Beyond the name, the game actually has little to do with the latest blue porcupine adventure for PC and console. Launched the application and completed a short tutorial, we find ourselves in front of an endless runner Temple Run, so with a third-person view, but characterized by four
different lanes on which to move to avoid obstacles along the way, avoidable even leaping leaps or by slipping. Why four lanes instead of the traditional three? It’s easy to say:
the experience developed by Hardlight is completely based on competitive multiplayer, which means that at each match four real players will be placed in the same race of speed, with the goal of course to cross the finish line first.
The formula is therefore very simple and immediate, but at the same time interesting: the large roster of unlockable characters guarantees many different skills that you can use during the match to slow down opponents, who are in front of or behind us,
and this aspect of game in some way recalls the frantic fights of Mario Kart. Burning spheres? Mine stray? Electric discharges? Nothing is missing, but above all there is a fairly clear distinction between the protagonists that leads to choose your avatar based on the approach we prefer, focused on the offensive or on speed.
PORCUPINES IN THE RACE
Beyond some inevitable hiccups, due to the fluctuating quality of the connection of the users with whom you will deal, Sonic Forces: Speed Battle games take place in a fluid and convincing way , without particular problems and offering spectacular sequences, which changing the visually make it even more complex to avoid obstacles and thus retain their advantage or remount an uphill race.
Collecting the inevitable rings allows us to accelerate, as well as to follow the traditional speed ramps, but the key to success lies clearly in the accuracy and quickness of reflexes, because any impact can slow us down enough to lose. At the end of each race we collect useful points to climb the global ranking and unlock new scenarios in this way, in a way similar to what we saw in the blockbuster
Clash Royale. This means that by dedicating more time to the game we will be rewarded with a greater variety of settings, in addition to the previously mentioned unlocking of new characters, all upgradable using the collected rings and some cards obtainable through the boxes.
The freemium aspects of this production are manifested precisely in the waiting times for the opening of the loot boxes, but also and especially in the advertising trailers that start automatically at the end of each game, skippable only after a few seconds.
The experience offered by Sonic Forces: Speed Battle is in short funny and all in all original, at least from a structural point of view; accompanied by a technical department of excellent workmanship, able to make good the speed that we would expect from the blue porcupine and his friends.