Top 10 Greatest Sonic The Hedgehog Games

The best from everyones favorite anthromorphic speedy blue rodent!

The Top Ten

1 Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Product Image

I remember my Dad picking me up from school in his army truck and telling me he had a suprise for me and my stepbrothers and sister and that we had to share turns.
Instantly I knew what it was and lo and behold it was Sonic 2.
This game holds a special place in my heart. It reminds me of happier times but the game alone is worthy in a top 10 greatest games.

Sonic looks better, plays faster finally ( on Pal ) and the introduction of Tails was the icing on the cake.
The design is fantastic and worlds look amazing. And that was before we discovered the special stages... WOW!
All topped off with incredible music and sound effects.
In fact typing this has made me realise games like this exist, and perhaps I should stop playing first person shooters and crime games.

Today and can play it and enjoy it but my age makes me not as crazy for it.
So I have passed it on to my Daughter who absolutely adores Sonic and she too will have the memories and joy I had.

It could have been better...
But still, it's the best game in they have to offer us seeing that it has good levels, good gameplay and "kinda" good boss fights.
Also, Tails is in it... that's good right.

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

The amount of replay value is astounding. It's definitely not a one-off. With a little practice you can beat the hole game in one hour, making it a satisfying experience, that doesn't get chopped off by multiple gameplay sessions. Sure the first time playing it I had a hard time, because I didn't know what was ahead of me and kept bumping into unfavourably placed enemies, spikes and other obstacles. Especially the hazards to be smushed were unrelenting. If just 1 pixel of your ear get's pressed down...
But all this things become very minor, because the more you play it, the more you know what is coming ahead. It's not like Sonic Adventure 2, where it feels like exploring a minefield of glitches, questionable game physics and horrible camera angles. It's just straight forward fun without much attenuation. Another minor pet-peeve of mine is the end-boss. In my opinion it deserves the number 1 spot, maybe in a tie with Sonic 3 & Knuckles, latter being very good, but also a very long ...more

2 Sonic Generations Sonic Generations Product Image

I remember wanting to play this game as a kid with my brother because the two Sonics told me the game was gonna be multiplayer. And then I found out it was one player and was pretty disappointed. Over time I grew less interested in the game. Then, I was 14 or 15 years old, and I heard a lot of good things about it. I decided to try it out, but I didn't have the consoles it was on. Eventually, I was at a friend's house, and he had "Sonic Generations". I tried it out, and I spent a third of the night playing it. Thinking about how much I enjoyed it, I'm pretty sure it's my favorite game of all time, and definitely my favorite Sonic game.

This game is amazing. Every level and boss is like a million times better than the originals. The story is really good. They brought back all of the best sonic characters like shadow, Silver, blaze etc. The graphics are just the best, and for the Xbox version you can play it in 3D, and that is just awesome! All of the best Sonic songs where unlock able so you could listen to your favorite Sonic song while playing your favorite level!

This game is just amazing and we should get another amazing Sonic game like this. This was an Xbox and play station best seller as well! So make an even BETTER Sonic generations and release it on the Xbox one, Play Station 4, Wii U and PC. This will be another best seller.

Time travel games are almost always awesome, and Sonic doesn't end that tradition! With amazing detailed graphics and for many different consoles, you can play as Classic or Modern Sonic, each having different gameplay. You can also re-visit many locations, bosses, and levels, each not being a rip-off, just borrowing gameplay from other games, but making a whole new Sonic experience with more action, gameplay, or maybe more moves that the boss can do, or Sonic can do. Sonic Generations is not just simply a Sonic game, it is ALL Sonic games incorporated into one big, epic, and out right AMAZING time travel story.

THIS IS FOR THE CONSOLE VERSIONS: I personally think that Sonic Generations is the best game ever. My comment will be kind of long, but by the time I am through you will understand why I think this.

Sonic Generations is the best game simply because it is for multiple generations of Sonic the Hedgehog lovers as the title implies. The inclusion of Classic Sonic was magnificent as he felt just like his Genesis self. His levels felt more "classic" than any game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. The physics were amazing and the graphics were stunning. Modern Sonic was just as amazing, and to be biased, my favorite version. I love boosting through the levels and the platforming of each level.

