Sonic the Hedgehog’s Greatest 3D Installments

Sonic the Hedgehog hasn’t had a very tight history with 3D technology. Most of his 3D outings have been less than his original Genesis titles. Regardless, I really do love all of his games (sans Sonic and the Secret Rings), and am a Sonic fan, even through the rough patches. It seems  my loyalty to the blue dude has finally paid off with the upcoming Sonic: Lost World. With that in mind, I’m here to rate his 5 best 3D installments to date.

 

 

#5. Sonic Generations (HD)

The ultimate nostalgia-driven game, Sonic Generations is amazing, with the best parts of every notable Sonic game since the beginning. You play as both Classic and Modern Sonic as you rip though each of the game’s highly nostalgic levels, all of which sport either fully 2D, “classic”-esque gameplay, or faster-paced “modern” 3D gameplay, with occasional 2D sections. Each level has dozens of side-missions for you to embark on, most of which are pretty fun, and add a good amount of replay value. Every boss sans the final one is great, and it is this latter one being so abysmal, coupled with the very disappointing story, that keeps this title from being higher up the list. Regardless, Generations is a fine addition to the series, and is perfect for any and all lovers of nostalgia, and those who are kids at heart.

#4. Sonic Heroes (Gamecube)

Sonic Heroes is a great-looking game, with an awesome team-based twist, which adds strategy and variety to the storied Sonic series, great controls, and is somewhat of a return to the the series’ stage tradition, with very well-designed levels, and a subtle influence of the 2D level design. It’s the closest thing Sonic fans would have to a classic 2D Sonic game for a while.

#3. Shadow the Hedgehog (Gamecube)

Though it may cause the story to make very little sense sometimes, the non-linear progression adds an amazing amount of replay value. The levels are all fun to run around in, and the gameplay is pretty fun (outside of the damn bike). The story is actually pretty good, and Black Doom makes a great villain. The added “darkness” is pretty funny, as well (“Where’s that DAMN forth Chaos Emerald?”). Overall, an underrated classic that really doesn’t deserve all the hate it receives.

#2. Sonic Colors (Wii)

Sonic Colors is a godsend to a series that was seriously in need of quality and supporters. After how badly ’06 damaged Sonic’s reputation, Colors brought many of the boys back home (which continued with Sonic Generations), and was the start of Nintendo’s consoles getting the best Sonic games. Colors features an amazing presentation, along with excellent gameplay, level design, and a great story, as well as (I can’t believe I’m saying this about a Sonic game) top-notch voice-acting (Tails has been fixed). Introduced were the Wisps, which are both the creatures you’re trying to save, and different, unique power-ups, which are being brought back in Sonic: Lost World. Absolute a must-play for a Wii/Wii U owner.

#1. Sonic Unleashed (PS2 and Wii)

The PS2 and Wii versions of Sonic Unleashed lack the open world, HD graphics, and quantity of daytime stages of the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, but make up for it by not being total garbage. Sonic Unleashed on the Wii is a top-notch experience, from beginning to end, and the beginning of Sonic’s return to greatness. The PS2 version is the same as the Wii, but without motion controls, which (arguably) makes it better, gameplay-wise. While the 360 version has horribly monotonous, sluggish Werehog gameplay, the Wii version has extremely fun platforming/beat ’em up nighttime gameplay, with very well-designed levels. The same goes for the daytime stages, which, while they lack the graphical significance and amount of levels for each continent, are all much better designed, and very atmospheric. Controls respond very well, and make it a blast to play.

Incredibly polished, with amazing gameplay, top-notch graphics and atmosphere (even if it’s not the HD version), strong level-design, great story, the best musical score of the series, no ridiculous emblem collecting like the HD version, and Chip, and you have one of the best Sonic games ever made, let alone the finest of his 3D outings.

Honorable Mention:

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

Sonic didn’t deserve this kind of half-assed treatment. He deserved for this game to be finished! Had they polished/fixed/finished Sonic ’06, it would have been incredible. Despite the fact that the damn thing isn’t polished, it’s still a fun, enjoyable game, with a great story, and phenomenal voice-acting from Shadow. The glitches, for what it’s worth, are also worth the price of admission. Have a buddy over when you play this game, and you’ll have a ball, with both the glitches and the fun 2-player.

James Flaherty

Video Game Reviewer/Critic at Leet Gamers Asia
Two things I love with a passion are video games and writing, and what's a better combination of those two things than being a game reviewer? 'Cause that's what I am. A reviewer for Leet Gamers Asia.

My tastes in games breach all genres, though my fortes are platformers and first-person shooters. My favorite game series is probably Super Mario, specifically the 3D games. I also love Rayman, Hitman, Bioshock, Half-Life/Portal, Uncharted, and Grand Theft Auto. As for my favorite game, it's hard to say: I love Portal 2, Shadow of the Colossus, Half-Life 2, Bioshock, Resident Evil 4, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Rayman Legends, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Grand Theft Auto IV, L.A. Noire, Fallout 3, Journey, and Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence all so damn much.

James Flaherty

Two things I love with a passion are video games and writing, and what's a better combination of those two things than being a game reviewer? 'Cause that's what I am. A reviewer for Leet Gamers Asia. My tastes in games breach all genres, though my fortes are platformers and first-person shooters. My favorite game series is probably Super Mario, specifically the 3D games. I also love Rayman, Hitman, Bioshock, Half-Life/Portal, Uncharted, and Grand Theft Auto. As for my favorite game, it's hard to say: I love Portal 2, Shadow of the Colossus, Half-Life 2, Bioshock, Resident Evil 4, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Rayman Legends, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Grand Theft Auto IV, L.A. Noire, Fallout 3, Journey, and Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence all so damn much.

2 thoughts on “Sonic the Hedgehog’s Greatest 3D Installments

  • July 15, 2013 at 12:50 AM
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    awwwwwh no Sonic Rush??

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