gamer (Feb 02, 2009)
What you have here are glimpses of a really great Sonic game that very forgiving Sonic fans may get a bit of enjoyment out of. For the rest of us, this is a simply yet another Sonic game spoiled by this need to mess with the franchise via perfunctory gimmickry. It's a shame, because we were really hoping that Sonic Unleashed would prove a real return to form for the venerable hero.
60 (Dec 11, 2008)
Inzwischen dürften Sonic Fans bis zu dem Punkt leidgeprüft sein, an dem sie sich in Aussicht auf die Passagen alter Glorie gerne durchwachsene Prügeleinlagen und sogar den chaotischen Weltaufbau in Kauf nehmen. Was ganz gut verdeutlicht, wie weit der Stern des Igels bereits sank. Aber zumindest erlaubt Unleashed die Hoffnung, dass noch ein wenig Leben in dem blauen Blitz steckt. Selbst wenn er sich wieder einmal eine ganze Reihe Beine selber stellt.
XboxAchievements (Dec 04, 2008)
It's such a shame that the Sonic series has fallen by the wayside the past few years and whilst it's definitely an improvement over the 360's first taste of Sonic; it's still not right. If you can stomach the layers of non-Sonic-esque hogwash, you'll experience some of Sonic's best moments this decade. Until the Sonic Team realise what the Sonic fans want which is fast speeds with high octane action, then this franchise could almost be dead in the water.
60 (Sep 21, 2009)
Und da einerseits die abschließenden Spielstunden stärker prägen als der Rest und die Werehog-Abschnitte den Großteil der Spielzeit ausmachen, bleibt auch Sonic Unleashed gemäß einer mittlerweile fragwürdigen Franchise-Tradition hinter den Erwartungen zurück – schade.
GameOver (Greece) (Dec 18, 2008)
Εν κατακλείδι, έχουμε στα χέρια μας -για μια ακόμα φορά- έναν τίτλο με πρωταγωνιστή τον Sonic που δεν καταφέρνει να ξεφύγει από τη μετριότητα. Από την μία πλευρά προσφέρει μία αρκετά καλή old-school αισθητική -με τα επίπεδα του κλασικού Sonic- τα οποία όμως δεν αποτελούν τελικά παρά ένα μικρό διάλειμμα από τα κουραστικά και δίχως ίχνος προσωπικότητας επίπεδα του Werehog.
NZGamer (Dec 08, 2008)
This is better than Sonic’s last main game. But that doesn’t make it good. I’d like to think Sega is on the right track, and that the next game might cut out a lot of the padding and focus on speed. But I’ve been hoping that for a decade now. As it stands, it’s hard to recommend Sonic Unleashed. There are some genuinely fun parts of this game, but they just aren’t worth everything that surrounds them. Maybe next time...
GamesRadar (Dec 03, 2008)
The main character’s name is SONIC – it’s a reference to how fast he can run. Why must the game include all this other random crap, especially when it isn’t all that polished anyhow? We understand that Sonic runs through levels so quickly that a game without excess junk would be shorter. But we’d happily play, replay, and replay over again a game that lasted only a few hours if it reminded us why we fell in love with this character in the first place.
IGN Australia (Nov 26, 2008)
Really, 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. Even with no expectations going in, we can't imagine many in our ADHD generation holding patience enough to wade through 20-to-30 minute intervals of repetitive room clearing again and again just to find enough Sun tokens to unlock the next decent racing portion. It just isn't enough fun to warrant the effort.
I really wish I could say this Sonic game was worth while. The asking price is just not good enough; this game should be discounted now! It is a much bigger improvement over the last Sonic game, but anything is better than that crap. Buy this if you are a Sonic fan, others should pass on the blue hedgehog again.
