Excerpt: It seems almost pointless talking about if Sonic Classic Collection on the DS is good. This is the four Mega Drive platforming games together on the DS for the first time, and you also get the option to link up fourth game, Sonic & Knuckles, with Sonic 2 and Sonic 3. It's without a doubt, a great selection of games, and quite rightfully classics of the 16-bit era, but as a collection, it feels a little lightweight.
Conclusion: Fun, challenging and frustrating in just the right measures, the collection highlights the respect Sonic holds as an old-school entity, even though the years that followed spelt disaster and led to his dethroning as a modern icon. The games here do have their flaws – for example, there’s no charge spin in the first game, spikes pop out just when you’ve picked up a reasonable speed and the projectiles are even more irritating than before as you struggle to make them out...
Conclusion: Sonic Classic Collection is a good, but flawed compilation for the Nintendo DS that just screams “small budget, short development cycle!” It is what it is: four great Sonic games accurately ported to a half-assed compilation.
Excerpt: in shaping the platform genre. The character's early 2D outings were instrumental in Sega's rise to prominence, providing gamers with a welcome alternative to portly plumbers and blocks bearing question marks. Sonic's adventures haven't translated particularly well to three dimensions, which is probably why Sega revisits the original games at every given opportunity.
Excerpt: Sonic is the 80s Child Actor of the games industry. Think about it: once upon a time, he was the biggest thing since sliced 1-up. He had the world on a string and the moon on a stick. Everything he did was gold. Then it started to go wrong. He fell in with a bad crowd, useless hangers-on and tagalongs dogging his every step. His handlers mismanaged him, forcing him into bad career decisions.
Pros: Shows most recent Sonic games how it should be done, A collection of four of the finest games ever to grace a console…
Cons: …which are emulated horribly., What in the name of hell were you thinking with that pause button?! We have a Start button that works fine! Use it!!