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Developer(s) ZetaLabsLogo
Publisher(s) Sega Logo
Platform(s) WiiU.svg
Genre(s) 3D action-platformer
Release Date(s)
25px-Flag of USA 21 December 2015

25px-Flag of Europe 21 December 2015
25px-Flag of Australia 21 December 2015
25px-Flag of Japan 21 December 2015

Mode(s)
1-2 players (Story Mode)
1-4 (Party Mode)
Age Rating(s)
ESRB 10460px-PEGI 7+.svgCERO B

Sonic Blur: Episode β is the second installment of the Sonic Blur franchise, set to be released to the Wii U. It takes place two months after the events of Sonic Blur: Episode α.

Story

Sonic and Tails's Story

After Eggman's defeat, Sonic and Tails decided to team up and to find a way to hide the Chaos Emeralds somewhere that could not be easily found as well to build a mechanism in to make the emeralds hidden if attempted to be detected with a radar. Sonic gave up on his past lifestyle to make sure that not only his land but the world is safe from the threat of Eggman, predicting that Eggman wouldn't easily give up after being defeated. Working alongside Tails, Sonic improved his abilities not only his speed but his combat techiniques as well setting up machines that would localize any threat or news regarding Eggman.

Two months have passed ever Eggman's defeat. One night, Tails was exiting his workshop when he found something weird, a blue blur. He thought that it was Sonic and attempted to approach it, but when he got close he noticed that he looked different, metallic. The creature turned around and revealed itself to be Metal Sonic. Metal Sonic attempts to attack Tails but Tails manages to defend himself by utilizing a supercharged shot of his arm cannon to stop Metal Sonic, which caused a temporary data failure in Metal Sonic's system making him retreat. The shot overloaded the arm cannon and made it unusable. The next day, Tails contacted Sonic about what happened the day before and they suggest that Eggman might be hidden behind all of this. Tails says it wouldn't be possible, considering Eggman was still on prison. Sonic decides to visit the Prison Island Zone, in which Eggman was kept imprisoned. Sonic gets to Eggman's cell and interrogates him, but Eggman appeared to be weirdly quiet. Sonic threatens him and accidentally destroys him and noticed that the Eggman that was on the prison was the fact a robotic clone, the same that was piloting the Grand Dictactor and that Eggman was free all this time.

Sonic asks if there is any way to locate the actual living Dr. Eggman and Tails says that only if he could locate a sample of a digital signature in Eggman's robot. Sonic finds a Badnik and brings it to Tails but Tails doesn't finds any digial signature of Eggman and suggests that they could probably find some in Metal Sonic, which might be one of Eggman's creations. Tails manages to locate signs of robots on the northwest region of the island, in an area called the Basalt Bridge Zone. Sonic rushes towards to the area, with Tails following behind utilizing Jet Boots to keep up with Sonic.

Sonic meets head to head to Metal Sonic at Basalt Bridge Zone Act 3, with the latter immedieatly attacking Sonic after seeing him. Sonic manages to put up a fight against him, but in the end Metal Sonic comes out victorious. Tails manages to once again to temporarily damage his system files by uploading a weak virus on him before he could land the finishing blow. Tails brings the weakened Sonic to his workshop and after a short time, Sonic appears to be better. Tails says that he managed to find a sign of a digital signature in Metal Sonic's system, locating the area of Eggman's hideout, a island named Carnival Island. Sonic attempts to go there by feet, but he is to weak. Tails suggests going there by utilizing the Tornado plane, so Sonic would manage to heal by the time they get there. It appeared to be a good idea, until they actually started their flight. Eggman troops were ready to ambush the heroes and then begins Amber Assault Zone, with Tails having to manuver the plane, while Sonic had to manually use the plane weapons to bring the troops down. They manage to get to the island and defeat the troops, but the use of the weapons made the plane's battery go down faster, making them having to do a landing on a place far away from Eggman's hideout, in a place called Diamond Desert Zone. Sonic, now recovered, asks Tails to find a way to get across the desert fast without Eggman noticing them, with Tails suggesting that if they go through the underground they manage to escape the sights of radar, as Tails notices that his robot radar can't find anything under the ground, but one of Tails's creations is under there. It succeds but at the end of Diamond Desert Zone they find an entrance to a palace underground and they proceed to investigate, but it is filled with ancient robots that doesn't seems to be related to Eggman and those robots were the ones that were underground.

