WorthPlaying writes: "he Sonic the Hedgehog franchise has not exactly met with positive response in recent years. Anyone who grew up in the '90s and owned a Genesis has a warm spot in their hearts for the blue blur, but for the current young generation of gamers, Sonic is the embodiment of failure. Games like Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 are among some of the worst "big name" titles released in recent years, and even the games that could be called "good," such as Sonic Chronicles or Sonic and the Secret Rings, are relentlessly mediocre instead of being high-quality. And yet Sonic the Hedgehog offers something no other game on the market does ? a fast-paced platforming adventure ? so gamers are willing to keep giving it a shot, despite disappointment after disappointment.
Sonic Unleashed is probably the best Sonic game in years, and it begins where just about any other nonexistent Sonic game would end. Sonic has collected all seven Chaos Emeralds, turned into Super Sonic, and busted his way onto Dr. Robotnik's outer space fleet, smashing everything in his path and generally being Sonic. Unfortunately for him, the not-so-good Dr. Robotnik was prepared for this and laid a trap. He siphons the power of the Chaos Emeralds from Sonic and uses it to fire a beam that blows up the Earth, releasing a terrible monster called Dark Gaia, who dwells within the planet's core. For some inexplicable reason, this also causes Sonic to turn into a werewolf, or rather, a werehog. Robotnik promptly boots the now-werehog Sonic off his ship and onto the shattered Earth, along with the drained Chaos Emeralds. It's up to Sonic and his latest new sidekick, a floating fairy with amnesia named Chip, to find a way to repower the Chaos Emeralds and rescue the world."