50 (Dec 10, 2008)
Clever, wirklich clever! Anstatt das gute Sonic und die geheimen Ringe weiterzudenken, kam den Entwicklern eine grandiose Idee: "Lasst uns das Action-Adventure ausbauen, das schon im ersten 360-Abenteuer so richtig in die Hose ging. Das MUSS einfach funktionieren." Nein, liebe Entwickler, tut es immer noch nicht. Im Gegenteil: Es ist ein spielerischer Tiefpunkt, der nur von seinem geistigen Vater untertroffen wird. Eine schwammige, ungenaue Steuerung, fehlende Übersicht und völlig einfallsloses Geister-Kloppen (Dynasty Warriors bietet mehr Abwechslung!) bedeuten jedenfalls eine klare Warnung: Finger weg!
Factornews (Feb 04, 2009)
Avec Sonic Unleashed, on ne tient toujours pas le Sonic 3D ultime, loin de là. Même si les phases avec Sonic sont sacrément réjouissantes, le reste est assez navrant et très éloigné de l'idée qu'on se fait d'un Sonic.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Nov 25, 2008)
Det känns som att Sega klappar mig på kinden med en hand och samtidigt slår med den andra. Är du verkligen extremigelkottsfantast kan det vara värt att åtminstone hyra Sonic Unleashed för att få se att Sega fortfarande kan om de vill. Men se till att lura någon stackare att traggla sig igenom varulvsbanorna som tidsmässigt utgör tre fjärdedelar av spelet åt dig så du slipper, för de är verkligen bedrövligt dåliga och sänker helt vad som annars kunde ha varit Sonics verkliga comeback.
UOL Jogos (Dec 08, 2008)
Apesar das promessas e expectativas, "Sonic Unleashed" não é o jogo que irá devolver a glória ao clássico herói azulado da Sega. Os deficientes momentos com o tal Werehog e os enfadonhos toques de RPG, que formam a maioria do jogo, nunca parecem se encaixar de forma natural com as fases do dia, estas sim as únicas que conseguem resgatar os momentos de velocidade e emoção que fizeram a fama do personagem. O maior ícone da empresa, um dos maiores da indústria, merece ser o astro completo de um grande jogo e não ser figurante em um terço de um título medíocre.
1UP (Nov 20, 2008)
Ultimately, this simply isn't the fresh start Sonic fans were so desperately hoping for...but at least it's not as execrable as the last two efforts. It's not hard to spot the foundations for a beautiful, charming Sonic Renaissance beneath all the extraneous chaff, but Sonic Team seems wholly incapable of focusing on what makes this franchise so special. It's truly a shame, because their proprietary new graphical engine cranks out some spectacular vistas -- if only it were more fun to traverse them.
48 (Dec 29, 2008)
Sega's marketing departments gave British retailers the opportunity to have this game up for sale half price a week after it was released. This particularly desperate grab for customers shows how Sonic Unleashed is clearly devoid of great merit. It's too fiddly and obtuse to appeal to children, and too generic and tacky to cater towards the discerning taste of a gaming adult. The only possible reason you'd have for wanting this game is because it's cheap. The Sonic series presently feels something like a sinking ship, and the only possible thing Sega could do to redeem the series is design an HD version of Sonic 3.
45 (Dec 04, 2008)
Sonic Team has talent, we know that they do, but the Sonic series on consoles has been terrible for a while now. It's time that the developers hit the drawing board once more and look for a way to properly translate Sonic into the 3D world for the current generation. It's really hard to recommend a game like Sonic Unleashed when other platformers like Ratchet and Clank Future or Super Mario Galaxy are doing so much better of a job in the genre. It's a safe bet that hardcore Sonic fans will enjoy the day sections of the game, but nobody out there is going to have fun with the Werehog stages. It almost feels as if the game was handled by two different teams, both with very different levels of talent and completely conflicting gameplay philosophies. If you're a true hardcore Sonic fan, give the game a rental and enjoy the day stages. Otherwise, don't bother.
IGN (Dec 02, 2008)
Sonic Team couldn't leave well enough alone and just accept a three-hour game with some decent replay value. Instead, they tossed in one of the dumbest "twists" in the history of gaming. A werehog? Really? Stretchy arms? Did anyone actually believe this was going to be fun? Gone are any elements of speed, replaced with mindless and poorly designed brawling segments with some terrible platforming sections.
