Review of Sonic and the Secret Rings for Wii

One of the very first Wii games ever released. And years later, does this game still stack up to be a good title for the Wii?

Story: Sonic meets the Genie of the Ring, Shara. He is then told by Shara that an evil Genie named Erazor is destroying the story-book world of the Arabian Nights, and instantly Sonic is off on a quest to find 7 all-powerful rings and put a stop to Erazor’s rampage before things get out of hand.

Sound: The rock ‘n roll, orchestrated and Arabian Nights-esque themes to this game are good, but nothing special enough to make them stand out from the hundreds of other Wii games’ soundtracks. The voice acting on the other hand is phenomenal. Sound: 7.5/10

Presentation: One of the more visually appealing games on the Wii, even now. It’s got slick, crisp graphics that look gorgeous in all of the game’s different environments. Presentation: 8.5/10Gameplay: The game surprised me with it’s control scheme at first, but over time I got used to it and eventually liked it. Yes, moving left and right can be somewhat slippery, and moving backwards is a downright mess, but overall the controls work well. The actual gameplay mechanics are fun though, enabling you to run at light-speed, or slow time itself to a halt. The levels are well designed and keep the game moving. Gameplay: 8/10

Multiplayer: What might have been an extremely fun experience is a sort of passable multiplayer mode. It’s got a lot of variety in the minigames, but only a handful are actually enjoyable. Most are either repetitive, quirky, or just take luck to win. Multiplayer: 6/10

Length: With over a hundred different missions in eight different environments, this game keeps you busy. The plot keeps you interested for the twelve or so hours it takes to actually beat the game, and the extra collectibles such as the “Fire Souls” that unlock hidden bonuses such as artwork or music are also fun to gather during levels. Length: 9/10

Overall, this game gets a 7.8/10. If you’re looking for a fast-paced singleplayer 3D platformer with a fairly long campaign, this game is for you.

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