NZGamer writes: "Sonic hasn't had the best of times in three dimensions. His first proper foray, Sonic Adventure for the Dreamcast, was arguably the best, and it's all been downhill from there – just look to Metacritic for conformation. After his disastrous initial next-gen adventure, he's back on all the major consoles. But while there are hints of goodness in there, sadly those moments are buried beneath a pile of confusingly bad design decisions and lycanthropy.
It's a bit of a challenge to review new Sonic games. On the one hand, you have people like me, who played the 2D titles when the series was at its arguable peak. But on the other hand, you have a much younger set of gamers who Sega have obviously been targeting more and more. So while I'll criticize this game based on what a gamer will see, it's likely that the majority of those who buy Sonic Unleashed are far removed from the kind of person who would typically read this review."