March 23, 2008

SSBB Character Analysis: Sonic

For today's character analysis we will be looking at one of the most famous icons of video gaming. That's right where going to observe the famous Sega mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog. This guy is incredibly fast and can frustrate even veteran Brawl players. Sonic for the most part plays an evasive game using his great speed to out maneuver his foes and keep them off balance.

-Fastest dashing speed in the game
-Strong recovery
-Fast, accurate attacks
-Very evasive
-Easily frustrates opponents
-Easy to combo with
-Does well against other speed characters
-Light character
-Weak standard attacks
-Struggles against faster moving heavy hitters
-Enemies can use his recovery as well.

Sonic is a speed demon. He has the fastest dashing speed in the game, although his actual standard attacks are not the fastest out of all the brawl characters. Sonic excels against Super power house characters like Bowser and Gannondorf, he can literally run circles around them all day. He also does well against speed characters like Fox and Metaknight whom he can outmaneuver easily. Sonic plays a frustrating evasive game, many people playing against Sonic will accuse their opponents of being cheap and trying to avoid them. In reality it's not that they are trying to avoid them, it's just how Sonic plays as a character. To frustrate opponents even more Sonic has a phenomenal recovery ability and an accurate homing attack that rarely misses.

Even the king of speed however has his weaknesses however. To start off sonic is a light character, and even though he has fast accurate attacks they tend to be on the weak side. Sonic will struggle a lot against faster heavy hitters like Wario and especially Ike. Both of them have attacks that can disrupt and unbalance the little blue fur ball. Once Sonic loses his speed advantage he's in trouble and can be easily pummeled until he flies off the stage. It doesn't help either that enemies can use Sonic's own recovery abilities for themselves, that small fault in Sonic's recovery ability could mean the difference between victory or defeat. The last fault on the list matter of personal opinion. I myself think Sonic is to predictable and that his moves lack variety. Other players will argue that his lack of variety in moves is not an actual weakness but a strength for Sonic since he will be able to correlate his attacks better. Like i stated before, it's all a matter of personal opinion.

Summary: A extremely fast, evasive character who uses his great speed to keep his foes off balance. Will struggle against faster heavy hitters, especially those with long reach.

Counter with: Ike, Wario

Not recomened to use against: Heavier slow characters (Bowser, Donkey Kong, Gannondorf), The Starfox crew might also have trouble with him.

Final Review

Learning Curve:
2- Sonic is one of the easiest characters to pick up and start playing with.

Power: 4- He is slightly below average when is comes to standard attacks and smashes.

Speed: 9- fastest dashing speed, but not fastest attack speed, this is why I gave him a 9 instead of a 10.

Recovery: 8- useful but enemies can use his springboard as well.

Throws: 3- Sonic has weak throws

Overall: 8.0

1 comment:

  1. Personally, I think the fact that all of his attacks look similar confuses opponents because you never know which he's going to do next.