I'm giving a game an unusually high rating. This might be interesting
Sonic the Fighters is a sonic fighting game originally released in 1996 in the arcades. Before this HD rerelease, it was previously only available as part of the Sonic Gems Collection for Gamecube (and PS2 outside the US), so this is a nice opportunity for Sonic fans to pick up one of his more elusive games.
I'm not going to lie-this game is flawed, very flawed, but I enjoy it all the same. The moves are extremely simple and most of your fights will boil down to button mashing or repeatedly using the same move until you win. That being said, I still find it an enjoyable experience especially for me, as I like fighting games but don't always like the complexity of them all and having to look up a command list or memorize a bunch of difficult button combinations can often ruin it for me. So, like the Nintendo megahit Super Smash Bros., this is a fighter for the masses that anyone can pick up and play. In addition, the odd battle mechanics have a way of leveling the playing field, making your multiplayer matches more interesting.
Sonic the Fighters has a nice variety of characters you can choose to play as. You have series favorites such as Sonic (who uses moves that will later heavily influence his moveset in Super Smash Bros. Brawl), Tails, Amy, and Knuckles; Some more obscure characters like Espio, and the truly out there additions of Bark, Fang, and Bean. The game also includes three additional characters that were unavailable in previous versions of the game: Honey, Metal Sonic, and Dr. Robotnik. Each character has something unique about them: Fang has a gun, Bean has bombs, Amy has her hammer, and so on. Another nice thing is that the game actually provides an adequate explanation for why you are able to have 2 of the same character fighting, which I will allow you to discover for yourself if you haven't played the game yet.
The game has a short 1-player mode, but in my opinion, where this game really shines is the offline versus mode, as it is so nice to have a good offline multiplayer game in an age when that is largely overlooked. I had great fun playing this with my friends, especially being a Sonic fan myself. There is an online mode, but I cannot comment on it because I do not currently have Xbox Live Gold. Please don't hate me.
All in all, I find this to be a worthwhile experience. With laughably easy achievements (You can get the full 400 easily in an hour or less) It's hard to go wrong for 400 MSP, particularly if you really like, or really hate, the blue blur. It's difficult to give this game a star rating, but because I knew what I was getting into ahead of time and because I really enjoyed what I got out of it, this gets 4 stars from me. If you agree or disagree with me I would love to hear what you thought in the comments. Until then, happy gaming, and stay safe out there.