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Vook's Review: Sonic Unleashed

Vook's writes: "Sonic, the famous blue hedgehog, was once a pinnacle in gaming. In the golden era of 8-bit and 16-bit gaming machines, Sonic stood shoulder to shoulder with Mario in terms of popularity. As the years have passed, Sega have struggled to develop a Sonic title that captures the brilliance of the earlier Sonic adventures. The Sonic games were famous for their insane sense of speed, so with the arrival of 3D gaming came a decline in Sonic games. The various modern Sonic titles I have played have been mixed in quality, though even the better ones leave much to be desired. Sonic Unleashed is the title of Sonic's newest adventure. Will it be the game to bring Sonic back to his former, dizzying heights? Or is it just another nail in the coffin...

The premise behind Sonic Unleashed is somewhat unique as it involves Sonic being transformed into a Werehog. At the beginning of the game, you are treated to a beautiful looking cutscene that sets for the scene for the remainder of the game. In it, Dr Robotnik (a much cooler name than Eggman) traps Sonic in a forcefield that helped him procure the Chaos Emeralds that Sonic was carrying. Robotnik then reversed the polarity of the Emeralds, unleashing a dark force on Earth known as Dark Gaia. On top of this, the world was also split into seven continents and Sonic was transformed into a Werehog. Despite his change (which, consequently, only occurs at night), Sonic must gather his strengths and find a way to restore order to the chaos that has been unleashed upon the world. Luckily, Sonic has help in the form of Chip, another sidekick (there are far too many silly characters in the Sonic universe) who guides Sonic throughout the game."

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