Top 10 Best 3D Sonic Games

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People say Sonic sucks in 3D, but in retrospect he's actually had more good 3D games than a lot of franchises that fell hard when making the jump from 2D to 3D. Here are the 10 best 3D Sonic games in the main series (some are only here by default as there are bad ones).

The Top Ten

1 Sonic Colours

Hey, this is #1 now. Wow, I'm actually surprised. Sonic Colors is one of my favorite Sonic games so, awesome! - cjWriter1997

This game is awesome! I loved the songs too! - TwilightKitsune

It's great in the gameplay department, though the music doesn't compare to "Live and Learn..."

This is my opinion on all the 3D sonic games.
(minus the rereleases, remakes, spin offs and handheld games)

Sonic adventure (1): 6.5/10 Mediocre/Okay

Sonic adventure 2: 5/10 Bad

Sonic Heroes: 6/10 Mediocre

Shadow the Hedghog: 6/10 Mediocre

Sonic '06: 4/10 Really Bad

Sonic and the secret Rings: 5.5/10 Barely Mediocre

Sonic Unleashed: 7/10 Okay

Sonic and the Black Knight: 5/10 Bad

Sonic Colors: 9/10 Fantastic (AKA The Best Sonic Game)

Sonic Generations: 8.5/10 Great

Sonic Lost Word: 6.5/10 Mediocre/Okay

Sonic Boom Lice of Lyric: 3/10 Awful (AKA The Worst Sonic Game)

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2 Sonic Generations

The best gameplay-wise, in my opinion. I had so much fun playing it. Too short though. - eventer51314

Described by IGN as "A love letter to the Blue Blur", which combines the best of the old and the new, with both classic and modern Sonic. This game features some of the best designed and fleshed out levels ever seen in a Sonic game.
If only the game wasn't so short. Oh well, maybe the upcoming Project Sonic 2017 will deliver on this game's shortcomings. - SuperSonic17

A very great game. Sadly howeve,r it started off super amazing with the classic stages and then the first few modern stages. The you get to the post dreamcast stages and a few aspects of the game fell apart, but still remained sort of fun. - HeavyDonkeyKong

Best Modern Sonic game.
If you want to have the best experience in this game pick up the pc version+Project Unleashed Mod (for better visual effects).
by the way there are mods that bring all 3d sonic games' levels into this game (colors,unleashed,2006..).

3 Sonic Adventure 2

God I wish I had this game. Also, I was wondering, are the Knuckles and Rouge levels really that bad? Because they looked good to me. - EspioTheChameleon

Loved the story. And I enjoyed this gameplay more than Sonic Adventure's. - eventer51314

HOW IS THIS ONLY NUMBER 3? I mean I get colors being high, but Sonic HoldXtowin (Generations) should be way behind here

The new games are underrated as hell, but in the end, this was my favorite.

Also, am I the only one who thought that the battle between shadow and biolizard was the final boss? I swear... - HeavyDonkeyKong

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4 Sonic Adventure

Pac-Man fell a lot less harder than Mega Man when they jumped form 2D to 3D. I was fine with Mega Man in 2D gameplay, but Capcom ran out of ideas. Namco didn't! Sonic's transition from 2D to 3D was smooth. Direction-wise, the Sonic franchise got partially ruined in Sonic Adventure by how the Modern/Dreamcast Era aspects are rather inferior to how they used to be in the Classic Era of Sonic, but Sonic Adventure proves that Sonic can sustain its might in 3D. Mario had a very smooth jump from 2D to 3D, but Classic Mario is mainly better than Modern Mario. Bubsy's jump from 2D to 3D was PATHETIC! Don't you love to make fun of this wannabe? Metal Gear's jump from 2D to 3D was also very smooth.

