Sonic the Hedgehog: Finding Alternatives
Until recently, sonic play had been nothing but jumping through loops, dodging enemies and collecting treasure. Developers are now faced with the challenge of creating something different.
Until now, Sonic the hedgehog game where all about a quick blue runaway jumping through loops, dodging enemies and collecting rings. For some of us ‘retro’ gamers who enjoy a journey of nostalgia, this doesn’t seem like a bad idea at all. But with the hedgehog’s 20th birthday around the corner, it seems hard for developers to turn to the fast, furious and prickly blue blur for anything but the original 90s high game.
As part of Sega’s efforts, they have made up their minds to try something different.
With little or no promotion, “Sonic and the Black Knight” has been released onto unsuspecting markets. For this video game adventure, Sonic has been equipped with a talking sword, and sent back to the Middle Ages to explore the land of Camelot and the legends of King Arthur. Bordering a very popular role-playing genre, with witches and medieval times, Sonic engages himself on an adventure to help a witch who is battling evil forces trying to disguise herself as King Arthur.
The game fits the bill as far as visual content, is fun and entertaining with highly detailed backgrounds and striking special effects. Sonic enters the screen on the road, where he can aim left or right to clear off enemies, avoid obstacles and approach treasure for hunting. An analog nunchuck stick is used to manage the character’s speed, while side-to-side movement of the Wii remote brings the sword into action.
The frantic use of the sword made the game a little frenetic at times, on top of which the striking special effects would surely move players to the edge of their seat. Sonic is capable of annihilating his enemies everywhere, adding even more speed to the game. The fact that we’re seeing a hedgehog waving its sword around for the first time can be very satisfying. Players also have access to special Soul Surge homing attacks, which can lock onto your closest enemies, and allow you to unleash a merciless shower attack.
Sonic the Hedgehog Classic
There are a total of 11 levels to explore, including castles and dungeons, forests and caves and there’s a fun mix of bad guys to beat. Sonic gets help from his friends, the red-haired knuckles Echidna, Shadow Hedgehog and Miles “Tails” the golden yellow fox Prower who is one of Sonic’s best shoots, who appears either as a Knight of the Round Table or any other character. For hard-core gamers who like to add tournament flares, there’s a four-player versus mode, which can also add up to a considerable amount of playtime.
The use of controls in the use of a sword can become annoying, moving it from one place to another. But with the incredible views, striking special effects, pace of play and traditional flair that have made the Blue Blur hedgehog so popular is sure to bring hours of fun and enjoyment to young and old alike.