Round Up: Reviews are in for Sonic Prime

Prime Sonic
Picture: Netflix, SEGA

As you may have already seen, Sonic the Hedgehog’s latest Netflix series, Sonic Prime, is now live. The first season consists of eight episodes in total. It sees the whole gang embark on a “high-octane adventure where the fate of a strange new multiverse rests upon [Sonic’s] gloved hands”.

If you’re wondering what it looks like, but haven’t had time to watch anything yet, we’ve prepared the following roundup – reviewing the show’s first season. So here’s what critics thought:

IGN gave Sonic Prime an eight out of ten, calling it a fun, family-friendly show for new and old fans alike:

“Sonic Prime is a fun and entertaining show for the whole family. Set between the 1992 adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and 93′ Sonic the Hedgehog – which features a similar vibe of ‘freedom fighters seeking to overthrow a cruel leader’ – it offers an exciting look at the past while also introducing new ideas. There are some pacing issues and the abrupt ending to the first season won’t do it any favors. That said, Sonic Prime should be well received by franchise fans. new and long standing.”

Game Rant gave Prime 3.5 out of 5, calling it “very good” and also calling it great fun:

Prime Sonic is yet another argument for Sonic as TV star first and game character second. Sonic fans will love the showcase of their favorite characters and the fast-paced action. Despite weak writing and a little too much repetition, Prime Sonic is great fun. Enjoy Blue Blur’s journey through the multiverse.”

Entertainment website Collider wasn’t as impressed and felt Prime had a “repetitive story and lackluster animation” – giving it an overall “C” rating:

“The biggest downside through all of this is that the show just isn’t interesting to watch. Even with some of the action sequences, there’s nothing that feels engaging about the way it’s animated. The visuals are all largely flat and oddly stiff, leaving little to stand out in the mind over the eight episodes… In this character’s long history, Prime Sonic will not be a work that stands out as it travels to nowhere.”

The Review Geek liked the show’s animation and rated how kids would get the most out of it – awarding it 7 out of 10:

“The animation is pretty good overall and the characters look like their video game counterparts as well. Sonic’s banter is similar to what’s seen in later feature films, while seeing alternate versions of all of these characters through the multiverse to get the creative juices going – and they come to life beautifully with great voice acting.

“Despite all of that, Sonic Prime doesn’t do enough to stand out next to so many other shows and movies in the Sonic world. The narrative is okay, but given that multiversal journeys are all the rage right now, this I don’t. I feel it all in a novel way. It’s still a good distraction, and it’s really the kids who are likely to get the most out of it.

And the film and TV website Ready Steady Cut gave it 3.5 stars out of 5, mentioning how it was definitely a great show for younger audiences, but could be enjoyed by older audiences as well:

“This series is definitely aimed at a younger audience, I would say for an audience aged 6-11, as the threat and violence can be overwhelming for younger audiences and then too bland for older ones. However, this doesn’t mean older audiences can’t ‘For anyone wondering, Shadow is in this show, and you’ll have to watch it, because I won’t be sharing any spoilers!’

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