SEGA did a really good job of making this game a platformer. I truly see this as platforming to the max while keeping the speed aspect of the game. While there are some levels that aren't too reminiscent of the game that they were in, they maintained the playability. My personal favorites ...more

Generations is good, but saying it's the best game ever is being way generous, in my opinion. I think Sonic 2, and 3 and Knuckles are way better games.

3 Sonic Adventure 2 Sonic Adventure 2 Product Image

Sonic Adventure 2 was the best Sonic game I played in all my childhood and I still enjoy it. The Chao garden. The introduction of Shadow the Hedgehog. And most of all, the story mode is loads of fun. You can play them all the time and get stuff for your Chao for them to evolve. Did I even mention the Chao school? The Chao school is where you drop off your Chao for them to learn lots of talent. And you can have them at the doctor for a check up. and the Fortune teller will give your Chao a name and then the black Market. It is where you can buy fruit and eggs for your Chao garden. And there are 3 Chao Gardens. The Normal Chao garden, the Dark Garden, and the Hero garden. These are all reasons why I love Sonic Adventure 2 and why I will always play it.

My favorite Sonic game of all time. The story is great, the characters are cool and I like each of their individual personalities in this one. The voices are the least annoying of any of the games. Good music, chao garden was super fun, good stage select and lots of things to accomplish. Best two player mode of any of the sonic games. I liked being able to play as different characters in different kinds of levels. The speed, treasure hunt, shooting combination was super fun. Also Eggman was actually fun as a main character and didn't look like a total clown. Same with Knuckles. And of course Shadow is just amazing.

Honestly, excellent pacing for the story, not too fast or too slow moving, it constantly keeps you engaged by mixing each level in the story with a different element so the previous one won't get stale. The dynamic camera angles for the Sonic/Shadow stages (especially for stages like Final Rush/Chase) along with potentially speedy and slow movements made it for an interesting and very enjoyable play-style. It really is quite different from the static linear levels and play-styles of the games later on like Colors and Generations. They really lacked level design fluency and just focused more on speed and boosting, which was a complete 180 from the Adventure series, which held a speed cap in their stages. Overall I find the play-style and ambiance of Adventure 2 outplays the ones from the other games.

But let's be real, the main reason this is #1 is because of the addictive Chao Garden that I know everyone spend countless hours freely roaming around with the Chao.

A mostly solid game, tried and true. Sonic and Shadow's speed levels hold up as some of the best designed in the series. Top it off with silky smooth control, extra missions, and extremely high difficulty for all A rank make a great experience for any Sonic fan. The treasure hunting, while not quite as good as the speed sections, are still very fun. Knuckles and Rouge control wonderfully and glide, run and punch their way around with ease and grace. The gimped radar is a pathetic excuse for extending play time, but if you can look past that, you're in for good times. The mech stages aren't as good. Eggman and Tails mechs are very clunky, and have difficulty turning and jumping. While most view them as a button masher, trying for all A rank can be a lot of fun. The challenge of locking on to as many enemies as you can and avoiding cheap shots can result in a satisfying A rank. Loaded with bonus content (especially the Chao Garden) make for my personal favorite Sonic game ever.

4 Sonic Adventure Sonic Adventure Product Image

One of the most ambitious games of all time, there's this sense of pure passion surrounding this game. Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and E-102 are all really fun and well-realized. The story is interesting even if the cut-scenes are a bit dated. It's not perfect, but this game has great energy.

The boxart of this game is creepy & SO IS THE WHOLE SONIC ADVENTURE SERIES WHICH SUCKS BECAUSE OF ITS STORYLINE, ITS REMAKES & ETC!

Sonic Adventure's graphics are good, which this game was originally going to be until the characters' designs changed & weren't kept as their old designs like in good ol' Sonic Drift series. Also, Amy Rose was supposed to be Sonic's younger sister who is in her late 20s nowadays w/ Sonic being in his early 30s. It's not funny. The quotes & voice acting sucks, & most especially the game's 2D story. Yet this game is still worth playing & persisting on, it is also very annoyng & painful whereas Sega & Ryan Drummond ruined Sonic the Hedgehog.

