Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
Sonic Unleashed is underrated by Vertekins Sonic Unleashed is underrated by Vertekins

Requested by :iconsonicteam765:

I mean the HD version (360/PS3) BTW. Not the Wii/PS2 version (Which I personally find to be overrated).

I kid you not, HD Unleashed garnered an overall lower score from the press than what SONIC '06 did even though it's nowhere near as fundamentally broken, buggy and atrocious. For instance, IGN's score for Unleashed? 4.5. SONIC '06's? 4.8.

Let that sink-in for a second. An overall highly functional yet pretty divisive game with honest-to-god effort and care regarding things such as world design dripping with undeniable effort and passion garnered a lower score than a piece of trash in CD form that is widely considered to be one of the worst games period let alone the worst game in the series.

I've always considered this game underrated for that reason alone but regardless, I consider Unleashed underrated for quite a few other reasons. One of them being that the sheer level of passion that was obviously invested in the game is so often completely disregarded because of the problems the game is commonly accepted to have. The immense level of technical skill and time that went into programming the Hedgehog Engine to handle the game's awesome visuals and lighting shoved-aside because of the hate-boner for the Werehog and aspects of day stages. Sure you might say "What's the point of these things if they factor-into what is a bad game in my view?" but here's the kicker; Sonic Team at least deserve to be commended for the genuine love they had for this game, a sense of passion that seems to be lacking in the games over the past 4 years. Don't believe me? Click on the links a bit further on in this comment and see the blogs that elaborate on the team's experiences and hurdles during development. Put it through a translator if you have to. I'm sure it'll be very eye-opening to you.

Why has this game become such a 'sacred' (Which is an exagerration) title to it's aficionado's?

Because it's the game that shows how passionate and imaginative Sonic Team can be when it comes to developing Sonic and his world and everything in it and stood at the last game that genuinely had this aura about it. Did you see developer diaries for Colours and Generations that went into as much depth as these? Has any game since had a tie in as high quality and as lovingly-made as this? Unleashed is pretty remarkable and deserving of praise because no matter which way you dice it, it had a level of love and investment that is clear as crystal and is frankly mindblowing. It felt like a world adventure rather than a series of disjointed levels and missions in a white void or a group of acts lumped together (Generations, Colours, Lost World), a comprehensive world filled with delightful characters and a large variety of things to do. I personally considered the Werehog gameplay to be cool as is the form itself, the visuals are absolutely jawdropping, the soundtrack is truly something remarkable and the intro is one of the very best cutscenes in Sonic history. And in addition, the game had so much to do outside of the story with it's additional acts and DLC, missions, food, collectibles etc.

We don't exactly see stuff like that in this series anymore do we? And this is why Unleashed is so highly regarded by those who like to see 'meat' in their Sonic games in light of the bad direction the series has taken today.

Yoshihisa Hashimoto (The game's director) wanted to make something truly special before he jumped ship to Square Enix. Well he didn't go out with a bang with this game, he went out with a Sonic Boom.
Add a Comment:
LSSJOrangeLightning Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
You find the Wii version overrated? Dude I'm like the only person who likes that version.
LSSJOrangeLightning Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
I find both versions underrated. Moreso the Wii/PS2 one.
xXPoisonous2000Xx Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
the last good sonic game imo.
NightFlame98 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Underrated ? Again one of These moments I think : WTF ? 0.0
I know People dislike/hate the werehog. But....
Sonic Unleashed is my favourite Sonic game off all time. It's such a masterpiece of jewel - or jewel of masterpiece ?
I freakin love the levels, the music, the graphic is so gorgeous, the sroty, Chip and the Final Boss Fight against Dark Gaia. I love that game.
Gowina Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016
so true i really enjoy this game
and i loved the werehog
ReiTheHeavenlyAngel Featured By Owner May 13, 2016
The game had some of the best music in the franchise. Hell some of them are hidden gems.
ReiTheHeavenlyAngel Featured By Owner May 13, 2016
This game had some of the best music in the franchise. 
Animalme Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel like I'm going to cry. Everything said here I couldn't say enough times to get the point across... this is my favorite Sonic game ever, and one of my favorite games ever in general.
The amount of love put into this game was astounding, and I honestly feel a heavy sadness every time I turn it on, about the love that was utterly wasted...
DaylightShadow Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I completely agree with everything you said. This is my favorite Sonic game because it had great gameplay, a great story with great characters, an awesome soundtrack and the best graphics out of all the Sonic games (together with Generations). 
AyylienFromWalmart Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
wolverine959 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015
Definitely one of my favorites. (Both with the Sonic series and games in general.) :D
Mistarooni Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
holy shit I agree omfg
especially from a graphical standpoint. god damn that game was gorgeous
Tisha2302 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So true. Sonic Unleashed is one of my all time favourite games EVER! ^-^
SparklyStarLights Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Sonic Unleashed is a great game,idk why people bitch about it .-.
SunsetTwilightNoon Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Student Artist
Me too. I loved Sonic Unleashed.
SparklyStarLights Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
D-Thessy Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agreed
I may not like the guy who made the request, but even so, I actually agree with what you said. Hope more games like this can be made some time, and I'm not talking about the gameplay only, I'm talking about the story quality.
PapiChamp Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
Damn the last good Sonic game with good content, effort put in,replay value, and good story. I loved the daytime and nighttime levels. Yes, the werehog wasn't bad for me, I liked it. Daytime was epic, fast pace, etc. Overall one of my favorite games.
william023 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
This game was so Gothic, action-packed, kept jokes to a minimum, and depended on cool scenery, established eggman as a legitimate villain THEN had him be usurped, which is how a bigger bad works, unlike crappy lyric, and chip seemed cute but turned into a badass optomus prime temple monster.
william023 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
People want a dark sonic game, that is gritty, scary, and edgy, but overlook this.
jcieph3 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I played both the PS2 and PS3 versions. They're both awesome. Although the only thing I didn't like in the HD version was collecting medals. The first time playing, after clearing Shamar and Empire City, it took me 3 weeks to get enough for Adabat. But still, it's my favourite 3D Sonic game, along with Heroes.
hachi--p Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Sonic Unleashed...ahh my childhood memories,I used to play it in PS2.I just love this game!
WHPLEFCT Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
Tell it on the mountain~!
SonicZeldaFangirl Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have both 360 and PS2 versions,and I love both equally(I think I love a little bit more the ps2 version....)
captainryno Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
somedudefromEARTH Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've only played the Wii version (I don't have a ps3 XI)

