Beastly Review of Sonic Frontiers
Good day fellow gamers and welcome to this new review of Sonic Frontiers available for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, and PC via Steam. This new anticipated game takes a different look into the Sonic Universe for a new generation. Will it live up to the hype that most fans have been waiting for? Let’s check it out.
Sonic Frontiers Story:
Sonic and friends are off on another adventure, but this time it seems like Robotnik a.k.a Eggman got himself into a bit of trouble. We see that Sonic is stuck on a mysterious island has his friends are scattered throughout stuck in digital limbo. Artificial intelligence guides you through these strange lands as you seek out the chaos emeralds hopefully freeing you and your friends. There is something sinister lurking and even Eggman has to find his way out.
As stated before we are keeping this spoiler free for you folks and that’s just a quick synopsis of a bit of the story. There is more to it, but we are going to go into the gameplay.
Sonic Frontiers is taking a new outlook into open-world exploration which is not the first to be done for the blue blur. It just needed some improvements through the years and this gives me Breath of the Wild Vibes in a good way. As you traverse through this world you will have to defeat enemies to find memories and gears from bosses to unlock digital levels. Once in these levels, you will have 4 objectives to accomplish to obtain as many keys as possible.
With the keys, you can unlock the cases to obtain Chaos emeralds and at first, you get a bit worried as to how quickly you can obtain the emeralds so fast. This is the interesting thing as you explore the area gathering around skills and unlocking the secrets to this first stage you will obtain the power to fight this level’s boss. Which is a huge titan and you will need the powers of the Emeralds to become supersonic.
Once that battle is done you get zapped to a new world and the Chaos Emeralds disperse like dragon balls for you to collect once again. It is a pretty neat feature, but not as cool as the new abilities you obtain as Sonic. This plays like an RPG with new moves and a battle system. Sonic can fight and utilize his speed in a better offensive way.
Sonic can chain combos and do massive damage when he maxes out the combo meter to perform an after-image attack. Massive flurries and even an energy attack to give sonic some long-range damage. Another new ability is the cyloop which is the new signature ability Sonic can perform generating an energy loop that damages enemies and pops them in the air for an on-air attack with your homing ability. Also on some surfaces, you can run up walls with your speed boost.
It all comes together to better improve Sonic’s abilities when you meet one particular Koco Elder to upgrade your speed and ring capacity by trading in Seeds and Hearts. So with your Skill Tree, you can unlock the following.
- Sonic Boom (Your projectile)
- Speed Burst
- Air Tricks
- Wild Crash
- Stomp Attack
You can combine all these attacks, but only can be used in the open world when you go into the digital world. It switches up to a semi-classic Sonic style of playing. The world is vast for the most part and fun to explore, there is something hidden and at times you will trigger a cut scene or dialogue out of nowhere. Luckily there is only your boost meter to worry about and if you get the max amount of rings, you will unlock Sonic’s true potential in speed.
So far the atmosphere and the enemies which you will have to figure out the tricks they perform are all fun to fight. As well as some of the more titan enemies that will boost your abilities. Some of the puzzles in the game can be challenging but come in handy to open up the maps. Using your cyloop ability can unlock some secrets as well, but getting as many memory tokens as possible is key to freeing your friends.
The experience and music are tranquil at times and then can get intense with boss fights. Now I am playing on the Nintendo Switch Oled which looks clean for the most part, but I am sure on the other systems visually the game looks smooth. However, I wanted it on the switch to take on the go. The experience is fun no matter what. But there are some downsides.
Speed feels off:
So, Sonic Frontiers seems to have a slow style towards it which might find a problem. Even when you start up the game you can pick between Action or Speed for experience and then your difficulty. However, it doesn’t seem that much of a difference. Hitting the boost only feels remotely fast when you are in the digital world tackling the missions to get to the finish line. That does change when you get into combat which gives you a dodge ability which timing is key and with one of your abilities you can perform your zig-zag maneuver.
However, there is still an issue with some of the controls performing some actions. Playing Sonic games has always had some form of sensitivity where you hit the controller wrong and end up off the map during a jump. It still at times feels like the game has a hard time catching up to the speed. At times it feels like Sonic is working on auto-pilot and then the game will jump to manual control at a weird time.
Nothing like speeding through a level and here is a jump, but you go too far and fall off the map. Also again when you need to dodge and the controls don’t respond at the right time. You get this weird wave line that indicates when an attack is coming, but again if the control doesn’t react at the moment, it is annoying.
Sonic Frontiers takes you on a nice new journey that is wonderful to explore. Learning about this new world and traversing it like it is one big amusement park is fun. Personally, the combat sells me entirely and all the secrets you can discover. This is the open-world sonic title that we most anticipated. Discovering this new world and what Eggman has planned is all the fun, as well as discovering new abilities for Sonic. One of the best parts is learning his new moves during the loading screens to keep the moves fresh.
There are a lot of moves to remember which at first I was overwhelmed, but as you play it starts sticking with you. The controls are not as bad to ruin the experience, but there are some hiccups. I can tell at times that the Switch OLED is struggling to play the game. That being said, Sonic Frontiers gets 4 out of 5 beastly paws.
We will be streaming more of Sonic Frontiers which you can tune in to through my Twitch Channel. Sonic Frontiers will be available on November 8th, 2022 on all platforms except Epic Games which is coming soon. – Beast Out –