Sonic Lost World Gameplay Reviews: Poor Level Design on Wii U, 3DS Version is Better

Sonic Lost World will be released soon in North America on Oct. 29 for the Wii U and 3DS. It has already debuted in Europe and Australia to mixed reviews.

Early reviews for the games have said the 3DS version of the game is superior to the Wii U version, continuing the tradition of the Sega Sonic Team perhaps trying to do too much with everyone's beloved hedgehog.

The 3DS version is praised for its good graphics, solid level design, and gameplay.

The Wii U version suffers from bad camera angles and poor instruction in utilizing an arsenal of new moves Sonic knows, as well as poor level design that slows him down instead of speeds him up. However, the graphics are said to be among the best of the Wii U thus far.

The game is in both 3D and 2D, and as in the most recent additions, many enjoyed the 2DS Sonic more because of the nostalgic feel. However, reviews for Kotaku felt the game was its best when moving away from the frustrating play of the 2D.

It appears much of the progress made in the last two installments of the franchise-- Colors and Generations-- has been scrapped.

The game was reportedly modeled after the Mario Galaxy series and will be one of the major games contending to catapult the Wii U.

Sonic Lost World has stages that are reminiscent of earlier games in the franchise, but will add the 3D action-platform element to it for both the Wii U and handheld version for the 3DS.

The level designs are all on a cylinder in a forward-scrolling and sometimes side-scrolling 3D world. The game seems to have much promise from the trailers and early reviews.

Gamestop and Amazon will be offering separate special promotional bonus packages for gamers who pre-order the game before the North American release on Oct. 29.

According to ShackNews, these bonuses will help players advance through the game.

The first of the pre-order specials is at GameStop. Gamers will receive an in-game Omochao RC gadget that will help in collecting rings in co-op mode.

The second bonus comes when ordering the game on Amazon. The player will get 25 extra lives to help them out in the game and also to be a bit more risky with a cushion.

However, some are upset with this last bonus because it almost seems like Sega is making money selling extra lives. It also suggests that perhaps the game is too hard so a user must buy the pre-order for an advantage.

"[Selling extra lives] will never be a thing in a Sonic game. The extra lives are a way to let you have a bit more fun being reckless if you want to be," said Sega's Aaron Webber to Kotaku.

Sonic will also be in Super Smash Bros 4, coming out in early 2014.