New York Comic-Con: Sonic and the Black Knight Hands-On

Sonic and the Black Knight is playable in Sega's booth at New York Comic-con. The game is the second in Sega's storybook series starring the speedy hedgehog. This time out the spiky hero's adventure is inspired by tales of King Arthur. There was just one level of the game playable at...

Sonic and the Black Knight is playable in Sega's booth at New York Comic-con. The game is the second in Sega's storybook series starring the speedy hedgehog. This time out the spiky hero's adventure is inspired by tales of King Arthur. There was just one level of the game playable at the kiosk in the booth, taken from the start of the adventure. The action was pretty remedial and eased us through the basics of gameplay. If you played Sonic and the Secret Rings for the Wii you should be right at home with this game. The action is still essentially on a rail that moves you through levels. You have a bit of control over where you move but you're still going down a fairly set path. This time out the game replaces Sonic's rings with golden fairies that serve the same basic role, keeping you from death. The demo also showed off blue fairies that basically replace the spring boards in levels. The other key change to the action is the addition of a sword that Sonic will be carrying and use to attack enemies. The sword is Sonic's new attack but doesn't work quite like his homing double jump attack. For this game you'll use the remote to slash the sword at enemies. The different control mechanics also call for a slightly different control scheme than Secret Rings, which only required you to hold the Wii remote sideways and tilt to move. You'll use the remote and nunchuck in a more standard control configuration this time. The end result so far seems to be pretty decent, once you get over the rail segments. The tutorial level got us up to speed on blocking, using a powerful attack triggered by the B button and gesturing with the Wii remote. The demo wrapped up with Sonic facing off against a big dragon and hacking the conspicuously bright blue horn on its nose off.

So far the game feels a lot like Secret Rings, with a few tweaks, so if you were into the game you should be fine with Black Knight. There's a nice sense of speed although, right now, the game doesn't look quite as good as Secret Rings. The color palette is on the flat side, partially due to the outdoor tutorial setting, and doesn't really pop. The controls are mostly solid although we expect gesturing to attack is going to get old pretty quick and we'd like jumping to feel tighter. Hopefully Sonic Team is going to polish things up in time for the game's March release. Have a look at some video to get a feel for what to expect.

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87 comments
Smoolander
Smoolander

A whole 86 comments on a Sonic game. Sorry Sega, but Sonic the Hedgehog should be euthanised instead of just beating this very dead horse. New concepts Sega instead of just rehashing, and rehashing, and rehashing old ones.

xtec
xtec

well thommorow is the big day so we can find out if its a flop or its awsum (PRAY 2 GOD IT IS CUZ IM GETTING IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

JuJu000
JuJu000

This game is destined to fail, its like the previous sonic games. If i don't buy this i don't think i'll be missing much.

RandomWarrior69
RandomWarrior69

Sonic + Sword = Great Game? Not sure but I'll definatly buy this one.

ediver_1
ediver_1

Looks pretty cool. Big improvement from past versions

CChannel
CChannel

im gunna love this game, swords are always awesome but swords and sonic is total awesomeness!

zestolime
zestolime

as long as its better then sonic and the secret rings for wii i like it

whatshouldmyuse
whatshouldmyuse

Sonic needs somthing new... it was always homing attacks but now he has a sword. this could be intresting to see sonic use a sword. just something new like i said above.

Seik666
Seik666

To darkwolfyboy: Did you really played Sonic 06??? I can admit some levels are good, but there are alot of glitches and alot...LOTS of loading screens! making your way through each level by the city is pure awfulness because you have to do gimmicky missions where there are TONS of loadings. I know what I'm talking about I actually have the game. And yes I'm a sonic fan, I love all sonic games exept sonic 06...and sonic shuffle! XD Btw this one looks great, but seems too related (by gameplay) to sonic and the secret ring. I'd love one old school like sonic adventure 1-2...These were so perfect, or like mmmack90 is saying: a 2,5 D remake of sonic 2 would make me as excited as captain excitement going to excitement island where happy and excited people lives...my point is made! XD

