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Sonic the Hedgehog Xbox 360 First Impressions

sonicthehedgehog.jpgLet me start by saying that Sonic the Hedgehog is an icon, an icon who for anyone who owned a SEGA console will remember the good old days of 2D platform games and 3D adventuring. That little blue hedgehog is timeless fun and I am very happy to play the original even now from start to finish with maybe even a slight tear in my eye.

Since entering 3D, Sonic has struggled to keep the same magic but never so depressingly as Sonic the Hedgehog for the Microsoft Xbox 360…

Before this there was Sonic Heroes (Ignore Shadow!), a title where you controlled Sonic, Tails and Knuckles as a team to bypass difficult areas. This was actually quite fun although never quite hitting the mark that Sonic Adventure on the SEGA Dreamcast attained. Now on the so called ‘next generation’ consoles, our expectations have risen as we look for spectacular graphics and the same old frantic speedy fun that we love.

Graphically the game can look very nice indeed, but that’s the only positive I have so far! Yes it is that bad…

The very worst aspect is the camera angles with the annoyingly slow panning from left to right and the enormously long loading times. It is very common to have a chat with someone in the game **load** 5 second cut-scene **load** complete the challenge **load** congratulated by same character **load**. I feel like I have returned to the era of cassette tapes, where the actual fun included whether the game actually loaded or not.

I am so utterly depressed at how bad this latest Sonic game is, I am for the first time ever dreading writing a review. Normally I relish a good old ‘grab by the throat’ negative article. It gives me as a writer an easy review as you have plenty to talk about, but the fact that this is Sonic, that lovable blue hedgehog that captured my imagination is actual upsetting me.

I am really looking forward to next weekend when the whole ordeal is over.

James Woodcock

Freelance Journalist, Author, Blogger & Podcaster specialising in gaming and technology.

Ever since he experienced the first controllable pixel movement on the television screen, he has been entranced by the possibilities and rewarding entertainment value generated from these metal and plastic boxes of delight. Writing hundreds of articles including commentary and reviews on various gaming platforms, while also interviewing well known industry figures for popular online publications.

  • SOPH

    HI THERE I HAVE JUST READ YOUR REVIEW ON THE NEW SONIC GAME AND AM IN TOTAL AGREEANCE. I AM ALREADY STUCK ON THE STUPID GAME TRYING TO DEFEAT SILVER THE HEDGEHOG ANY SUGGESTIONS????????:((

  • Silver the Hedgehog was a pain to defeat, especially with the slow camera rotation in the game!

    If I remember correctly you have to wait for him to build up his attack while you are running away from him and then quickly dart back and get him and then run again. If you are close to him he just annihilates you.

    Good luck with the game.

  • Iain

    silver was tough but i suppose once you get the momentum you can run around the plaza and rush back and hit him. to begin you need to run forwards quickly and get at least three rin gs in case he gets you

  • Melissa

    I am in the same spot i can not defeat silver. He is a pain in the butt. I have no idea how to kill him. The game was somewhat fun until i got to him which is still in the begining of the game. Does anyone know how to kill this pain in the A** Silver??

  • jessie

    i can defeat stupid silver at all i tried like more than hundred times his hard and he gets you he dosnt even let you get your coins ur instantly dead any recomendations to defeat him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:-w

  • Lith

    When Silver says “how bout this” u can run in and hit him. Works fine. Look on youtube for vids of it.

  • June

    I have defeated silver, jump on him while he is falling from the sky, collect rings, and his weak point is when he shouts how about this, its when he is throwing stuff! Use the slide to hit him when he is saying it, repeat till defeated!

  • bob

    i did it once but my data got deleted so i have to do it again but im stuck but sliding will help when he says ‘how about this’