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A must buy for 400 Microsoft points.

9.0

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Best in series"

Summary

This is my favorite sonic game now. I've played all of the Sonic 2D classics but Sonic CD has much more depth in it then any other sonic game out there. Sonic CD starts with an awesome level that was basically design to show off the Genesis CD add on capabilities, after that Sonic CD takes you into a unbelievable experience involving time travel through the past and future which changes the stage accordingly but above all of that, it has the awesome fast side scrolling and solid platforming are there and better then ever. Sonic CD in many occasions both combine these elements, Platforming and the fast side scrolling together to create a unique feat that both involves going fast and using brain power at the same time, to break free and reach the goal. My only cons are that some walls are sometime really are openings not well apart from a regular wall ( same color most of the time). But know this thanks to the auto save system Sonic CD is a very short game to beat it took me 3 hours to beat with a good amount of trail and error that would originally take me back at square one, but I only got the bad ending ( Instant reply value right there!!). I'm currently trying to figure out how to get the good ending myself but with all the others games that are out now, I'm eventually going use Game FAQs shameful I know, buts not the point. Sonic CD offers the most depth in such a short amount of time that you'll forget it only takes 3 hours to beat, but trying to get the good ending with out any help,'' oh boy that is going to take a lot more then 3 hours dude... or babe. ''




Sonic CD finally returns for the XBLA, and it's better now than it ever was

9.0

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Instant classic"

Summary

When talking old school Sonic the Hedgehog, there is always one game that everyone appears to skip; Sonic CD. Perhaps the reason is the fact that it was exclusively for the Sega CD, a CD add on for the Sega Genesis that is known as a huge failure. Unfortunately, this means most people didn't get to play it until the Gems Collection for the Nintendo Gamecube. Now, to further celebrate Sonic's 20th anniversary, Sonic CD finally returns to the XBLA and PSN with updated framerate, resolution, and extra content for the low price of 400 microsoft points (or $5). With these added features and the same great game from 1993, this is one of the best Sonic ports available.

The story is about as simple as any other Sonic game (or any other platformer at the time). Sonic finds this mysterious planet called "Little Planet". Sonic investigates only to find that Robotnik has robotized the whole planet and has created a robotic copy of him known as Metal Sonic who has captured Amy Rose. Once again Sonic has to stop Robotnik and save Little Planet. As simple as this story is, it is accompanied by amusing animated cut scenes, although there are only 2 (one at the beginning and one at the end).

The basics to classic Sonic gameplay is all there of course; run, jump, and spindash. Added to your move set is the super peel out, which is like the spindash but much faster and you don't curl into a ball. The goal is also like the Genesis games; smash enemies, collect rings and get to the end of each stage. However, there is a new goal to master in this particular game; time travel. When you see a sign post that says "past" or "future", you will travel to one or the other once you gain enough speed for a few seconds. Once you travel through time, you are given an extra task to complete (like destroying the robotisizer in the past) before finishing the level which affects the outcome of the entire game (like getting a good ending when the game is done). Time traveling has been done to death but here, it's done well and the level design compliments it well. Building up speed and holding it can be quite difficult at first as certain parts of the level work better than others, so there is a bit of a learning curve and some trial and error. It's fun once you master it though, and it certainly sets it apart from other Sonic games at the time.

Like most older Sonic games, finishing an act with 50 rings or more will allow you to enter the special stage as long as you can grab the giant ring. Now we're in a more 3 dimensional world and the goal is to run around and destroy all of the UFO's before time runs out. This takes a little getting used to as the controls are a little more sensitive here, and hitting the UFO's can be difficult due to depth perception. When all UFO's are destroyed, instead of a chaos emerald, you are rewarded with a time stone instead, but they aren't too much different (and there's 7 total). Once you get used to it, it's not such a bad special stage, though not one of my favorites.

Now, for the stuff this version added. Unlike the other Sonic games on the XBLA/PSN, which were just straight up ports with no upgrades or anything else added (excluding onine multiplayer), Sonic CD adds plenty of features and upgrades to the mix to make it better. First off, both the original U.S. and Japanese soundtracks are available to your choosing. Secondly, the resolution is upgraded to HD and runs at 60 FPS. Thirdly, the Sonic 2 spin dash physics are also available. Finally, newly added features include a time attack mode that allows you to choose your level and play for the best time and, after beating the game once, Tails is now playable. Tails plays similarly to Sonic but he can't do the super peel out, but he can fly. These improvements are just more than we could have asked for and they alone make this the best version of Sonic CD you can find. Finally someone took the time to take a Sonic game and upgrade it. The extra features are nice to have too, especially flying around a level as Tails.

