What’s with the “Colorful Impact Effects?”
Many fans look to ratings boards to provide some insight on what to expect in the next hotly anticipated game. Sonic fans are no different, and so when word spread over the weekend that the ESRB rating surfaced for Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, the sleuths were afoot.
Aside from one detail, however, there isn’t much to speak of. The ESRB’s listing shows the game will be coming to PC, likely as a digital download. There is no mention of an iOS rating, but there wasn’t for Episode I, either.
There are a couple jokes that can be made about the ESRB description as well, particularly toward the end:
This is a side-scrolling adventure game in which Sonic the Hedgehog and his fox-like sidekick team up to defeat their arch-nemesis, Dr. Eggman. As players zoom through fantastical landscapes, they collect items (e.g., gold rings and power-ups), avoid hazards, and jump on robots to free the animals trapped inside. Boss fights occur infrequently, and are accompanied by colorful impact effects.
No matter what, it looks like we’re closer to a proper reveal, and at this rate, it could show off something close to the finished product. We’ll continue to follow developments on the next Sonic here.