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E3 2010: Sonic Colors first impressions

Seriously, though: F*** the Werehog from Sonic Unleashed. That platform padding sullied what was otherwise a pretty great game. Thankfully, everything we genuinely liked about Sonic Unleashed – the running, homing dashes, and glorious sense of speed – has been retained in a 3D game much closer to the hedgehog you know and love.


Above: Liberating those white creatures builds your boost

But the colors, children. The colors! Get to know your Wisps. They’re the alien race Eggman’s put in jeopardy with his tyrannical feat of interstellar architecture AND they’re also the creatures that will endow Sonic with special abilities. Before you moan and groan, thanks to the still-burning pain from stretchy wolf arms, know that every ability preserves Sonic’s innate sense of speed. We only got to see two color powers/Wisps in action, but they look like pretty promising gameplay enhancements.


Above: Cyan powers: ACTIVATE!

The Cyan Wisp turned Sonic into a lightning fast wreaking ball, sort of like a spin dash you can point in any direction. Ricochet off a wall, plow though enemies, and connect yourself to color-corresponding crystals that can take Sonic to new heights. The Yellow power-up put Knuckle’s burrowing prowess to shame and shot Sonic underground like a torpedo to collect rings and visit areas that are otherwise unreachable. Speaking of torpedoes, we didn’t get to play an underwater level, but we’re told that the yellow power up will also remedy Sonic’s water weakness.

We don’t blame you if you don’t believe us, but Sonic Colors did pretty well by us. And if that doesn’t do it for old schoolers, it’s not like you don’t have Sonic 4 to look forward to. Oh! While we didn’t get to play it, we’re told the DS version of Sonic Colors is similar to Sonic Rush! Wow… 2010 turning into a great year to be a Sonic fan.


Above: Yum!

Jun 16, 2010

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  • killswitchmad116 - June 17, 2010 9:38 a.m.

    Wait....If you look around the web you'll find a tech demo for the original Sonic on the Saturn it was just like Mario Galaxy so therefore Galaxy nicked Segas idea :)
  • QWERTYCommander - June 17, 2010 5:26 a.m.

    Damn I wish I was Sonic in that last picture.
  • milesgregory - June 17, 2010 5:03 a.m.

    Ha!!! Funny thought what if this is the game that a couple years from now gets sega back. That would be funny. But seriously folks this looks good. They just need to make Panzer Dragon (am I the only one yes no...whatever) oh and phantasy star. Maybe Ristar 2 (I jizzed) but sega needs to get back on top whether it be with an actual console or just releasing the best games for nintendo.
  • StickyLungs - June 17, 2010 4:06 a.m.

    I guess I'll give this game a shot, but I feel like I have stockholm syndrome.
  • 510BrotherPanda - June 17, 2010 3:33 a.m.

    As long as it doesn't have crappy dialogue cut scenes, the other "Sonic" animals, and human/ furry make-out time....
  • n00b - June 17, 2010 2:14 a.m.

    remember sonic unleashed looked good until a few weeks till release... thats when they reveled the warehog and sonic was crap again.
  • Cyberninja - June 17, 2010 2:09 a.m.

    wow this is a really good year to be a nintendo fan
  • SaltyWalnuts - June 17, 2010 1:27 a.m.

    flying through crazy worlds at high speeds with no lame friends and no speed breaking tranformations... fuck it, against my better judgement i am sold on this game. looks awesome.
  • Tenfey - June 17, 2010 1:02 a.m.

    Maybe someday we can move past this bigotry and refer to them as 'Sonic-Americans'
  • VirAetas - June 17, 2010 1 a.m.

    Admittedly, I'm nervous yet hopeful for this game. I was actually intrigued by the first preview you posted a couple weeks back. However, the other unnamed wisp powers worry me. All Sonic needs to do is run fast, and faster. But like all fans, I'll get my hopes foolishly high and then have them dashed at the last second when the final wisp turns him into vampire with stretchy legs and a terrible text tree driven plot. Like Mass Effect except with terrible animal puns.
  • shyfonzie - June 17, 2010 12:32 a.m.

    My prediction: Sonic in a slow jetpack.
  • likejenga - June 17, 2010 12:32 a.m.

    @theemporer that took me a while but i loled many times
  • RocketPenis - June 17, 2010 12:20 a.m.

    Heres to hoping, that this game will be good.
  • theemporer - June 17, 2010 12:15 a.m.

    In a week they will reveal the swatchhog.
  • db1331 - June 17, 2010 12:11 a.m.

    Follow along with me: The last several Sonic games have been terrible. Sonic Colors is a Sonic game. Sonic Colors will be _______.
  • mgkyo666 - June 16, 2010 11:58 p.m.

    @Tronto13 You spelled one wrong... IRONY!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • SenatorPepper - June 16, 2010 11:57 p.m.

    Yup. I'm going to drool. Don't care. Optimistic. Like Thom Yorke.
  • Metroidhunter32 - June 16, 2010 11:47 p.m.

    Just so long as it doesn't control like secret rings. That was just god awful.

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