Game Recommendations - Freedom Planet

Available on PC, PS4, and Nintendo Wii U; version played Wii U

The Game
Freedom Planet is an independent game from developer Galaxy Trail and can be best described as the spiritual successor to the 16bit era Sonic the Hedgehog series. The game itself is broken up into two parts: Story Mode and Classic Mode. Classic Mode lets players play level after level with no story to get in the way and story mode is self-explanatory. I found the story to actually be fun. The characters to me are all likable and that's what helps the story as I found it to be both cheesy (in a good way) and comical all at the same time. I like that the developers kept it looking like a retro game. It gives the title a certain charm and I am thankful for that. If you are a fan of retro action games or old school Sonic games, this game should be in your library. I promise it will scratch that itch and if you're like me is a nice shout out to the old school.

Game Play
The game is classified as an action game and that is true in every way. It's an old school 2D action game in the same vein of the old school Sonic 2D games. The gameplay is smooth and each of the playable characters feel unique and plays differently. I personally prefer playing as Lilac but that's just me. I played a little as Carol but I just prefer playing as Lilac as she feels more fluid, just my opinion of course. The stages are varied and some even have similar feels to the hedgehog's classic stages. I would call foul on this but there is enough variation in the stage that it is obvious that it's an homage, not a copyright violation. I will say this, the game does get more challenging towards the end, however, it's not a sharp spike in difficulty but a more gradual one as the game amps up the action and baddies. I think most people will find it enjoyable as opposed to oppressively frustrating.

Final Thoughts
If you are a fan of old school Sonic or just retro action games in general then this game is for you. It's a lot of fun and has replay value as the stages are huge but have multiple pathways. There are a lot of collectibles to find so completionists will more than likely be at this for awhile. To top it all off it is an affordable title so if you have a PS4, Wii U, or you game on the PC give it a try I think you'll like it. Freedom Planet 2 is supposed to release this year and this gamer is looking forward to it. Have you played Freedom Planet? Are you looking forward to Freedom Planet 2? Let me know in the comments below.

Freedom Planet Trailer

Freedom Planet 2 Trailer

Images via WiiU ImageShare

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