Developer : Sonic Team , Hardlight
Publisher : SEGA
Platform : Microsoft Windows, PS 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Release : 7 Nov 2017
Sonic Forces System Requirements
- OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
- Processor: Intel i5 5th gen @ 2.7Ghz or AMD A10 7th gen @ 3.0Ghz
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics: Nvidia GTX 750 Ti or AMD R7 265
- DirectX: Version 11
- Storage: 18 GB available space
- Sound Card: Sound: 11 compatible
Sonic Forces is a platform video game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega. An installment in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, the game was announced in commemoration of its 25th anniversary in July 2016, and was released worldwide for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in November 2017.
The game follows Sonic the Hedgehog as a member of a resistance force against Doctor Eggman, who has taken over the world with the help of his robot army and a mysterious villain known as Infinite. Gameplay is similar to Sonic Generations with players controlling “Classic” and “Modern” versions of the titular character; the former plays from a 2.5D side-scrolling view reminiscent of the original Sonic games on the Sega Genesis, while the latter uses three-dimensional gameplay similar to Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Colors. In addition to the two Sonics, Sonic Forces also introduces a third gameplay mode featuring the “Avatar”, the player’s own custom character.
Similar to the previous title, Sonic Generations, players play as two variations of Sonic the Hedgehog: Modern Sonic and Classic Sonic. Modern Sonic plays through three-dimensional stages like those seen in Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Colors, while Classic Sonic’s gameplay features 2D side-scrolling stages reminiscent of the Sega Genesis-era of games. Modern Sonic is able to perform homing attacks and can boost by collecting White Wisps, while Classic Sonic, in addition to his Spin Dash ability, can perform the Drop Dash move which was first introduced in Sonic Mania.
In addition to the two Sonics, Sonic Forces introduces a third character, known as the “Avatar”, in which players are able to create their own custom character, a first for the series. The Avatar is created from a base of seven animal types, each of which possesses a unique ability. All Avatars wield a grappling hook that allows them to perform a homing attack, as well as latch onto special hooks to access new areas. Avatars can also equip weapons known as Wispons, including flamethrowers, whips, and hammers, to attack enemies. Depending on the Wispon equipped, Avatars can use temporary abilities by collecting a corresponding Wisp within each stage; e.g. if the Avatar is equipped with the Burst Wispon, they can activate Burst Wisp abilities. Players can unlock new Wispons and customization items as they progress. Additionally, there are “tag team” stages that plays similarly to Sonic Heroes, in which players can alternate between Sonic and the custom hero and occasionally use combination techniques.
Players run at high speeds around levels filled with obstacles and elements such as spring boards and boost pads. Levels are populated by robots and other hazards created by series antagonist Doctor Eggman. Scattered around levels are golden rings that serve as a form of health: rings protect players from damage caused by robots or other hazards, though they lose their rings upon being hit. Unlike other games in the franchise, lost rings cannot be recollected and players now have unlimited lives.