Review by MManos

"A Legend is Born; Room for Improvement"

Basically, you have your major video game companies. Nintendo. Sony. Microsoft. The former either have their trademark characters, with Nintendo owning the infamous Mario, and Crash Bandicoot belonging to Sony. I'm sure that Microsoft will get one soon. But when Sega was a console developer, they had Sonic the Hedgehog. There were SO many games for Sonic, but this was the first. Let's see what makes this game a true classic.

Story: 3.0/10.0
Wow, how sad. Dr. Ivo Robotnik is trapping animals and making them robots for his work, and Sonic must free them. Whoopie. This is one of the only things that detracts from the game.

Gameplay: 10.0/10.0
Extremely fun gameplay, especially for the pre-digital days of 1991. With six colorful zones to race through, and the framerate of the game, Sonic the Hedgehog was a breakthrough for its time. Sure, the zones were a little short, but there was just so much stuff to do! Collecting enough rings to get into the secret zones...beating the Badniks for the clock for the fastest time...these little things are overlooked by many, but they truly make this game quite good.

Visual (Also known as GRAPHICS): 9.5/10.0
Drool...remember the time period. Mario games, with due respect, had colors to spare. With Sonic, there was COLOR. It was like the other games were now black and white. Brightness ruled the world of Mobius. The Badniks were well done, and Sonic was quite well drawn out. The seven zones were well done also, with unique backgrounds and textures for each. However, the only thing that makes the graphics not perfect is the repetition of the textures in the zones. Oh well, no game is perfect...

Audio (Also known as SOUND/MUSIC): 7.75/10.0
Sound and Music aren't anything spectacular. The music is fun and catchy, but some of them are annoying after awhile. The sound effects do what they need to. Basically, the sound and music do what is necessary, but they can get on your nerves after some time.

Replayability: 9.0/10.0
Challenging yourself in this game makes enough of a replay. Shorter times...higher scores...actually getting all six Chaos Emeralds by the end of Spring Yard Zone... If only they had a two-player mode, but oh well.

Overall (Not an Average): 8.0/10.0
This game is fun for all ages, and a true classic. GameCube and XBox, I'm sure, will bring GREAT games, but if you get bored with them, pick up a Genesis at bargain stores (I saw one for $5) and get this game!


Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

Originally Posted: 11/22/01, Updated 11/22/01

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