Review by Smash Master

"Gems? Oh yes, Many Gems."

Where Sonic Mega Collection was all the Genesis games (And some), Sonic Gems Collection is three of the rare Sonic games, plus 6 Game Gear titles, Plus 2 (Or 6...) secret games. This game is great. Once it becomes more common (Only Target had it? What...?), Go out and get it. Or you can play Game Hunter, like I did! Now for the review!

THE MAIN THREE

SONIC CD
Its hard to say which is better.... Sonic 3 & Knuckles, or Sonic CD. Both are awesome, period. In Sonic CD, you have to stopp Eggman, again, but with a Twist- you get to TIME TRAVEL. You actually have to save the future by altering the past! And then theres the bosses. Not the traditional "8 Hit" style of the classic Sonics, they are actually unique in each way. One has you removing an air bubble shield, while another isn't even Eggman at all- in fact, its a race ot the death with Metal Sonic. Easily the main event of the collection. Can you save the future? Oh, P.S., Amy & Metal Sonic were introduced.

STAR RATING (Out of 5): *****

SONIC R
Everybody's Super Sonic Racing... this game is a Racing game featuring the Sonic Characters. Not in vehicles, save Amy & Eggman, but actually on foot. Theres 10 different characters, ranging from Sonic, to Eggman, to Metal Sonic, to Super Sonic, each with their own stregnths & weaknesses (Super can't Turn or brake well, so yes, he has a weakness.). While theres only 5 Courses, each course is vastly different, and has side paths that can be shorter, or in some cases, longer. This game is really fun. Theres only one downside- the low number of courses. But then, you'll probably forget about it for a while.

STAR RATING: *****

SONIC THE FIGHTERS
Sonic Battle, eat your heart out... StF is a Sonic fighting game. Quite fun, too. Eggman is at it again, and you much collect the 8 (???) Chaos Emeralds to launch to Death Egg II, and defeat him and Metal. The game can be easy, but at the same time, can be challenging. Almost like Mega Man in a way... for example, Sonic has no trouble against Knuckles or Amy, but Espio & Tails can be quite a handful for him. You gotta stay sharp for this one. Its difficult, but fun at the same time. Odds are, you'll be playing this if not CD.

STAR RATING: *****

THE GAME GEAR GAMES
Theres 6 Game Gear games, some good, some bad, some just there. Ranging from...

SONIC 2
Its a good game as far as gameplay goes, as its a classic Sonic game, but theres one major flaw- THE BOSSES. You get no rings, and these guys are HARD (Minus the Seal.). It gets worse- some of the boss levels, such as Green Hills 3, are royal pains in the neck. But bosses aside, the gameplay itself is quite fun...

STAR RATING: ****

SONIC SPINBALL
....Theres really not a whole lot to say about this one... the pinball action is good, but theres at least three others that beat it.

STAR RATING: ***

TAILS SKYPATROL
I. HATE. THIS. GAME. Okay, its decent at first, but it eventually gets to be pure evil. In this, you're Tails, permanently flying- crash or land, you die. Enemies all over narrow passages, rotating walls (I hate these things with a passion.)... if you can handle it, its actually a decent game, but...

STAR RATING: *1/2

SONIC DRIFT 2
Its Mario Kart, sort of... your characters all have their own specialized cars, and race in the Chaos GP. Each character has a special that can help them or hinder the opposition. Its fun, but nothing on Mario Kart. Still beats SA2B Kart Racing.

STAR RATING: ****1/2

SONIC TRIPLE TROUBLE
THE. BEST. SONIC. GG. GAME. EVER. In this, you have to scramble for the emeralds as Sonic or Tails, with trouble on three sides (Hence the name) - Nack/Fang, Knuckles, and Eggman. The gameplay is great, it beats Sonic 2 out by far, and the bosses can be challenging, but (GASP) You get rings for them! Yay! Easily, the best of the 6 Game Gear titles, with only one getting anywhere near it.

STAR RATING: *****

TAILS ADVENTURES
This is the one that comes close to TT, and it sure makes up for Skypatrol. In this, Tails is on vacation, but is soon attacked by evil flickies! Armed with several items, including his trusty remote robot, Tails must defeat the evil flickies. Its plays sort of like an RPG- you have a health bar, and you gain more live by picking up- you guessed it- Chaos Emeralds. You only have one life, but theres passwords (Or, now, saving) that can restore you. Quite fun. If you're not playing a big three or TT, you'll be playing this.

STAR RATING: *****

And then, theres...

MUSEUM
Um, yeah, theres a lot here. And thats an understatement. It at least tells you how to unlock it, but... 2 hrs 20 mins. on Skypatrol? Isn't that a little outrageous? But, the content is pretty cool. You'll have to check it out for yourself... on a side note, the Manuals even have a Tails Skypatrol manual... Can you translate it?

STAR RATING: *****

Sonic Gems Collection. A must have. Need I say more?

FINAL STAR RATING: *****


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 08/22/05


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