Sonic Superstars innovates on the classic 2D Sonic model but fails to inspire the same enjoyment as previous 2D Sonic games like Sonic Mania. The game, developed by Sonic Team and Arzest, attempts to pay tribute to Sonic's past while introducing new elements. However, it falls short in capturing the magic that made its predecessors so beloved.
If there has ever been a game that seems to indicate a company losing its way, it's Sonic Superstars. Following on from Sonic Mania a few years ago, which was hailed as a return to form for the franchise, Sonic Superstars feels like a step backward. The game lacks the same level of charm and excitement that made Sonic Mania a standout title.
We're a bit at odds with ourselves on Sonic Superstars. Fundamentally, it's a really enjoyable side-scrolling Sonic title, but the two big ticket features that were heavily advertised - the stunning visuals and well-made soundtrack - don't live up to the hype. While the game still offers a full Sonic experience with great level design and enjoyable gameplay, it falls short in delivering on its promises.