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Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the gaming greats. Simple as. Some consider his troubled history as of late to have diminished his value alongside similar characters like Mario or Pac-Man. That is a bit unfair to the blue blur, as we’re not exactly still holding our fists up at Link because of the CDi games that came out years prior. Sure, some of his games have been hot garbage. Looking at you Sonic 2006.
But Sonic has had so many great games in the past couple of years. Some are known as his greatest hits, and some are a bit more unknown and possibly glossed over by a few of you. So we wanted to shine a nice light on Sonic The Hedgehog, as the upcoming release of Sonic Mania next week will see the Blue Blur jump back to his roots and everyone should be happy to go running around in that classic Sonic style.
So sit back, put one whatever Sonic tunes please you. Green Hill Zone’s theme to Live and Learn, blast away! We’re going to look at the Top 10 Sonic The Hedgehog Games!
10 – Sonic Battle
For many people, the Gameboy Advance holds a good deal of hidden gems on it. It’s true as well, from Ninja Cop to the Castlevania titles. The handheld ‘Snes’ was a system that many people still love to this very day! Sonic Battle is one of those GBA titles that people seem to gloss over quite a bit. A real shame as the game is a very fun little fighting game with a neat story bundled with it. Sonic Battle sees players enjoy a 3D Battle environment with all of the familiar Sonic cast, it’s action packed and plays well. Link cable up with a friend and you’ve got an addicting fighter that will see you want to go for hours.
If you want an addictive fighter to enjoy on the GBA, then look no further than Sonic Battle!
9 – Sonic Advance
Another GBA title and a darn good one. Sonic Advance was a meld of the platforming Sonic The Hedgehog we’ve all come to know and love, mixed in with the now familiar faces of Modern Sonic from the likes of Sonic Adventure. It didn’t light the world a storm and make everyone go buy a Gameboy Advance, but it was a new adventure with Sonic that held elements from a formula all of us classic fans still know and love today. The game was really pretty, the music was fun, overall it was a by the books Sonic game that just made you feel good.
If you plan on playing through the Platforming Sonic titles, don’t forget to give Sonic Advance a proper shot!
8 – Sonic Heroes
Sonic Heroes is a concept that on paper might sound like it’s aiming a bit too far. Once you sit down and play Sonic Heroes though, it becomes apparent just how good the concept is once put into practice. It’s got some serious fun packed in, amazing music, and is the last game to feature the original voices from the Dreamcast days like Ryan Drummond as Sonic The Hedgehog. Featuring a packed cast as well, like the Chaotix.
A lot of people consider this to be one of the better Sonic games and it’s hard to argue with that once you play it. Give Sonic Heroes a playthrough sometime soon!
7 – Sonic Generations
Sonic Generations is such a wonderful nod to the history of the franchise. Coming out of left field for quite a few, the announcement was met with a great deal of hype. Old and New. Crossover wonders. It’s the type of thing fans live for and is quite hard for other games. You wouldn’t exactly be able to do “Classic and Modern Mario team up!” that well, but with Sonic it just works perfectly. Rough around the edges, but a great love letter to the fans for sure.
Sonic Generations deserves a playthrough if you’ve not yet tried it, while not breaking new ground, it treads existing ground very well. Speeds by, even.
6 – Sonic Adventure 2
The 2nd Adventure of Sonic in his Modern state. More Crush 40, more new characters and deep storylines. It felt great to go back to the 3D Sonic space and enjoy more of the same. While it didn’t resonate with as many people as it did for Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2 was still a fantastic game. Sporting great voice acting, more intense gameplay, and for some, a better story than the first game.
While the age shows, Sonic Adventure 2 is still a gem worth revisiting today.
5 – Sonic The Hedgehog 2
Another 2 for the list, just after Sonic Adventure 2. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is a wonderful game, don’t let the number 5 spot fool you! It’s just that nothing in particular stood out too much about the game. It’s kind of a Sonic Generations situation, where it’s more of the same and really good, but that’s just it really. Nothing jumps out, and most people remember it for being the one that let you play as Tails and introduced the Spin Dash. Stages and such tend to get glossed over, but it is still solid.
Sonic 2 can be forgotten sometimes amongst the big 3 Mega Drive games, but play it over again. You’ll have fun for sure!
4 – Sonic CD
Sonic CD is what serves as a lot of the inspiration for Sonic Mania. Easy to see why as well! One heck of a solid Sonic Adventure, it had all sorts of new bells and whistles. The special stages were a treat, the music was perfect, the game played like a dream, and Metal Sonic is easily one of the best foes our hero has faced so far. The opening is the stuff of legend as well, stylistic and cool. While the animated TV shows were nice, a show in that style would have been amazing.
Don’t just read about Sonic CD, if you plan on playing Sonic Mania, then play CD first to really appreciate the game!
3 – Sonic The Hedgehog
This is the OG right here guys. Sonic 1 was what we all started with for the most part. He was cool and ran like hell. A more speedy version of the plumber from Nintendo with far more edge. The line does not lie, Sega does what Nintendon’t. They gave us a memorable game that remains in our hearts still, everyone knows the Green Hill Zone like the back of their hands mostly due to playing it so much in Sonic 1 for example!
A hallmark classic, Sonic 1 is a must play for any fan of Sonic who has yet to experience it.
2 – Sonic Adventure
The CGI Intro. Running away from the Whale. Cutscenes, voice acting, Crush 40. Everything about Sonic Adventure sparked a movement for younger fans, and older fans could it enjoy it too. Any worry about a 3D Sonic game was washed away once someone picked up that Dreamcast controller. Sonic Adventure just worked. Everything felt like a great fit. There is a reason the game is praised by fans far and wide so much for just how good it is, because it just is that good!
If you have some spare time, play through the first 3D Sonic game again to feel the glorious nostalgia of the Dreamcast!
1 – Sonic 3 & Knuckles
Sonic 3 is great. Sonic 3 and Knuckles is just a complete feeling for the classic Sonic era of the Mega Drive. It had a complete and fresh feeling, the music, the visuals, Knuckles as a character, it was just perfect. When people miss the ‘Classic’ Sonic experience, it’s because the last major release we got was Sonic 3 and Knuckles. It’s hard to accept the lack of that sort of gameplay experience because of just how darn good it was! It remains to be seen if Sonic Mania will top Sonic 3 and Knuckles, but it’s good to see SEGA trying to aim for the top once again.
The best Sonic Game for the moment, give Sonic 3 and Knuckles a spin again. You won’t regret it.
That was our list! We had a lot of fun getting it together, and know that it won’t please everyone. But a lot of us here in the office adore Sonic and are glad he is getting his due with the upcoming Sonic Mania. He has had a bit of a tricky history as of late, but it isn’t as bad as people make it out to be. Sonic will always be cool, and he’ll continue to keep bringing us some fantastic games to play.
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Did you agree with our list? What Sonic Game would you have added? Let us know in the comments below!