This Tuesday marks the big release of Sonic Frontiers on Xbox, and the first reviews have been dropping today! Unfortunately, we've only just received our code (our friends at Nintendo Life are in a similar boat), so we're going to need a bit of time before we give you some hands-on impressions here at Pure Xbox.
Still, not to worry! There are plenty of reviews doing the rounds right now, and they're looking pretty interesting. Some critics seem to love it, others appear to absolutely loathe it, and the majority are sitting somewhere in the middle.
Let's take a look at a handful of reviews we've picked from a cross the web:
Attack Of The Fanboy (4.5/5)
"Sonic Frontiers really picks up the slack where this franchise started to falter. It’s still a Sonic game at its core and makes sure to stay true to the name even when branching out into other areas unfamiliar to the series. With many risky elements implemented like the combat and open world, these were executed in a way that enhanced my time playing."
Push Square (8/10)
"Sonic Frontiers feels like a statement from Sonic Team after years of being treated like a joke. By no means is it perfect, but this is exactly the injection of life the franchise needed after the misstep of Forces, and it's the freshest Sonic has felt since Adventure first hit the shelves.
While it is wrought with minor issues, the overall package of Sonic Frontiers mostly hits the mark, with its satisfying gameplay, a storyline that will please long-time fans, and an absolutely phenomenal soundtrack. It immediately places itself among the best Sonic games ever made."
"It may have had a mixed reception earlier this year, but Sonic Frontiers' final form is a brilliantly refreshing adventure that gives the series a much-needed shake-up. The occasional control and camera 'quirks' still pop their head up, but they appear far less frequently than Sonic fans will be used to, making for a much less frustrating experience overall. We would absolutely welcome more of this."
"Sonic Frontiers is an ambitious open-world adventure that mostly succeeds at mixing up the Sonic formula, even when some of its ideas fall flat."
"Sonic Adventure set the template for the last 24 years of 3D Sonic games, and I'm hopeful Frontiers will do the same for the next generation. It has its flaws, and there's definite room for improvement, but the spiky mascot is finally moving in the right direction."
"Frontiers is too often bogged down by very visible flaws, ones I can already see potentially meming the game into an early grave. That would be a shame, as when you're in the moment of the momentum, there's still an interesting and fun time to be had..."
"Sonic Frontiers features the kind of lightweight yet engaging storytelling that should easily enrapture fans young and old – though I'd hate to be a child forced to play through some of the abysmal platforming featured throughout. Was taking Sonic open world an ambitious endeavor? Yes. Did it pay off? Absolutely not."
Digital Trends (1/5) (Review contains some spoilers!)
"Even if Sonic felt good to control, a plethora of other poorly executed issues would’ve held the game back. The best thing I can say about this game is that it’s playable on PS5 — not exactly a glowing point of praise."
The scores are a bit all over the place, then! At the time of writing, Sonic Frontiers is sitting on a Metacritic rating of 73 for PS5 based on just under 40 reviews, and there aren't any reviews for the Xbox version as of yet.
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