They explore and discover it is actually a palace of the Echidna's clan, called Hidden Palace Zone. Sonic visits the center of the palace, where they meet with a red echidna, named Knuckles, for the first time. Knuckles asks what Sonic and Tails are doing there and what are their intentions. After the heroes explain, Knuckles still isn't sure and challenges Sonic and Tails to a battle. Knuckles comes out victorious. Knuckles introduces him and his story to the team as well explaining how he knows about Eggman and the danger of a creature known as Chaos as well the reason he fought Sonic, earlier in his journey, he fought a similar hedgehog with weird powers but couldn't see him because it was nighttime. Tails assumes that means that Knuckles also saw Metal Sonic. Sonic asks Knuckles for help, but Knuckles states that he has higher priorities right now, but if they need his help, he will be available after his journey is completed, although Knuckles points out an easier shortcut to the exit of the palace that will lead them to Copper City Zone. Sonic and Tails thanks for his help and wish him the best for his journey, although Sonic states that he will be ready for their next battle, with Knuckles smiling towards Sonic's statement and left the palace.

They leave the palace and come out to Copper City Zone, with Tails stating that they could find a shortcut to Eggman's hideout by going to the city's train station. It would be easy, but what they didn't noticed is that Eggman localized them on the city and sent his troops towards them. Sonic and Tails make a run towards the train station without being caught and then proceed to run on the train rails of Silicon Station Zone with Eggman's remaining troops taking the train and using it to reach Sonic and send troops to make his journey difficult although Sonic and Tails do manage to defeat them and reach the end of the rails.

After that, Sonic decides to stop for a while to take a breath and rest since they managed to defeat all troops that Eggman sent towards them with Tails stating that there is a cabin near them that appears to be empty and abandoned that they could rest in it. In the night, Sonic wakes up after hearing something weird and leaves the cabin to see what is it and notices a red blur similar to his blue and meets up with a hedgehog just like him, but this time it wasn't a metallic one. The hedgehog tells that his name is Shadow and that he has been waiting centuries to fight Sonic, but calling him "Jules" instead of Sonic. Sonic asks Shadow how he knows that name and Shadow makes a small laugh and immedieatly attacks Sonic, beginning a fight between the two. While equal in power, Sonic defeats Shadow but before landing the finishing blow, Shadow disappeared. The sun rose and Tails woke up asking what happened with Sonic explaining what happened. Tails is confused by the situation and asks Sonic if that wasn't simply a nightmare, with Sonic not being sure of what to answer. Sonic decided to continue the journey anyway, to the Parasite Path Zone that leads to the Halite Hideout Zone, where Eggman is hiding.

At the end of Parasite Path Act 3, Shadow appears once again, starts monologuing but is quickly interrupted by Sonic attacking him. Tails attempts to help Sonic on his fight, but Metal Sonic captures him and puts him inside the hideout. Sonic challenges Shadow for a fight again with Shadow proudly accepting the battle. After a long battle, Sonic defeats Shadow at the last hit and manages to land the hit by knocking his Chaos Emerald out of his hand. Sonic asks for questions, how he knows his father's name and what was he doing with that Chaos Emerald. Shadow is amused by his defeat but nonetheless accepts it and gives Sonic the answers of his questions, explaining that he was created by Gerald Robotnik, created to be a better version of Jules, set there to defeat Jules but he never managed to complete him because he died before completion and as a safety procedure, he sent the capsule containing Shadow towards Earth, saying that he was released long after he was intended to be released with his original intetion still intact and decided to hunt Sonic due his gene being similar to Jules. He explains that he is basically a living Chaos Emerald radar, since he was powered up utilizing all seven of them and managed to found them and gave them to Eggman in exchange for information of a fast hedgehog. He is able to utilize a techinque that only the ancient hedgehog clan could utilize, Chaos Control, which can teleport one being to a place not too far away from they currently are and also, in Shadow's words, "two other techiniques that is fun to mess around with" and so he teleported away before Sonic landed the final hit in his original battle. Sonic asks why Shadow answered his questions if he was sent to kill him, Shadow answers that Gerald was too obsessed creating a better version of Jules and forgot to remove, what Shadow calls "Jules's biggest flaw", his ability to respect a worthy opponent. After his final battle with Sonic, Shadow decided to rebel against his programming, since he has no reason to actual kill him nor he has a reason to help Sonic, but he is doing anyway because he has nothing else to do and leaves the area. Sonic is confused by what Shadow just said but nonetheless continued his journey to defeat Eggman and save Tails from Metal Sonic.

