A Boom or a Bust?
When Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric was announced, I fell victim to the dreaded "Sonic Cycle", showing great enthusiasm for the title's potential. It had a team made up of folks who previously worked at Naughty Dog during the studio's Jak and Daxter days, and the game itself looked like an interesting direction for a spin-off of the series. However, a multitude of technical issues and plodding combat make for a game that feels unpolished and unfinished-- a game rushed out to release in tandem with the Cartoon Network CG Sonic Boom series.
Rise of Lyric feels less like a traditional Sonic game and more like a descendant of PlayStation 2 era 3D platformers, a time where that genre received more than enough competitors. The biggest issue here is that Sonic and friends seem shoehorned into this game, as Rise of Lyric is less about speed and more about slow, methodical platforming, combat, and exploration.
|The level design isn't the absolute best,|
but it's hardly what I'd call dreadful.
|C'mon Team Sonic. It's four against one.|
Just TAKE the darn boat from him!
|As choppy as the ocean waves during a thunderstorm, |
these are the speed sections of Rise of Lyric.
|Knuckles is known to hang tough|
in any situation.
|While the visuals don't impress,|
the art design is top notch.
|When you resort to cheesing battles,|
you know your combat is boring.
|When you just mash on the attack button,|
not caring if you get hit, you also know
your combat is boring.
Rise of Lyric's ten hour playtime will allow most players to see the ending of the game, but the amount of collectibles to acquire can make this playtime increase by several more hours. The ability to play with two players-- one using the GamePad and its screen and the other using a TV and controller-- makes for some honest to goodness fun times, although the frame-rate does take a noticeable hit.
|Most areas are as fun to play|
as they are to look at.
|How Sonic yearns for the days when|
he was chased by a big rig.
|The second hub area of Rise of Lyric|
will sure give you a tan in a jiffy.
[SPC Says: 4.5/10]