Sonic The Hedgehog is a fast-paced platformer released back in 1991, on the Sega Genesis/Mega-Drive.
Ever since its release, the series has been pumping out games. And it all started right here, re-released for the xbox 360! Was it a good port?
Gameplay: It's like a roller-coaster!
Sonic handles like no other game character I've seen!
First, the controls are simple and easy to handle. You move Sonic with the thumbstick, and jump with the A button. You can hold down on the thumbstick when running down a slope to turn into a ball for increased speed! Overall, the gameplay is fun!
Next up, the ring mechanic, in the levels, you collect rings, these rings are then added up at the end of the stage for a total amount of points. However, if you finish a level with over 50 rings, a giant ring will appear at the end, if you jump into this, you are sent into a mini-game, to help collect a chaos emerald!
Now, the chaos emerald don't really effect the gameplay at all, but they still can be collected, you overall need to collect 6 in total to reach the true ending, and an achievement.
Along the way, you face robots called badniks
, these guys are very easy to kill, just jump through/on them and you won't lose any momentum at all! When these guys get destroyed, a little animal comes out, this will be explained in the Story section.
Sonic can also pick up temporary power-ups along the levels, such as an Bubble Shield to allow him to take an extra hit without losing any rings and speed shoes to increase his speed.Overall, the gameplay is simple and fun! 8/10
Level Design: Woah Lord
If you're going fast then you're going to want levels were this is easy and fun to do, right?
Well for the first zone, Green Hill Zone, you have basic running forward, jumping at right times and defeating enemies.
The rest are basic platforming, although you occasionally get some zones that have really fun running sections.
The problem I have with some of the levels is that a lot of cheap deaths can happen easily, In Scrap-Brain Zone, the first 3 seconds of the level you can fall into a trap that will lead you to a bottomless pit.
A lot of the levels are like these, and sometimes you can be running straight forward when out of nowhere a spring appears and pushes you back quite a distance and can either lead to getting hit or death.
The game can get really challenging as soon as you hit Labyrinth Zone. I was at remote-throwing rage at those points.Overall, the levels can be well done, but sometimes just don't work. 7/10.
This game was originally released in 1991, so it would obviously be unfair to judge it from a 2015 point of view.
The graphics are quite bright, not to bright, but bright enough to show what type of environment you are in.
When you are in green hill zone, it really looks like a place green and grassy, it's beautiful!
Scrap-Brain Zone looks like a futuristic lab, and the graphic shows this clearly!Overall there isn't much to say about the graphics over than they're damn beautiful, great use of colours! 9/10!
Story: He's a freedom fighter!
Unfortunately, the story isn't really accessible via the 360, and instead of having a manual to read, you have to resort to the internet!
I don't like copy and pasting from sources, but what I can tell is this:
Doctor Robotnik wants to have world dominance, so he comes to a little island populated by little animals, and puts them in robots. This does something??? (I'm really not sure) but either way, Sonic is here to stop this, by destroying all the badniks on his way to find Robotnik.
With the chaos emeralds in his grasp, he can stop Robotnik and his evil plans.Overall, its a story for the kids, so I can't really judge it. 5.5/10
Soundtrack: It's fly!
The soundtrack is something I would definitely consider buying, I couldn't think of a single stage I wasn't bopping my head to (Well, maybe Labyrinth Zone and Marble Zone), it's pure good 8-Bit nostalgia!Overall, it's jamming! 8/10!
Achievements: Not as hard as you think!
(This does not effect the score for the game)
Nearly all achievements in this game will definitely be picked up first playthrough, however, the only time I believe you will have trouble is the "Complete the game in 40 minutes" achievement, but with the save feature in the game, it's all a matter of reloading your save if you feel like you've wasted time.If you are willing to spend the time, an easy one day completion, 8/10.
if you've never played a Sonic game before, this is a great place to start, if you want nostalgia, this port is good enough to bring it back! Want some easy 200g? This is the quick stop for you!Fun, Easy and Simple! 9/10! (4 Stars)
I'll leave you with my favourite track from the game