Did so many people give me, Kieran Stark (aka The Ultimate Daredevil) thumbs down for saying that Super Mario 64 is my favorite game of all time (which it's close to) just because of Amy Rose (re: her dress skirt that sticks out like a tutu, her girlishly stereotypical theme song, her fangirling over Sonic and how comparitively dainty she is)?! I like Sonic Adventure because of the DC version's 128-bit graphics, badass rock music, gameplay that takes me on a ride at times and depth it has. PLEASE LOVE ANYTHING FOR THAT!

Sonic Adventure was a revolutionary video game to the Sonic franchise. It made the Sonic franchise more of an improvement (but all Sonic games that are older than Sonic Adventure are better than this game) and how it never used to be. Of course, it will never be better than its main rival, Super Mario 64.

Super Mario 64 is the best game of all time.

Sonic Adventure is so-so. Bad vocie acting, so-so soundtrack, good graphics, great gameplay, what else can I say? This game is an average game.

5 Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Product Image

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.

Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles are two games that are individually good, but they're a little short, and are a LITTLE underwhelming. However, when you combine the two, it creates an epic adventure that feels great, like they were meant to be played together. If you only like half the zones from one game, then that game alone will feel incomplete, but when played with the other one, it is easier to enjoy yourself the entire time. I love the soundtrack from this game as well (specifically Ice Cap Zone, Death Egg Zone, Lava Reef Zone, Sky Sanctuary Zone and Hydrocity Zone Act 2, but all the songs are pretty good). The save system is good, the gameplay is great with many good levels and three different elemental shields, and the special stages to collect the Chaos Emeralds are challenging, addicting, and fun. This is a great classic game that is the epitome of what 2-D Sonic should be!

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

What can I say that hasn't already been said? For me, this is the definitive Sonic experience. Everything about this game just screams absolute perfection, from the soundtrack, the level design, the visuals, the controls and how multiple characters were implemented so well, with the level design seamlessly supporting all the characters. How this is below games such as Heroes and especially Adventure 2 (which, for the record is massively overrated and not as good as Adventure 1) is beyond me. If you haven't played this game, just play it, you're gonna have a great time!

6 Sonic Heroes Sonic Heroes Product Image

Sonic had a solid jump to 3d with sonic adventure 1 and 2. Heros was released for the gamecube in 2003 and later the ps2 and xbox. It continued the story of the adventure games. The graphics are a lot better and the levels are well designed. The whole trio gimmick worked well and kept things interesting. My favorite were team sonic and team dark. The metal sonic boss fight at the end was epic. Also. The soundtrack. Enough said.

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 done well ...more

Okay, this game is a bit broken, but I still find it really fun. It doesn't have much of a story but that's usually fine for a game like this. I personally love the team based gameplay and I always love playing as Team Dark. The levels are fun too and I just love the boss battles. But what I really love is that, while Sonic CD introduced Metal Sonic, Sonic Heroes is the game that introduced Metal as an actual threat to the games, to the point that he's still roaming around Mobius trying to kill Sonic and Eggman. Plus, face it, you can't get that song out of your head when you listen to it. The levels and bosses are fun. The difference in difficulty between Sonic, Dark, and Rose is clever and the Chaotix missions are great!

This is by far my favorite Sonic game. It was the very first game I ever played and it introduced me to my favorite character E-123 Omega. I definitely do not play the game for story, but I like playing the actuall game, some people say that all levels are exactly the same but in reality, there all very different. That and the bosses are creative and the soundtrack is one of the best I heard. Metal Sonic May have been introduced in Sonic CD, but this game is the one that introduced the one that turned on Eggman and is the only villain (besides Egghead) that's still alive and out for revenge.

7 Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog Product Image

Sonic came bundled with my megadrive.
By the time I had mine I had already played it and Sonic 2 on my dads.
But it was great to own my copy.

Sonic the Hedgehog is still a beautiful game to play even to this day.
Wonderful use of colours and music make this game almost hypnotic.
Unlike its sequel though this Sonic had a few puzzle elements ( not many ) which at the time were good but years later they seem to stop the flow of sonic.
This isn't a bad thing just a minor gripe.

I recently hooked up my megadrive to my 32 inch hdtv. Most retro game systems don't fair well on my TV, however Sonic looked absolutely gorgeous. just to note I was using RGB scart.

