Review: Sonic Forces

So it is time to give my review on Sonic Forces and tell you what I think.

I will be using the PS4 version for this review.

Sega and Sonic Team have given us a new game. Is it Good? Let’s find out.

Let’s talk about the story. I will be using the Sonic Forces theater to get a recap on the story

STORY

The game starts off, with Dr. Eggman being fed up losing to that blue blur, Sonic. This has led to him to make his latest creation that will put a stop to Sonic, and friends once and for all.

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Eggman has his forces in the city where he now has control, Sonic gets the news from Tails and meets up with them. Being able to stop his robots from causing any more damage.

Sonic then sets his sights to attack Eggman, when he is blocked by Shadow

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Sonic is confused as to why Shadow would defend Eggman, follows up with Zavok, Metal Sonic, and Chaos making a return to fight Him as well.

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Enter the new threat, Infinite. Sonic has been taken out by Infinite and co. Eggman has taken over the world, and the resistance is born. With the sole goal of taking back the world from Eggman.

And enter you, the player. You join the resistance as a rookie.

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While the resistance  is working on taking back the world, Tails is busy trying to fix the defunct Omega to be attacked by Chaos, but Chaos attack on Tails is stopped by Classic Sonic coming through a portal

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(This game ties in with Sonic Mania good ending)

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After Classic Sonic, Tails is happy but confused on how he got here. But takes a wild guess, and say it’s Eggman’s new power source that brought him here.

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We flashback to our Custom Hero meeting Infinite for the first time, being completely frozen in fear, unable to do anything as Infinite laughs, and mocks them.

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After Sonic was beaten by Infinite and co. Sonic was taken to the Death Egg. When the resistance finds out where Sonic is being held at, they send the custom hero to the Death Egg to cut the power to the prison to free Sonic

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Zavok comes to finish off Sonic, but due to our Custom Hero taking out the power, Sonic is free to fight Zavok and get out.

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After Sonic defeats Zavok, he fades away, as if he was a copy,  Sonic takes note of this, but before he can really figure out what is going on, the Death egg is starting to fall apart

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The Custom Hero is in trouble, that is, till Sonic shows up to save them from Eggman’s robots. The death egg is losing even more power.

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Sonic then makes his way to mystic jungle, where we see Silver and Infinite battle it out, but  Silver loses, and Infinite goes in to end the job but is blocked by Sonic. But Sonic gets sucker punched by Infinite.

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After Sonic managed to beat Infinite, Infinite sucker punches Sonic again and leave him for dead, Sonic comes to, wondering what is his power.

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we make our way back to Green hill where Eggman and Infinite get rid of the last Phantom ruby prototypes and his plans to build Eggman land.

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Infinite leaves and Classic Sonic shows up to stop before Eggman gets away, But Classic Sonic gives chase after the fleeing Eggman.

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Once Classic Sonic gives Eggman a classic beating, We get more info about what he plans to do, in 3 days.

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Classic Sonic and Tails head over to mystic jungle, where they meet up with the Custom Hero as they pick a phantom ruby Prototype that Silver dropped during his fight with Infinite

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once they all meet up, they head back to resistance to meet the gang

Tails say that he is happy that Sonic is ok, but Tails tells the gang about Eggman plan which will happen in 3 days. Sonic being what he says “A lot can happen in 3 days”

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Sonic makes his way to the City, where he finds Shadow.

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Later finds out that was a fake Shadow, as the real shadow shows up to attack the fake.

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Our Custom hero heads to metropolis where they meet up with Infinite. But hanging out with Sonic has made our hero brave.

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After our Hero has “beaten” Infinite. Infinite goes for one final attack, but our Hero is able to dodge the attack thanks to the phantom ruby Prototype. Infinite then later let us know, that we have 2 days left.

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Back in the city, Metal Sonic was spotted but our custom hero and Sonic put an end to him.

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After learning of the Phantom Ruby power source, They head back to the death egg to destroy, in hope of weakening the Ruby’s power

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With the death egg blown up, the ruby’s power has been weakened. Eggman, of course, is not pleased by this setback. Eggman and Infinite make a retreat back to the metropolis.

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Sonic catches up with Eggman and Infinite but falls into a trap to send Sonic into Null Space, but our hero tries to save Sonic but gets pulled in with him.

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Tails confused as to why the Phantom Ruby still has power after the ruby power source was destroyed.

Eggman learning from past mistakes informs Tails that there was a backup power source under the metropolis.

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But Thanks to teamwork, and the Phantom Ruby Prototype, our hero and Sonic have escaped the Null Space.

