As some obtained early copies via the Digital Deluxe edition or press codes, social media has featured many complaining about the game’s bugs. Alongside YouTube videos of compilations and reviews, social media included many clips of the issues.
While impossible to tell which came before or after a day one patch; the issues included physics launching the player off the course or being able to enter out-of-bounds areas, invisible walls and camera angles being applied to the wrong parts of the level, pop-in, missing textures, textures flickering and glitching out, crashes, save data corruption, sounds and music not playing, t-posing and animation errors, and more.
In addition, the ending credits are now longer with additional staff; so when the music tracks end, the rest of the credits play in silence. On Nintendo Switch, the load times were not only longer than the Wii original, but longer than the loading time in some levels of the infamous Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).
You can find a compilation of the bugs and glitches below. Update: Additional tweets have been added.
It should be noted there are videos on YouTube showing gameplay with no glitches occurring.
As the game has not officially released, there are no user reviews on Metacritic, and there will not be for 36 hours after the game launches [1, 2]. The critic reviews thus far include two on Nintendo Switch, and 34 on PlayStation 4. There are currently none on other platforms.
The PlayStation 4 Metascore is 76 as of this time of writing, while there is the average score of 70 on Nintendo Switch (80 and 60 respectively). Criticisms note that other than having the same issues as the original game (and of other 3D Sonic games), the game suffered from technical issues and poor controls.
You can look forward to our review soon.
Sonic Colors Ultimate launches September 7th for Windows PC (via the Epic Games Store, and Steam), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.