I’ve got a ton of respect for the guys at GameTrailers for providing great video content and in-depth, entertaining video reviews. They are also usually on the same wavelength as I am when it comes to judging a game. Their review of the upcoming Sonic Colo(u)rs is one of the first out of the gate for this hotly-anticipated, cycle-breaking game. As of today, they have placed the lowest score on the game with a 6.4/10. What?
While I think this score is a tad harsh (considering that they gave shittier 3D Sonic games better scores), GT mentions what most reviewers have thus far omitted: lingering issues 3D Sonic, which probably ruined the game for them entirely. From my brief playtime with the game, I can say that there are some frustrating design choices in Sonic Colo(u)rs that are held over from the Dreamcast era, like blind spots (resulting in sudden, unfair spikes in difficulty), inconsistent level design or SEGA’s “close, but not quite” physics. It’s a moment where you just say, “It’s 2010 and these issues still exist?” It’s kind of a turn-off and I can see where GT is coming from, even though it has yet to break the game for me.
None of this is implying, from my point of view anyway, that Colors is a bad/average game. From what I’ve played, this game is a vast improvement. SEGA’s getting there. The improvements to 3D Sonic and the game’s “no bullshit” approach have been appealing to me, coloring my impressions on the positive side. It’s just that while I was having fun, I did notice these issues and was perplexed that most reviewers passed up the opportunity to point them out for the benefit of future Sonics, especially since they’ve been around for so long.
Check back here at Retro around release time to see if we think Sonic Colo(u)rs is truly the best 3D Sonic game.
Also, lol @ everybody attacking GT for this review. “BUT EVERYBODY ELSE GAVE THIS GAME AN 8/10 WAAAAAAAH.” So, do you want all reviews to be the same? How boring. Good luck with that. Another classic is “YOU SUCK AT PLAYING THIS GAME THATS WHY WAAAAAAH.” Contrary to popular belief, it is possible for a developer to make bad choices. Some people really suck at understanding the concept of opinions.
(“Reach For the Stars” is still a horrible theme song.)