Parents' Guide to

Sonic Frontiers

By Claire Crossman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Open-world version of franchise is speedy and eye-catching.

Sonic the Hedgehog glides along a rail under the title "SONIC FRONTIERS"

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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 8+

It's great for kids and adults

Sonic Frontiers Is the Breath of Fresh air That the Franchise Needed! The Story is Amazing, gameplay is Smooth, Graphics Are Insane for a sonic the hedgehog game. Its Open-zone Fun. *5 Massive Starfall Islands. Open Worlds Are amazing. Its Fantastic. If You Are a Hardcore Sonic Fan Like me, You will Adore this, If You have not played a sonic game before you will love it! The Story Goes As follows. Eggman Make And A.I. Called SAGE. Eggman Tries To Steal Ancient Technology But Gets Sucked Into "Cyberspace". Sonic,Tails And Amy Go To Kronos Island In Hope Of Finding The Chaos Emeralds. But Also get sucked into cyberspace. Sonic Arrives in Green Hill But.. Different. You will Instantly Realize that The Controls Are Silky smooth. But If You don't Like Them you can change them in the settings. Afterwards you get Droped in the Open-Zone With the Only context being. "Find the Chaos Emeralds Destroy the Titans, Break the Walls Between Dimensions." After You Leave the Tutorial Area, You Find Amy In A Weird Cage. You Give her hearts And She is Kinda saved not really. She is In Between The Cyberspace and The Real world. The only way to save Amy,Tails And Knuckles Is To Destroy The Titans And Find The Chaos Emeralds. The Story is Amazing. Filled with references and Character development. Gameplay is Good in The open zone but in Cyberspace...Not So Much. The Cyberspace Worlds Are Green Hill, Chemical Plant, Sky Sacturary, And The New One, A City. They are all mixed. good ones and bad ones. The Open-Zone However Is Fun. Filled With Many Things. Like Missions. If You Do Side Quests The World will Open Up With More Rails Springs Loops And More. and The Map Will Also open Up. Sonic Feels Like sonic again The rest of the cast also. No More "BALDY MC NOSEHAIR!" Or "SONIC HELP ME!''. It Feels like more of the Characters We Saw in unleashed And Black Knight. No More 2010's Stories. Its Back to being Serious. The Music Is awesome. Very good. the Super Sonic Fights Are Spectacular. Go Into This Game Without Spoilers. Its Worth It. No CGI Although The Trailers Had some cg. Play on hard mode for a secret ending. Overall its a 9.6/10. I 100% ed It Because It Left me wanting More..
age 12+

Frustrating controls and difficulty spikes

Requires very precise hand eye coordination because the controls are terrible. Save yourself money and your kid frustration and only buy it if you are absolutely sure they can handle it. My 10yo turned it off after 30min after failing the first big boss several times. It may have 10+ content but it is not a 10+ game.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (12 ):

If you or your kids think you know what this franchise is all about, get ready for a wake-up call! Sonic Frontiers is a huge step forward for the Sonic series, and the result is a gorgeous game with realistic environments and mechanics. Jumping between levels and open-world content helps the player refresh their focus, avoiding a situation where they become bored or "used to" content. Taking a moment in between these hyper-fast speed rounds to relax, explore the environment, and build your skill tree is a welcome dynamic that previous Sonic games lacked. Utilizing this time to improve your skillset (a required feature) will almost certainly make players more comfortable with moving forward into further gameplay, instead of becoming overwhelmed. In this way, Frontiers provides a fantastic balance of clear direction and player independence – there's no hand-holding here, but you won't find yourself needing it, either. There are few negatives to this game, but a noteworthy problem is a storyline that's lacking in detail and context. This is disappointing for an open-world game, and there are moments of confusion where the player may find themselves looking for more context.

But overall, Frontiers is a fantastic combination of the core Sonic attributes (grab the rings, bounce off of the bad guys) and a vast open world with tasks, rewards, and enemies galore. For fans of the Sonic franchise, this is most likely a welcome edition, although it is unlikely to fully replace the classic level-style that is well known and loved. Instead, Frontiers gives fans old and new a chance to see how flexible Sonic is as a character and a concept by soaring in basically any format: handheld, console, desktop, open-world, chapters, levels – you name it, and Sonic does it well.

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