Sonic Frontiers

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a game by Sonic Team
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 7.5/10, based on 2 reviews
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Sonic Frontiers
Sonic Frontiers
Sonic Frontiers

Fans of the blue hedgehog have been looking forward to the latest game in the franchise, Sonic Frontiers since its announcement. The breathtaking game, revealed in 2021, promises to excite fans new and old alike. Sonic Frontiers is a powerful, open world experience that takes the best developers Sonic Team have to offer and runs with it. It is the first open world Sonic game ever to be released, but still has lots of 3d Platforming to keep old fans satisfied. Scheduled to be released on an unknown date in 2022, here’s everything we know about this spectacular game.

Stunning Graphics

The first thing players will notice about Sonic Frontiers is the stunning graphics. It’s difficult to compare these graphics to other games because they are so stand out. The backdrops are richly detailed, with sweeping fields, realistic water, and ancient ruins.

The game is simply beautiful in every possible way, to the point where Sonic’s bold character looks a little out of place. It looks as if Sonic the Hedgehog got dropped into Shadow of the Colossus, and they’re trying to make a game around it.

A game for everyone

The mixed look of old time sonic and the incredible world he’s placed in may be intentional. The game is being developed by some of the best in the game, including game director Morio Kishimoto and original writer Ian Flynn. The goal was to create a game that would appeal to both old school Sonic the Hedgehog lovers, as well as new players who are looking for innovation and creativity in the field.

Open World Experience

We know very little about the game at this time, but what we do know is encouraging. The game is set to have open world zones where players are free to explore, with some platforming involved as well. This is unique for a Sonic the Hedgehog game, which has previously never offered Open World before. The result is strongly reminiscent of Breath of the Wild, but with traditional Sonic the Hedgehog platforming still threaded in.

The open world is set on the Star Fall Islands, which you are free to explore while playing the game. The Islands even have their own unique biomes ranging from ancient ruins to flowery fields. Many of these are featured in the preview so you can get a close look at the raw beauty that awaits.

It’s impossible to say how good this game truly is without playing it first, but the game is certainly promising based on what we have seen. The game appears to have everything we need for an enjoyable experience, including a breathtaking world to explore, a fantastic character to get behind, and a story to challenge our minds.

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While we don’t know much about the story yet, we do know the development team is usually very good at creating exciting plots for players to enjoy, and that Sonic Frontiers will be one of the best games of 2022.

Pros:

  • Beautiful graphics
  • Open world exploration
  • Hours of gameplay

Cons:

  • Unknown

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

For years, the Sonic the Hedgehog character has been trapped in limbo. It has been a long time since a truly unique and enjoyable Sonic game was developed. The creation of 2022 release Sonic Frontiers, though, is the aim to try and chance this. Developed by Sonic Team, this game is aiming to try and add a fresh new approach to the series.

You will explore the Starfall Islands in a bid to pick up Chaos Emeralds. The game starts as you fall through a wormhole into the island, and get separated from friends Tails and Amy Rose. With the game not out yet but enough information to form a general view, what is our view of this new approach to the Sonic franchise?

Sonic in an open world? Hmmm

The first thing to note is that Sonic Frontiers is unlike other Sonic releases, such as Sonic Mania. Instead, this game is built around an open world – the first Sonic game to go down this route. Immediately, though, fans were a little worried – was this going to be a dense and enjoyable open world? Or something drab and empty looking? Sadly, so far it does look like the latter.

In a bid to cool fan uproar, though, the development team made clear that within the open world there would also be more traditional Sonic-style levels. If you had to compare this game to any Sonic title, it would be Sonic Adventure. Still, there is enough variety and difference here to really set Sonic Frontiers on its own.

Sonic Frontiers is a highly ambitious title in that it takes so many risks with the usual Sonic formula. So far, though, it does not look like it will be able to stick a landing quite the same way as Sonic Mania did. Fans of the blue hedgehog tend to like the games to stick to what they do best; this looks to be a hodgepodge of ideas from various other game styles mixed into a world where it does not combine properly.

An ambitious idea that might not land (7/10)

There is not enough information out there yet to form a truly final opinion, but so far we have to say that Sonic Frontiers does not look up to scratch. The world looks barren and cheap at times, with large swathes of nothing. Yes, we get that you are moving fast as Sonic and thus much of the background would be a blur as you zoom around. Still, that does not forgive the total lack of energy and freshness being seen within the content released so far.

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This looks like it will be one of the less enjoyable Sonic titles. Most Sonic games outside of Sonic Adventure that have tried to go in a new route tend to fall down – and it is easy to see why. Sadly, it looks like Sonic Frontiers will fall down the same traps as previous iterations that changed the formula too much.

Pros

  • A new approach is something to be celebrated, even if it does not quite work
  • The blend of open world and Sonic-style levels should at least keep things fresh

Cons

  • Limited quality and a drab looking open world does not inspire much confidence
  • Storyline sounds like it was built to suit the gameplay

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