The greatest game of the classic series by far.
Green Hill: Absolutely brilliant level design that Emerald Hill tried and failed to replicate.
Marble: Designed as the antithesis of Green Hill, shows you another take on Sonic gameplay.
Spring Yard: Eh, just ok. Like Casino Night and Marble cobbled together.
Labyrinth: WHY DOES THIS ZONE GET SO MUCH HATE?!? A fantastic zone, Labyrinth is basically Marble Zone, but underwater. A good zone.
Star Light: A nice lull after Labyrinth, Star Light is a great zone. Because it is only inspired by Green Hill, it fares a lot better than the ill-fated copies living in Green Hill's shadow.
Scrap Brain: Almost as good as Green Hill. Provides a fun and FAIR (*cough cough Metropolis Zone*) challenge and is quite a fun zone.
Sonic 2: A decent game, but all the zones blend together and the decision to go from 3 acts to 2 was a horrible idea. The spin dash is an overrated move and some zones like Oil Ocean and Metropolis were just ...more

Here's MY list of top 10 best Sonic games.

Top 1: Sonic the Hedgehog for the SEGA Genesis.
This is the first Sonic game and thus the top 1 most memorable. It's very nostalgic and way better than sonic Adventure 2. This game deserves 100/100 stars.

Top 2: Sonic Jam. This game gets 99/100 stars.

Top 3: Sonic 3 & Knuckles. This game gets 98/100 stars.

Top 4: Knuckles' Chaotix. This game gets 97/100 stars.

Top 5: Sonic & Knuckles. This game gets 96/100 stars.

Top 6: Sonic Triple Trouble. This game gets 95/100 stars.

Top 7: Sonic the Hedgehog 2. This game gets 94/100 stars.

Top 8: Sonic the Hedgehog CD. This game gets 93/100 stars.

Top 9: Sonic the Hedgehog 3. This game gets 92/100 stars,

Top 10: Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection. This game gets 91/100 stars.

So thus, I am a Classic Sonic fan.

The graphics are actually pretty good for a Sonic game, you get to play as more than one character and the soundtrack is just amazing. (That's something many of us can agree on) This is also the first game Silver is introduced in. The only things I don't like about this game are how sensitive the controls are and the whole Sonic x human romance. (Seriously, what the hell were they thinking) As for the glitches, I found them quite funny to be honest. Yes, this game is bad, but it isn't as bad as many people say it is. It's just unfinished. I think people pay too much attention to small things like loading times and glitches that they don't see the good things about this game or the potential it had. Of course what I'm saying is based off of opinions as is the hate this game gets.

Princess Elise the third was the worst. I am glad that you agree.

8 Sonic CD Sonic CD Product Image

Did you know? This game is more unique than you'd expect, because of it's time travel mechanics. If you want to get the good ending, you have to stop robotnik from taking over Little Planet even after he's taken over. To do this, you have to destroy his robot-making machines that he put in the past, so that he does not have any robots in the future to conquer Little Planet with. If you do this correctly, the future versions of the levels will be mechanical... In a good way! There will be (almost) no robots to attack you, and the machinery will be doing good things, instead of being destroyed (from being neglected by robotnik after he took over) and pollutive. Even robotnik's main base will be a paradise!

Better than Sonic 1, it improved on it's predecessor in almost every way. It's just unfortunate that the game that ended up being called "Sonic 2" ended up being one of the best games ever made.

Best gimmick, best level design ( don't ask me why I just like to run around and find those time things), best special zones, best sonic move the super peel out, best soundtrack, best atmosphere, everything here is like sonic 3 and knuckles, but on super ultra mega steroids while kicking the shiz out of sANiC adeventure 2. Also making every other sonic game look inferior. In conclusion this is the best sonic game ever. The blue blur has never been better.

