When first Sonic the Hedgehog the game was released in 1991, became a huge success, turning SEGA into one of the largest video game companies in the world. Over the years, the blue hedgehog has had many games, all of which have received very different reviews.
But in recent years, thanks to famous games like Sonic Mania and the new one Sonic the Hedgehog films, he emerged as a true cultural icon capable of rivaling even Nintendo’s most famous mascot. Better yet, many classic Sonic games are available to play on new consoles like the Xbox Series X/S.
Sonic Power (2017)
One of the newest Sonic games to be released is Sonic Power. The game launched to mixed reviews, with some critics saying it felt stale and didn’t add anything new to the franchise. But for fans, it means more than what they love. That’s even cooler Sonic Power featuring various types of game modes.
There are sidescrolling platform levels (a homage to classic Sonic games), there are modern 3D platform levels (similar to the newer games) and there’s even a mode where gamers can play as their own Sonic character. Despite the rave reviews, this is a game that true fans will love.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 – Episode I (2010)
In 2010, long before retro games became mainstream, SEGA published Sonic the Hedgehog 4. The game is designed to be a continuation of the Genesis/Mega Drive games and return Sonic to his sidescrolling roots.
However, thanks to major advances in technology since the early 90s, sonic 4 lush with vibrant colors and 3D environments, helping to bridge the gap between classic and modern. The game proved to be a success and was a great way for platformer fans to try out a truly unique entry in the Sonic franchise.
Sonic Adventures (1999)
After cancellation Sonic X-treme for the Saturn, SEGA knew their new console masterpiece, the Dreamcast, needed an awesome Sonic game that was fully 3D, colorful, exciting, and immersive. It was the company’s last chance to help rival Nintendo Super Mario 64 and PlayStation Crash Bandicoot.
After release, Sonic Adventure proved to be everything the company hoped for. It’s fun, exciting, fast-paced, and for that moment, the graphics are amazing. It continues to be a fun (albeit a bit old-fashioned) game perfect for SEGA fans and retro gamers alike.
Sonic Adventure 2 (2001)
In 2001, the SEGA Dreamcast was one of those consoles that had problems. PS2 has just been released and Xbox is on its way. While the Dreamcast is a fantastic console, it’s very much like the 90s and can’t compete with other 6th Generation machines. Sonic Adventure 2 seen as the Dreamcast’s last potentially lifesaving game.
In an IGN review, they even stated, “Sonic Adventure 2 might be the last time we see dark blue on a Dreamcast…” Unfortunately, they were right. But Sonic Adventure 2 is a great conclusion to SEGA’s swan song, as it was critically acclaimed, allows gamers to play as multiple characters (heroes and villains), and has a fantastic soundtrack. Fortunately, with the advent of retro games, Sonic Adventure 2 can live.
Sonic Mania (2017)
In 2017, Sonic returned to his 2D platforming roots with Sonic Mania. Unlike sonic 4which uses modern graphics, Sonic Mania set out to reproduce the look, feel, and sound of 16-bit Sonic’s heyday. The result is one of the best-reviewed Sonic games in decades.
Critics and players alike loved almost everything about this game; remixed versions of its classic levels and soundtracks, its new levels full of new challenges, and its controls that are sharp, solid, and fun. updated version, Sonic Mania Plus was also released and has more playable characters, as well as an Encore Mode, which offers new and challenging variations to certain levels.
Sonic Racing Team (2019)
sonic’s answer to Mario Karto is Racing Sonic Team. With 15 playable characters (including Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, Shadow, and more), the game is a unique and fun competitive experience. Online matches can be played with up to 12 players and Racing Sonic Team have a special focus on working together.
‘Team’ in the title comes from the fact that players not only race to win, but are also part of a team of drivers, with scores based on group performance. It’s up to the racers to help each other, share power-ups, and not leave teammates behind.
CD Sonic (1993)
Released for Genesis/Mega Drive peripherals, SEGA CDs, sonic CD is actually one of the most critically acclaimed Sonic games ever made. Unfortunately, because it came out on a relatively obscure console, not many gamers have had the chance to play it.
Fortunately, the game is now available for Xbox and is famous for its great soundtrack, improved graphics (for the 16-bit era), and huge game size. sonic CD centered around a unique time travel theme, allowing gamers to play the same level over and over again, from the past to the present, and two options for the future…good and bad.
Sonic Color: Ultimate (2021)
2010 Nintendo Exclusive Sonic Color considered one of the best Sonic games of the 2000s era. In 2021 it was remastered and re-released as Sonic Color: Ultimate for all consoles, including Xbox. Interestingly, the game takes place in an amusement park that happens to be floating in outer space.
Sonic discovers the park is owned by Dr. Eggman (Robotnik) and that he used it to enslave an alien race known as the Wisps. The game is played through multiple platform levels and features unique power-ups that are earned by saving Wisps. It’s a weird concept with a crazy plot that somehow works flawlessly and makes for an amazing and thrilling game.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992)
It has been argued by many that Sonic the Hedgehog 2 actually superior to the original. The game introduces the world to Miles “Tails” Prower, which can be controlled by a second player. The levels are longer, more immersive, and more challenging, helping to earn Sonic further credit as a video game series for adults as well as children.
Additionally, the game has been praised for its 3D-looking bonus stages, which push Genesis/Mega Drive to its graphical limits. Also, if put in Sonic & Knuckles game cartridge, players can also play through sonic 2 as Knuckles, using his ability to slide and climb walls.
SEGA Genesis Classic (2018)
For many games, SEGA Genesis Classic Is a must. For starters, it includes the original sonic hedgehog, which really revolutionized gaming. Platforming games up to that point had all been very slow…mainly because Nintendo wanted their games to be kid-friendly. But in Sonicplayers increase levels, perform spinning attacks, and even gain power-ups such as shields and invincibility. Sonic the Hedgehog is a groundbreaking game that literally built the SEGA empire.
On top of the original game, Genesis Classic collection also included sonic 2, Sonic Spinball, Sonic 3D Explosionand about 50 more hits from Genesis/Mega Drive.
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