5 thoughts on “Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric – Wii U

  1. 79 of 86 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    When your new Sonic game makes Sonic 06 look a bit better, something is horribly wrong., November 29, 2014
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    This review is from: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric – Wii U (Video Game)

    Admittedly, I didn’t buy the game from this site, but I feel I must warn others out there before wasting your money on this game.

    Ever since his debut into the 3D world, Sonic the Hedgehog has constantly had a hard time adapting to it. Sure, there are good ones like Sonic Generations and Sonic Adventure 2, but more less or not, Sonic 3D games have had numerous issues that make the games a chore to play and only kill the blue hedgehog more.

    So with Sonic Boom coming out, fans everywhere were hoping it’d bring Sonic back to glory as it seemed to be a new universe and everything. Even with the new character designs(Which were kind of weird, but I grew to accept them), people wanted to see it, especially since the developing crew, Big Red Button, consisted of former Naughty Dog employees. MD made games like Crash Bandicoot, Jak and Daxter, and an Uncharted game. So with something like this, you’d expect a winning combination and a glorious Sonic game. What we get instead is another stain on Sonic and only ruins him more.

    Rise of Lyric centers around our 4 heroes, Sonic, Knuckles, Amy, and Tails, as they accidentally wake up an ancient lizard named Lyric, who hates the environment because. . . reasons, I guess. Through a bit of exposition, the gang have to gather the Chaos. . . I mean, some power crystals to seal Lyric again. And that’s as much story as you’ll get. From there, you just go from one level to another doing the same thing over and over again until you beat the game.

    Now Sonic games aren’t played for story alone, but if this is a new universe, this would be a good time to develop and flesh out the characters. We never know why Shadow is in the game, only to serve as a minor boss and that’s it. What’s the deal with Eggman? How did this universe’s Sonic meet the others? There’s no attempt to explore or flesh out this new world or universe. Why have a new universe if nothing is going to be explained or developed? Well, believe it or not, this is not the worst part of this game.

    Each character does bring their own trait to the table and you can control one of them with the press of a button when needed. Sonic is “speed”(I’ll talk about that in a moment), Tails can hover, Knuckles can only climb specific walls and is a power house, and Amy has a good jump. While it sounds good on paper, Sonic gets the worst execution in this game. He is so slow and sluggish it’s like he’s got lead weights tied to him. The “fastest” Sonic will go is a light jog and that’s it. This is a constant problem with recent Sonic games and it seems to be only getting worse.

    The characters themselves sound decent and the voice work is pretty good. Granted it’s not amazing, but compared to some of the other Sonic game voice work, like 06, this is pretty good. However, what little goodwill about this is squandered immediately. In the game, the characters NEVER. SHUT. UP. AT ALL. They are always saying something about rings, a bounce spring, the speed areas, and stuff so obvious, Ray Charles could see it coming a mile away. This will make you hit that mute button faster than Sonic in this game. You’re not missing much in sound anyway because of how bad and forgettable this game’s music is. At least Sonic 06 had a good soundtrack.

    Next comes game play and boy does this game really mess up the Sonic formula. Instead of a get to the goal as fast as possible, they tried to combine puzzle solving, platforming, beat ’em up, and a little speed. What we get is a complete mess that never clicks together at all. The puzzles are mostly boring and very easy to solve, mostly due to the fact that the characters constantly, and I mean constantly, point out what to do. Where’s the challenge in a puzzle if I’m given the answer right away?

    Platforming is no better. It feels very tedious and monotonous. They aren’t even that creative at all. You hit a few buttons to make platforms appear and the paths are usually very linear. Again, no real difficulty. The only difficult part comes in something cheap and I’ll get to that later.

    The beat ’em up, or combat, is by far the most tedious part of this whole game. When I saw it, I thought it’d be like the Batman Arkham series. You know, do a bunch of cool combos to destroy your enemies. No. It’s the same thing over and over again. A one-two-punch and it’s over. The characters do have special attacks like Sonic’s homing attack, but you can’t use them to do a combo. You can use your new whip to destroy enemies and toss them around like a lasso, but it doesn’t do anything really. The only fun you’ll have is tossing the enemies off a platform and into a bottomless pit, but even that gets boring after a while.

    Then there’s the speed sections. If you thought the speed sections in Sonic 2006 were bad(And they really are), then this is even worse, if possible. One of the biggest issues in this…

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  2. 43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Almost not worth the time taken to point out all of its flaws., November 17, 2014
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    Tony (Miami, FL) –

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    This review is from: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric – Wii U (Video Game)
    I like the direction they tried to go in. I don’t think every Sonic game has to be high-speed running through loops and all that. I have no problem when developers want to test a franchise in a different style of gameplay–and to be really honest, I like the Metroidvania-esque puzzle solving aspect more than I actually ever liked any Sonic game, but with that said, this game just falls short of that aspect it was aiming for.

