Monday, September 25, 2006

Sonic the Lagtard

Do not buy the "Sonic the Hedgehog" collection for the PS2. I thought it would be a good way to introduce my niece to an important Genesis game in history, but it's unplayable.

There is a sick lag between hitting a button and it actually performing the action, so changing direction or jumping needs to be predicted. The "fun" aspect of it has been ruined. It's obviously still beatable if you know what to do half a second ahead of time, but it makes it impossible to use twitch reflexes to respond to situations.

It's like playing underwater. I get better response time from Genesis emulators on my computer.


Brute Force said...

That's pretty horrible. You'd think that basic playability tests would prompt them to fix that. That's ridiculous.

Unknown said...

Yeah it is. I first thought that maybe I had a slow computer, but since it's a fixed set of hardware it can't be that. I even tried a different controller since I thought that perhaps there was some werid issue with that. Not at all.

I'm pretty disappointed in Sega. I don't recall the game being impossible to control like that, and I can't see how IGN gave it a 7.5 or whatever. I'd give it a 3.