All Sonic Origins Games, Ranked

Sonic Origins is finally out – SEGA’s collection of games featuring blue blur. Fans new and old can journey through Sonic’s history and replay some of his original adventures. The game compiles Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD and Sonic 3 and Knuckles. This collection features new options, such as official widescreen support, a story mode that connects all four games into one continuous adventure, all-new cutscenes, a challenge mode, and more. Needless to say, even fans already familiar with these games will have plenty of reason to go back and foil Dr. Robotnik’s plans.

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Sonic Origins encourages you to not only go through each game in the collection, but also go the extra mile to unlock memorabilia that celebrates the history of the blue blur. Each game in the collection holds its place in the hearts of fans and in the legacy of the character, and they each have their strengths and weaknesses.


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Sonic the Hedgehog is the game that put SEGA and its Genesis console on the map. It was developed under the idea of ​​speed, showing both the skills of the developers and the power of the system it was attached to. Although Sonic the Hedgehog hasn’t aged as well as the other games in the series, it still deserves its place in gaming history. It was the birthplace of many of the franchise’s iconic elements, including a tape -rousing sound, badniks, the showdown with Dr. Robotnik, trippy special stages and the famous Green Hill Zone.

Some of the levels in the game have been decried by fans including Marble Hill Zone and Labyrinth Zone, but it has stood the test of time. This isn’t the first time the game has been ported either, so those who don’t want to buy Sonic Origins still have other ways to access this game on modern platforms and mobile devices. This latest release lets you play as Sonic, Tails, or Knuckles – something not all versions of the game can boast.

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When it comes to the game’s iconic cutscenes, Sonic CD probably tops the list. If you’re a fan of the art style seen in Sonic Mania and its promotional material, this comes straight from Sonic CD. Released for the SEGA CD add-on, this game sought to make technical and mechanical improvements to the Sonic formula. The game has been available on PC for a while, but this proper console port will likely be many new players’ first time on this adventure.

The main gimmick of Sonic CD is that you can time travel to the past and the future. Depending on how you progress through each level, you can see different results at different times, adding stellar variety even compared to modern 2D platformers. Sonic CD also added new animations, iconic levels, and a new villain to the mix. If you are a fan of Metal Sonic, you will be delighted to know that this game is the origin of the robot. Sonic CD also has arguably the best special stages from the Classic Zone that were later reimagined for use in Sonic Mania.

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After the release of Sonic the Hedgehog by SEGA, the developers were faced with a big problem: how to take one of the most popular games of the generation and improve it. The answer is to tighten up the level design, add new characters, and keep the music funky. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is an improvement over the original game in every way. Emerald Hill cements itself as a superior version of Green Hill Zone in everything but maybe the music. Chemical Plant Zone retains a place in the beloved legacy levels of blue blur history. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 also featured the first appearance of Mails “Tails” Prower, one of the franchise’s most important characters.

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One player can control both Sonic and Tails, or you can play side-by-side through levels. In the Sonic Origins version of the game, you can go through Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Sonic and Tails, or Tails and Knuckles. With these new character combinations, you can explore levels in a way that was not available before. This version also includes the Hidden Palace area, which was a new secret area developed for the mobile port of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. It also includes new visuals for the special stages. Once blurry levels full of confusing perspectives, now it’s bright, clear areas that blend into the game’s main levels. It’s a great game made even better by modern improvements. Sonic fans must play this one.

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Besides creating a meme about video game titles, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Knuckles have been nearly forgotten in history. For a very long time, the game was not officially ported from the Sonic Mega Collection. While many other Sonic games from SEGA have received modern ports on mobile and PC, the third numbered game in the series has always been left out.

This was particularly devastating because Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Knuckles is arguably the best of the classic games. This allowed you to play the three main characters in their own adventures and use their abilities. It also had some of the most memorable set pieces in franchise history, including Eggman burning down the forest and Sonic sliding down a mountain on a snowboard. It turns out that the game’s porting issues boiled down to the soundtrack, which was rumored, and recently confirmed, to have been worked on by the late Michael Jackson.

Now, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Knuckles have finally made the leap into the modern era with remastered visuals and a widescreen display. Unfortunately, the music from the original didn’t make it through, and the new tracks probably won’t hit the same notes as the old ones. Nonetheless, this game is the standout Sonic title of its generation and is still a great title to get lost in.

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