While those who bought early access already gained access last week, Sonic Colors: Ultimate has officially launched today on all major platforms.
Sonic Colors: Ultimate is a remaster of the popular Wii title that many consider to be one of the best Sonic entries since his glory days on the SEGA Genesis. The game sees the evil Dr. Eggman build a massive interstellar theme park filled to the brim with outrageous attractions that he must keep powered by using Wisps, an alien race he captured and imprisoned to do his bidding. As expected, Sonic and Tails have to once again save the day by freeing the Wisps and foiling Dr. Eggman’s nefarious plans.
This updated release of Sonic Colors features upscaled visuals, which are most notable on the PlayStation and Xbox versions, as they can hit 4K resolution on their higher end versions of their hardware. Also included is a brand new mode called Rival Rush, a fast-paced showdown where Sonic must race Metal Sonic through one of the levels in each of the six main worlds of the game. It’s worth noting, however, that this mode must be unlocked via collectibles and is not available right out of the gate.
Sadly, the Nintendo Switch version of the game is suffering from pretty significant bugs, ranging from extreme character deformation to bright flashing lights at random times. The issue is being looked into by the development team, however, as made evident by a tweet from the game’s social media manager on Sunday. If you so happen to run into any of these issues yourself, you can flag them here.
Aside from the Switch’s problematic launch, which should get squared away soon, Sonic Colors: Ultimate remains your best bet for a blisteringly fast experience that melds together the character’s old-school gameplay with modern mechanics and colorful mayhem – especially considering how hit or miss (mostly miss) that the series has become in recent years. You can pick it up today for $39.99 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.