    The game has extremely cheesy voiceovers that repeat over and over and over. The game feels like it was designed this for young children with learning disabilities…( I don’t wish that to offend anyone, but that is exactly how it feels to play this game). Difficulty is almost nonexistent. Fighting is monotonous and tedious.

    The game is so unfinished too. You can see it right away when you load the disc up and the splash screen while it reads the disc is just the four character models on a black background… What? They couldn’t even just put the box art there? The game box totes Wii U Pro controller compatibility, but that is only for multiplayer. Cannot use anything but the Wii U gamepad for singleplayer and the Gamepad serves NO purpose. The game’s screen is simply duplicated onto the Gamepad screen for the entirety of gameplay. It makes no use of touch or motion controls. You cannot turn off the Gamepad screen either. So you’re forced to use the Gamepad and have the battery drain extremely fast for no reason.

    Gameplay tends to stutter momentarily at many different times. There’s more things I could point out, but I really am just apathetic towards spending the time to do so. That is how unfinished this game feels. I cannot say it enough.

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  3. 3,754 of 4,014 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An Inexpensive Gaming Console for the Whole Family, November 19, 2006
    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Wii (Video Game)

    The Nintendo Wii is the most inexpensive of the current generation of gaming consoles. It provides motion sensing controllers and 480p graphics. We tested the Wii before its launch day (I’m a game reviewer), and we had our own unit in our home the morning of launch day. Here are our findings.

    The Wii is designed around a menu of “channels”. There is of course the game-playing channel, where the Wii will play any Wii or GameCube game. Simply load the disc in and go. There is a Mii channel where you set up a profile and avatar to connect to all your game playing. The Photos channel lets you look at photos on your TV. Other channels for news, weather, and online shopping require an interent connection; the news and weather were not actually working at launch time.

    The system does NOT have a regular network cable port, which both the PS3 and XBox 360 have. Instead, it works with built in wireless or with a USB network adapter. I am a firm proponent of wireless – less clutter! So I am thrilled that they offer wireless automatically. With the PS3, you have to pay extra for the 60 gig unit to get this built in. The XBox 360 requires extra hardware as well.

    It’s hard to generalize gameplay on any console – it really depends on what games you buy. That being said, the comes-with-it software of Sports is really quite fun and is about as basic as you can get. You swing at baseballs, lob tennis balls, bowl, box and play golf. A “fitness” mode puts you through a variety of tasks and then calculates your fitness age, sort of like how Brain Age keeps track of your mental age. If you did both every day, you could aim to be as fit mentally and physically as possible!

    In a world where video games = couch potato, it really is quite amazing to have a game where it natively expects you to move and be active. You don’t lounge back and gain pounds here while playing games. Boxing can be quite strenuous, jabbing, blocking and weaving in real life. Tennis involves quick reflexes and strong arm movements. Bowling might be the most relaxed of the sports, but even there you are standing, moving, swinging. You get your heart going at least a little, and get some exercise. My boyfriend had a sore arm after playing for a number of hours, in a good way, as he would from exercising.

    The 480p resolution is certainly not high def 1080p like the other two systems. It’s something you accept when you’re paying such a low price for the console. But really, it’s not that big a deal. I still play the old Zeldas and love them for their gameplay, even though you can’t see the pores in Link’s face. If they are going for the cartooney characters and environments, 480p is DVD quality and is quite good. If you really, really crave high definition super realism in your games, then the Wii might not be the best choice for you. However, if you’re fine with playing games with a more impressionist / cartooney look to them, the 480p can show that quite nicely. For example, there aren’t fans in the stands for baseball – there are colored blocks.

    Nintendo has always been known as a “Kid’s Console” – but I really do think with the Wii that they have become a “Family Console”. It’s not just kids who will enjoy this. Seniors can have fun bowling without knowing anything “Tricky” about how to use a video game unit. It’s very intuitive. Moms can easily play with their kids, each with their own Wii profile. Adults having parties can have fun passing the controllers around. Family groups can share slideshows on the big screen while hanging out and drinking wine. Every person who has come over – from 8 to adult – has instantly understood and enjoyed the Wii, without much explanation at all.

    With the price tag being so low, a gaming household that “needs” a higher end system can easily save up their money to get that XBox 360 or PS3 – and still be able to justify to get a Wii for the fun, casual gaming stuff to share with their non-gaming friends.

    Well recommended! Since I own all three systems, and am playing all three wirelessly, feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.