vprasath
vprasath

It's nice that Sega is experimenting things with Sonic. Using the same old formula would get boring. But Sega is experimenting for a VERY long time now and fans are dying for the old formula. All they need to do is merge the new concept and the old concept together. It didn't work in Sonic Unleashed (it was like mixing oil and water together). The idea about dumping the daytime stages with increased length from Sonic Unleashed in a DL disc does sound cool, but there won't be much of a variety here and there. For those of you who call yourself a Sonic fan, if you think this game sucks and you look for the bad parts, then 3 words for you: SHAME ON YOU Look for the strengths for the game, not the weaknesses. I actually enjoyed Shadow The Hedgehog since there are multiple ways to play. I'm probably a true Sonic fan. I''m truely getting this game, unless if the on rails controls are back (which I think were removed). However, in all honesty, Sonic looks like he's running a bit slower than in Sonic Unleashed (unless if he does that boost). Either it's that, or I've been boosting too much in Sonic Unleashed. The fairy thing is also unusual in a way. Hopefully Sonic Team and Sega will polish the game to make it look a lot better (as in the displays and graphics). To be honest, I wonder why Sega is throwing these types of games. Is it to find what people like and what people don't like and then throw in all the good aspects in 1 game? Dimps should kick Sega and Sonic Team out and take over. He's the true genius in Sonic games. Sonic Unleashed (Wii version) was successful because he was involved in it and the Sonic Rush games were like hits. He should make Sonic games because he knows what he's doing and how to please fans. Hopefully he's involved in this game.

mmmack90
mmmack90

#1. I dont understand how all you clowns can rate a game B4 u get your hands on it. #2. OK, we would all love 4 sonic 2 just run ridiculously fast in a 2.5d throwback yes we all hav 2 admit it. #3. At first I thought Secret Rings was just ok until I kept playin it and I understood the concept of the game...(gameplay, story, etc.) #4. You cant rate what a new game is going 2 be like because of its predecessors, thats really stupid. #5. Sonic And The Secret Rings and Sonic And The Black Knight are spin-offs...they're not the normal Sonic versus Eggman type game, so of course theres gonna be gimmicks...U cant say "I'm not gonna like Sonic and the Black Knight because I dont like Sonic Unleashed" Thats like sayin "I dont like 300 because I dont like Gladiator" completely different concepts. #6. Grasp the concept of what SEGA is doing, he's in a story book based on the Authurian Legend, Just like He's was in the Arabian Nights, he had a magic ring, NOW! he has a sword, now the only reason I am accepting the fact that Sonic has a sword in his hand is because he's inside of the Arthurian storybook "spin- off" and he is required to have special items, just like in Secret Rings. #6. You have 2 understand that this is a spinn-off #7. If they would have pulled something like this off in the normal Sonic versus Eggman main game then I would've been very upset, it would have been offensive 2 me. #8. Example "Shadow The Hedgehog" was a terrible terrible game because of poor level designs and the fact that he had a gun (Now hold it!!!) the only difference between Shadow posessing a weapon and Black Knight is the theme of the 2 games. Though it was a spin-off Shadow the Hedgehog was based off the main game, touching on where he came from and who he was, He did'nt require a weapon, which is why it was unacceptable 4 him 2 carry a gun, just like it's unacceptable 4 sonic 2 inappropriately turn into a werewolf. #9. My point is don't judge a game B4 u even played it. And try to understand concepts before u say "Oh my god this game is gonna b dumb cause Sonic has a sword in his hand." #10. And quit riding Sonic so hard, yaw wasnt trippin wen Mario went into space...

Drapsag18
Drapsag18

is a game like this really needed? all they need to do is make another sonic unleashed (day time levels only) power ups like in sonic 2 to get through the stage faster and a boss at the end of the stage that's it done, no weapons or monster sonics or whatever

pokelink17
pokelink17

i hated the first one looks like this one is going to be bad as well. And the story is good but the controls get very annoying!