But I still loved it. I loved being the werehog, I loved the sweetness of it, I love the dark aspect of the final battle with dark gaia, but I love Chip most of all! X3

I could tell they put love into this game by just looking at the art gallery in the game itself. Such a shame that they gave it a poor review... what exactly are they looking for that they did not find in the game?
Blackestfang Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like is, yeah the final level kicked my ass to much to finish but what I did managed I loved.
The entire game is really underrated in my opinon. Chip and Sonic's werehog form as well. 
I just love Unleashed.
Ivol-Robot Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
I agree that IGN gave an unfair score to Sonic Unleashed, but they didn't give a low enough score for Sonic (2006).
FloofPuppy-64 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm still playing through this game and I can't stop playing it. 4.5 for Sonic Unleashed but for SONIC 06... 4.8.
... 4.8.

Yeah I think that's Internet for one night...
Sonicgirl1552000 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
It certainly is.
Nexsus113 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
They say the were hog sections were "boring" and "too close to God of war"
But it was still the 3rd bestseller
aidah15 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well said! I loved the atmosphere they created for this game :)
sourappl3s Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
preac h
renandstimpylover89 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
the 2nd most underrated game of all time i love the werehog
erikatheraindeer Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
what's the first?
thebluemicR0 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Student Writer
Quite true. I can dare say that I've had more fun playing Sonic Unleashed than I have playing any other game in the series' history. The day stages were fast and entertaining, and the night stages were my favorite part of the game. Seeing those morons score at IGN only proved that they have no clue what they're talking about, and clearly have never heard about the concept of putting "heart" into a game. And this game had more heart put into it than any game I've ever played. My sole regret is that we may never see that poor lovable beast, Sonic the Werehog again...
artsicat13 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student General Artist
I agree. Sonic Unleashed is underrated. 
To be honest, I suck at most Sonic games :iconlazycryplz: The only games I'm good at is the werehog stages and Robotnik's mean bean machine.
PrinceVegeta76 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The only thing I didn't like about the Werehog was the battle theme.... Because you're enjoying the regular music one minute, and then the next thing you know, you'd have to hear that theme again... Also, the QTE's got really annoying because of the Goddamn "doorbell" sound...
ASK-MEI-EXE Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
Agreed. I never played it. But I like it. Well...just for the werehog.

DeiSakuChris Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
The Werehog stages are better than the entire Sonic CD game. Now Beat Them All games are automatically considered God of War clone ? *laugh* 
Meganintendog Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
I think the real reason the game got a it's bad rap was the werehog. Sure it was boring as hell and pointless for the series, but at least it's better than...
SonicTeam765 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Also, am I the only one who thinks Eggmanland wasn't terrible? Sure, it was long and hard as hell, but I think that's what a final level should be. Long and challenging. It's mostly my favorite Sonic stage of all time.
caiyonkito Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
At least,you didnt hate chip right?
SonicTeam765 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
I don't.
caiyonkito Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
o.o oops sorry I was suppose to type the message to another people,I get wrong person.Thank you for suggesting for making this stamp:)Its underrated with sonic 06Cry forever (oh......please dont kill me for liking sonic 06Llama Emoji-07 (Hopeless or Scared) [V1] )
SonicTeam765 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
That's ok. Thanks. I like 06 as well.
SealyTheSeal Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
People hate it because of that? That's the sort of thing I expect for the last few levels.
cyKoseVo Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I happened to like EggmanLand too.
Sure the Day stage was frustrating a bit, but I was also having fun and jamming out to the music while playing. 
It was like they took all the skills and fun of the game and mashed it into one level XD
The night stages were cool too.
The egg Dragoon boss was pretty good, one of my favorite Werehog boss fights.
And the final stage was pure fun! The lasers may have been hard to dodge at first, but it was everything I expected a Sonic boss fight should be. 
I myself played the Wii version, but I've seen the Xbox 360 version.XD
Add a Comment:


Submitted on
January 20, 2014
Image Size
12.0 KB


168 (who?)