SONIC CD IS GOD! This being my first sonic game I wanted the first 2 games so much more for story sake. But I learned that the first two games don't touch sonic cd. When metal sonic was created it was a perfect idea!
P. S On youtube if you like cjszero01 the you tuber and at the same time love this game you will never forgive hi review on this game! He gave it a 3/5 B. S It should be 6/5 it was a perfect game

9 Sonic Colors Sonic Colors Product Image

IMPORTANT NOTE: I like this game! It's great!...But it is massively over-rated. For some it may be a plus, but I found that 80% of the game being in 2-D diminished the experience a bit. It took away a level of depth and fun only a 3-D world can provide. It didn't help that what 3-D it had was mostly left-right dodging sections. The wisps were a cool concept, and certain ones like drill and laser worked very well. However, taking away spin dash and light dash only to turn them into wisp abilities is lazy and annoying, seeing as how these abilities should be performable without the help of a wisp. Combined with terrible jumping control and very short play time make this the most over-rated sonic game to date.

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

Sonic Unleashed daytime stages were exactly what Sonic should be: fast-paced platforming. But the nighttime stages were not Sonic: they were slow paced and focused on COMBAT. Sonic Colors Brought back the daytime gameplay with the boost and super fun 3D sections as well as classic 2D platforming. This game's "gimmick" is the wisp powerup system, which gives Sonic temporary upgrades. This game has great replay value, as when you unlock new wisps you can go back to older levels and use those wisps to find new secrets. While Sonic Unleashed ended Sonic's mediocre game streak, Sonic Colors started Sonic's good streak.

Sonic Colors took the original Sonics and expanded on them, keeping the gameplay, creating an improved plotline, and adding elements from many different genres. The Wisp system is right on-spot and the fast pace is slightly lessened, enough to appeal to the adventurous players but not enough to slow down the gamers who prefer their games action-packed. Overall, it's pure genius and I can really say it's one of the best games, on both Wii and DS.

10 Sonic Unleashed Sonic Unleashed Product Image

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.

I always was curious about this game, ever since Sonic Colors came out, Which I pre-ordered and liked. Colors really made me want the game as previously mentioned, so guess what was under the Christmas tree in 2011 by total surprise. SONIC UNLEASHED FOR THE XBOX 360 YEAH! (I had already played Generations, it was even better than Colors) So I gave the game a shot and it wound up being my favorite Sonic game. Everything from the amazing soundtrack, graphics, game play, story, and voice acting all added up for this to be the best Sonic game yet. I was so happy

This sonic game is just downright awesome. I especially like the final boss. Challenging as heck and I love that in a boss fight. Believe it or not I like both day and night time stages. Well, if it makes you feel any better then I do like the day stages more then night and it's a rare chance ill get bored of the day stages. Also this is the very first sonic game I ever played and I will always hold it in pressios regard. I also have to see a sequel to this game. I was thinking of something like this, sonic unleashed 2, the revenge of dark gia, for Xbox 360 Xbox 0ne Wii u ps3 ps4 and Nintendo 3ds xl.

This is in my opinion the most underrated sonic game of all time. The Werehog game play although a bit tedious can be a lot of fun on the stages filled with action and combo making. Almost all of regular sonic stages are perfect and a blast to play through. I'm a fan of the 4kids era and this is the only game (other than the now released sonic forces) that gave me the same feel as Adventure 2 and still introduced new styles of gameplay. The music and the cut-scenes are the best in any sonic game and the graphics are the best they've ever been

The Contenders

11 Shadow the Hedgehog Shadow the Hedgehog Product Image

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.

Not my favourite game (Although it does star my favourite character, another reason to get my vote), but this game is far too underrated and deserves more votes. Guns, vehicles and a tad swearing is no real reason to hate this game. The sonic series always had guns, G.U.N has these all the time and plus, they're optional. Same for vehicles. So what if he swears? Grow up. If you can't handle someone even saying "Damn" and "Hell", then I'm sorry but I can't take you seriously. This game has a really deep story telling. Shadow is a confused and misunderstood hedgehogs, trying to get answers to his past. He is, however, desperate because of how long he's been waiting for answers to get recieved and goes to extreme lengths to achieve it. The player will then choose his path. Will he end up believing that he is an android? Will he get his revenge on the humans for what they did to him and Maria? Will he defeat Black Doom and show regret for all his past actions? Or will he put the past ...more

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.

I don't think this game is the best sonic game, but it definitely gets way more hate than it deserves. I see people complain about the guns just being in the game, but it drives me crazy when people hate this game for what it isn't: a sonic game. Sure, the game has flaws like odd controls, but most of the hate is towards reasons that make the game for older audiences. But it's cool to see that many people are starting to like this game for what it is.

