UK based ‘Video game Culture’ magazine EDGE finally got around to reviewing Sonic & The Black Knight in this months issue released on news stands yesterday. Their rival Games TM scored the game an 8/10 and were generally impressed with the gameplay saying it takes a true master to keep Sonic at speed while slicing through his foes.
Edge however took a more dim view of the game and scored it a 3/10. Despite Edge’s tendency to use all of the 1-10 scale as opposed to some publications who rarely dare to dip lower than a 5 for a bad game, a three is a very damning score indeed for the magazine.
“What happened to the speed? Sonic offers us one skill and Black Knight refuses to indulge it. The Culprit? A sword in his paw that demands to taste flesh every few seconds – stopping him in his tracks for a bit of Remote fumbling. You can block and swing but the animations are ridged, bearing little relation to your gesticulating hands. There’s not enough depth to the combat to justify sacrificing the Mach speed.”
It’s not all negatives though as Edge cite that the Sonic Team are one of the few third party developers able to eek out some graphical potential from the Wii, they like the story more than Unleashed and the menu screens. Ultimately they criticize the Sonic Team for being a ‘master of packaging’; adding a number of new features to each game but not polishing any of them.
“If it’s to put Sonic back on top it needs to start thinking inside the box.”
This post was originally written by the author for TSSZ News.