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|Sonic and the Gods of Olympus|
|Developer(s)||Sonic Team, Kaji Productions|
| March 10, 2015 |
| Single Player|
|Media Included||Wii U Optical Disc|
Sonic and the Gods of Olympus (ソニックとオリンパスの神々 Sonikku to Orinpasu no Kamigami) is a game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, released exclusively on Wii U as the third and final entry in the Sonic Storybook series, along with Sonic and the Secret Rings and Sonic and the Black Knight. The game is released on March 8, 2015 for North America, March 10, 2015 for Japan, March 12, 2015 for Europe, and March 17, 2015 for Australia.
More in-depth story can be found here
At the beginning of the story, Sonic is hanging out at his old time favorite place, Green Hill Zone. The peace of this beautiful evening is interrupted when a storm starts to form above, causing strong winds, lighting, and thunder. Before Sonic even gets the chance to get to shelter, rain starts pouring down everywhere, the thunder claps getting louder and tree leaves blowing violently. Not thinking twice, Sonic gets under a tree, only for a lightning bolt to strike right towards him, blinding Sonic as the scene fades, showing that Sonic had fainted.
The scene reopens on a female voice repeatedly saying stuff to try to wake Sonic up, as Sonic opens his eyes with his eyesight still blurry. The blurred vision starts to focus on a goddess named Artemis, with pale skin, white hair, and royal-like apparel. The storm appeared to be gone, but the goddess warned Sonic that they were in danger. Artemis explained everything, including that Sonic would be the one to save Olympus. She gives Sonic the Bow of Wisdom and allows him to train, until the Town of Ephleos is attacked. Sonic immediately jumps into battle.
After the enemies are defeated, Sonic and Artemis discuss more about the situation they are in. The gods Hades, Hercules, and Ares are helping Kronos restore the pieces of his body, and Sonic must stop them before it's too late. But before he tries to accomplish this, he must talk to other Gods for support. First, he heads off to find Hermes for more stock up on weapons and powers to at least be a threat to the gods.
After finding Hermes in his shop, the god gives Sonic a pair of flight shoes and upgrades his Bow of Wisdom. However, in order to fly, Sonic will need Artemis's help to activate the shoes and give them power. Hermes also tells Sonic he should see Athena, the goddess of wisdom, for advice. Sonic simply wants to take down the gods and Kronos, but Artemis tells him otherwise, and they head off.
Gameplay for Sonic and the Black Knight is very similar to the previous Sonic Storybook Games, along with Kid Icarus: Uprising. Using the left control stick will move Sonic forward, back, left, and right. The longer you move the left control stick upwards, the more gradually Sonic will pick up his pace. The right control stick allows Sonic to pull out his bow and aim it at targets and enemies, while holding down the right trigger sends arrows out at a fast pace. Finally, the left trigger allows Sonic to fly into the air, although there is a limit to where the flight will only last 15 seconds if used continuously, and takes a minute to fully recharge.
On the gamepad screen, the player can see approaching enemies, where you are in the stage, what weapon you are currently using, how many enemies you've defeated, and your special boost gauge. The boost gauge is filled up when you defeat enemies and collect rings. Once the boost gauge is full, you can become invincible and shoot even faster and more powerful arrows at your enemies. You enable the special boost gauge by clicking the X button.
Sonic is the main playable character. As the game progresses, you can play as Hermes, Hades, Athena, or Hercules after you beat their respectful bosses, but are only optional. Several other characters can be unlocked for multiplayer, such as Apollo and Iris, as well as some of the gods/goddess' main series counterparts.
Like Sonic and the Black Knight and Sonic and the Secret Rings, most of the gods and goddesses portray Sonic's friends from the real world. However, this time around, he doesn't question them at all, as he's been through this before twice. The Gods, Goddesses, and their counterparts are listed below:
|Sonic Character's Name||Their Role|
|Miles "Tails" Prower||Hermes|
|Shadow the Hedgehog||Hades|
|Blaze the Cat||Athena|
|Knuckles the Echidna||Hercules|
|Silver the Hedgehog||Apollo|
|Honey the Cat||Iris|
In adventure mode, play as the main character, Sonic, through the World of Olympus in the main plot. These are all of the areas you discover in Sonic and the Gods of Olympus:
- Olympian Village
- Dark Forest
- War Zone
- Angel Passage
- Hidden Valley
- Caves of Faith
- Orchard Garden
- Land of the Dead
- Cursed Chateau
- Mount Olympus
|Role||English Voice Actor||Japanese Voice Actor|
|Sonic the Hedgehog||Roger Craig Smith||Jun'ichi Kanemaru|
|Hermes/Miles "Tails" Power||Colleen Villard||Ryō Hirohashi|
|Athena/Blaze the Cat||Laura Bailey||Nao Takamori|
|Aphrodite/Amy Rose||Cindy Robinson||Taeko Kawata|
|Hades/Shadow the Hedgehog||Kirk Thornton||Kōji Yusa|
|Hercules/Knuckles the Ecidna||Travis Willingham||Nobutoshi Canna|
|Apollo/Silver the Hedgehog||Quinton Flynn||Daisuke Ono|
|Iris/Honey the Cat|
|Kronos||S. Scott Bullock||Hōchū Ōtsuka|
- Several remixes from the Kid Icarus and Hyrule Warriors games are used in the menus and some stages.
- This is the first and only Sonic Storybook game for the Wii U.
- Being the goddess of love, Aphrodite falls in love with Sonic right away after seeing how heroic he was (as hinted several times while talking), similar to how Amy Rose is in love with Sonic in the real world.
- This is the first game Honey the Cat has appeared in since Sonic the Fighters. Her overall design has changed greatly; orange blue eyes, longer hair (which are still kept up in twintails), and is confirmed to be 15 years old.
- Just like the previous Sonic Storybook Games, the cutscenes appear as pages of a book. The only CGI Cutscenes are the beginning, Kronos' reincarnation, and the ending.
- Although Sonic's main weapon is the Bow of Wisdom, he is not seen holding it in the cover art.