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Sonic the Hedgehog
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this game is extremely confusing and difficult to play. Bad camera angles, quirky controls, difficult saving options, and meaningless side missions combine to make this a frustrating game. There is some fantasy violence in the form of throwing bombs, boulders, and other items.
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What's it about?
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG for Xbox 360 takes the classic Sonic \"need for speed\" formula and adds next-gen graphics, multiple characters, and a compelling story. Unfortunately, something went horribly wrong in the execution. While speed is Sonic's trademark, in this game you only really achieve that by using booster ramps.
Is it any good?
The camera angles stink -- most of the time, the camera sticks to the player, but when you are faced with the task of defeating a robot more than four times your size, you won't even begin to know how to contain him on your screen, much less attack him. On other occasions, Sonic will be going too fast for the camera, which will, inevitably, lead to death. The quirky controls can be every bit as frustrating. Another problem: the checkpoints are few and far between and extra lives are unheard of.
Sonic does do some things right. You can control a cast of vastly different characters. The graphics, at times, look like they belong on an Xbox 360, and the cut-scenes look really great. But take everything into account, and even diehard fans of the series will have trouble making it through the entire game - this one's not even a renter.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the disappointment of playing a bad game. Is it more frustrating than seeing a really awful movie? How could the game have been much better? What are the worst parts? Which games get it right? If you like the Sonic character already, are you a little more forgiving about this game's quality or even more disappointed?
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