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ℹ️ - Sonic Frontiers


Have you ever wanted to just shoot that damn trainer-wearing, ring-fumbling, Sonic the Hedgehog? Yeah, me too! Well now you can, with a camera at least, as part of the aptly named "Sights, Sounds, and Speed" update that is inbound for Sega's Sonic Frontiers.


The first of three free content updates for the 3D platformer, it includes a Juke Box to let players enjoy the sounds of some fresh and nostalgic music tracks; a bunch of time-attack speed Challenge Modes; and, you guessed it, a photo mode to take in all of the sights of Starfall Islands.

Perhaps in keeping with the fast-paced nature of the franchise, the photo mode is a no-fuss affair that looks ready-made for a few quick shots of the gameplay action, despite the apparent lack of a shortcut button for immediate access.


Found via the pause menu – though not available in all areas – you get a straightforward photo mode camera with a minimal and uncomplicated UI. There might be a hint of an orbit camera here, it's hard to say for certain, but there is at least some kind of lateral adjustment as well as vertical craning, zoom, and camera roll for more dynamic framing.


Other than that, an optional thirds grid to helps with getting the composition right, variable camera movement speed allows more precise control, and and a handful of colour filters add a few different looks. There are a total of seven filters to be precise, and that's just about all there is to it.

Ok, it's not exactly advanced, but it is nice to see it being added and, who knows, more photo modes in games like this might even help to get a few more people into in-game photography.


The Sonic Frontiers "Sights, Sounds, and Speed" update is available as a free DLC from March 22nd on all major platforms.

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