The trailer for this was originally released just prior to Halloween, when the video itself would have been a good, appropriately holiday-timed release to help build up hype for the game. Instead, three weeks after Halloween and after Sonic Unleashed for the PlayStation 2 and Wii has hit shelves, they finally decide to release it. Oh well.

If you’re interested, the official website with higher-quality version is here.

Much like “The Subspace Emissary” in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, I like the nearly speech-free delivery here. Which is funny, given how much I love hearing and identifying voice actors. Nonetheless, I like this style of Sonic.

And by style, that includes the art; SEGA and Sonic Team kept creeping closer and closer to “way too damn real” for Sonic‘s style, at least for my liking; they’ve really scaled it back a bit, and the art director for Unleashed speaks on IGN about getting the game’s aesthetics juuuuuuuust right. In my opinion? That mission is accomplished, if nothing else.

So far, the Wii/PS2 version is sounding like a drag, with somewhere around three or more nighttime Werehog stages for every daytime Hedgehog stage, plus some cut stages and features. According to Toby Barrett from Bumbleking, the divide for the 360/PS3 version seems to be closer to about 50/50.

At the very least, I’d like to rent this.

–LBD “Nytetrayn”