Sonic CD [Review]

Platform: Xbox 360 XBLA, PS3 PSN (reviewed)
Published by: Sega
Developed by: Sega
Genre: Platform
ESRB Rating: E For Everyone
Number of Players: 1
Release Date: December 14th, 2011 (XBL) & December 20th, 2011 (PSN)
Price: 400 Microsoft Points or $4.99 on PSN

Do you remember the Sega CD add-on that came out for the Sega Genesis back in the early 1990’s? if you don’t, you don’t need to feel bad about it. The thing was never really popular and the games never lived up to the hype of the costly price of the CD add-on itself. The games were largely forgettable and you usually only hear people talk about them when they are talking about bad games that have come out. I personally owned one and had some fun with it, after all it was new tech at the time and if you did own one you at least could brag about it to your friends.

One of the best games to come out for the Sega CD was Sonic CD, which is sometimes regarded as the best Sonic game of all time, now while it’s definitely the best game for the Sega CD, I don’t personally feel like it’s the best Sonic game of all time, but that is just my own personally opinion. As 2011 comes to a close there is no doubt Sonic has had a pretty good year, it’s his 20th anniversary and Sega sent him back to his roots int he fantastic Sonic Generations earlier this year, now were seeing the release of Sonic CD on the arcade circuits of Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. Does the game play like people remember? let’s find out.

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The first thing you notice when you go to play the game is that you can pick which soundtrack you’d like, you can choose the Japanese or American version. It’s a nice touch and it proves that Sega actually put some thought into this release. One of the other things you’ll notice is that they actually stretched the game and updated the graphics, which means it looks better than ever and you wont have to put up with those black boarders on the sides of your wide-screen HDTV’s. This is something I wished they had done with Sonic Adventure when they released it to the arcade circuit, but alas they did not.

Anyway, one of the other things that comes blasting out at you is the sound, you realize how great the sound was back on the Sega CD and it’s translated well in this version. Sonic CD was essential to the Sonic timeline because it’s where we first get to see the now well-known characters of Amy Rose and Metal Sonic. The game’s plot revolves around the evil Dr Robotnik or Dr. Eggman as he’s known now days. Anyway, he is after these “Time Stones” that allow him to control time. So it’s up to Sonic to go through the past, present and future to put a stop to this, per usual.

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If you’ve ever played a Sonic The Hedgehog game then you’ll know the controls, they are easy to master and they come flooding back to you if you have played any previous side scrolling Sonic game. I actually think they fixed up the spin dash a bit from the original release because I remember the original one from the Sega CD game not working that well at the time. Sonic CD was actually being worked on at the same time as Sonic The Hedgehog 2 and they had to go back and add the spin dash move to the Sonic CD version because it was a new move for the Sonic games and they couldn’t leave it out of the new release. The thing is, they didn’t program it properly to match the one in Sonic 2, so it was more like the Sonic Spinball spin dash, which lacked pizazz and functionality. So the fact that they went back in and fixed that up is a definite plus, you wont miss a beat with the game the way it plays now.

This game is a great piece of nostalgia and a must own if your like Sega’s little blue mascot. The title holds up very well and offers a ton of replayability. If I had one complaint about this game, it would be that sometimes you can get a little lost and confused, they made this game a bit harder and less linear than previous Sonic titles out during that generation, but it’s still fairly easy to figure out and for such a small cost it’s definitely worth picking up.

FINAL SCORE: 9/10

*A complimentary copy of Sonic CD was provided to GamerXChange by SEGA for review.

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