Reviews for Sonic 3D Blast [Playfire]
If I Had One Word To Describe This, It Would Be "Awkward"CrimsonWizard | Jan. 9, 2013 | See all CrimsonWizard's reviews »
Sonic 3D Blast is an isometric platforming game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. That means in order to simulate actual 3D, the 2D plane is tilted or twisted to give the illusion of depth. Now this concept alone isn't a bad idea and many games have used it to great effect, most notably real time strategy games and strategy RPGs like Final Fantasy Tactics. Heck, even some more adventurous games like Landstalker on the Sega Genesis and Solstice on the NES pulled it off nicely.
However, this isometric view has many flaws, particularly when you're trying for precise controls outside of the PC. Older games typically didn't have the option to rotate the camera and depth could be difficult to determine, even with a shadow. This hurts Sonic 3D Blast since these early games relied on Sonic pinpointing his attacks typically by jumping on his foes. Without the precision of the 2D plane however, it becomes odd and harder to hit your foes.
Another issue with 3D Blast is the lack of original or engaging environments. While several Sonic games start with a grassy area and end in an industrial or space area, the creators usually like to fill in the middle with unique and fun areas to zip through. But nothing in the middle has that iconic feel like previous levels like Casino Night Zone or Ice Cap Zone.
That said, the game does work and does it best to be a Sonic game despite the awkward perspective. You run around a level, jump on some baddies, and get the chaos emeralds to stop Dr. Robotnik. Without any unique levels though, without a great soundtrack, and with that isometric camera bugging you throughout the game, Sonic 3D Blast just feels like a mediocre title in the Sonic series. Many have argued that Sonic has had trouble with doing 3D, but it's possible and has been done such as in Sonic Generations or Sonic Colors. In short, skip this, there are better Sonic games you can buy on Green Man Gaming. Even if you're a Sonic fan, this game is unnecessary, offering little to the overall series but awkwardness.
For alot of older gamers this was our first 3-D experiencerstokes | Dec. 9, 2012 | See all rstokes's reviews »
While it doesn't play at all like a regular sonic game, I cant help but think back to this game with fond memories. The camera is static and the levels are multi-tiered rectangles with a few hidden paths leading to extra points. Its not particularly difficult, and you finish levels by collecting all the animals and dropping them off in designated areas.
All and all its not bad
Good 3D Sonic titlepanz3r88 | Aug. 4, 2012 | See all panz3r88's reviews »
Sonic 3D is probably the first Sonic title in 3D. this is a good platform game. All typical elements of a Sonic game are reproduced, but the you will not reach high speed like in the classic 2D Sonic game. Sonic 3D Blast is a solid 3D platform, but Sonic in 2D remains better
Gotta go fast... In Three Dee!Bozorov | July 13, 2012 | See all Bozorov's reviews »
Sonic 3D Blast is one of the first tries into sending the mascot of SEGA, Sonic the Hedgehog, into a three dimensional adventure with an isometric view. Instead of just running to the endpoint of the level, this game uses the Flickies, small birds that need to be collected before advancing to the next level. It is very different than the other games that preceded it.
A solid Sonic titleHarjyot | May 21, 2011 | See all Harjyot's reviews »
Sonic 3D blast is an enjoyable sonic game set in pseudo-3D. The gameplay and speed are different from the older games, but I still found it pretty fun. The visuals are impressive considering that it is based on the Genesis build of the game, not the Saturn one. A good game as long as you're not expecting it to be like the others before it.
Another fun sonic gamerobertification | April 9, 2011 | See all robertification's reviews »
Another fun sonic game this is. Although it seems like the same as the other sonic games, this game doesn't have as much similarities as you'd think. Once you won from Dr. Robotnik, there's still some accomplishment, although it isn't as hard as the other sonic games.
Sonic backComros | April 9, 2011 | See all Comros's reviews »
Sonic 3D Blast is the first part of the blue Hedgehog series set in 3D. Basically in the game's great is not changed, but now Sonic will not only ran the surfaces in a straight line, but also wykręcanych levels, and those in the game is fourteen. Across our state dr. Eggmen, which again we have to thwart. The game will provide a few hours, good oldschool game.