12 Sonic Adventure 2: Battle Sonic Adventure 2: Battle Product Image

One of my most favorite games of all time. This game was genius, I wish Sega can make a comeback game after this one. Sonic is another flawless game, in my opinion Sega has lost their touch after those games... Sonic Generation was good

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.

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.

Sonic adventur 2 is the best gamecube game I ever played sonic and shadow stages are my favrot stages the knuckles and rouge stages are my second favrote and the talls and eggman are not my favrote stages I relly like city escape song and metor herd song with knuckles is my second favrote

13 Sonic Rush Sonic Rush Product Image

Probably the best sonic game on the Nintendo DS.

This Sonic Team 'masterpiece' (yes, seriously! ) introduced the boost mechanic into the sonic games which radically transformed Sonic's original gameplay style into an adrenaline pumping all-out 2.5D speed frenzy. While the boost worked perfectly for the DS, it is now used frequently in more modern popular sonic games such as Unleashed, Colors and Generations.

The game is just the right length for a kids' DS game and has a storyline that's easy to follow and doesn't tend to get boring much at all. Blaze the Cat is introduced in this game and as a Sonic fan, I've got to say she's one of my favourite characters. This new character introduction enables the player to enjoy playing two different story modes with both characters having slightly different stages and abilities. This is great since we don't tend to see this much anymore in modern Sonic games.

I'm not going to spoil the story but basically Blaze befriends ...more

Sonic Rush was my very first introduction to Sonic, and it was worth it. It is personally my favorite Sonic game of all time, despite the rest. The game mechanics are smooth and reasonable, making it fun to play. The music isn't edgy like in the newer games, but upbeat and remixed which perfectly matches the speed of the game. It's a 2d side scroller, perfect for fans of the original games. The only wish I have is for more levels, but otherwise highly recommend this game!

Sonic Rush was the first Sonic game I ever played, so I might be biased. But, I think it has a great sound track, fun gameplay, and an alright story, which is rare in Sonic games. One of the best, in my opinion.

Extremely underrated! I think it got a lot of hate because sonic had a bad run before this game but this was a true return to form for sonic!

14 Sonic The Hedgehog 3 Sonic The Hedgehog 3 Product Image

This is a good "Sonic" entry, but it appears that the Sonic the Hedgehog series begins to be slowing down at this point.
PROS:
-Once again, fun, speedy levels.
-New character named Knuckles adds variety to the story.
-Finally, a save file.
-Awesome music composed by Michael Jackson.
-Dr. Robotnik is back with cooler and more forgiving mechanical contraptions than in the original and sequel.
-Graphics that pushed the Genesis 16-bit capabilities to the limits.
CONS:
-The level design can be kind of confusing.
-The new 3-D bonus stage is a large step down from the half-pipe bonus stage in Sonic 2.
-Some annoying enemies and cheap hits.
-The controls are somewhat looser than in Sonic 2.
Overall Grade: B

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!

Adds a lot to an already amazing formula, encompassing great special stages, the power-shields, a great soundtrack, unique level design that allows for more control from the player, and not to mention three ways to play when the Sonic and Knuckles cartridge is attached. I'm surprised this takes an additional slot, given that Sonic 3 and Knuckles was an option, and a highly praised one. Great game.

To me, this had a better storyline compared to previous titles. Sonic and his companion Tails must collect all the chaos emeralds to stop Eggman from powering his Death Egg ship and taking over the world. They also have knucles the echidna to contend with.
Brilliant character choice, graphics and music. The special stages were challenging enough for me.

15 Sonic Mania Sonic Mania Product Image

The plus edition of Sonic Mania is my favourite Sonic game ever. It brings so much nostalgia from the original Sonic the hedgehog and it sometimes has 3d parts.

Improves on Sonic 3 and knuckles, the Sonic 4 we never got on the Sega Saturn. The only 2 flaws are: 1. Mostly reused levels
2. Lack of attention to detail with the cutscenes, but this got fixed in the DLC (on top of 2 new playable characters!)

