The blue hedgehog is returning to Sonic Frontiers in his most recent installment! While everyone expects the game to be unquestionably high, I''d like to point out that just seeing it with your eyes doesn''t do it justice. Yes, it''s a strange departure for Sonic, but I''m right for it.
Traditionally, Sonic games burst with color and energy. Pulsating music helps guide you through levels that spin and twist; since this includes a game that I can''t talk about yet, it starts with the music, which, aside from one slice I can''t say yet, is completely unintentional. However, if anything, it''s not merely a glitzy piano. For the most part, the atmosphere is similar to a theme park.
The opening area of the game is similar to that of Death Stranding in the United States, with Sonic giving off the scent of Norman Reedus, who has been plung in this sea of green and grey. Scatter the horizon and you''ll notice towers off in the distance with rails and balloons leading up to their summit. Unlike other Sonic stages, rings and booster pads help you navigate the wilderness more swiftly, allowing you to get cogs and keys, and these are perfect tools to get rid of your belongings
As you climb into floating platforms and curly rails, a lot of fun to enjoy, as Sonic''s speed outshines stiffness. Plus, there''s still a lot of satisfaction in putting together balloon pops and platform hopes. But, there''s also a lot of potential to expand into the sky before you play it. I''m hoping to move on to a different biome, as long as I haven''t seen previously.
Green and grey did not surprise more than bore. One major highlight came in the form of a Shadow Of The Colossus-esque boss fight with a massive, futuristic robot plucked from Destiny. It was a neat approach, particularly because the fight wasn''t a straight duel to the death, but a cleverly constructed platforming challenge. In turn, the boss''s arms pushed you back, but blue boosted him forward.
Another fight forced Sonic to think outside of the usual spins and kicks. To defeat smaller enemies that resembled walking buzzsaws required Sonic''s magic trail capability, which allows you to combine a variety of effects: a guff, namely, knocking the buzzsaws into the air and revealing their fragile little leggies. I''m sure it makes a great moisturiser, like snail ooze.
Granted, the bigger bad was a bit janky. Sometimes you''d rocket up his torso and he''d abruptly fling you off for no apparent reason. The demo build I played was steeped in jank in general, to be honest, with distant rails and rings often popping into shot, and the overall aesthetic subject to a grainy haze. It all stowed together to form a rather bizarre Sonic experience, which veered between tinges of
There''s a lot of debate over whether Sonic is importing into a Breath Of The Wild-like model, but Frontiers makes me more comfortable as it outperforms a collectathon''s bounty with a slew of fun platforming challenges that deliver the greatest of Sonic''s speed. Though that might not be a surprise for Sonic enthusiasts who prefer a race to the finish. He''s a fast hog.
Don''t get me wrong, the world I saw wasn''t as sprite or characterful or dense as Marios'' offerings - I mean, that''s an almost impossible task. I''m not saying that the entire game will continue to surprise and play better than it is. And that''s helped by a bit of the demo I can''t talk about. I''ll keep an eye on that later.