A lot of people say that it does not age well. perhaps it is nostalgia, but I believe that t has aged just fine. - HeavyDonkeyKong

Sonic's first 3D outing may be a bit dated now, but in other areas it's still an enjoyable game. It's obvious the most effort went into the Sonic and Tails stages, and thankfully they still hold up, as do the Knuckles stages. It's the other 3 characters who come across as filler content.
Also if you thought Sonic Adventure 2 was too linear then this game will probably suit you better. - SuperSonic17

5 Sonic Unleashed

The best sonic final boss battle. EVER. - HeavyDonkeyKong

Best Sonic Game PERIOD

Truly an underrated masterpiece.

It literally me of Disneyland and the classic era of Dr. Seuss. :D

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6 Sonic Heroes

Every other team in Sonic Heroes is much better than Team Rose for reasons. That does not make the game, and give SuperSonic17 a round of applause. He judged this game in an incredibly fair way, which I don't always do. - The Ultimate Daredevil

I replayed this game at least 5 times. It may be because it was on of my first Sonic games, but also because I like variety of characters and fact that contents of stages are changed for every team!

Ah, Sonic Heroes what can I say about you. I really love the choices of four teams (my personal favorite is Team Chaotix) and the boss fights. But sometimes the controls get very slippery and the special stages can be hard, but I don't necessarily think they're bad. You just have to get used to them. Overall, I think this is a good game, nowhere near SA2 and Generations, but I would say it was as good as Colors. I don't care what you think, it's MY opinion. Thank you. - EspioTheChameleon

Even after a decade I still get a kick out of playing this; it was my childhood, I loved it then, I love it now. --p.s. the special stages physics went down the crapper before the game launched--

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7 Shadow the Hedgehog

I know this game gets a lot of hate, but to me it's a great game. It's so much fun blasting stuff with guns and the varied story routes make it so playing through the game multiple times is never too repetitive. The controls hardly take any time to get used to and the game just gives you that feel of power and superiority that's just to satisfying.
If the aesthetics were better and some of the vehicles were more useful it could've easily been my favourite game. But I attest to the fact that more people need to give this game a fair chance and not just follow what everyone else says. - SuperSonic17

This game is, like most of the modern sonic titles, extremely criminally underrated. - HeavyDonkeyKong

I love the gameplay mechanics, the music, and then also and the story. What I hated:

Tons upon tons of levels revolve around you constantly taking laps around stages killing people or looking for things. It gets old and teious to have to do that to complete a level.

The whole entire "Choose Your Very Own path" Story driven mechanic was not utilized to its full potential.

Some of the endings did not provide closure. For example, we see Shadow killing eggman in one of the endings, but as a whole, it doesn't really seem like a true ending of the game. the black arms and the humans are both still fighting. - HeavyDonkeyKong

8 Sonic Lost World

An underrated game. I love it. The reason why is because it felt like a 3D version of a 2D Sonic Game. Screw IGN and Screw GameSpot. This game is awesome. Oh as @SuperSonic17 no it did not rip of Galaxy. Sonic Adventure 2 already had the "walking around platforms" gimmick. - DCfnaf

Should be higher than Secret Rings because this game is better than that trash in my opinion. - DCfnaf

An ambitious game to say the least. This game went for weird, Super Mario Galaxy-esque level design. It's as if we're finally playing Sonic X-Treme. The game does some things right, you can now control your speed using a shoulder button, the levels are well fleshed out and Sonic has some cool new moves. Other aspects though feel either gimmicky (like the wisps that aren't as well utilised as they were in Sonic Colours), or in the case of the parkour mechanic feel a bit wonky.
An overall mixed bag, but there is some fun to be had here and there. - SuperSonic17

For some weird reason I just was not at all able to enjoy it nearly as much as the super mario galaxy titles though. still a fairly good game though. in my opinion. - HeavyDonkeyKong

9 Sonic and the Black Knight

Playing this game is like cutting down the mightiest tree in the forest with... A HERRING!

A decent experience. Better than Secret Rings. - DCfnaf

A very dark and awesome game!

