Sonic Chaos (1993) Review

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Released in 1993 for the Sega Master and a month later the Sega Game Gear, Sonic Chaos was the fourth game in the series.

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Dr Robotonik has stolen the red chaos emerald from South Island, with one of the emeralds missing, chaos and destruction are caused all over the island. Sonic and Tails are both informed that Robotnix plans to use the stolen emerald to power nuclear weapons and so they set off to put a stop to his actions and return the emerald to where it came from.

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Sonic Chaos has two difficulty levels which are represented in the games character selection, Sonic is more difficult and has full access to the special stages in the game but has to traverse across the difficult platforming segments while Tails can fly over obstacles and even fly across water however Tails cannot access any of the special stages. Apart from this both characters play the same stages and fight the same boss battles.

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There are five hidden chaos emeralds in special stages through out the game, players can enter the special stages when they collect 100 rings in two stages from an Act, the gems are hidden in these stages and all of them must be collected to unlock the good ending as Sonic.

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The rocket shoes are a new item in this game and they allow Sonic to temporarily fly making some of the platforming a little bit easier.

The soundtrack is medicore for a Sonic game and to be honest it feels like it belongs somewhere other the sonic universe, the music is ok but there isn’t anything special about it .

Sonic Chaos is a fun game, I much preferred it to Sonic CD, It is very short though I managed to finish the story mode with all of the chaos emeralds in just over an hours time.  Apart from its short story mode and medicore soundtrack the game is a blast to play through and is a good way to pass time, I wouldn’t personally recommend playing as Tails as I found the game easy enough playing it as Sonic.

Sonic Chaos is a good Sonic game but it is far from one of the best 7/10

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Detective Pikachu (2019) Movie Review

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Last night I managed catch a viewing of the Detective Pikachu movie in my local movie theate and it only seems right to talk about it. I am going to do my best to avoid spoilers but one or two small spoilers may slip through the cracks so this is your warning if you want to watch the movie.

Detective Pikachu is a mystery-fantasy film which takes place in the world of Pokemon, it was directed by Rob Letterman, Letterman co-wrote the script with Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit.

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Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) is a young man who has given up on his dreams of becoming a Pokemon trainer, this is due to the unfortunate passing of his mother and also because his father had been neglectful towards him through out most of his life.

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After his father dies in a mysterious car accident Tim travels to Rhyme city in order to collect his fathers assets and while at his fathers apartment Tim meets a Pikachu that he can fully understand, the Pikachu is played by Ryan Reynolds. Detective Pikachu believes that Tims dad survived the crash and that a larger mystery is behind the accident, Detective Pikachu and Tim work together to try and solve the mystery of what really happened to Tims Dad, while meeting other Pokemon and discovering more pieces to the puzzle along the way.

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The cast was ok in this movie although I wouldn’t say it was anything special apart from Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, the only three major roles worth mentioning are Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, Justice Smith as Tim and Kathryn Newton as Lucy who helps our two main actors with solving the mystery of Tims Dad.

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The visual effects and design of the various Pokemon is the highlight of the film. The Pokemon look absolutely fantastic, They went for a realistic approach instead of trying to make the creatures look more animated and in this case its worked out extremely well, if Pokemon were real this is how I imagine them to look and the environments I imagine they would reside.

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The movie is really funny and can be enjoyed by the entire family although in my personal opinion some scenes might be a little scary for younger children, as I have already stated the realistic designs work really well but that also means that in some action scenes the realistic Pokemon can come across as a little bit too real and I feel that it could make the experience rather unpleasant for some people.

This a really good movie, it has a nice cast of Pokemon and human actors, it has some excellent CGI that can be a little scary at times but the film is very funny and filled to the brim with jokes that both adults and children can get a laugh from. You dont need to be a Pokemon fan to enjoy the film so even if you dont know what a Pokemon is I would still recommend giving it a viewing.

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Yoshi’s Crafted World (2019) Review

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Yoshi’s Crafted World is the eight installment in the Yoshi series of video games and it is the follow up to the Wii U game Yoshi’s Wooly World, it was developed by Good Feel and was published by Nintendo on the Nintendo Switch in March 2019.

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The Yoshi’s are living happily on Yoshi’s Island, a magical artifact called the sundream stone is beloved by the Yoshi’s. The artifact is filled with magical gems which can make someones dreams come true.

One unfortunate day the naughty baby Bowser and his henchman Kamek steal the sundream stone, the Yoshi’s try to stop the robbery which ends with the gems being scattered across the island, leaving the inhabating Yoshi’s to race baby Bowser and Kamek to collect the gems.

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The game play for the most part is your standard 2.5D platformer with regular Yoshi game play, your main goal is to get from beginning to end of each stage by eating enemies to turn them into eggs and then throwing those eggs to either kill other enemies or to find secrets and collect items, however there is a little more meat to this game which makes it stand out compared to previous titles.

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The biggest change in gameplay is that you can now revisit a level and go through it backwards allowing you to see items and scenery that you couldn’t see before, the main idea of these levels is that you need to find poochy’s missing puppies, every flipped level has three puppies to find and doing so will allow you get more smiley flowers.

Smiley flowers are hidden in the levels, the majority of them are very easy to find but some are much trickier, you need to collect these flowers in order to gain access to the various locations in the game.

After you beat a world you can go back through the stages to find specific items as part of a scavenger hunt and in this mode if you find the requested item you will given a new smiley flower, this is a lot of fun to do but it does get tedious after a while. I wish they gave you a checklist instead of making you replay each stage multiple times as it becomes a bit of drag after an hour or so of seeing the same scenery.

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Another collectible in the game are costumes, these can be purchased from gashapon machines in each world, every world has 10 unique costumes which can help Yoshi in tougher areas of the game.

You dont need to collect all of this extra stuff and I dont really think its worth the time unless you want the game to feel a little bit longer but I will say that compared to Wooly World the collection aspect of Crafted World is much more entertaining.

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The best part of the game for me has got to be its wonderfully creative visual style, everything in the game apart from a few enemies is made out of a craft whether its paper mache, origami, carpentry or even balloons everything is so charming its hard not to want to play the game just to see how creative the developers have been.

The soundtrack is nice to listen too and it fits the style of game, there isnt any really memorable tracks here but the simple melodies and the cute tunes helps to make the game feel more relaxing until the last hour or so of the campaign.

Yoshi’s Crafted World is a simple but brilliant game, it is a lot of fun and can be enjoyed by players of all ages. It has easy to learn controls, is a treat to look at and has plenty of content before and after fishing the main story. There is enough bonus stuff that it can easily double the length of the campaign. The only issue I have is the scavenger hunts you can do because as previously stated it gets boring to revisit the same stages constantly but with that in mind I would say that this is one of Yoshi’s greatest video games yet and it is well worth its price tag.

9.8/10

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