Inside the Halite Hideout Zone, at Act 2, Sonic fights against Metal Sonic, but this time he manages to put up a fight against him but Eggman interrupted the battle to fight to trap Sonic giving Metal Sonic a free hit with his lethal beam. It all appeared to be over until something appeared. Hyper Knuckles appeared and deflected the laser away from Sonic and turned back to normal. "Told ya I would be help when I finished my journey.", Knuckles said. Sonic defeats Metal Sonic and frees Tails. Him, Tails and Knuckles goes towards the center room to fight Eggman.

Eggman is frustated at Sonic, saying that he didn't even had time to "do some comedic banter"  or "taunt you with my weapons" with him because he was too busy perfecting his machinery and was just starting to begin his new plan to conquer the world, but he did managed to finish a machine, Grand Metal Sonic Kai, a gigantic version of Metal Sonic, which turns super by utilizing the Chaos Emeralds, which then proceeds to challenge Sonic. Knuckles utilizes the Super Emeralds to turn Sonic, Tails and him into their hyper forms. A battle ensues, with the heroes coming out victorious.

This time, they make very sure that Eggman is in prison by keeping him in a secret prision, located in a isolated island with Tails creating traps of every kind that could counterattack every kind of exit attempt that Eggman does. At the end, Sonic looks at the horizon with Knuckles appearing behind him. Sonic asks what would happen if antoher threat appeared that was not Eggman. Knuckles states that he finds Sonic a great hero and that he will be there to help Sonic fight any threat that appears on their way. Sonic then replies asking Knuckles if he remember the promise he made the last time they saw each other, that he would be able to defeat him in a battle, with Knuckles challenging to put that promise to the test. The credits end when the battle is about to start.

In a post-credits scene, Tails is seeing on his workshop looking for tools and working on a machine hidden behind a curtain. He pulls the curtain, with the camera focused on him and says "Well, this is going to be interesting.", after he says that, the camera then focuses on Metal Sonic, with a black and yellow painting, the same one that is used by Shard.

Knuckles's Story

Knuckles's story begins with him exploring a location related to his clan's past, named Rosasite Ruins. Knuckles explore the location, looking for clues about his past and his clan's wherabouts. In his visit, Knuckles sees an odd glowing light around the ruins. He follows the light, thinking it was Tikal, but it was in reality a holographic figure. Knuckles is scared by this figure, although the figure shows to be friendly and says that her name is NICOLE, an AI designed to explore the mysteries behind South Island. Knuckles is confused by NICOLE, but finds that her being an AI could help him in exploring the location. NICOLE agrees to help, since it would help them both, Knuckles would find the answer to his questions and NICOLE would learn more about South Island. As they continue to travel to the Rosasite Ruins, they are suddenly attacked by a phantom-like creature, known as the Spirit Guardian. NICOLE provides information to Knuckles about the creature's weak points and with NICOLE's help, Knuckles defeats the Spirit Guardian. As a desperation attack, the Spirit Guardian attacks the ruins in the way to make the entire ruins fall. NICOLE sets the fastest path to escape the location and Knuckles manages to escape the crumbling ruins at the last second. Knuckles is at first disappointed for the fact that he couldn't learned anything from his clan before the Spirit Guardian attack, but NICOLE reassures her that there is another place where he could look for answers, the Platinum Pyramid, a monument created by the Echidna Clan, which is located at a nearby.

