Sonic Unleashed is a 2008 video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series developed by Sonic Team (the PS2/Wii version was co-developed by Dimps) and published by Sega for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, and Nintendo Wii in 2008.
It is often considered by gamers that the PlayStation 2 and Wii versions of the game are inferior to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version of the game despite what critics said otherwise. This article will focus on the PlayStation 2 and Wii versions of the game.
The game follows Sonic the Hedgehog as he attempts to restore the world to normal after his nemesis, Doctor Eggman shattered the Earth by releasing a force called Dark Gaia. Sonic, Tails and a new ally called Chip must now travel the world, restoring power to the Chaos Emeralds in order to save the Earth from Eggman and Dark Gaia's clutches. The game also focuses on Sonic's Werehog form, which he gains at the beginning after coming into contact with the energy of Dark Gaia.
Why These Ports Suck
- Many camera issues, especially while controlling the Werehog.
- The Wii port is considered to be difficult because of how poorly the Wii controls were implemented.
- The Night time Werehog sections are difficult because of the terrible camera system and the controls feel even more tank-like than in the PS3 and Xbox 360 ports.
- Boring and repetitive combat in the Werehog stages.
- You sometimes have to always repeat Sonic daytime levels (eg. collecting 150 rings).
- The Werehog has more levels than the hedgehog. Reason why is that Dimps wanted to focus on the Werehog.
- Framerate issues.
- The day-time Sonic sections are very good and offer a classic and speedy Sonic experience.
- This two ports have inferior graphical quality, (specially on the PS2 port), because of the console's limitations, but the graphics still look very good.
- The soundtrack is great.
- The difficulty of this game is pretty balanced.
- The progress of getting the Sun and Moon medals are much better handled as you simply need to complete a level to get medals, the better the rank, the more medals you get. This is unlike the PS3/360 version that padded itself out by having the player find medals in each stage.
- The final level, Eggmanland, which is considered one of the longest and most difficult stages in the series, was made shorter and easier than the PS3 and Xbox 360 ports.
- The Wii version allowed use of a GameCube Controller and the Classic Controller so players could choose not to use the crappy motion controls.
- The boss fights are still awesome.
- The final battle with Dark Gaia is so much better then the fight with him in the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions.
- The werehog levels are shorter than the PS3/360 version.