Review of Sonic the Fighters HD for Xbox Live Arcade

This game is boss.

Sound: Not much of a soundtrack, just a couple of mega-catchy tunes. Wonky, bonky sound effects as well. Sound: 7/10

Presentation: The graphics have a nice HD remake feel to them, but nothing extraordinary. They’re still the nice, polygonal arcade images we remember so fondly from the original Sonic the Fighters. Presentation: 7/10

Gameplay: The fighting mechanics aren’t super advanced, and there’s only a couple of combos in the game. With that said, the gameplay is fun, fast and every character has unique attacks, so it’s always fun to mix and match tactics. It feels a lot like Soul Calibur, what with the rotating arena mechanic which works surprisingly well. The best part is being able to play as some not-so-well known Sonic characters such as Fang the Sniper and Bark the Polar Bear, characters that have only seen the light of day in the Archie comics. Gameplay: 7/10

Multiplayer: I played two matches, as that’s all I could find. Sonic the Fighters does NOT have a very large online community, I’d estimate less than five hundred players total. It’s fun and far more challenging than arcade mode, but cheap characters are abused and finding matches takes a minute or two. Multiplayer: 5.5/10

Length: For a five dollar game it definitely packs enough bang for the buck, considering it was originally meant for an arcade machine. As far as value for money compared to the other five dollar Sonic games available, it’s not that great a deal. Length: 7/10

Overall: Sonic the Fighters gets 6.1 rings out of 10. It’s definitely filled with fun, fast fighting action and is a nice departure from platforming. Get it if you’re in the mood for some cheap, light-hearted Sonic action.

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