In a world full of Sonic fan games, Sonic World does more than enough to stand out in a positive way. If you are a fan of the famous blue hedgehog then I am sure you will get a great deal out of this game. It has a ton of fan service in it and that for most Sonic fans will be what makes this so addictive.
The Fab 32!
As I write this Sonic World has 32 characters! I say as I write this because it is my understanding that they are not finished with this game yet and more are coming. What I really like is that this is a Sonic game and a Sonic game only. They have not tried to force in characters from other Sega franchises here.
The characters are awesome and as you would expect, Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, Shadow and Amy are here, but so are others such as Cream, Vector, and characters from more recent games like Lost World and Sonic Boom. It is very, very impressive the number of characters that they have managed to include here.
Another thing that is awesome about the characters is that each one has their own abilities. This means that certain characters are required to get part certain sections on various levels.
Pick Your Team Of Three
Sonic World is interesting in that you pick a team of three. This may be ringing bells of Sonic Heroes, but it is not like that at all. Instead of having predetermined teams, you are free to pick whatever three characters you want. As you have the whole roster unlocked from the start, you are free to pick your dream team. What I like about this is that it is possible to pick just a team of your three favorite Sonic characters if you want. Or you can be a bit more strategic and pick characters whose abilities are going to allow you to get through the levels easier.
How Does It Play?
There is not an actual story that you play through in this game. Sonic World is just about getting through the different levels. The levels are all new and even ones that are based on classic Sonic levels have been made in a unique way for this game.
The gameplay is rather mixed. The controls take a long time to get used to and playing with a gamepad is way more hassle than it should be. Each character has three special moves and each special move needs its own dedicated button. It can make mapping a controller a bit of a nightmare so I would suggest just using the keyboard as there is a default layout for it.
I do not think that the controls are bad, they are kind of like Sonic Adventure if I had to compare them to a brand-new Sonic game. That is not a bad thing at all as I think that the two Sonic Adventure games are fantastic. Just know that there is a bit of a learning curve with the controls here.
As a huge Sonic fan, I have had a great deal of fun messing around with Sonic World. Clearly, the people behind this are huge Sonic fans and that shows thanks to the huge amount of fan service that the game has. While the controls are not perfect, there is so much content here in terms of characters, their abilities and the levels. That you will find yourself putting many hours into this. If they can fix the control issues, I would easily score this at 8 or higher!
- Features 32 Sonic characters
- Each character has their own abilities
- Kind of feels like Sonic Adventure
- You get to make your dream team of Sonic characters
- Tons of fan service
- The controls are a little loose
- No actual story to the game
Download Sonic World
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP