SEGA’s Sonic Unleashed was a very important game in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, it was the birth of a brand new ‘boost Sonic’ formula that would extend to Sonic Colors, Generations and even the latest Forces video game. At the same time it was also the start of focusing on Sonic and abandoning the friends that became mainstay since the release of Sonic Adventure.
To celebrate, I asked on Twitter what our audience thought about Sonic Unleashed, all these 11 years later. First we had a 3 hour long poll that got 459 votes and hot takes from fans:
Sonic Unleashed turns 11 years old today, it came out on the Xbox 360 in North America! What is your hot take on the game? (3 hour poll, will be doing a article on the results later):
— SEGAbits (@SEGAbits) November 20, 2019
It seems that most people think fondly of Sonic Unleashed, which upon release got mixed reviews from websites mostly due to its Werewolf aspect. But maybe all these years later, gamers have become more forgiving? It seems over half of our audience considers the game to be good to great, with only 11% expressing that Sonic Unleashed was bad.
SEGAbits contributor Dakota weighs in on Sonic Unleashed‘s legacy:
As for the game, the level design in the daytime was mostly well done. And there Werehog was fine, just didnt need the gameplay to be 5x longer than the day stages. Also, since the Hedgehog Engine was new, lot of bugs and physics issues kept the game from being great.
— Dakota 😊 (@NoNeckKota) November 21, 2019
One thing that a lot of people forget was how long Werewolf stages in Sonic Unleashed got. It could take up to half an hour to complete some of those stages!
SEGAbits’ resident Spicy Boy FlareHabanero says:
Suffers from too much filler and frustrating game design, but at least the ambition can be appreciated on principle.
— SPICY BOY (@FlareHabanero) November 20, 2019
Mr. Linkabel shows his respect for the passion behind Sonic Unleashed:
I like to see it as a game with a lot of passion and ambition. Though, that passion and ambition can’t overcome its flaws.
— Linkabel (@AbelMunizJr) November 20, 2019
Here are other hot takes from other Twitter users on Sonic Unleashed legacy, over a decade later:
Great looking levels, controls needed tweaking which Generations improved on! The Sun and Moon levels where unnecessary and time wasters! The story was great and great music! I actually like the werehog!
— David Charpentier (@DavidCharpen55) November 21, 2019
Coming off of Sonic 2006 (I didn’t get a wii till a few years later, so I didn’t play those Sonic games till afterwards) was a mixed bag. The daytime stages were fantastic. But the night time stages were too long. That and they ruined the music everytime you got in a fight.
— SEGA MAN (@SEGA_FAN1989) November 21, 2019
It’s a ok game, The day stages are fun to blast through and werehog stages are fine however collecting sun and moon metals are a pain and it makes the werehog levels slow and boring to play through over and over again
— GreatwhiteStudios Hollywood🇺🇸🎁 🎄 (@Greatwstudios) November 20, 2019
its a great game
but only on the xbox one x, cause it can run at an actually playable framerate
— nt148 (@nt_148) November 20, 2019
It’s honestly the best we had in the last 15 years
— Zero Edge 🐝🐺 (@Yoh_Spades) November 20, 2019
Enjoyed it but the level system wasn’t great for me and it has possibly my least favourite final boss.
— robmaster64 (@robmaster_64) November 20, 2019
I got to a point where I just couldn’t play anymore. It was awful, the concept and premise was fucking bizarre and the combat and platforming was just weird and offputting.
— Nova (@oadriax) November 20, 2019
Sorry. It comes close, but no cigar. A large part of the affection for that game is the fan service, and the good qualities that aren’t fanservice are built off of Unleashed’s already incredibly solid foundation anyway.
— Cameron Turner (@Hypo_Thermick) November 20, 2019
The game is good but definitely not the best in the series. Werehog itself was fine but his levels were boring because they were long. Another problem is medals. They force the player to play other side levels and collect them in order to progress. Other than that, game is solid
— Kenes (@27Kenes) November 21, 2019
It’s the last Sonic game with a good original story 🤷♂️ and the gameplay and visuals are still fun to play through, and the amount of content is outstanding 👌
— Dorek Bregonzo (@DorekBregonzo) November 21, 2019
Played the Wii version to completion. Actually enjoyed it more than Colors for some reason. Wouldn’t put it over Generations though
— Steve ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@SteveSnowmn) November 21, 2019
There’s an unspoken rule that every Sonic game is considered garbage until all the people who played it when they were eight grow up and get really nostalgiac for it.
Mark my words in 2027 people will consider Sonic Forces a masterpiece
— midmad (@themidmad) November 21, 2019
not the best game, but not horrible by any means. the day stages are great fun, and the night stages are, while slow, not nearly as boring and horrible as people seem to believe. pulling off combos with Sonic’s stupidly big arms is pretty great fun tbh
— VanillaPop (@vanilla_p0p) November 21, 2019
Good and Alright are the best ways to describe it.
Gameplay is mixed, but I enjoyed the story bits.
— Rezrave (@Rezrave) November 21, 2019
It’s not great.
Colors and Generations are much better games
— Michael Reid (@Spectrumbots42) November 21, 2019
Maybe we will do more articles on here celebrating other games’ Anniversaries and let you guys sound off on our Twitter. So follow us if you haven’t. If you didn’t get a chance to sound off, you can tell us what you think about Sonic Unleashed 11 years later, in the comments below.Ad: