Top 10 Greatest Sonic The Hedgehog Games

The best from everyones favorite anthromorphic speedy blue rodent!

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1Sonic Adventure 2

best story and 6 playable characters and 180 emblems and lots of unlocks. Chao garden very good.

This game is amazing. It beats Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Generations by far. The Hero and Dark Story is an amazing idea. I played Hero Story first when I got the game, but in the game's story the Dark Story comes first. Speaking of the story, the story in this game is amazing. I mean, in Sonic Adventure it was just a mutated Chao is transforming into a super Chaos creature. In this game, a hedgehog named Shadow who is claimed to be the ultimate life form breaks free from a base on Earth and teams up with Dr. Robotnick (no I am not calling him Eggman) and a secret government spy named Rouge to collect the seven Chaos Emeralds to activate the Esclipse Canon and shoot a giant laser at Earth and destroying everyone on this. When the military find out about this hedgehog he mistakes it with Sonic. I am one of the few people who don't think it's a stupid mistake to make. The footage of Shadow was shaky and there hasn't been another 3'7 hedgehog looking for 7 magical gems ever, in San ...more

Honestly the most overrated Sonic game of all time. Sonic Adventure kicks the crap out of this game. Yes, it had a decent story and cutscenes were far better than Adventure's, and the voice acting was much better (with the exception of Bristow, who was always amazing), but the gameplay sucks. Knuckles and Rouge stages are boring and don't flow well with their control. Robotnik and Tails stages are slow, clunky and irritating. People only like this game for the Sonic and Shadow stages, and that's no exaggeration. Seriously, take off the nostalgia goggles and think critically for a second. Even the Sonic and Shadow stages weren't that great, it was mainly holding forward and sometimes jumping. And it's funny because people criticize the new games for being the same way. Sonic Adventure is far superior. It has variety. And each character has their own story, it isn't clumped together. The levels are varying and feel unique. Adventure 2's stages, when they don't have a game-killing ...more

The last story is both hero and dark

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2Sonic Generations

Traveling through time, all the best Sonic games made into 3D and 2D, a massive trophy room, the level of nostalgia is OVER 9000! I love this game, from the level design to the re-playability, its pure epicness. Get it now, or my lazer sharks will find you. It's got mechanics both old and new. Even if you haven't picked up a controller for years, this game will convince you otherwise. Perfect difficulty ramp, amazing graphics, and Green Hill Zone, Act 1, is redone perfectly on the 3DS version.

All I have to say is sonic 20th anniversary, AND THERE IS 2 SONICS. How awesome is that? And it makes bad sonic games look epic due to remastering

Sonic Generations can proudly boast quality which can arguably rival that of the classics. While the story and characters can be improved on a lot, the mix of old fashioned classic gameplay with WORKING physics (Take note DIMPS) mixed with modern gameplay done right shows that the Blue Blur is back with a bang. Add a whole lotta nostalgia through classic levels remastered and Sonic Generations may go down as being the definitive 3D Sonic game. (Along with Sonic Colours of course)

Ooh sonic generations the best game in the world

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3Sonic The Hedgehog 2

This is the single best Sonic the Hedgehog game ever, without a doubt. It expanded on its predecessor's levels by replacing tough puzzles with absolutely thrilling sections.

EMERALD HILL - Short, but sweet, and isn't the Green Hill rip-off people make it out to be.
CHEMICAL PLANT - I was stuck on Act 2 for ages! Its music is addictive and you should try out the remake of this zone in Sonic Generations!
AQUATIC RUIN - If you want a good run in this zone, then AVOID THE WATER! Just saying.
CASINO NIGHT - Fun, inventive, and paved the way for all future casino-like Sonic levels. (Well, OK, maybe Spring Yard did that in Sonic 1, but whatever. )
HILL TOP - Not the best Sonic zone ever, but I remember that rising lava section!
MYSTIC CAVES - Loads of traps, so beware! I liked playing 2 Player Mode with this zone!
OIL OCEAN - Really gets across that foreign feel, and sometimes I would just keep jumping across the oil!
METROPOLIS - A mega three-act zone, this is a ...more

I can't believe Sonic 2 is not top 1 but a Modern Sonic game instead! Why do people hate this game all of a sudden?!

This is unquestionably one of the two best Sonic games ever besides Super Smash Bros. Brawl! But Sonic Adventure series, Shadow the Hedgehog, Sonic Heroes (which needs to be replaced by Mario/Mega Man/Pac-Man/Sonic (& Characters From Other Series) Heroes, Sonic Battle (the top 2 worst Sonic game ever whereas Amy Rose couldn't be Princess Peach but could be Super Luigi as well as Sonic Battle needs to have Nintendo series versions, a Mega Man version, a Disney series version, a Pac-Man version & most especially a crossover version that oesn't contain Princess Peach but replaces her with Princess Daisy, Rosalina & Pac-Man), Sonic Advance series, Sonic Unleashed, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series (minus the Vancouver 2010 game which is still bad), Sonic & the Secret Rings, Sonic & the Black Knight, Sonic & Mega Man (which needs to be replaced by Mario & Mega Man/Sonic & Pac-Man), Sonic & the Black Knight (which needs to be replaced by Mario & the Black Knight), Sonic Lost World, ...more

My first video game was a SEGA Genesis, and the game that was played the most was Sonic 2. Very nice level design, fun Robotnik battles, ADDICTIVE music, and incredible special stages. The introduction of Super Sonic helps your cause, plus it introduced Miles "Tails" Prower, my favorite Sonic character, into the games. Really set the bar for how to make a memorable Sonic game. - c0mf0rta61ynum6

I strongly agree with you. I can't believe people say Sonic Adventure 2 is better! Sonic 2 was a true classic that gets a perfect 10/10 score.

I played this with debug mode I keep going to stages

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4Sonic Heroes

This game was... Fun for the most part. I mean, Sonic Heroes was meant for little kids, but I know adults whom enjoy the game vastly. But, aspects of the game are boring or slow. Such as with Team Chaotix, in the Haunted Mansion, they have to locate the same object in the second part of the stage which could take over 9 minutes if you aren't a person for exploration. The tutorial level with Team Rose was just a waste of time. But, I'm not one of those people who just find the faults with the game. The graphics weren't bad for a 2005 GameCube game as well as PS2. The gameplay was a little "spotty' at times but for the most part was done well. The music... THE MUSIC... Was just amazing! The one song I constantly listen to in the game is "What I'm made of". Overall, I think Sega did an amazing job with this game. Let's just hope we don't see another Shadow the hedgehog game see the light of day... Unless the play testers or Sega make it so much better. Sega... You all have ...more

The original Sonic games on the Genesis are much better than Sonic Heroes & Sonic Adventure 2!

The game was great. The storyline was good, and exciting.
The gameplay was very good (Except some missions with, team Chaotix)
The levels was great, with a good soundtrack ( The best one is Seaside hill, in my opinion.
The dialog was really good, and it was always good to hear some comments from the characters while playing.
The game is really great.

Totally different from the other Sonic games, but also one of the best!

Filled with nothing but the dreaded filler the series that is now unfortunately to be expected from the series, Sonic Heroes is one of weakest games ever made.

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5Sonic 3 & Knuckles

This game is definitely my favorite game of all time. It's the roots of the series and on whole other level than the first two. Let me give a quick review of this masterpiece. First of the world you travel through in this installment is just massive and their is much to be discovered. The level of multiple routes and secret areas is astounding. Just think even today I'm finding secret rooms with extra lives hidden away. The variety in the levels have also improved. The basic green level than lit on fire. A ancient garden that crumbles before you. A desert that ghosts terrorize. The floating Death Egg also returns as the epic final zone unless you count Doomsday which I will get to later. As I said the levels are varied and now more than ever with I think 14 or 15 in total. Next I'll talk about characters and abilities they each possess. Sonic once again back with the spin dash and now has the insta shield which is actually very useful plus fun. Tails also can use the spin dash like in ...more - Heatnix23

To me, the best sonic game of all time. Sonic 3 introduces the Elemental Shields. With one you are immune to fire and lava, and you can fire yourself rapidly in whatever direction you wish, as long as its left or right. With another you can't drown underwater, and you can slam yourself onto enemies. and with a final shield, you can double jump, and it acts like a ring magnet, taking any rings near you, into you. It also provides the most zones for any sonic game, and in my opinion the best level designs. Just look at how you start Ice Cap Zone! The music is also very good, and its rumored Michael Jackson himself helped compose some of the songs. Another aspect, is introducing the character Knuckles. he can glide, and climb walls! He is very fun to play as, and he can explore his own areas of the many stages. As a final note, this game was so huge at the time, it couldn't fit on a single genesis cart! They had to take half of the game out, and name it Sonic and Knuckles. This is my ...more

Easily the best Sonic game of all time. The level designs, the characters (Just the hedgehog, the fox, the echidna and the mad scientist. None of the crocodile, the chameleon or the rabbit? ). The best music of all time. Everything was perfect in it and everything.

The bonus level was excellent also, Blue spheres was good also. Plus the verses mode was so much better than in Sonic 2. Super Sonic was much better also and is still one of the best games to unlock him.

Give this game the title it deserves as closer to the top. If you've never played it, I suggest downloading a rom and trying it. I promise you'll like it.

Wow, I love your comment! This game should be top 1. I love this game and it is way more memorable than Sonic Adventure 2.

Taking the gameplay of the original games and polishing it to an incredible shine, modern Sonic games can only dream of reaching the legendary status of these games.

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6Sonic Colours

I think this was the end point of making sonic great again, and generations and lost world came out just after, then it got confused again. But that's not the point. The point is that this is my favorite sonic game, yes unleashed seems to have helped sonic, but this is what made it proper. I like the gameplay obviously, the wisps were a nice addition, although I feel like they could have done a little more with the laser wisp. I also like the game, it's fast in the 2 sections, and faster in the 3d sections. I personally like the 3d sections a little more, but both were nice. I feel that this games areas are also pretty neat, my favorite is probably asteroid coaster. Also the music in this game was great as well, although reach for the stars is one of the weaker main lyrical themes. I also like the voice of sonic compared to the other previous voice actors in previous games, it fits his personality better then the other games. Also it's a small thing, but this game made me laugh here ...more

Need I say more? This is truly Sonic's comeback game. The graphics are HD-quality. You would never suspect that a Wii had this much power but there you have it. The game also lacked the boost to win issue with Sonic Unleashed. - ktm095

The Only Sonic game I ever played that didn't have some huge drawbacks...

After an eternity of experimental filler, we finally received one of the best Sonic games ever made.

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7Sonic The Hedgehog

Yeah, when I put Sonic the Hedgehog on here, I meant the original, not the crappy 2006 version. - loganruckmanman

One of the best Sonic games I've ever played. Despite some glitches, it's introduction to Silver the Hedgehog and option to play him with his psychokinetic ability as well as Shadow the Hedgehog and everyone else was great!

The original, not the best, but my favourite. It was My first Sonic game and like many I was instantly hooked. The music, stages and bosses were all of the best quality. The exploration, the platforming and the speed. This game had it all and was only a sign of the brilliance to come.

The game that launched Sega to success, the original Sonic The Hedgehog remains one of the series' strongest entries.

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8Sonic Adventure

Sonic Adventure is the best game of all time. Anyone who refuses to look beyond the unavoidable camera glitches and bad voice acting is a fool. This game contains excellent music, a great story, CHAO, awesome level design, and the soul of SEGA.

Super Mario 64 is the best game of all time. Anyone who refuses to look beyond the unavoidable camera glitches and eye-hurting graphics (which are the best) is a fool. That game contains excellent music, a well story, perfect graphics, awesome level design and the soul of Nintendo.

I have played Mario Adventure, and it can't compete with this game on the NES. Mario Adventure on the PlayStation 12, is still a good game. Sonic Adventure on the Atari 67382916783974893568900, is my second favorite game of all time, number 1 being Sonic Adventure 4. It stinks that they wouldn't put Jar Jar Binks or Aqua Man for the DLC when this came out on the Sega Phoenix, this game came out in 1936, and they wouldn't put Bubsy the bobcat in the DLC. This is still a good game. - Shadowman

This poor platformer has not aged well. Actually, it's aged extremely poorly. The only redeeming factor left are Sonics levels. Tails is an inferior Sonic clone who shatters the game with his broken flight and levels that don't cater to hm very well. Knuckles levels are way to short, bland, and easy. Amy is painfully slow and clunky. It's a struggle against the controls to even get from point a to point B. Big is boring and his gameplay is horrendously designed spawn of Satan. Finally, Gamma's levels are short, mindless button mashers (though his final stage is actually decently enjoyable). Sonic levels (minus stage 3) remain a joy to play with plenty of exploration and high speed, as well as fun and a usable exploits. This leaves us with 9 fun levels out of about 32. Other than that, sad as it is, this game has shot down in popularity and quality.

While not the best Sonic game out there, Sonic Adventure remains a very good game and is much better than it's sequel.

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9Sonic Unleashed

Werehog powers are really useful in some nighttime levels and the killer combo moves make sonic makes him look a character from mortal combat

' fast levels with Sonic and fun, action packed werehog levels! The graphics is incredible, Good voice actors and fantastic for the whole family

There's no doubt that this game made up from what happened with Sonic The Hedgehog 2006. I think it's safe to say that this game is my favorite in the Sonic series with awesome gameplay, Pixar-looking graphics, great soundtrack, good voice acting, good touches of the classic times that would make you feel very familiar with, and is a game that actually consists DLC with Sonic Generations should of taken advantage of! I think it's also safe to say that this game does not get termed as a "dark-age" title, even if this game still has the Werehog which I found fun. And the version I was talking about with is the PlaySation 3 and Xbox 360 versions. But you want something else Unleashed-related, then get the Wii or PlayStation 2 versions if you will.

Sonic unleashed and sonic generations are kinda the same

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10Sonic CD

The best Sonic game in my opinion. It has the best soundtrack of any Sonic video game and it's graphics are superb. It has original boss battles, Metal Sonic included, and a nice opening.

Both soundtracks are good, extremely good level design, good graphics and music EPIC SPECIAL STAGES really really good story METAL SONIC IS awesome! And those robot making things you have to destroy in the past UHH! THEY ARE ANNOYING but that's what made this game good not to mention the really cool time travel gimmick, going to the bad future would either be REALLY SCARY OR REALLY awesome! Plus those hidden pictures (what were they thinking) and the difficulty is well... Fair unless your going for the good ending then its hard OH! AND I FORGOT THE MOST IMPORTANT PART the EPIC animated intro and endings they are so awesome! ! TOOT TOOT SONIC WARRIOR CONQUER SPACE AND TIME TOOT TOOT SONIC WARRIOR YOU CAN EVEN FLY (this is the epic part) NOTHING CAN SURVIVE THE WILL TO STAY ALIVE (oh boy! ) CAUSE IF YOU TRY (ah! ) YOU CAN DO ANYTHING! (YES YES YES YES! ! ) YES YES YES YES! THAT SONG NEVER GETS OLD ITS SO EPICLY EPIC! ! ! ! If you haven't played this game you should go play it now the ...more

You must love this game :3 I hate it just kidding this game is creative in every single way - spodermanfan1000

Best level design best gimmick (time travel) most awesome soundtrack ever exploration-based gameplay that retains speed and charm of the numbered titles = greatest Sonic game. Ever.

I wish I had debug mode

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The Contenders

11Shadow the Hedgehog

The real favorite is adventure 2. (Well, duh. The chao garden by itself trumps every other sonic game I've played.) This will receive my vote due to being both underrated and overhated. Mostly overhated. The only thing holding it back is all the gosh dang swearing and disgustingly bad plot. The gameplay, however is very solid. The guns were a fun addition, the only exception being limited in what weapons can be used based on the near-by enemies. Buying this game years after it came out, with all the bad reviews and complaints plaguing the Internet I expected many glitches, as well as choppy and slow gameplay, only to be surprised with a smooth, fast-paced shoot 'em up. This game deserves to be #10 at least.

Even at #12, this game is underrated. No offense, but the dark stories in games are always the most engaging and addicting ones. This goes for all the dark sonic games. And who cares if you don't need guns to play. That's not the point, the point was that the use of guns fit shadows style. Just getting a gun and shooting it at all was fun. I'm pretty sure everyone knows that if Sonic can go through 50 different games without using a gun, then chances are that Shadow can, too. I'm also Perry sure that people who say this are hypocritical and still use guns anyway because it's fun shooting stuff. - MottScurry

Best Sonic game ever! Never seen any thing like it! Shooting and killing, that's all you need! I have it, and that is all I play! Better then all Sonic games! You will never see nothing like it!

REALLY good. If I see it on #1 I will play it 90 times.

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12Sonic Rush

The boss fights were difficult in my opinion, but it gave me a sense of victory and accomplishment when I beat them, unlike Mario bosses who die when they get hit 3 to 5 times

Fave game I love the story line and playing the game and they came out with blaze

Sometimes, I feel like there aren't that many people that recognize this game. They should play it because it's good.

I got it and was not fun

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13Sonic Adventure 2: Battle

How about Beavis Adventure series?

This is like my favorite game cube game! I cannot say that it's better than the original but I can say its AWESOME! I highly recommend this game.

Better than its Dreamcast version, especially the Japanese version.

While it's certainly superior to it's DC counterpart, they are similar enough that I question the need to include on this list at all.

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14Sonic Adventure DX

Dude who says "I'd prefer Mario (insert Sonic title here) more"

SHUT UP. Mario is known to have many great games (which are now just remakes of the original games)

Complain about these on 4CHAN.

Basically sonic adventure only expanded what more is needed?

How about Mario in Sonic Adventure?

This game destroy sonic adventure 2

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15Sonic and the Black Knight

I strongly prefer Mari & the Black Knight (feat. the Your Favorite Martian band) & in this game, Mario could be on steroids.
He'll have a very long chin & so much muscle & veins.
Mario's big, bulbous nose will also be slightly bigger & absolutely stronger.
Mario will also keep his pudgy stomach.
Mario will strangle Luigi when he's very pissed off.
Mario would strangle anyone in this game.

I personally love this game the soundtrack is the best in any sonic game, the graphics are breathtaking, the storyline is amazing, the cgi cutscenes, when used, are amazing, even the non-cgi cutscenes are impressive, Grifiths performance was outstanding definitely improved since games like sonic 06, level design, bosses, voice acting all are amazing.

Everything about this game is outstanding.

To say this game is outstanding is the understatement of the century, intact I'd go so far as to say that this is the best game anyone is ever gonna come up with.

I hate whoever put this so low on the list this should be number 1

In my opinion this is the best. Best story, gameplay, and soundtrack. Why it's so low confuses me greatly.

Rip off of legend of Zelda

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16Sonic The Hedgehog 3

This game was far ahead of its time. It made the best of the Genesis system. The graphics, the music, the gameplay, and especially the storyline, which was given much more focus this time around. Plus the special stages were good too (MUCH better than Sonic 2's). There are also different music tracks in each act, and each act has a transition according to the plot. Additionally, there is a boss in each act! And of course, we are introduced to Knuckles, who can PUNCH SONIC OUT OF HIS SUPER FORM!

This game featured excellent level design, music composed by Michael ' JACKSON, excellent graphics for its time, the inclusion of 3 playable characters, and overall, it's just perfect.

Wikipedia made proof that Michael Jackson did not actually compose the film, but I believe that to be a lie.