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Eggman then heads off to Eggman empire fortress to put his plan into action, Sonic, and co, give chase after Eggman and Infinite for the final showdown.

It is end time. Sonic and co, make their final stand against Eggman.

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Everyone joins the battle, even Omega. But Eggman plan was to use the sun. The fucking SUN to wipe out Sonic and co.

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While this is going on, The Phantom Ruby Prototype is glowing, only when our hero holds it

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With this new info, our hero goes into action and uses the Ruby the get rid of the incoming sun before everyone is wiped out.

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With all the Phantom Ruby Prototypes gone, and the Phantom Ruby now weakened, Sonic makes his way to fight Infinite one last time

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Our Custom Hero and Sonic stop Infinite for good. Infinite tries to stay and fight but no longer has the will to stay

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Eggman comes in to let Sonic know that his plan went into overtime.

Once Team Sonic takes down the fortress reactor, it’s good times, that is, till Eggman informs our heroes, that was a decoy

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Eggman has now infinite’s Phantom Ruby under his control, and Classic Sonic, Sonic, our Custom hero must fight Eggman one last time.

Once Eggman has been beaten, the Phantom Ruby breaks, the clones of Infinite, Shadow, Zavok, Metal, and chaos are gone.

And this bids farewell to Classic Sonic as he was able to remain here, so long as the Phantom Ruby does not break.

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With Classic Sonic gone, we reach the end. The resistance is no longer needed, everyone says goodbye, and our hero also leaves, but not before saying goodbye to Sonic

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End of the story and the game.


Now, we can talk about the gameplay

GAMEPLAY

So, where to start? The biggest change to Sonic forces is the lack of lives. Sonic forces finally got rid of life system, in replace of the life system is the retry system.

Modern Sonic has the boost back. I want to say this, Modern Sonic in forces is the best Sonic

Next, we have Classic Sonic, he plays close to Sonic Generations Classic Sonic, With the new DropDash from Sonic Mania. Sonic feels a bit floaty in forces.

And we have the avatar or custom hero. Modern Sonic without boosting, but have wispons

And we have Shadow the hedgehog. He is the same as Sonic but it is nice to have another character as well.

Now., the stages are broken up into sections, akin to colors overworld map. Each Stage is a different part of the level.


There are 11 Modern Sonic Stages

There are 11 Avatar or custom hero stages

There are 6 Classic Sonic stages

And 7 bosses

That gives you a grand total of 30 stages

7 zones, 2 zones are remixed

Also, red rings are back along with the number rings from lost world and the new moon rings

During late game, you will get an SOS mission for a stage where you can save an Avatar in a stage.


My Final Thoughts

I will mention the problems I have with the game.

  1. Modern Sonic stages are boost heavy, you could hold boost to beat a stage without needing to move Sonic
  2. Modern stages are short, short that you can beat a stage in 1 or 2 mins
  3. Modern stages feel too linear.
  4. Sadly, Infinite was underutilized. Infinite could have been great but missed the mark.
  5. While the story was great, I feel like it could have been even better
  6. While I have seen others bitch about Classic Sonic being bad in Sonic Forces. Yes, I will say that Classic Sonic feels forced in Sonic Forces, we have Sonic Mania, so we didn’t NEED Classic Sonic in another 3D Game. The reason Classic Sonic is here is to tie Mania in with Forces.

I think Sonic Forces is a good game. I feel the darker tone story works well for this game, a bit too edgy at times. it can be light-hearted at times.

And for Modern Sonic, as I said before, I love how Modern Sonic controls in Sonic Forces. I feel that this is the best modern Sonic to date. Sonic in Generations was ok, Forces got it right.

Sonic Forces Custom Hero is the best feature in a Sonic game. Able to create your own hero is great. Now, if you are not a fan of the custom hero, then that is your opinion.

Sonic Forces is 39.99, it is worth the price. Sonic Forces is a good game again, it’s not a GOTY, but it is still good.

Sonic Team has found the stepping stone in the right direction, Sonic Forces can be the base for the next Sonic to work on and build something great with the framework here.

And what’s better is Sonic Team is stepping out of their bubble, adding more playable characters. Able to play as Sonic, Shadow, Avatar, and Classic Sonic.

While this may not BE the Sonic game YOU want. Yes, Sonic Forces do have flaws, it’s by no means a perfect game.

And it’s no adventure game. But if you stop digging for anything awful, what you will find, is a good game here.

But that is my opinion.

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Thanks for reading my review. See you later. :3

Get Sonic Forces here

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