Posted: May 27
I don't honestly know whether to recommend this game or not. I have loved the Sonic franchise since I first learnt to actually control anything way back in the Mega Drive era, so the fact the Sonic team decided to continue on from those days was something I had to get in on! But we all know that the Sonic Team of recent years have let us down more times than they've given us anything wonderful. This game somehow lives in between the two.
The visuals, the style, it all harks back to the good old days, and it is wonderfully vibrant. Controlling Sonic though, it's not anywhere near as smooth as it was back then. Sonic feels jerky, and can feel like he has no momentum, though there are times when you manage not to notice this! I think they have hoped this lack of smooth control is made up for by using modern Sonic's new ability to make this sort of homing attack, somewhat negating the need for precise control. This being said, they seem to have enjoyed creating puzzle sections within a couple of the levels, requiring much more control than the game gives.
So much is in this game that should make it great, and nostalgic, and all that. And it sort of achieves this, sometimes. But it doesn't do it well. I want to love it, but the level designs are mostly either lazy or just plain poor. The real work seems to have gone into half cloning a few parts of levels from the 90s to make it familiar, which I find quite absurd considering this is Sonic 4. At no point in Sonic 3 did any of us go "Ah yes, remember this bit from Sonic 1?" It should be a continuation, bringing it into the modern world, but these attempted "homages" only serve to make you notice all the things they've changed about the way the game works, and how you don't like it in this setting.
I'd recommend it I think, because it still has something there, something you can enjoy, but don't expect to get that feeling back, for some reason, although the game is following on from 3, they seem to have targeted it at the kids who would never have touched any form of Sega console and think they have only ever made games for Nintendo.