So says Sonic right before a flying candy pirate ship with a chocolate
Eggman Robotnik face for a figurehead arrives for a tussle. Suffice to say, we’ve come a long way since
With Sonic Colors, the cycle is finally broken. Sure, we’ve had some ups — Sonic Advance and Sonic Rush — and though I haven’t played it, I’ve heard decent things about Sonic 4, but by and large all things Sonic have been grim since… oh let’s say 1998. But now we’ve got a real life Next-Gen Sonic game that doesn’t embarrass constantly and is actually fun to play. Want know how I knew everything was going to be alright? Upon hitting start instead of talky nonsense or a forced tutorial there was only pristine untouched road, just waiting for the spinning of hedgehog feet.
For years we’ve slapped our foreheads in frustration. It seems like everyone but Sonic Team knew how to fix Sonic: speed and nothing but. No exploration stages, no fishing for frogs, no searching for crystals buried in cliffsides, and absolutely no the-universe-hangs-in-the-ballence-epic-blah-blah-blah plot. At last Sonic Team have waken up. Colors skillfully combines 3D and 2D play, introduces fun power-ups, and never forgets that Sonic is at his best when he’s moving forward. (The largest criticism of the game I’ve seen is that there are some cheap deaths. Yeah, sure. Dashing into spikes or right into a pit has been a series staple from the very beginning. Might as well complain that Sonic is blue. I much prefer that a Sonic game struggle against its primary flaw, rather than the copious amounts of bullshit we’ve put up with for the past decade.) The game does start talking eventually, but the plot to play ratio is low and the story never takes itself seriously. More akin to a Saturday morning cartoon than the princess-kissing pretension the series has so loved.
What’s more to say? The game’s a delight to play, beautiful to look at, and won’t embarrass you should your mom/significant other/dog walk into the room. It’s not deep, but it’s not supposed to be. It’s Sonic. Finally, it’s Sonic.