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Sonic CD

 

 

SCORE: 89

 

Sonic CD 

 

It has been many years since I last played Sonic CD. I fondly remember this old Sega CD title. Sega has kindly brought this title back. This time on the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. There is also an iOS version but the controls will be slightly different so they are not being attached to this review. Many Sonic fans consider Sonic CD to be one of the best Sonic games of all time. I know that thought crossed my mind a time or two.

Graphics are something that generally do not stand the test of time. When Sonic CD was released they looked good. In 2011 they are not as good. But I enjoy some retro gaming, and I enjoy noticing the little things companies got right. The bonus levels are an interesting early attempt in 3D by Sega. I enjoyed playing those.

Do you hate it when video games tell you how to do every little thing? Well Sonic CD won't tell you what to do. Players figure it out for themselves. I remember quickly how to change the time from past to present, and the future. One of the innovative things I remember about Sonic CD is doing this right inside the level. Sure it was mainly a graphical over lay, but it is still a cool part of this home console game.

Sonic CD has classic Sonic the Hedgehog sounds. I really enjoy the musical track, as well as the special effect sounds. That ring collecting sound sticks with us years later. Freeing flowers in some of the stages is not as impactful as freeing little forest animals. Although I always wondered how come Sonic was so much bigger than them.

The price of Sonic CD is extremely reasonable in my opinion. Five dollars is really good for an older game like this one. I also suspect many gamers missed the original version. Which in my opinion is a real shame. The controls in Sonic CD are fantastic. I love the speed of these older Sonic games. This is the pinnacle of Sonic the Hedgehog in my opinion.

Sonic CD teaches us to combat the evils that enslave others. It also shows that helping others is important. Sonic CD is a blast from the past - literally. I am so thankful that Family Friendly Gaming was provided a download code for this review. I would love to see more games like this from Sega in the future. The violence is hitting robots that contain enslaved animals. So hitting them frees them.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 82%
Sound: 89%
Replay/Extras: 91%
Gameplay: 90%
Family Friendly Factor: 90%
System: PS3/PC/Xbox 360
Publisher: Sega
Rating:
‘E’ - Everyone
{Mild Cartoon Violence}

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