The sword controls can be frusturating sometimes, it often feels like it should not have been way to linear, a few of the boss battles were terrible. But when I did have fun witht he game, I had a lot of fun. In the end, it was an okay game for me. - HeavyDonkeyKong

10 Sonic Riders

The Contenders

11 Sonic 3D Blast
12 Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity

Yeah, I didn't put the Riders games on my original list as I was going for main series games and I consider these games spinoffs, otherwise I would've put this game in the top 10.
But hey, I ain't gonna be some cannon Nazi, if you guys want to include these games on your lists go right ahead, especially if you don't want to put Sonic 06 in the list. - SuperSonic17

13 Sonic & the Secret Rings

It's debatable which is better/worse out of the two storybook games, as they both suck. In the end though I feel Secret Rings kept more true to Sonic's roots. There is speed, but it's hampered by awkward motion controls which feel twitchy and at times unresponsive. Also the level designs are the equivalent of train tracks, and as the game always forces you to go forwards it can feel like the game is playing itself.
Unlike Sonic & the Black Knight however this game at least didn't give me as bad wrist ache. This is the only one on the list which I simply don't recommend. - SuperSonic17

This was worse than Lost World. I thought Black Knight was better than this too, but your opinion is still respected. - DCfnaf

Stupidest Game I've Ever Played - VideoGamefan5

Here's how I consider these games from best to worst: (This includes the fun glitches you could do)

Sonic 06 (whilst bad , it felt more sonic-y and and had fun glitches.)
Secret Rings and Black Knight (Hard and Easy respectively, kinda dumb music, and bad
c ontrols.)
Lost World (My finger hurts from holding R. If a game physically hurts me, it is automatically
b ad.)
Sonic Boom Rise Of Lyric.
You know what, no paranthesis this time. This game was the absolute WORST of the series. Some might say 06 was sonic's beginning downfall -NO! Boom is the rock bottom. It is the ABSOLUTE WORST. At least 06 was made with at least SOME normal sonic intentions. You do ocassionally go fast. But in Boom? Nah. Good luck with that. You'll be slowly moving forever. Bland repeating levels... boring. Even the Knuckles Glitch Jump was patched, so automatic negative there for removing fun glitches. 06 had the guts to keep their glitches because they *knew* it was the one of the major ...more - mattstat716

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14 Sonic Free Riders

This game would have been awesome. If the controls worked. - HeavyDonkeyKong

15 SegaSonic the Hedgehog

This is extremely criminally underrated indeed. Well, so-rry I defend (Classic) Sonic/Mighty/Ray (in this game) for their spherical middles and unique capabilities! >8(

16 Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

I know what it is. Sonic Next-Gen is overly praised because of Princess Elise the Third!

At least the glitches were hilarious. - mattstat716

I'm very glad that you added Sonic 2006 to the list. The game is not as bad most people say it is. Popular opinions aren't always honest, you know.

It's not popular opinion, it's experts that play video games for a living going through them and getting killed or unable to complete a level because the game is actual trash. Sonic 06 is, overall, one of the worst game of all time. - ckets4769

10/10 "would play again" -IGN

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17 Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric

Should not be on this list. End of discussion. I'm voting for 06 to get it above this sorry excuse for a game. At least 06 had potential and was slightly fun to play. - eventer51314

People look at Sonic games as Sonic games. I look at them as any game in the world. Slow, why should I care? I never cared about the speed. I love how this game encourages exploration. It's only my 2nd favorite in the franchise, but If no one in here will defend it, then I will.

It's sad when 3D Blast (an isometric game) was higher than this "game". Can you really call it a sonic game when the characters feel like nothing sonic related? - mattstat716

I don't get why this game gets so much hate. It feels polished, has a refined story, and perfectly transferred Sonic into the third dimension. Now if only there was an Ouya port...

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18 Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

I've only played the gamecube port. Its multiplayer is amazing.

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