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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sonic @ 25! - Let's Play Sonic The Hedgehog


Hello Dwellers and Welcome To The Basement...

On June 23, 1991... Sega unleashed upon the world a blue hedgehog in red and white sneakers... and 25 years later, gamers all over the globe are celebrating the anniversary pf the first games release.

Now what I planned to do was a live stream, but during the course of it, the stream was experience lag and difficulties, and the games themselves weren't performing up to par, and it turns out that was due to an issue with the 'Hub' room the Steam version of the Sega Mega Drive Collection has, which for some reason is a bigger RAM-hog than newer games for some reason... and it turned out I wasn't the only one having this issues, so after messing around with the settings, I was able to record what I intended to stream live.... which was playing the first acts of four Sonic Games, The first three games plus Sonic 3D Blast.
 

The reason why Sonic & Knuckles isn't included is because the SMDC version has it as 'Sonic 3 and Knuckles', which was originally intended to be one long game (hence why Sonic 3 had the save feature).


And now for some quick thoughts on the games in the video

Sonic The Hedgehog (1991) -  The first game certainly got the ball rolling, basically establishing a 'tradition' of the first stage being some place bright and colorful, but one thing noticeable, is that despite being advertised for 'speed' there are quite a bit of obstacles in the way, and it's easy to lose momentum. The lack of the  'spin dash', which would be introduced in the next game, makes a world of difference in terms of navigating and dealing with enemies. The 'special stages', being pretty much rotating top down maps certainly are a pain in the rear


Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (1992) - I first played this game in 1994 on a vacation up to Maine, and for all intents and purposes, for me, this is the first 'true' Sonic game. Not just because of the Spin Dash, or the addition of Tails, which means my brother could play at the same time and help defeat some of the tougher bosses, or the new '3D' special stages... this game basically leads in Sonic 3 & Knuckle as the first act in an epic adventure.


Sonic 3 & Knuckles (1994) - Continuing the story from Sonic 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles combined basically gives a great conclusion. This is Sonic at his peak, with new power ups, the ability to play the game with Knuckles, and having 'alternate versions' of certain stages adds replay value. As noted above, this game had a 'save game' feature, a first for the franchise, which certainly was helpful because the combined length of Sonic 3 plus Sonic & Knuckles is pretty damn long.



Sonic 3D Blast (1996) - I hate this game...hate it... hate it... HATE IT! Sonic's first leap to 3D, regardless of the version (there was a Sega Saturn version as well), was simply horrible... and in a way, was a warning of what would come down the line... from the very loose controls and directionless map, this game is pretty much the worst Sonic game of the Genesis era... though I will say something nice: when you battle Robotnik, you do see his machines get damaged, which was a pleasing sight.

 
Now I'm thinking I play go over some other Sonic games in the coming weeks... but I'm up in the air on that

Tomorrow is of course Friday, which means, THIS WEEK WITH THE SUPERHEROES!

Catch ya then!  

Cuphead and Paladins