Excerpt: Okay, so this is my second review of a Sonic game in a short time. I know you may be thinking that I may be just a little bit of a fan, and admittedly, I am. However, I was never a big fan of the 3D Sonic games Sega released for Dreamcast. Whilst they were fun, there was something in me that led me to believe that something was missing. Most disappointing was the recent Sonic Heroes, which left a bitter taste in my mouth at just how mediocre it was.
Pros: + Yays: Team system and the good ol’ game play will be enough to make you play it
Cons: - Nays: Too long for a Sonic game, and the challenges can be very time consuming and boring.
Excerpt: I've played almost
every Sonic game to date, and it’s safe to say that the 2-D games are a
lot better than the others. When I think about Sonic, I think about all
of the good platformers of the genesis days. Sonic 2+3 come to mind as
some of the best. Sonic Advance started out the Sonic formula strongly
back in 2001, and Sonic Advance improved upon that. I thought it’d be
hard to top SA2, but I feel they’ve outdone themselves on this one. Ride on Cowboy!
Conclusion: I would love to see what a new 2-D Sonic game would look like on the Playstation Portable or the Nintendo DS. Here is to hoping that the next generation of gaming hardware will be as friendly to the producers of new 2d-games. Sonic Advance 3 is like finding a copy an out of print book from another era that you have not read before.
Excerpt: Sonic Advance 3 feels less like the follow-up to the previous Sonic Advance and more like a spiritual sequel to the now-classic Sonic the Hedgehog games that were once synonymous with the Sega Genesis. The levels offer a nice balance of careful exploration and flat-out running; there are numerous spots within every level where you can take time out and just amuse yourself by playing with pinball bumpers, springboards, and character-hurling cannons.
Summary: Why do we need another GBA Sonic game? Because the 3D console games keep getting worse.
Pros: Balanced special stage access, Lots of classic Sonic action!, Ridiculous amounts of level branching, Sharp graphics, smooth animations, Twenty character combinations
Cons: Enemies placed in blind spots too often, Is a hub <i>really</i> necessary for a 2D Sonic game?, Pseudo-3D special stages return, Some team combinations are too similar and/or have slippery controls
Excerpt: I simply adore most of the Sonic games. Sonic and Knuckles just rocked, Sonic Adventure 2 was literally one of my favorite games ever, and who could complain about Sonic CD? However, with the release of recent Sonic games, one could easily say that the Sonic series is definitely losing its greatness. Sonic Advance 1 and 2 was mediocre at best. Sonic Battle was fun but it loses its flavor quickly. Sonic Heroes was pure commercial crap at its finest.
Conclusion: Sonic the Hedgehog is Sega’s mascot and since Sega became a software publisher only, Sonic has appeared on every current gaming platform, including the N-Gage. On some level we can all relate to a blue hedgehog that can run really, really fast, which is why he has remained so popular around the globe. Sonic goes back to his sidescrolling roots with another outing on the GameBoy Advance and breaks down like this: Dr.