If you were on the fence about SEGA’s latest Sonic Boom video games for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, you may have woke up today ready to read the game’s various reviews from different publications. Unfortunately for you, no Sonic Boom reviews were published today, and it appears SEGA is to blame.
IGN, for example, says that SEGA opted not to provide the gaming website with a review copy for either version of the game. And they’re not alone, with reviews missing from every notable site — even though both games launched today.
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So, what’s the deal? We can only speculate. If SEGA decided not to send out early copies to reviewers, it could indicate that the company isn’t confident in the quality of their product. Perhaps SEGA was hoping to delay what they expect will be poor reviews to maintain strong early sales.
This is backed up by a number of game-breaking bugs discovered in the Wii U version so far. One bug sends Sonic falling through a level, forcing players to reset the game. Another bug respawns players outside an enclosed battle area, preventing Sonic and his team from returning to the fight. These both seem to be bugs that would have been found in simple gameplay testing.
Whatever the reason, SEGA can’t stop the Sonic Boom reviews forever. Many publications have taken to purchasing their own copies, and plan to make detailed reviews available as soon as possible.
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for Wii U and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal for Nintendo 3DS both launched today in North America. The new Sonic Boom TV series is now airing on Cartoon Network.