Knuckles goes to visit the Platinum Pyramid, but NICOLE doesn't, because her energy is running out and she needs to temporarily recharge to continue helping Knuckles. Knuckles finds out written documents left by the Echidnas, although it is written in their clan language which Knuckles doesn't understand. After finding this, Knuckles goes out of the pyramid, only to be attacked once again by the Spirit Guardian, although this time Knuckles manages to defeat him before he causes any more damage. At the exit of the Platinum Pyramid, NICOLE boots up and asks how was Knuckles's exploration with Knuckles giving NICOLE the documents. NICOLE says that she can do a translation and it reveals that it is a diary from Tikal, during the last days of the Echidna clan. On this diary, Tikal reveals that the Echidna Clan wanted to control the water god, Chaos, to take make the Echidna Clan the single ruler of the Three Kingdoms, although the god goes out of control and instead creates a gigantic flood. Tikal's dairy ends with a mention of the flood but not of the aftermath. NICOLE presumes that the Echidna clan were probably extinct after this incident, although she notices that Knuckles's existence is a contradiction to her claim. Knuckles seems to be more confused about his clan's whereabouts, specially about his origins. NICOLE decides to do a research about gigantic floods in the past, and finds that there is one flood that has the possibility to be the one that occoured during the time Tikal wrote the diary. Knuckles ask where it is, and NICOLE says it is located in Carnival Island. Knuckles is worried about Carnival Island, since it is an island far far away from South Island and he doesn't thinks that they could get there. Suddenly, a helicopter comes in and someone from a megaphone says "Don't worry! We will get there!". The people on the helicopter throws a ladder to Knuckles climb up and NICOLE teleports her way up to the helicopter. At the helicopter, Knuckles discovers that the one there is actually NICOLE's creator, Dr. Maria Robotnik, a robotics scientist and researcher who has been watching Knuckles' progress through NICOLE.

Maria was interested about the secrets of the South Island due the lack of the documentation of the area and the studies of her grandfather and she created NICOLE for the purpose to research the land and also store the information that she finds. Maria offers to help Knuckles in exchange for information for South Island, which Knuckles agrees to. The team flies off to Carnival Island, landing on Basalt Bridge. NICOLE says that the area they are looking for is not too far away from where they are now and Knuckles says that he can get there on foot. At the end of Basalt Bridge, Knuckles is attacked by a Eggman guard unit named EggRobo, whom burns down the final bridge of the area. Knuckles defeats the EggRobo and wonders about the unit's origins. Maria is also curious and puts the robot on the helicopter for further research and NICOLE points an easy way to get where they need to be, Diamond Desert. Knuckles reaches the desert in no time, although he asks where exactly the location is. NICOLE says it is located in the center of the desert. As they reach the center of the desert, Knuckles sees a weird blue metallic robot, whom only glares at our heroes. Suddenly, the robot does a surprise attack on Knuckles, whom manage to dodge him, although the robot flies away inside the palace on the center of the desert with Knuckles following him.

Shadow's Story

Gameplay

The gameplay of Sonic Blur: Episode β doesn't changes much from the original installment. The game continues to be a 3D platformer with elements from both of the 2D and 3D Sonic games, although it has some differences. Sonic and Tails share the same story and the player can switch between the characters at any time during the game (with the exception being Amber Assault Zone), Tails is much faster than he was in the original game, to make up for the fact that him and Sonic are now playing the same stages which are focused on speed, which is explained in the story with Tails creating the Jet Boots. Knuckles retains his ability to drill the ground from the endgame of the previous title which is used to complete puzzles in the game.

Shadow is the new playable character introduced in this game and he plays similarly to Sonic but his gameplay is different in a lot of ways. Shadow utilizes the Chaos Control, which can either stop time, teleport him or speed up, which to do so, it is required Soul Fuel, which can be get by defeating enemies. Shadow's stages also has the use of Chaos Weapons in the form of the Chaos Spear and the Chaos Javelin and his stages are more combat-oriented than Sonic and Tails's speed based gameplay and Knuckles's more puzzle oriented stages.

Each character goes through 9 stages, which is more than the previous installment, although each story has two unique stages for each story. The game also retains the emblems, with each stage having three different objectives as well different challenges. Similar to the previous game, getting a certain number of emblems unlocks extra stages for the players to experience.

