It’s been 11+ years since my first game. Sonic Colors for WiiSonic Colors: Ultimate felt like a visit from a friend, and it was as if no time had passed. When the start screen displayed Sonic and the Wisps running at an ultra-high resolution on my PC, I knew it was going to be a treat.
Sonic Colors: Ultimate Final Preview: Sonic Can Fly Through Walls Now
It’s almost the same gameplay as the original. That’s great! Sonic Colors Ultimate’s most prominent feature is the new Wisp, which allows you to transform into the Jade Ghost. The Jade Ghost first made its debut in 2019’s Team Sonic Racing. Sega is now bringing the Jade Wisp back home to Sonic Colors, where Wisps first appeared. This form allows you to fly through walls and reach new areas, as well as attack enemies. All the Wisps are what makes Sonic Colors’ gameplay so fun and varied.
The new Options Satellite will appear around the southwest corner of Doctor Eggman’s Incredible Interstellar Amusement Park world map. This is where you will find new menus that allow you to customize Sonic and view the list with in-game achievements. You can also track Super Sonic’s progress, stats, etc. Park Tokens can be collected just like rings and can be exchanged to get new gloves, shoes, and custom boost trails for Sonic. In just 30 minutes, I collected seven Park Tokens that I needed to unlock green shoes from Sonic. You can choose from various primary colors, or you can tie-dye them and get chrome-colored gloves. It felt very natural to have a customized Sonic for speedy sections. However, the color variations are not shown in cutscenes.
Sonic Colors Ultimate is the most significant update. It’s a major visual improvement.
Sonic Colors Ultimate’s most extensive update is a significant visual upgrade. We get a 4K resolution, 60 frames/second, and better graphics. The gameplay was great on the PC version, but the pictures were so sharp that they made cutscenes look outdated. While I do love Tails and the cutscenes look better, I could not help but feel that the gameplay felt a little outdated.
The music was not as impressive to me. Sonic games are known for their music. I love Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, and I still enjoy it on repeat. So when I found out that Sonic Colors: Ultimate would remix the original tracks, I was nervous. Why fix what isn’t broken. Yes, it was disappointing when I tried to play Sweet Mountain, my favorite planet in Sonic Colors. I heard a muted, more soothing synth keyboard version instead of the loud, hypnotic brass music. Remixes are always personal tastes, so maybe this remix will become someone’s favorite track, just like the original in 2010.
This will be Sonic’s first game, and I am sure that Sega is aware of this.
It was an excellent opportunity to return to a favorite game, and I am excited about Sonic Colors Ultimate as it will be the first Sonic game for many people. Sega must also know this since Sonic Colors was a great blend of 3D/2D gameplay but had some quirks that could frustrate beginners. Sonic Colors Ultimate has a few minor improvements to make it easier to learn how to play. To make sure that you don’t fall off the areas of the level that are just an abyss, you can see a horizontal red light at the bottom of the screen. It’s subtle, but it works. I find it helps me keep my feet on the ground for more precise and slow-down platforming sections. Sonic’s lives are now replaced by “Tail Saves,” which sounds exactly like it: Tails will pick you up if you lose your rings or get off track.
Although I could not play the “Rival Rush” mode that pits you against Metal Sonic, I am excited about it! The best part about Sonic is can leave Metal Sonic behind. Get your Doctor Eggman Park tickets, and I’ll be seeing you on Sweet Mountain!