There is much to say in this Sonic Colors Ultimate review. For example: what must a remaster meet to be considered good quality. Sonic Colors had its time in 2010, and it was one of those games that tried to mix the best of both worlds. He wanted to continue with that 3D style of his time, but also to separate himself from the great failures of this by integrating the best of Sonic 2D, such as Sonic Mania.
And although it did not manage to be the best Sonic game in any of these aspects, it did have a lot of personality by merging both styles of games. And is that this game comes with a set of power-ups in the form of aliens which as a new mechanic has a lot to offer in the game. Sonic Colors is a game that allows you to play in many ways: you can just finish the levels by passing obstacles at full speed, or you can try to get each of the elements of the level, which will require you to master its mechanics.
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Sonic Colors Ultimate review
The truth is that Sonic Colors is a game that has already shown what it was and what it could give in its time. And although it never became a game recognized among the best of Sonic, I always enjoy good health for being a game that made everyone fans and non-fans will have a good time. Now, does the remaster manage to bring this old game back to life with improvements that make it the best version of it? Yes it does, although with buts.
And these buts are in that not all the game was treated with the same attention and detail. We will delve into this analysis of Sonic Colors Ultimate later.
The best is the level design
If there is something Sonic Colors has to offer you, it is a great level design full of hidden areas, playable options, which open as you play. Many times you will find alternative and completely different ways to go through the levels, their platforms and puzzles, which gives Sonic Colors a lot of replayability. Although the game can be finished in about five hours or less, getting all the red rings, the unlockables and clearing all the extra phases will take you twice as long.
And it is not only a design issue in relation to gameplay, but also in visual terms. Since always, Sonic Colors looked great, but onthis remastering makes the game look totally renewed and better than ever. Neon, blue tones, scenes full of dizzying action or relaxing moments, good music from the series, and above all a lot of personality. Some levels are quite short, others are full of complexity. And this gives it a certain rhythm that makes the experience interesting.
Most of the levels focus on you having to explore it to discover how to reach the red rings on the level. This is done through level design where you can clearly go from point “A” to point “B” without problems (most of the time), but also ignoring all the secrets that each level hides. Not that all levels are easy. In fact some people can hit the peaks of difficulty of certain levels.
But thanks to the checkpoints, plus you have infinite lives, everyone will have the necessary opportunities to discover what they lack in the game.
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A half remastering
I think the biggest problem with Sonic Colors Ultimate is that it didn’t treat all parts of the game with equal appreciation. The reason for this is foreign to me, and most likely it just wasn’t possible to do it. But the fact that you go from a remastering with so much focus on levels to a few cutscenes that look like they did on the Wii in 2010 It’s disappointing. And well, this does not take away anything playable from the game, but it does subtract points as a remastering.
The script of the game remains as the original, and that means that if you expect a deep plot, you are looking in the wrong place, but you already knew that from the beginning. Instead, the game is fun, funny, and It is completely dubbed into Spanish (from Spain). This is exactly why I needed that remastering in the cutscenes, because I wanted to be able to see it as good as it feels.
Another technical problem with the game is in relation to the FPS, which crashes at very strange times. The levels, when you play, work very well. But when you select level or move through the world selector, it can have some big drops. I also found that menus work especially poorly, slow, with little responsiveness in the controls. I insist, this is rare, and although it seems that it does not harm the gaming experience, it does become annoying. And in addition, it has very long loading times for the new parameters.
These are not the only problems that the game has, although it is the only thing that we can accuse this remastering. If we want to judge it as a game, we should refer to a fundamental problem and that is the problem Sonic Colors has with bosses. It turns out that these, most of the time, will not be a great challenge and many times you get to overcome them without trying too hard. It ever happened to me (maybe more than once) that by trying the boss level booster, I simply defeated him. And this can be disappointing.
Sonic Colors Ultimate is a game that everyone can enjoy, and it is without a doubt the best version of the game since its launch. It is an interesting step that Sega has taken to dare to release this version of the game and may open to more remasters, among which are many games that fans would like to have back. As a game, Sonic Colors is not the best title, but it is very fun and full of options. As a remastering, a great job was done, although not in all parts.
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If you are a fan of the hedgehog, you will surely want to give this remastering a try. If you are not, but you are curious about what a Sonic game is like, I think that with this you will have a full and tailor-made experience of what you want to deepen. This is precisely what makes it a good game, which offers an experience for all players, and adapts to the abilities of each one. It’s still a shame the cutscenes weren’t remastered.