Review by JPeeples

"One of the best games in history."

Sonic the Hedgehog was released in 1990 for the Sega Genesis. It was developed and distributed by Sega. It is a side-scrolling action game like no other, it contains some of the fastest gameplay ever, the only games faster are it’s sequels. Your goal in the game is to defeat Dr. Robotnik, an evil scientist who has turned your friends into robots. This game was (at the time of it’s release) considered to be Sega’s answer to Super Mario World.

Graphics-10/10- The characters were large with very fluid animation. The character designs were second to none. The backgrounds were very original and detailed, blurring was kept to a minimum. Overall, the graphics were excellent, very clear with great animation.

Pros- Excellent character design. Large characters. Very colorful levels.
Cons- None that I can think of.

Sound-10/10- The music is another great feature in this game, it is crystal clear. It is some of the best music ever for a Genesis game. The music fits the themes of the levels perfectly. The sound effects are another great feature, they are clear as could be and fit each action perfectly.

Pros- Excellent music that truly added to the experience of playing the game. Great sound effects.
Cons- None

Gameplay-10/10- Your goal in each of the game's levels is to free your friends, who have been trapped in metal containers at the end of an Act. There are 3 Acts in each level, the third Act is the Boss Act, the Boss for that level is at the end of the level. All of the levels have different settings, thay are all very unique, from the tropical paradis starting level (a staple for all futre Sonic games) to the labyrinth, they are all well laid out and are quite diverse in style.

Pros- Classic gameplay that never gets old.
Cons- None that I can think of.

Control-10/10- You can do a plethora of things in this game to defeat your foes; the two main ones are, jumping on them or spinning through them.

Pros- Very responsive. Simple controls.
Cons- None that I can think of.

Presentation-10/10- Everything fits the game’s theme perfectly. The character design are among the best ever in video games.

Pros- Fits the game's theme perfectly.
Cons- None that I can think of.

Replay Value-10/10- It’s a timeless classic that you’ll want to play for years to come.

Pros- Excellent gameplay makes it a game that you can play for years to come and never get bored.
Cons- May be too difficult for some.

Overall-10/10- This is undoubtably one of the best games ever, few games since have been able to balance graphics, sound, gameplay, and control like this one has, if you call
yourself a gamer, you owe it to yourself to play this game.

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 10/13/00, Updated 10/13/00

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