Last November's Sonic Forces had a lot of issues, including poor 2D and 3D controls, bad physics, and bad performance on some systems.
With no patch in sight fans are taking it upon themselves to fix all these problems with mods. Here's a few essential Sonic Forces Mods!
How To Get Mods Working In Sonic Forces
You'll need Hedge Mod Manager, which you can get here. Download the installer (it's safe, we've done it), and agree to all the requests - select Sonic Forces from the list when it opens up, and it should show the game's Steam directory. It'll install there and create a Mods folder, which is where you want to put your Mods. Click 'Open Mods Folder' to save you searching for it, and let's go get some!
Classic Sonic Improvement Mod
As we said in our review, the 2D Classic Sonic levels were awful, especially coming straight off from Sonic Mania. He just controlled all wrong, with lousy physics, a boring speed cap, and hard to judge landings.
Modder Showin's 'Classic Sonic Improvement Mod' changes all that so 2D Sonic plays a lot closer to what you'd expect. He even allows multiple variations on the terrible Speed Cap, right up to not having a Speed Cap at all! We've tried this, and finally we could jump on things without flying straight past them and landing in spikes or death pits.
CFR'S Modern Sonic Physics Tweaks
While nowhere near as problematic as Classic Sonic, since a lot of 3D Sonic games have rather "loose" controls and physics so there's no recent point of comparison, Modern Sonic's controls were absolutely still an issue in Forces. This mod fixes many of the problems with Modern Sonic - something we wish Sonic Team had accomplished around 2006.
CFR's mod increases the double jump, turning speed is tighter, the homing attack no longer has a cooldown, and adds a few other tweaks (some optional) that should make Modern Sonic less frustrating. You're doing god's work, CFR.
CFR's Boost Tweaks
Another great Modern Sonic mod from CFR, this one tweaks Sonic's Boost so he's far more controllable. If you've played Forces you'll know that the Boost makes Sonic pretty much run in a straight line, bashing through everything - and possibly to his death, since it's easy to run off the map. Plus there's no way to move and pick up Rings.
This mod greatly increases Sonic's turning speed while boosting. You can check it out in action here.
The one and only entry in the 'Maps' category, Snow Hill creates a snow version of various maps including Green Hill and Lost Valley, and the results are quite striking as you can see above. There's even some dialogue changes. You can see the mod in action here and it's really... ick... cool.
Modern Sonic Replacing Classic Sonic
Just how it sounds - if you want a bit of consistency, or just think chubby Classic Sonic looks out of place in the world of Sonic Forces (he totally does), you can use this mod to replace him in all the Classic levels with Modern Sonic. So you play as Modern Sonic all through the game. Don't know how that'll look in cutscenes where Modern Sonic interacts with Classic, but... who cares.
Classic Tails replacing Classic Sonic
We're big fans of Miles "Tails" Prower here, and while we're in favour of keeping the Sonic games simple and excessive character-free the one big exception is Tails. If we're replaying levels, we want to play as Tails. While we're not quite at the level of Modern Tails, this mod at least replaces Classic Sonic in his levels with Classic Tails instead.
The one downside about this mod is that it's a little unfinished and Tails' hands look really oversized and weird. Oh well, if that's the price of Tails we'll pay it.
Sticks replacing Modern Sonic
If you've never met Sticks, she's an Australian badger girl from Sonic Rush Adventure on the Nintendo DS, and she's surprisingly beloved by the community. This mod replaces Modern Sonic with Sticks, in full 3D, including in the cutscenes.
On the other hand if you want to go for the more traditional female Sonic character in Modern Sonic's stages, here's Amy Rose too.
Bunnie Rabbot Avatar Character
Finally we have a replacement character for the Avatar, and for the true Sonic fan, why not cross dimensions and properly recreate Bunnie Rabbot - the half-rabbit half-roboticized tech girl from the "SatAM" Sonic The Hedgehog cartoon series?
You'll have to do a little bunny body work, but just equip what the mod tells you to and you'll make a perfect Bunnie Rabbot Avatar character to accompany Sonic - complete with robotic legs and arm. Next stop, Sally Acorn!
If there are any other Sonic Forces mods worth your time we'll be sure to update this list. Are any of these enough to tempt you back into Sonic Forces, or is it dead to you? Let us know in the comments!