The video game industry has this issue right now where a lot of video game journalists and reviewers aren’t actually gamers. This leads to coverage and reviews that don’t really make sense from a gamer’s perspective. We’re starting to see a lot of reviews criticizing a game for doing things that games SHOULD do, and in the same breath praising another for being a bad semi-interactive movie.
One of the most recent cases of that was “professional” reviews for the great Wonderful 101, where the reviewers would remove points from the game’s score solely because they’re not willing to learn how to play it and they blamed the game for their own incompetence (this is from people who couldn’t draw a straight line… you know, which just requires holding a control stick in any direction for a moment).
This seems to be the case with the blue blur’s latest opus, strangely enough. Yes, if you’re looking for a positive review of Sonic Lost World, here it is, the only one on all of the internet apparently.
I’m always a bit wary when it comes to Sonic, as is everyone else (well, except for the big fanboys who thought Black Knight and Unleashed were good). We’ve been burned quite a few times since the Genesis days, so even if the game looks good, you have to lower your expectations because they might end up being total shit. But Sonic Lost World was getting REALLY positive previews all over the place, and non-journalists who got to play it really loved it too, and it just looked really fun in videos, so I really hoped they weren’t screwing this one up.
Let’s see how it ended up living up to those hopes.