GreenXMega
GreenXMega

No really, darkwolfyboy, the game was bad.

darkwolfyboy
darkwolfyboy

The problem was Sonic 06. It wasnt really a bad game, but the nerds said it was. So Sega went Parnoid and said Sonic needed to be fixed. Now you get all these gimmicks( But the sword is AWESOME!). So blame fanboys. Blame the fanyboys of the world and haaving bad Sonic games, and not knowing a good Sonic game when its in their f***ing faces.

MarluxiaNobody
MarluxiaNobody

u kno wut wld b hot? if dey made a sonic 2d action adventure game wit sonic using da moves from brawl.

Ragnaroxas5
Ragnaroxas5

Sonic really is just over, isn't it? *sigh* I'm gonna go play my Sonic Genesis games, ya know, from when Sonic was cool?

TheYoshster
TheYoshster

Get over it people! If you like it you like it, if you don't you don't! You all act like you expect it to be just as bad as Shadow The Hedgehog.

Nintenkid49
Nintenkid49

the Sonic series may be saved with game.......i hope.......:P

FurtherIntel
FurtherIntel

I think the best direction would be for a next-gen Sonic game: Make a completely 2-dimensional Sonic game with next-gen graphics (like LBP), and it'd be like what Capcom did with Bionic Commando Rearmed. That would be the best Sonic game ever. Both retro and new styles (it'd be awesome in my opinion of course).

FurtherIntel
FurtherIntel

Cool - I'l probably get this if it does well.

shadowpivot
shadowpivot

secret rings would have been better if they changed the controls i hate using just the wii-mote and the nunchuk should be included

Osnic
Osnic

"people seem to just compare them to the older games, instead of reviewing them off their own merits. And I've gotten really tired of seeing that sort of bias or viewpoint if you will, on this site every time I check in" It was one guy in TSS that said that! Stop comparing with old games whole the time! I'm also so tierd of seeing this! In every Sonic forum and stuff like that! We Sonic fans can never talk about anything without idiots that destroys it with: Sonic sucks, His old games was good but the new suck! And if you don't like it! Don't give him attention or say something! You can have your opinion, the opinions should be accepted up to 100% but stop saying all this! Anyway, the graphics are beautifull. And this is going to be a good game I think, I will probably enjoy, I acctually loved secret rings so as gamespot says if you liked secret rings you will probably like this.

cadc
cadc

4 words to sum up what I just saw "IS THIS A JOKE?"

Sonicpower451
Sonicpower451

Seriously. all of you are stupid nerds. And nerds never win.

AutumnWalker
AutumnWalker

I cringe to think that Sega is wasting resources turning out this crap instead of bringing some of their better IPs to current generation systems. How about Jet Grind Radio for the Wii?

lucifer3999
lucifer3999

why wont sonic just do what he does best..run..

luigipwnsmario
luigipwnsmario

i have to agree with neifer and Sithisil. maybe if Sega stopped actually trying to fix him, he would be fixed. i dont know how that would work out, but this is definitely a step in the wrong direction.

sonic_sallisoo1
sonic_sallisoo1

yes and no yes it is cool to have a sorerd but i think he is stretching his luck

dragonmitch09
dragonmitch09

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Chaosjak93
Chaosjak93

Sonic+Sword=Awesomeness. Depending if the game controls well.

shyguy75
shyguy75

u guys r right nelfer320 and Sithsil sega made a racing hedge hog game easy run jump on stuff and collect rings but now u make him battle a dragon in mideval times ruins with a sword were the heck did sega get that

nelfer320
nelfer320

I agree with Sithisil. Sega needs to stop changing the series around so much. The daytime levels in Sonic Unleashed were great and were exactly what were needed to be done a long time ago. I mean even before Sonic Heroes! Each game of the series feel like a different genre. We have platforming, adventure, rpg, and racing. Whats next? A first-person shooter!? I want the good-old Sonic games next-gen style! C'mon Sega!

