Sonic And The Secret Rings Review

Sonic And The Secret Rings

by David McComb |
Published on

While Mario and his kitschy cohorts handled the transition from two- to three-dimensions with aplomb, none of Sega’s 3D Sonic games have ever recaptured the mercurial spirit of the fleet-footed Mega Drive classics. And while Secret Rings is cruelly flawed, it’s still a huge improvement on Sonic’s excreable Xbox 360 and PS3 outings, and the blue streak’s finest 3D adventure to date.

Ditching the traditional set-up in favour of motion controls, playing Secret Rings sees gamers tilting the Wii remote from side-to-side to steer Sonic as he sprints towards a goal, a simple system that reclaims the bewildering blend of platforming and racing that made the series famous and fixing the erratic stop-start gameplay that marred recent editions. The game’s RPG elements where you evolve Sonic’s skills also bring a fresh dimension to the gameplay, and the lush graphics are the best the Wii has to offer this side of Zelda.

Sadly, the occasionally sluggish controls and spasmodic in-game camera mean Sonic’s Wii debut is far from perfect, but Secret Rings still shows there’s plenty of life in the old hedgehog yet.

Just so you know, whilst we may receive a commission or other compensation from the links on this website, we never allow this to influence product selections - read why you should trust us