The positive buzz around Sonic Frontiers continues with the release of its latest gameplay trailer, demonstrating combat and updates.
Sonic Frontiers Coming to PS5, Xbox Series X | S and Nintendo Switch on November 8, it won’t be a simple A-to-B race across the Starfall Islands. Sonic will have plenty of alien-like enemies to deal with along the way. Fortunately, the latest trailer for the game shows that our boy is prepared to take them on with a new and improved arsenal of attacks and abilities.
Even better, the new additions look like a lot of fun to use. The trailer shows moves like the improved homing attack and drop dash, along with new additions like Phantom Rush, which has Sonic leaving afterimages of himself as he dazzles enemies with a barrage of punches and kicks. Then there’s Sonic Boom. A cheeky reference, but also an attack with Sonic firing a series of arcing projectiles that would make Street Fighter 6’s Guile blush.
After the disastrous initial reveal, each trailer did a little bit to restore Sonic Frontier’s image. As a longtime Sonic fan, I’m really winning myself over with this game and I think it can be pretty good.
So combat in Sonic Frontiers feels like it doesn’t suck. But why is this so important? Well, simply because combat is something Sonic games rarely – if ever – get right.
Shadow the Hedgehog completely missed the mark with its heavy (and terribly nervous) focus on weapon-based combat. Sonic and the Black Knight, a game that I find greatly underrated, was let down by its insistence on Wii motion-based swordplay. Sonic Unleashed came close with its Werehog combat sections and an almost fighting game-like moveset, but it felt slow and ill-prepared to play.
Sonic Frontiers represents a sea change, as it’s the first time I’ve seen combat in a Sonic game and I thought, ‘Yeah, this really looks really good.’ Of course, we won’t really know how these new abilities and their upgrades will feel until we have the game in our hands. But compared to the relatively recent Sonic Forces, Frontiers looks decidedly more polished overall.