Sonic and the Secret Rings (Wii)

Sonic and the Secret Rings (Wii)

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Look. I want to like it, I really do, but I can’t make myself like it. There’s just something fundamentally wrong with it.

Firstly, you don’t have much control of Sonic. You can veer (not even steer) left and right, and speed up and slow down. And jump. That’s it. Actually, you don’t really have a huge amount of control over jumping either, since you can’t choose a direction to jump in. You have to “charge” your jump to jump higher, which is rubbish as you slow down as you charge, which means you can have height, but no distance.

Secondly, the way you perform homing attacks is stupid. You have to twist the remote forwards quickly, and often you do this in quick succession. Why can’t I just press a button? It’d be so much better.

And then there’s the other problems. The awful “missions” – like “Don’t break any jars!”. The can’t-see-what’s-coming-next gameplay (on the dinosaur level, I just kept running into cacti simply because I’m not psychic. And multiplayer? Just… dull.

Oh yes! And the worst voice acting ever!

And there’s more! Some of the on-screen instructions (especially in multiplayer) are wrong! Aces!

I’m most of the way through Dinosaur Forest, and I’m really not sure if I can bring myself to play any more.

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