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    Update: One year later, and the Wii is still going strong! It’s really funny how many people said the Wii would bomb because it wasn’t as good as the PS3 or 360 – and here we are a year later and the Wii is still the system that people are really wanting to get. Hospitals are getting Wiis for their patients to play with. Senior centers are getting Wiis for their residents to play games together with. I was just on a cruise ship and they had Wii tournaments going on every day! This is a fantastically fun system that we really enjoy playing with and that literally the whole family can have fun with. There are great games for kids, great games for teenagers, great games for adults. I am really very pleased with how the Wii has held up and the game set available…

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  4. 277 of 295 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Wii Remote (Not a Kid), November 23, 2006
    A Kid’s Review
    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Wii (Video Game)
    Since the console has been covered in other reviews, this one will be a little more in-depth about the controller, and only the controller. I hope it can convince you, because it certainly enhanced my gaming experience.
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    Wow. That’s all I had to say after plugging the Wii in at my home on November 19th. After months of waiting, it is finally here, and for once, this game system actually met and possibly exceeded my expectations. Know before continuing that I’m not a Nintendo fanboy, I hated the Gamecube, own a PS2 and will be buying an Xbox 360. Well, after buying this, I don’t know if i will be needing that 360.

    The biggest thing about the Wii is it’s new controller. Instead of the traditional two-handed gamepad with 2-4 buttons and some analog sticks, the Wii’s input system is shaped like a TV remote control. It has a couple of buttons on it, but not nearly as many as the average controller. How can you play complex games with such a simple controller? The answer is motion control.

    The Wii’s controller has accelerometers inside of it, allowing it to sense when you wave, swing, punch, stab, or shake. It can also interact with a sensor bar placed on top of the television to make a pointer for the TV. For example, to select a menu option, you just point at the option with the remote and click the A button. This creates a whole new gaming experience. It’s like one of those arcade games at the local mall, but it works better, and no more 25 cents per turn!

    The remote is also very comfortable. For games that would need two analog sticks, such as shooters, there is a connectable perephial with an analog stick and two shoulder buttons, which is called the Nunchuk. In a shooting game, this would handle movement and the remote would handle the aiming. It takes a very short amount of time to get used to, but once you do, it is much more comfortable than the normal controller. You can spread your hands out instead of hunched up, holding your hands together.

    The Wii Remote is functional, efficient, comfortable, and smart. It is so much better than controllers of the past, and I hope this is a sign of things to come from Nintendo.

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  5. 336 of 370 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    XBOX fan saying it’s worth the money and this is the pong game of the new millennium, November 21, 2006
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    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Wii (Video Game)
    I have owned almost all of the game systems that have come out except for a few of the Nintendo. I just was not a big fan. These days I’m a huge XBOX 360 fan. When I saw the controllers for this new system I though if Nintendo pulls this off it will be huge for them. I decided to give the system ma try and waited in line for 13 hours at Wal-Mart with my 9 year old daughter. She loved the wait and interacting with all the other people waiting for the release. By the time we got it home that night we were both to tried to hook it up that night so it stay in the box till the next morning. The hook up was easy. I spent the money on 3 extra controllers and nunchucks and Trauma center (which I haven’t had a chance to play yet) and Zelda. The game that comes with the unit was one of the smartest decisions by a company I have ever seen. This reminds me of pong back in the 70’s when everyone at least tried playing the first video games ,because the games are so easy to play that everyone can and will be talked into playing them. I can’t wait to get my 76 year old mother year to play some golf and bowling. We had friends over on Sunday to watch the Bears-Jets game. They are not video game fans to say the least and made fun of me for sitting in line for 13 hours. I talked them into trying the system and then had to talk them into getting off the system because the game was starting and they were having too much fun playing a video game. They apologized to me for making fun of me waiting inline for that long.
    I knew going into the purchase the unit was small, but it still shocked me how compact it is. It’s a nice sleek design that is simple. The main interface on the unit is manageable and ready for many upgrades. It seemed all of the online features were not available yet except for the Nintendo shop. 10 dollars for a Nintendo 64 game is a little steep. They need to take a look at that. The Mii interface was neat and I had to stop my daughter from creating miis for each child in our neighborhood. The only con I had witht he system was the remotes ran on AA batteries. It would have been nice for them to be on a rechargable system. I’ll just have to go get a battery recharger.

    Will I stop playing and recommending the XBOX 360. NO, because I still believe the 360 is the best on the market at this time (The Wii could change that in time). But I will be spending less time on it because of the Wii. If you are on the ledge about this system get off and go and find one. It is worth it. If you’re looking for a system that the entire family can enjoy this is it. You will not be disappointed.

    P.S. If you’re going to trash the system without playing it goes somewhere else. People come here for opinions on if this is a good buy for them. Not for some flamer that’s close-minded and loves only his playstation or XBOX and everything else stinks no matter what.

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