Reviews exist to give consumers educated feedback about a product or service, to help them decide if the thing is worth having. But in the end, it’s always up to the consumers to read between the lines and do some critical thinking. After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and that’s true in the realm of video games as well. Maybe some games just have an inner beauty that only you can see. For me, that game is Sonic Lost World on the Wii U.
Even when the game was first announced, reception was mixed. Some such as I thought the game looked like a fun change of pace for the hedgehog. The way you could travel 360 degrees around certain objects while discovering new, varied paths through the levels looked like a bunch of fun. Sometimes, it even felt like a revival of the canceled Sonic X-treme.
Meanwhile, the naysayers had a pretty clear rebuttal to the game: “It just looks like a Sonic version of Super Mario Galaxy.”
But heck, even if that were true and Sega secretly were 100 percent ripping off Mario, that didn’t preclude Sonic Lost World from being a great game in its own right. And in my book, it was great! Sure, it had a helping of unfair plummet-to-your-doom-in-a-pit deaths that Sonic games have suffered through since the very beginning. But beyond that, it had fun bosses, a challenging final boss, and a lot of interesting level design.
I have to talk in kind of vague terms now because the truth is I don’t have a sharp memory of the game anymore. I just remember really enjoying it and feeling the game’s reviews were pretty converse to how much fun I had with it. Sonic Lost World is sitting on a 63 at Metacritic, but I would have scored it a nice, solid 8/10.
What about you? What is your diamond in the rough? What is a video game that you loved that the critics weren’t kind to? Tell us in the comments below!