42 (Feb, 2009)
OK, I think that should do it…now just send it off to Paul before…. There! Now Big_Blaze will never be able to touch my opinion of this game! As long as he’s not some ultra hacker or anything…I should go find myself a good exorcist….
Game Revolution (Dec 10, 2008)
While other classic gaming icons have also gone through their own furry transformations just fine, Sonic has come through his own lupine changes a worn, broken, and bruised hedgehog.
Boomtown (Dec 22, 2008)
However, there isn’t enough of the traditional view and mode in Sonic Unleashed, and too much playing with the Werehog. All I can do, and it kills me to say this, is advise you don’t get this game. Simply because it’s a poor game, with a score propped up by a better, more traditional Sonic available to play. Sadly it’s not available to play with enough.
40 (UK) (Nov 28, 2008)
Admittedly, Sonic Unleashed is marginally better than the execrable 2006 effort, but that's incredibly faint praise and only useful as a benchmark to the most blinkered fan. Compared to Mario Galaxy or Ratchet & Clank - heck, even compared to Crash Bandicoot, another platforming mascot mired in mediocrity - Sonic Unleashed is an obviously poor effort from a series that is still hopelessly lost in the modern gaming landscape.
Green Pixels (Dec 31, 2008)
Even disregarding the years of built-up expectations held by fervent Sonic fans, Sonic Unleashed comes across as a poorly conceived experience -- a mish-mash of disparate ideas and sloppy execution that shines occasionally but largely just disappoints to a significant degree. That it fleetingly succeeds only adds heartbreak to an already negative reaction.
Mooie plaatjes zijn niet genoeg om de desastreuze gameplay goed te maken. Vrijwel niets in dit spel benadert middelmatigheid. De Sonic-levels zijn slecht opgezet en lijden onder de gebrekkige besturing; de weeregel-gedeeltes bevatten monotone gevechten en een zwalkende camera en zelfs de overzichtskaart is zo moeilijk te navigeren dat je veel tijd verliest aan het zoeken naar het volgende level. Er is gewoon geen lol te beleven aan Sonic Unleashed.
GameSpot (Dec 05, 2008)
Pretty pictures aren't enough to make up for the miserable gameplay. Almost nothing else in this game even reaches the level of mediocrity. The Sonic levels are poorly laid out and have unresponsive controls, the werehog portions have monotonous combat and a wonky camera, and even the hub world is so difficult to navigate, you'll spend way too much time searching for the next level. There just isn't any fun to be had in Sonic Unleashed.
Mania (Jan 10, 2009)
Sonic Unleashed is a difficult game to enjoy, which is a shame because the graphics are the prettiest in any recent Sonic game. The 2D running stages, modeled after various cities, are fantastic to look at; even the same old grinding down rails is a joy when blocks and blocks of suburbs sprawl down below. Enemies are a little generic at times (Dr Eggman needs to stop building robots and get some friends), but it's hard not to appreciate little touches in certain stages, like dutiful pelicans who point out the way for Sonic when he gets lost.
28 (Feb 07, 2009)
If you are a fan of the original Sonic the Hedgehog games, leave your nostalgia as it is. This game will only taint the memories you have of running through the Emerald Hills saving helpless woodland animals. If you’re desperate for a current-gen Sonic game, download Sonic 2 on the Xbox Live Arcade if you can. Sonic needs to be remembered as he was, not a constant “re-invention” of the series. The best Sonic game is a 2-D side scroller with great level design. The worst Sonic game is Sonic Unleashed.
The Video Game Critic (Feb 22, 2009)
The epic storyline is inappropriate for a Sonic title, and the endless, unskippable cut-scenes are torture to watch. The boss battles are too frequent, too long, and often too difficult. Was this game even play tested? Irritating tightrope-walking sequences, confusing objectives, boring slide-the-block puzzles, frequent "you can't go here yet" messages, cutesy sidekicks, vomit-inducing voices, and fatal water are just a few of the torments Unleashed inflicts upon the player. Bad games happen, but to create something as supremely unlikeable as Sonic Unleashed, you really have to make the effort!