Sonic and the Black Knight

Continuing the series of Sonic Storybook series exclusively on Nintendo Wii Platform came Sonic and the Black Knight.

Gameplay for Sonic and the Black Knight differs from traditional games in the Sonic series by mixing in the new element of swordplay, along with the traditional Sonic platforming and speed. Swordplay is implemented through the Wii Remote. Gameplay will be more similar to Sonic Unleashed than Sonic and the Secret Rings; Sonic’s movement will be controlled with the analog stick as he will be on a set course, and gameplay will mainly be 3D, but occasionally the camera will shift to a side-scrolling perspective for traditional 2D gameplay.

The stages feature civilians that the player can harm and some that Sonic can interact with; these actions and the player’s deeds will be judged at the end of each stage, updating the player’s “knight ranking” accordingly. By interacting with these characters you may do a quick-time button input. Doing so correctly will take away 20 of Sonic’s rings and give them to the civilian. In some stages, this is required to give a specific amount of rings to villagers before reaching the goal. In stages where this is not required the civilian will reward Sonic with an item. There will be about 200 items in the game, some of which can be gained by opening treasure chests in the stages. Any items collected during a stage must be identified at the end of the stage by using Sonic’s “ID points” Rarer items will cost more ID points than others. An online mode will allow treasures to be traded between registered friends.

The game changes the traditional level items, such as springs and speed pads, into “fairies”. These fairies come in varying colors; Yellow elements will be used as a group of 5 rings, and Blue fairies will be used as speed boosts and springs, and Red will be used to fill the “Soul gauge”. This gauge is filled by defeating enemies and collecting Red Fairies, and is used to unleash a powerful lock-on attack, Soul Surge.

The skill system from Sonic and the Secret Rings also returns, but has been reviewed to adjust any problems that were present in that game: the skill system is also designed so as not to interfere with the game’s tempo. The character has 3 styles to chose from. At first only the knight style is available, but later Paladin and Cavalier styles are unlocked. They deal with the aspects of speed and power, respectively. As levels are completed, the player gains a number of “Followers” that is used as Experience and as the number of followers goes up, the number of skills you have in a certain style are increased. For other characters beside Sonic, their styles are not increased, rather, their swords have their abilities and a sword’s skills get better.

Once a certain point in the story is reached, Knuckles, Shadow and Blaze will be playable from that point on. They will each have their own characteristics. For instance, Knuckles will have dual swords that double as boomerangs and the ability to glide, and Blaze can surround herself with fire and use more lunge attacks than Sonic. Shadow can also use Chaos Powers. In story mode, they can use different swords from their original swords, unlike Sonic, who can only wield Caliburn. And instead of their styles getting better, their swords get stronger. Silver the Hedgehog plays the role as Sir Galahad (the son of Sir Lancelot) and Jet the Hawk plays as Sir Lamorak, but they only appear in Multiplayer.

Multiplayer

Up to four players can play, choosing between one of 12 characters to partake in a number of different kinds of battles. Characters include Knuckles, Shadow and Blaze in both their normal and Arthurian guises, as well as Tails, Silver and Jet in Arthurian forms. Amy also appears as herself.

Plot

A sorceress named Merlina, granddaughter of the original Merlin, summons Sonic to help free the mystical realm of King Arthur, who has been possessed by an unknown evil that comes from Excalibur’s scabbard, and is now ruling the realm as the tyrannical Black Knight. Sonic’s speed alone will not end The Black Knight’s reign, so he must take up the talking sword, Caliburn, in order to break Arthur’s curse and save the kingdom.

I don’t care if I don’t have Nintendo Wii. At least I’m getting the original game to wonder and dream about ~XD. In short I want this game!!!

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  1. Sonic, huh? Personally, I think they need to come up with something new. Sonic has looong since died, to me. I think Sega should try coming up with something new, a little bit of innovation, y’know? The blue hedgehog has his day, and that day has passed.

  2. @OverboardDoes it matter? I think Sonic deserves to live on because he is a great game character and has lived on for this long. I hate to say it, but your theory of him out living his days is wrong as long as there are still fans for Sonic.

  3. I agree!!! Sonic fans are still livin! Try going to a Sonic Fansite and you’ll notice the total of 6,676,621 pageviews with an average of 7,647 pageviews per day! Talk about popular!

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