Sonic the Hedgehog



Atrocious design problems sink Sonic.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Fantasy violence involving kicks, dashes, throwing boulders, bombs, and other explosives.


There's an implied romance between Sonic and a female character.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360
Available online?Available online
Developer:Sega of America
Release date:November 14, 2006
ESRB rating:E10+ for Fantasy violence (Xbox 360)

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Teen, 13 years old Written byHotaru Chan November 3, 2010


The glitches make the game difficult to play, and the story isn't that great either. The only thing good is the music, in my opinion.
Teen, 17 years old Written bynduns April 9, 2008

Sonic the Hedgehog? More like Sonic the Disaster

Thank you Spax3 for that title. Anyway, this game was way too flawed for me to enjoy. Okay, yes, I'll admit, the plot wasn't bad. I don't like Sonic getting involved with a human, though. (That and Sarah's a useless character anyway) Graphics are good, but some characters were altered such as Eggman. Silver is about the only cool thing about his game and his controls are awkward and all he can do is levitate objects. Worst thing of all is the loading screen. No matter what you do to get to another scene, there's going to be a minute and a half long loading screen that really takes the fun out of it because once the screen is gone, you'll feel less enthusiastic about getting to the next part. There are many other glitches but I just don't wanna get into them all.
Adult Written byjoshua martinez April 28, 2010

10 and up.

sonic the hedgehog is a very disappointed game because of the camera angles and the glitches that happens a lot and the loading time and controlling sonic through the super speed area makes this a very frustrating game and parents the only thing you need to worry about is the mild cartoon violence in this game.
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