Sonic Forces Nintendo Switch review

Jari Välimäki

Sonic Forces

Sonic that good old Hedgehog rascal is back, and I have to be honest here. The last Sonic game I played prior to Sonic Forces,
was years ago so I was a bit out of the loop what has happened in the Sonic Universe since I defeated Eggman on the Genesis
/ Sega Megadrive.

But I’ve enjoyed my time playing Sonic Forces, it’s got that speedy gameplay that we came to love already
on the first title released for Megadrive/Genesis, It’s got bosses that don’t go down all too easy, and some awesome graphics
on the Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo Switch version is running at 720p 30 frames per second, where as the Playstation and
Xbox versions run at a slightly higher resolution and frame rate.

The story in Sonic Forces,

It all starts with Dr. Eggman attacking good old Green Hill one day,
leading to Sonic being easily defeated by a mysterious newcomer named Infinite,
Other enemies recruited by Dr. Eggman also show up: Shadow the Hedgehog, Metal Sonic, Chaos, and Zavok.

Six months later on, without Sonic to stop him, Eggman and his forces have managed to take over most of the planet,
with only small pockets of resistance remaining.

I don’t want to spoil too much of the story/gameplay for you.

But what happens is that Sonics pals find out Sonic is alive and well, this then leads to Sonic being rescued from prison
and you together with Sonic are set up to save the day in the end.

It’s a bit of a complicated story, and over the top how it plays out.
But it’s Sonic.. and the amount of fun you will have during the levels ahead is all that matters.

The story unfolds as you play along with some nicely animated cutscenes, the voice acting in these aren’t
the best, but the animations are truly well done and the subtitles are shown in text boxes also so you can block
out that voice-acting in your mind if it’s not your cup of tea.

What I really liked about Sonic Forces is the customization ability in the beginning of the game, where you can create your own
character. There’s plenty of options on what you can create, you can pull from a cat, dog and even a bear/wolf
and others for your creation here.

Not only that, but finishing levels also brings in more customization for your character.
Plenty of options to choose from later on (outfits, gloves, shoes etc) to rack up a nice a collection.

The game itself features 30 stages, which are a mix of 3D levels featuring the modern Sonic design,
2D side scrolling levels featuring classic Sonic and of course your own character in different levels.
Each level also has a ranking system for completion, so aiming for that S rank on every level will be a challenge.
Finishing levels in certain times also brings in XP that unlocks the collectibles (challenges can be seen on the map).
Sonic Forces also features difficulty choices, Normal and Hard in case you want a little bit more to chew on.

All of the playable characters also play differently, your own creation won’t run as fast as the Sonics.
And you also posses a weapon that can be used at enemies, aswell as used as a grappling hook for
certain parts of levels ahead in your journey. Some levels also feature you using both Sonic and your avatar in the level,
mixing up that gameplay a bit from blazing fast Sonic, to a more steady You.

Graphically Sonic Forces looks great on the Nintendo Switch, and the animation cut scenes are awesome.
It’s colorful, and looks like what a Sonic game should look like. It runs without hickups in the handheld mode,
or docked mode, smoothly. The Soundtrack in Sonic Forces is largely electronic, and gives it a modern touch
I personally enjoyed the soundtrack, but I understand that Electronic music is maybe not to everyone’s liking.

The level design in the game ranges from alot of fun, to slightly frustrating. I felt as the level design took a little
hit later on in the game, and maybe there was a bit of rushing here? but overall the levels are fun to play,

The controls in game felt sometimes a bit off, And that can cause some unnecessary deaths.
Sometimes I had difficulty telling exactly where I was jumping, and that lead to deaths but
fortunately you have infinite lives here.
But the mix of different gameplay QTE:s, platforming, infinite running works for the most times well.

Final thoughts

Sonic Forces is a good looking fun game to play on Nintendo Switch, be you totally new to Sonic or a fan for years.
It will keep you occupied for a while, specially if you are aiming for mastering each level.
Or just want to play Sonic casually here and there on your Switch.

Sonic Forces (PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One)
Developer: Sonic Team
Publisher: Sega
Released: November 7, 2017

Please see respective online store for pricing or local game store.

Review code provided by Publisher.

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