Friday Favorites: Sonic the Hedgehog Games

Double Jump Kris MiiSonic the Hedgehog games have had a history of being either really good or really bad. Rather, the earlier games were fantastic, then they fell into a slump with mediocre games. They seem to be trying to climb out of that hole, for Sonic Mania hasn’t done too badly. We shall see how Sonic Forces lives up to the hype when it comes out next month!
Personally, I didn’t really start playing the Sonic the Hedgehog games until the 3D era. With that said, here’s a list of some of the Sonic games that I find to be guilty pleasures of mine.
Sonic Adventure: DX
Sonic Adventure: DX was released on the GameCube in 1998. Aside from a few forays into the 2D-platform games, Sonic Adventure: DX was one of my first Sonic the Hedgehog games. I was a Sonic fan due to the comics and some of the early cartoons, and I had fun playing as most of the different characters in this game. I remember that the graphics and controls were a little odd at times, but I got through it. It helped that I absolutely fell in love with the music!
Sonic Battle
Sonic Battle was always one of my favorite go-to Advance games. Being able to customize your robot fighter and just spend the story going into battles with various characters made it easy to pick up and play in spurts. That, and Emerl the robot was adorable and fun to play as!
Sonic Adventure 2: Battle
The two opposing sides of this game actually makes the story a bit tedious, to be honest, with not a lot of variety between the Hero and the Dark sides of the game. However, the two-player mode and the Chao Gardens made up for it, in my opinion. Rachel and I always had a blast playing two-player mode, and we each have our little Chao Gardens saved on separate memory cards on the GameCube!

What are your favorite Sonic the Hedgehog video games? Have you played Sonic Mania? Are you looking forward to Sonic Forces?

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Readers Comments (7)

  1. Chao Gardens were definitely my favourite thing about Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. I spent so much time there, haha.

  2. I’m old school (ok, fine just old) so I’m a fan of the original, both on 16 and 8 bit. Never got to the 3D games – too many ‘friends’ of Sonic included!

    • I remember my old dentist used to have a little arcade station in the waiting room, and one of the games was the original Sonic the Hedgehog — I was always playing the first couple of levels over and over while waiting my turn in the dentist chair — but we never had the games at home. Sonic Mania has been a great dose of nostalgia for me. 🙂

      • I’m jealous – all my dentists only ever have really old magazines in their waiting rooms! I’ve only heard good things about Sonic Mania, thinking of picking it up in the future. Is Sonic Mania similar to Sonic 1 and 2 or more like Sonic Generations?
        (bits of 3D and 2D)

        • The arcade was the only good thing about that dentist, haha! We’ve only played the first few levels of Sonic Mania, but they were the Green Hill Zone and the Chemical zone from the original games. So far, it’s been 2D. It seems to be the successor to the 1, 2, 3, and Sonic & Knuckles line.
          I haven’t gotten the chance to play Sonic Generations yet! How’s that game?

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