When it comes to Sonic the Hedgehog, I can honestly say I am not an expert. In fact, I am honestly one of the worst people to ask about Sonic games.
Most of my knowledge about Sonic comes from the Sonic movies and the Sonic cartoon; however, when Sega asked us to preview Sonic Superstars, we went aye, why not.
After the Summer Game Fest trailer showcased that the new Sonic Superstars had four-player compatibility, we expected that the demo would showcase that.
Instead, our hands-on preview was a single-player demo running through some of the redesigned levels. Here are our thoughts on the SGF Sonic Superstars demo.
Sonic Superstars preview
When we sat down to play Sonic Superstars, the fact that it was a single-player demo rather than a four-player experience was off-putting.
Our biggest takeaway from the Sonic Superstars demo was to push right and jump to avoid or kill enemies, just like any 2D Sonic the Hedgehog game.
Despite completing the first level and getting to the boss in the second level, the gameplay in Sonic Superstars felt rather mindless.
The levels were visually appealing, taking the traditional 2D gameplay and adding a multilayered 3D element to it. Within the level, there are opportunities to go to an alternate reality to collect coins.
If I am being honest I could care less for Sonic Superstars unless I am playing it with two to three other players – that seems to be the way to play this game.
There is a reason why I haven’t bothered playing the Sonic games, but this demo hasn’t done anything to wow me. Knuckles and Amy being in the game is cool but not enough to sell me on it.
Sonic Superstars is launching sometime this fall for Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch, PS4, and PS5.