E3 2017: Is ‘Sonic Forces’ The Franchise’s Return To Form?

Is Sonic Forces the franchise’s return to form? Quite possibly. The demo build I played featured 2D classic Sonic in a retro-esque Eggman boss fight. While it was indeed fun, I question the notion that it will win over fans that have given up on the franchise.

It’s tough to judge the game based on what I played, as I legitimately only got my hands on one third of the mechanics presented. Classic Sonic gameplay is easy to grasp and entertaining to tinker with; Sega has been delivering this style in Sonic games since the 1990s, and it’s no different now. However, combined with the solid visuals and appealing art style, Sonic Forces is a title that, in my view, sets a path for the series to move beyond the internet meme it’s become in recent years.

Sonic Forces’ music is enjoyable, from the short amount I heard. It will be interesting to see how the style of sound changes as the gameplay style changes. Classic Sonic is more laid-back than modern Sonic – will the atmosphere set by the soundtrack follow suit?


I’m happy to report that Sonic Forces really impressed me. Over the last few years, the series has had pretty dramatic ups and downs. The upcoming multiplatform title will be a solid entry into your console’s library of games. 

Old school Sonic fans will be pleased, as will younger fans that were introduced to the Blue Blur from games like Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations.

Aric Sweeny
Aric Sweeny
Monkeys Fighting Robots Assistant Editor-in-Chief. Along with my work here, I'm a staff writer for Enthusiast Gaming. I have a passion for entertainment media. Follow me on Twitter to talk all things pop culture!