Sithisil
Sithisil

This, in my opinion, is not the direction Sonic needs to take.... If they made Sonic Unleashed style levels (only the daytime ones) for an entire Sonic game, it would be awesome. Sadly, I don't think that the developers realize that they need to STOP giving Sonic fans annoying gimmicks and experimenting. Producers need to stick to the basics of Sonic: High speed levels with plenty of secrets, fun boss battles, etc....If they removed all the new experimental junk (as well as being stuck on a set path), it would improve greatly. I personally don't like the new characters either, but hey - I don't care if the game is a little cheesy if the cutscenes are skippable and/or the game itself is awesome.

IXIWhistIXI
IXIWhistIXI

I really hope shadow appears in this game with a gun. Sonic games are already hilarious because they're so bad because sega never seems to be able to learn from the past. May as well put as much stupid as you can in the game. It's like making a cheesy horror movie.

taddia
taddia

Milk91 wrote: "also never by a game if you dont think you gonna like it taddia rent it from blockbuster lol." man it was a gift frm my bf, plus i always read reviews on games before buying em.. and that all you can do about that in italy... rental of games here its something rare, it's not like in other countries 8)

Edgemaster317
Edgemaster317

Well then, First things first, NO HOMING ATTACK!!! wtf the homing attack was like the best move sonic had (in my opinion) but i guess the sword will sort of replace it seeing as how the only time you would need to jump will be when you have to go over a wall or jump on to a rail. overall, this game has potential, not as sonic game though. it would be a shame if they release this game without time attack mode in it (seeing as how that would be the best part of the game, excluding the story since it's based on a actual story). P.S (this is to everyone) people, please think before you type. just because sonic is in a game that's out of his normal gameplay style doesn't always mean that the games gonna be crap. look at sonic next gen, similar outline to sonic adventure 1, run around and complete sub missions so you can enter stages. sonic next gen was crap, that's putting it bluntly, sonic adventure 1 was decent, and from what i've read (note im not picking out certain people) alot of you liked sonic adventure 1 and thought sonic next gen was crap. i understand that sonic next gen had alot of problems that weren't in SA1, but remember that these two games were based on similar concepts.

DarkspineSonic0
DarkspineSonic0

c'mon, still the rail thing. People said this thing has the multiple path thing like in secret rings, i hate the path. that might be the reason i won't get it.

mik91
mik91

ok i read most of the post and i got to say YOU ALL NUTS try the game before critzing unleash wasnt that bad it had some fun in it secret rings i agree was damn horrible but still try it before you knock it after you try it then you can knock it. to me it looks.....interesting, its not the sonic we all know but still its looks ok so i will try it before saying it sucks ass. also never by a game if you dont think you gonna like it taddia rent it from blockbuster lol.

taddia
taddia

Uhm... All i can say is meh... The gfx looks quite shiny for being a game for our wii ^_^ but... the game just looks so flat.. Still it was a tutorial, and as such, boring as every tutorial i've seen. I've read some previews on this game, and to be honest, the real content of it seems to be really interesting... But let's be honest.. all we want is just a new "Jumpandkillthefoesrunningatlightspeed" sonic game... even a new sonic adventure battle would suffice... This kind of spin offs never live to their true potential and in the end grow to be boring... (my sonic and the secret rings copy is getting dust on the shelf..) To ropumar, who keeps flaming on wiis and wii owners: Stop it man, if you dislike the console it's ok. But yelling and flaming about it just makes you look childy and ignorant, not mentioning how stupid and useless the whole thing is.

Tomic2505
Tomic2505

you know, I'm sort of a beginner with sonic. I know that some people are sick of his new games and that they think they are bad and sonic needs to go back to his roots and some think that his newer style games are fine. But why are people so judgmental when it comes to sonic. I mean, come on what is a video game if you keep having the same feel over and over again. It would be like the super mario bros. in its old style today. playing through side scrolling levels that always had the same feel. Whats wrong with sonic games getting revamped. Times are changing and you cant expect games the way i described them anymore. And i think that this game looks fine.

Feld0
Feld0

If only SEGA and Sonic Team would take the Sonic Unleashed daytime engine, and design a dual-layer disc's worth of level content for it, avoiding the Werehog, the sword from Black Knight, and every other gimmick they've ever tried (possibly even a storyline!) in the process.

KronosIII
KronosIII

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