Once the start screen showed me sonic and the wisps running in ultra high definition on pc, i knew i was in for a treat as far as gameplay goes its exactly the same as the original, which is great one of the biggest features added to sonic colors. Ultimate is a new wisp that lets you transform into the jade ghost the jade ghost made its first appearance in 2019s team, sonic racing, but now segas bringing the jadewuss back to sonic colors, where wisps were first introduced in this form, you can fly through walls to Access new areas with extra rings and attack enemies. I love all the wisps because theyre what makes sonic colors gameplay so varied and fun to begin with, not nearly enough aliens when youre viewing the world map of dr eggmans incredible interstellar, amusement park, youll see the new option. Satellite floating around the southwest corner here is where youll be greeted with new menus to customize sonic view the list of in game achievements, track supersonic, progress, stats and more. You can collect park tokens just like rings and they can be exchanged for new, gloves shoes and even custom boost trails for sonic. In my 30 minutes of play time, i was able to collect the seven park tokens i needed to unlock green shoes for sonic. They have all the basic colors youd want, as well as fancier options like tie dye and chrome colored gloves. I was pleasantly surprised how natural it felt to have a slightly customized sonic during speedy sections.

However, the color variations unfortunately do not show up in cut scenes. The biggest update with sonic colors ultimate is a major visual upgrade were getting a 4k resolution, 60 frames per second and improved graphics, all around im happy to say that the gameplay looks great on the pc version i played on, but it was so crisp that it Made the cutscenes look a little outdated by comparison. Dont get me wrong. The cutscenes definitely look more polished and i love all the screen time with tails, but i found myself wanting to skip them and get back to the shiny new gameplay. I was less impressed with the music one of my absolute favorite. Things about sonic games is the music. I still listen to the soundtrack to sonic adventure – 2 battle on repeat so when i learned that sonic colors ultimate would have remixed versions of the original tracks. I was a little nervous. Why fix something that isnt broken? And yes, it was a bit of a letdown when i started playing my favorite planet from the original sonic colors sweet mountain and instead of its loud hypnotic brass melody, i heard a very muted softer, synth keyboard version. Listen to this comparison, Music, of course, remixes – will always be a personal taste, and maybe this new version will be someones favorite track the way the original was for me in the 2010 game. Even so, i greatly enjoyed my opportunity to revisit an old, favorite and im really excited for sonic colors ultimate, because i know it will be the first sonic game for a lot of people.

Sega must know this too, because, while sonic colors has always been an excellent blend of 3d and 2d gameplay, it had a few quirks that could frustrate newcomers in sonic colors ultimate, a few little things have been added to help. People have a better time learning to play, for instance, theres now a horizontal red light at the bottom of the screen, with a game over sonic warning sign to make sure you know, you wont, survive falling off areas that are simply an abyss rather than a lower Area of the level, its subtle, but it works, and it keeps me on my toes for the more slowed down and precise platforming sections. Another fun change is that sonics lives have been replaced with tail saves, which is exactly what it sounds like. If you lose all your rings or fall off an edge, tails will come pick you up and get you right back on track. I wasnt able to try the new rival rush mode where you go head to head with metal sonic, but im excited for it being able to leave metal sonic in the dust is the quintessential sonic storyline that i felt was missing from the original game grab your Dr eggman park tickets and ill see you on sweet mountain.