Characters

Playable Characters

Character Description
Sonic Adventure pose(Super Smash Bros. Wii U)
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic hasn't changed much from the previous installment. He has all the skills from the previous game (including the unlockable ones) but now he shares the playable character slot alongside his buddy tails, but doesn't recieves any disadvantages because of it. Like in the previous game, collecting all the seven Chaos Emeralds allows him to turn into Super Sonic.
Tails Sonic Adventure
Miles "Tails" Prower
Like Sonic, Tails has nnot changed much. He lost the ability to shoot with an arm cannon from the post-game of the previous installment but now he shares a character slot with Sonic and has recieved a massive speed boost to make him easier to play with.
Knuckles trophy pose (Super Smash Bros. Wii U)
Knuckles the Echidna
Knuckles, like Sonic, now has the abilities that he would have from the post-game content, which are now a major part of his level design. Aside from that, he continues to be the same, a slower but more powerful version of Sonic.
Fig 20 shadow
Shadow the Hedgehog
The new playable character in the series, Shadow the Hedgehog is slightly faster than Sonic and also has some new features known as the Chaos Powers, which are acquired through out his stages, which are more non-linear than the others, resembling a Metroidvania game at points.

Non-Playable Characters

Character Description
Fig 20 dreggman
Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik
Sonic Runners Tikal
Tikal the Echidna
MetalSonicEvil
Metal Sonic
Chaos0
Chaos
Shade The Echidna
Shade the Echidna
Nicole Spark of Life
NICOLE

Stages

Story

Name Description Order
Prison Island Zone An island in which Eggman was imprisioned. The first act takes place with the heroes arriving on the island itself through the Tornado, the second act takes place in which they attempt to arrive at Eggman's cell and after they find out he is not there, they go out to return to the Tornado to find out the location of Eggman. The boss of this zone is EggRobo. 1 (S&T)
Rosasite Ruins Zone Rosasite Ruins were the last remains of the Echidna Clan's architeture. Knuckles decided to visit there to find secrets of his past as well about this weird creature known as Chaos. The first act takes place in the entrance of the ruins, while the second act takes place within the ruins itself while the third act takes place in a secret chamber within the ruins. The boss of this zone is the Spirit Guardian. 1 (K)
Fuchsite Factory Zone Fuchsite Factory was the place Shadow was hidden after he was sent back to Earth. He wakes up and has to escape from the facility before being caught from security robots. The first act takes place within the area Shadow was kept inside, the second act takes place in a hallway leading up to the computer room, while the third act takes place within the computer room itself, where Shadow learns about his objective. The boss of this zone is the Shadow Android. 1 (S)
Basalt Bridge Zone 2 (S&T)
3 (K)
9 (S)
Platinum Pyramid Zone 2 (K)
Feldspar Flashback Zone 2 (S)
Amber Assault Zone 3 (S&T)
Diamond Desert Zone 4 (S&T / K)
8 (S)
Hidden Palace Zone 5 (S&T / K)
7 (S)
Copper City Zone 6 (S&T / K / S)
Silicon Station Zone 7 (S&T / K)
5 (S)
Parasite Path Zone 8 (S&T / K)
4 (S)
Halite Hideout Zone 9 (S&T / K)
3 (S)

Extra

Enemies

Bosses

Items

Achievements

Sequels

See also Sonic Blur series.

Sonic Blur was originally intended to be released as one game, although it was remade into a three-episode title. The first game, Sonic Blur: Episode α was released in 21 November 2015. The sequel of β, Episode Omega is set to be released one month after this one. After the good reception of the first installment and the overall series, a sequel was announced in the form of Sonic Blur: Freedom Fighters and a spin-off entitled Sonic Blur Battle set to be released in 2016, for the Wii U and 3DS, respectively.

Reception

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Smash Revolution | Sonic the Hedgehog: Terminal Velocity | Heir to the Throne | Pokemon Order and Chaos Versions | Digimon Saga: Cyber Anarchy | Persona NX: The Game of Fate | Sonic the Hedgehog: Remastered | Shadow the Hedgehog 2 | Project X Zone 3 | Sonic Blur: Episode α | Sonic Blur: Episode β

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