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Sonic: Lost World review round up

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I was actually really looking forward to Sonic: The Lost World; the Nintendo-exclusive sonic game that seemed to recapture the magic of the bastardly-fast blue hedgehog’s first games, only infused with a little Super Mario Galaxy inspired gameplay. I honestly don’t know what I was thinking. Modern Sonic games, barring a few exceptions, have been pretty piss-poor. Surprise! the new one’s not great either. 

Here’s what critics have to say of the Wii U version of the game. Reviews have been mixed, from somewhat positive, to goddamned awful.

  • CVG: 7/10 – It’s a shame that there are just too many niggly bits, control flaws and frustrating moments to simply pass off as flukes, meaning Lost World will ultimately go down as merely a good Sonic game rather than the exceptional one it constantly threatens to be.
  • Destructoid: 7.5/10 – Lost World, like so many Sonic games, has caused me to yell in anger and give up in frustration. Unlike most of the "modern" installments, however, it’s also regularly thrust itself back into my favor with excellent level structuring and excitingly paced action. For every awful segment that fails, there are at least two that succeed. While I have snarled angrily at the game, I’ve smiled with delight a lot more. I must once again emphasize that the game’s new attitude takes some warming up to, but as soon as it clicks with you, it’s hard to hate.
  • Edge: 4/10 – Sonic games, and platformers in general, have always been about memorising the lay of the land, but rarely have mistakes been so costly or heavily punished, and it says much that one retailer’s preorder bonus consists solely of 25 additional lives. This isn’t a question of difficulty, but of design: unfortunately for Sonic, people who have grown up with Nintendo hardware have come to expect much better than this.
  • Eurogamer: 4/10 – It’s telling that the highlights of Lost World are the moments where Sonic Team allows the hedgehog to do what he does best: high-velocity platforming that tests your ability to follow high-speed action and to reflexively respond to danger. Yet these brief flickers of life are few and far between, buried within a flabby, disjointed mess of a game.
  • Game Informer: 5/10 – Last generation’s Sonic Generations and Sonic Colors were both poor attempts to fuse 2D and 3D platforming, and it’s sad to see Sonic Team fail to improve following those stumbling points. Lost World’s obvious inspiration from Super Mario Galaxy appeared to be a step in the right direction, but the core game is sub-par even by Sonic’s standards.
  • GamesRadar: 4/5 – Sonic Lost World feels like a Sonic game, works like a Mario game, and feels totally at home on the Wii U as a result. With the most convincing 3D Sonic gameplay by some margin, it’ll no doubt be looked back on as the game that aimed for the Galaxy, missed by a small amount, but still landed in the stars.
  • GameSpot: 5/10 – There were moments when I thought it might all come together, when Sonic’s fun, if slightly erratic, speed would be matched to levels that were intelligently designed to make the most of it. There were some brief glimpses of that, but for the most part, Sonic Lost World is confused and derivative, and tries far too hard to be clever without any clever design to back it up.
  • IGN: 5.8 – Sonic Lost World lacks speed, precision and fluidity making it a big step back for the Blue Blur.
  • Joystiq: 2.5/5 – Sonic: Lost World tries to shift the series in a new direction, and the results meet with limited success, especially in earlier levels. Its gameplay variety is appreciated up to a point, but Sonic: Lost World misses the mark more often than it succeeds, as frustrating level design and
  • VideoGamer: 5/10 – Sonic: Lost World occasionally seems really good. It looks lovely, some of the earlier levels are pretty fun to speed through (they flip between 2D and 3D like Sonic Generations) and he doesn’t awkwardly smooch any humans like in the 2006 abomination. But for every section where you think things might look up, there are two or three that make you wish he was roadkill.

More Sonic that’s middle of the road stuff? Colours me surprised.

Last Updated: October 18, 2013

19 Comments

  1. Spathi

    October 18, 2013 at 14:01

    Ah fack. Had such high hopes.

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  2. Spathi

    October 18, 2013 at 14:01

    Ah fack. Had such high hopes.

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    • marilynbright23

      October 22, 2013 at 22:27

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  3. oVg

    October 18, 2013 at 14:01

    I am sure The Escapist will give it a higher score than GTAV.

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      October 18, 2013 at 14:04

      lol

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    • NecroRince

      October 18, 2013 at 14:42

      AHAHAHA Still sore about that huh?

      Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      October 18, 2013 at 15:05

      Polygon will give it a higher score than The Last of Us. What a worthless droll that publication is.

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      • Spathi

        October 18, 2013 at 15:10

        Yup. It’s like a hipster colony. KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!

        Reply

  4. oVg

    October 18, 2013 at 14:09

    1988 NINTENDO FANBOY 4 LIFE
    YOU SEGA bitches. KEEP YOUR RED BLOOD in Mortal Kombat 😛

    look!!! Your Whore of a hedgehog even ended up batting on our side. (DARN I wish I was back at school again, those lunch time fist fights with the SEGA DORKS were classic)

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    • Hammersteyn

      October 18, 2013 at 14:28

      I had to explain to farm boys in detail the magic of Mortal Kombat. They could not even begin to imagine to concept of gaming nor how it’s possible to rip someones head off.

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      • NecroRince

        October 18, 2013 at 14:43

        I hope you obliged and showed them?

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  5. NecroRince

    October 18, 2013 at 14:45

    I thought the Hog was DEAD…

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  6. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    October 18, 2013 at 15:04

    Sounds like game of the year to me!

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    • NecroRince

      October 18, 2013 at 15:08

      HAHAHAH! BOOM! 🙂

      Reply

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