Feel as though you missed out on this rare gem due to missing out on the Sega CD back in the early 90's? Well fear no more. Sonic CD's port to the XBLA/PSN is the best you will ever find. The upgrades and added features only make the game better and the core gameplay is still fun as I sure it was back in 1993. For an incredible value of $5, there's a lot to offer. There is simply no reason any Sonic fan should miss out on the rare Sonic CD, especially if you missed out on it years ago like I have.




Must Buy.

9.0

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Highly addictive"

Summary

This is a must get sonic game.This is the best sonic classic game but not better then the modern sonic game but better then the ones between 1991-1998.The sonic game that every sonic fan liked is back and this time on xbox and coming to PS3 soon.This is only 400 microsoft points not that much but it is worth it.This is great this has great levels and great boss stages.This game is the same as the original but now brought to xbox and as I said soon PS3.This game is the same classic that every sonic fan will like but the only difference is the Achievments and that is basicly it.This is fun and great to play this is on the some other game systems the PC version was pretty good but this one way better.This is given good reviews by critics and they are right.This is better then the original one on the orginal system because of the achievments and thats it.Dont think of this as a new version of Sonic CD because it is not but it is still worth the money you pay for it.Score 9.0 out of 10 and like I said this is a must buy sonic game.




It's a lot of fun, but...

8.0

Superb
Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Hard to describe"

Summary

To me, Sonic CD was a bit of a departure from other Sonic games. It's undeniably fun, but it's really gimmicky, albeit obnoxious. This game isn't for every Sonic fan, but it's still a solid platformer in its own right.

In Sonic CD, the focus isn't really on speed; instead, the focus is on gimmicks. The gimmicks either make the levels really fun or really obnoxious. The Workbench Zone... Don't get me started. Anyhow, the level designs are generally very good, but some of the odd gimmicks will try your patience. Something that bugged me about the level designs was that none of them felt distinct. In other Sonic games, each of the level designs felt distinct and memorable, but the level designs on Sonic CD aren't memorable. Don't get me wrong; the levels are a lot of fun, but they just aren't memorable.

Sonic CD allows you to switch between its US soundtrack and Japanese soundtrack. Personally, I thought the Japanese soundtrack was better than the US soundtrack because it's more atmospheric. Speaking of atmosphere, Sonic CD carries a unique atmosphere that none of the other Sonic games have. While this separates it from the other Sonic games, it also makes it feel less like a Sonic game, as strange as that sounds.

The main hook of this game is being travel through time. This is done by passing a sign and making Sonic (or Tails) surround himself in sparkly goodness long enough to send him back in time or into the future. It sounds really weird, and, trust me, it is, but it makes more sense when you actually do it.

The game isn't terribly hard. Some say that the boss battles were the easiest parts of the game, but I beg to differ. To me, the boss battles were the toughest parts of the game. The levels weren't really hard or challenging. When the levels used gimmicks as attempts to bring about some challenge, they just turned out to be more obnoxious than anything else. Sometimes, it's just a matter of knowing how to escape the gimmicks. *Cough Workbench Zone cough cough*

Sonic CD is a very solid game with plenty of wackiness and platforming fun to go around, but sometimes its wackiness is a bit much. There are multiple endings, and once you beat the game once with Sonic, you can play as Tails. Both of these factors give this game lots of replayability. It's only 400 Microsoft Points ($5), so if you're a Sonic fan, then try it out. Just be sure to have an open mind before you play it.




With all the modern sonic games and garb, take a step back to the old, good days with Sonic CD.

9.5

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Masterpiece"

Summary

Sonic CD is claimed as one of the greatest Sonic the Hedgehog games ever, with some of the best classic side-scrolling gameplay of its time. Running through the past, present, and future with our spiky blue hero is sure to bring a touch of nostalgia to players everywhere. With this 360 remake, you get everything and more: Both the US and Japanese soundtracks (they can be switched whenever), HD graphics, and amazing sound quality and gameplay. Introduced in the remake are also 12 achievements, which arent too difficult, but test the player. Dr. Robotnik has overtaken Little Planet, a floating planet where time is distorted, and has gone back in time so that he can rule the future. Play as Sonic and Tails through 8 badnik filled stages, and travel through time to defeat Robotnik's most evil creation yet, Metal Sonic, and save Little Planet's Future.
8.5

Superb
8.4