Sonic The Hedgehog
PlayStation 3/Xbox 360
*** (2.5 stars)
OVERVIEW: Everyone’s favorite caffeinated hedgehog is back, celebrating its 15th anniversary on the next-gen platforms. The plot is pretty simple: Set in a city of water known as Soleanna, Sonic must rescue the foxy Princess Elise and save the world from the sinister Dr. Eggman. Seriously, how old is this concept?
GAMEPLAY: Sonic must’ve hit the Red Bull, because this is the fastest he’s ever been. This time around, he’s got a new friend: Silver, who’s also part of the cuddly hedgehog variety. This tiny gray monkey can do all sorts of things via mind power: lift vehicles, hover in the air, and even stop bullets.
GRAPHICS: It should come as no surprise that the PS3 and Xbox 360 Sonic is the most good-looking game yet. Surfing wind paths at light speed, grinding lengthy rails, and pinballing around the screen is slicker and quicker than ever.
ENTERTAINMENT: I dunno, Sonic is likeable but fifteen years likeable? The addition of Silver and his telekinetic powers is a welcome addition—that little squirt can perform more impossible missions than Tom Cruise. Ewww, that was very Nate Sherwood of me.—Gamey Thomas