Round Up: The Reviews Are In For Sonic Prime

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As you may have already seen, Sonic the Hedgehog’s newest Netflix series Sonic Prime is now live. The first season consists of a total of eight episodes. It sees the gang go on a “high-octane adventure where the fate of a strange new multiverse rests in [Sonic’s] gloved hands”.

If you’re wondering what it’s like but haven’t actually seen any of it yet, we’ve put together the following round-up of the first season of the show. So here’s what the critics thought:

IGN gave Sonic Prime an eight out of ten, calling it a fun and family-friendly show for new and old fans alike:

“Sonic Prime is a fun and generally entertaining, family-friendly show. Sitting tonally between 1992’s Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and 93′ Sonic the Hedgehog – which has a similar ‘freedom fighters seeking to overthrow a cruel leader’ vibe – it offers an exciting look to the past while presenting some new ideas. It has some issues with pacing and the abrupt ending of the first season won’t do it any favors. That said, Sonic Prime should be well received by new and longtime franchise fans.”

Game Rant gave Prime 3.5 out of 5, labeling it “very good” and also calling it a lot of fun:

Sonic Prime is another argument for Sonic as a TV star first and a game character after that. Sonic fans will love the showcase of their favorite characters and the fast-paced action. Despite some weak writing and a bit too much repetition, Sonic Prime is a lot of fun. Enjoy Blue Blur’s journey into the multiverse.”

Entertainment website Collider wasn’t quite as impressed, feeling that Prime had a “repetitive story and lackluster animation” – giving it a “C” grade overall:

“The biggest downside through all of this is that the series is never interesting to watch. Even with some of the action sequences, there’s nothing that feels engaging about how it’s animated… The visuals are mostly flat. and strangely stiff, leaving little to stand out in the mind over the course of the eight episodes… In this character’s long history, Sonic Prime will not be a work that stands out as it whizzes past on its journey to nowhere.”

The Review Geek liked the animation in the show and noted how kids would get the most out of it – giving it a 7 out of 10:

“However, the animation is pretty good throughout, and the characters also resemble their video game counterparts. Sonic’s banter is similar to what you see in recent feature films, while seeing the alternate versions of all these characters throughout the multiverse work to get the creative juices flowing goes – and they are beautifully brought to life with great dubbing.

“Despite all that, Sonic Prime doesn’t quite do enough to stand out next to so many other series and movies in the Sonic world. The narrative is okay, but given multiversal travel is all the rage right now, it doesn’t feel all the originality. Still, this is a nice distraction, and it’s really kids who will probably be the ones who get the most out of this.”

And the film and TV website Ready Steady Cut gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars, mentioning that it was definitely a great show for younger audiences, but could also be enjoyed by older audiences:

“This series is definitely for younger audiences, I would say for audiences aged 6 to 11, as the threat and violence may be disturbing for younger audiences, and then too bland for older audiences. However, this does not mean that older audiences can” Do not enjoy the. For all of you wondering, Shadow is in this series and you have to watch it, as I won’t share any spoilers!”


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