Indsendt: 21. maj
I never played this game when it came out, so as somebody with no nostalgia for it I have to say it has aged quite poorly.
Characters like Sonic, Tails and Knuckles never feel nice to control. They have way too little inertia and just sort of fling themselves across the screen at the slightest tap of the control stick. Like, say you have Sonic running full tilt in the right lane of a city highway, and you see a line of rings coming up in the left lane. It's nearly impossible to change lanes; when you press left Sonic will either immediately make a 90 degree turn and plow into the guardrail, or, if you're lucky, he'll only make a 70 degree turn, still plowing into the guardrail but at least sort of maintaining forward momentum.
The hub worlds that connect the levels are pointlessly large and very boring. There are a bunch of little character arcs with the NPCs that play out as you go through the game, but these are all dull as dishwater, and while there are little character upgrades and hidden tokens scattered throughout, they aren't very hard to find, and when you do find them they don't particularly improve your character. It feels like that stuff was just included because other 3d games were doing similar things, but they never put in the time or effort to make those bits seem meaningful. It's also often very hard to understand where the game wants you to go next.
That said, I enjoy the level design, and while they'd be a lot better if you could actually control things, they have a lot of neat set-pieces and are still kind of fun to run through and explore. It's a game that's constantly on the cusp of being really great. I keep thinking to myself "This would be super fun if the controls and camera actually worked, if there were more hidden secrets in the overworld and better NPCs." But that's a lot of problems, isn't it?
Basically, the central formula of the game is good, but the execution is lackluster at best and at a lot of points it's bad even for the time it was released, let alone 15 years later.
If you have Sonic nostalgia and you want to pick this up you won't end up hating it or yourself, but it's such a flawed game that I don't think it could really survive without that nostalgia.