Michael Jackson must be best friends with Yuji Naka and Knuckles the Echidna.

Sonic the hedgehog 3 should be higher on this list first of it has THE best soundtrack in any sonic game like hydrocity ice cap zone and it's the first time they introduced knuckles and sometimes the game has 3d effects that are good for 16 bit also Michael jackson himself composed the music that's cool and there is absolutely nothing and the special stages I liked them much more than sonic the hedgehog 1 and 2 and on this one you can actually save your game you couldn't do that on any other sonic game at that time

Stop voting for Sonic 3. It's pointless.

On the other hand, you SHOULD be voting for Sonic 3 & Knuckles, the true, complete version of the game.

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17Sonic & Knuckles

This has the right to be in the top ten as it was a continuation of Sonic 3.
Originally, this game and Sonic 3 were suppose to be combined as one to form a massive game. However, they had to split them up due to the amount of time before launch.
Some might consider this game downgraded from the last title, but I however think it was designed with the same quality.
Music was great, introduction of Knuckles as a playable character (obviously) and levels were challenging. Lock on technology allowed people to choose Knuckles as a playable character, awesome!

This is a great expansion pack for the Sonic the Hedgehog series, but the game itself, despite being another fun Sonic title, borrows some elements from Sonic 3, and doesn't feel as fresh and fun.
-Awesome "Lock-On" technology allows you to play as Knuckles in previous Sonic titles.
-Inviting, colorful graphics.
-Lots of decent gameplay to be had.
-Knuckles has awesome gliding and climbing powers.
-Even more replay value than previous Sonic titles due to massive features.
-Music isn't in the same league as the first three Sonic titles.
-Some annoying puzzles and enemies.
-Recycled bonus stage and similar look and feel to Sonic 3.
-Where's Tails?
-How come there's only one save profile?
Overall Grade: B-

Cool! Please make them drunk & naked in this game

This game is so underrated, even at top 17. I am a Sonic fanboy, and this game has done everything right.

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18Sonic Advance

Cool: I'd also like Super Mario Advance 6: Super Mario Land aka Super Mario Expert 2: Super Mario Land.

I'll strangle Amy Rose big time for her Piko Piko Hammer!

I prefer Knuckles with the Piko-Piko Hammer anyways.

I prefer Super Mario Advance 5: Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo Game Boy Expert in the near future.

Sonic advance 2 Doesn't qualify.

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19Sonic Advance 3

Disregarding the terrible English voice acting and annoyance of the sisterly relation of Amy & Cream being similar to that of Sonic & Tails/Shadow & Rouge, this game is a Modern Sonic masterpiece - powerful, graphically reminds me of the Super Mario Land trilogy, THIS GAME IS A MAINSTREAM/ESSENTIAL SONIC GAME!

Sonic Advance 3 was a blast and it did not tire me. But Classic Sonic is way better.

This is the first game I've ever played in my life. It's no doubt the best.

The best game ever is Pac-Man World for the Sony PlayStation besides Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64.

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20Sonic Lost World

I don't hate.. But I don't love it. After the immense success of generations, I expected more to come of it. Instead we got Mario Galaxy 3: Deadly Six Edition. The gameplay was decent, though not nearly fast-paced enough to satisfy the Sonic craving. On the other hand, The plot was awful. It was boring, bland, and a waste of time. They probably sat around a table and pulled cliches and painfully bad punchlines out of a hat. Even the consulted mess of Shadow the Hedgehog was more bearable than these awful cutscenes (admittedly, though just barely) If you're going to make a plot this boring and outright awful, you're better off not having one in the first place. While an opinion and not a fact, I also dislike how Sonic is portrayed as a stereotypical teenage hero.

This is a fun game to play, being so different then generations. Only thing wrong is the wisp. - Shadowxr

Its only problems stem from a difficulty curve that resembles a heart monitor. But what would I know? I'm not a Sonic fan. I also like most of the wisps, namely the drill. Laser one is stupid though

This game too good thanks Sega

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