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« on: 18 June, 2013, 02:18:44 pm »

So I wanna talk about Sonic Unleashed, a game thatís like 4 years old but I donít give a shit. Iíll say it straight up, I fucking love this game. The music (well thatís to be expected), the levels (debatable), etc. (ran out of things to mention) Coming off the previously god-awful Sonic í06, but hateís divided on Unleashed. Talking about the superior 360/PS3 version here btw. There were many complaints: The game is ďBoost to WinĒ (and that mentality gets you killed easily in later levels), how the hub worlds are bad (even though theyíre small and thereís only 1 point where you have to talk to people, itís pretty early on too), how you have to collect medals to proceed (which is a legitimate point), or the Werehog in general.

There might also be the level up system like an RPG but I donít hear very many even bring that up, but it was more reasonable than Sonic and the Secret Rings. The only Sonic stats that needed levelling were speed and ring energy, so he started off pretty good, on the other hand Werehog started off weak with low health, barely any combos to start with, his power up mode to unleash the beast was small, etc. Most of the levelling is spent getting the Werehog form up to speed. Honestly the only issue I really had with the Werehog levels is that he doesnít move that fast, unlike the power characters in Sonic Heroes. Also, his levels are too long compared to Sonics. A Sonic level will take around 4-5 minutes first time while a Werehog level will take 15. I just considered the combat average. Not horrible, not great, just average, because Iíve played far worse (before DMC2) and Werehog gets better as he levels up. 

The Werehog levels can be somewhat hard if you donít take the time to level up, which I did as soon as they let me do hot dog missions after Sonicís second level. They basically just have you going through levels doing 3 different objectives for Sonic: Collect rings, kill a certain amount of enemies, or finish within a time limit (these normally require using the best shortcuts). Doing the hot dog missions after every level really helps, especially for the last few levels. One annoying thing on later playthrough is that thereís someone in one continent to tell you which area the next level is available in. Even if you know what level is next, you usually canít do it until you talk to him first.

Also, having to collect tons of sun and moon medals during both Sonic and Werehogís levels, boss fights and hubs was pretty stupid. They also went to ridiculous lengths by having the requirement to play Sonicís final mandatory level, be 120 sun medals (out of 200) while the Werehogís is 100. Tons of people had a problem with that and rightfully so. I was aware of the medal requirement ahead of time and was constantly collecting medals during the game, by the time it came to the Adabat levels (last unlock), I think I had around 130 sun medals, and I had collected a majority of the ones in main levels, hubs & boss fights. But moving on, I loved the Sonic levels just like most people, but unlike most people my favorite Sonic level wasnít Spagonia (shocking, I know). Honestly, my 3 favorite levels were:

Adabat

http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=UWsXqDM_xGM

Also liked Act 3 of that since it was all about reflexes (if youíre speeding through, which is expected)

http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=XjlIBlWGnXc

Shamar

http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=mSidhvcFVBo

And Eggmanland (yes, really). Eggmanland had a big difficulty spike compared to the likes of Adabat, Shamar & Empire City. So big that they start leaving extra lives regularly 1/3 into the level just so you donít continuously see the game over screen. Itís a ridiculously long level, and thereís death-traps all over the place. Thereís also 3 hot dog time trail missions for it too, but thatís not the problem, completing the level 3 times without dying is. A first run would take between 35 minutes-1 hour. These days I can run through it in around 15 minutes. Once I eventually got used to it, I learned to really like the level once I could speed through it without dying.

http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=Dm0VQjAFDFg
http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=8kDQYeip80I
http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=g2JxhpuQGcs

Oh, thereís also one infamous side mission in Shamar worth mentioning since its far harder than others. For ages the thing stopping me doing it was the wall running section before the end.

http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=SMXB0Gl9WQI
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