It's better than the original trilogy of sonic games. Just look at those clean animations and the new zones are very creative while polishing and introducing cool mechanics to the old zones. They even remixed the music of old zones when you get to act 2! The special stages are that perfect balance between easy and hard and are also a very nice tribute to sega saturn's graphics. What amazes me the most though is the fact that sonic mania was made by the fans, for the fans. You've got people like Christian Whitehead (Remastered Sonic 1, 2, and even CD for mobile devices) and Headcannon studios who worked on this game. It's such a shame though that in the same year, this game got shat on because sonic forces released which made many people uninterested in sonic again. It makes you wonder about sonic team and their incompetence to make a proper, fun, and cool sonic game nowadays. Maybe sonic team should put a little more time, love, and effort into their projects like what had happened ...more

Sonic Mania a classic game that should be number two. Classic Sonic is a boss! Modern Sonic just makes the franchise boring a bit.

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The whole Sonic Advance series is underrated. I would consider them to be just as good, if not better, than the original trilogy for the genesis. Please, vote for this game.

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

I prefer Knuckles with the Piko-Piko Hammer anyways.

This game is fun! ENOUGH SAID!...Well, If you need an explanation, It's fun because it is 2D gameplay at it's best!

Sonic advance 2 Doesn't qualify.

17 Sonic & Knuckles Sonic & Knuckles Product Image

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.
PROS:
-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.
CONS:
-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-

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!

MUSHROOM HILL ZONE gets 9.5/10 stars.

FLYING BATTERY ZONE gets 10/10 stars.

SANDOPOLIS ZONE gets 10/10 stars.

LAVA REEF ZONE gets 10/10 stars.

HIDDEN PALACE ZONE gets 10/10 stars.

SKY SANCTUARY ZONE gets 10/10 stars.
I am very glad that this classic, godly stage was reused in Sonic Generations.

DEATH EGG ZONE gets 9.5/10 stars.

DOOMSDAY ZONE gets 10/10 stars.

P.S. I hate Princess Peach a lot and give her 0/10 stars. But Classic Sonic is cute, and I mean ALL Classic Sonic characters and I would give them 9/10 stars in the average.

Sonic & Knuckles gets 10/10 stars.

Seriously, this stage has the best Sonic zones of all time! Hey, Loganruckmanman, Sonic & Knuckles is the best Sonic game ever & should be top 1.

18 Sonic and the Black Knight Sonic and the Black Knight Product Image

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

I love a good game with a good plot. I enjoy reading about the Knights of the Round Table, and having Sonic characters play their roles was just fascinating. Shadow makes a great Lancelot, really.

Merlina was an impressive villain, she was doing all of this out of the ambition for her grandfather, tricking Sonic while at it. Her motivation wasn't entirely bad. She's one of the only villains we have in the franchise who gets redeemed rightfully.

Caliburn (Sonic's sword) was a lovely character. I liked how he was basically a talking weapon and acted as Sonic's companion. It's funny to think he kind of replaced Tails (the poor fox was only a blacksmith).

A lot of my favorite scenes in the whole series are mostly comprised from this game:
1 --- Sonic falling flat on his face, only to humorously recover and grab all of his chilli dogs before they hit the ground.
2 --- Sonic rescuing Percival Blaze from the lava peak.
3 --- Sonic standing on his ground and ...more

After months off palying the game and listening to its killer soundtrack. I was instantly happy I did not get sonic generations( 3ds I do not have a x box) people hate this game because they did not give it a chance, but this one is WAY better than sonic and the name that must not be mentioned. Just play it. It's sonic with a sword. Nothing is cooler

A game with an unexplored concept and also a game that literally makes the fanbase even more stupid in a way (which happens almost every time with a bad Sonic game).

19 Sonic Advance 3 Sonic Advance 3 Product Image

Had an absolute blast with this one. Honestly the best of the Advance trilogy. Currently the Sonic game I like the most overall. Amazing music, spritework, gameplay mechanics such as the character pair combinations, bossfights (except the Twinkle Snow bossfight oh my gOD I HATE IT AA), and overall a stellar conclusion to the GBA Sonic games. I highly recommend you give it a try.

This game is overlooked! Sure this game is no sonic adventure 2, but once I played this, I was hooked. Never did beat it though because I never owned it.

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.

Jeez a sonic hater. He probably hates sonic but he never played the games lol! He probably gets his reasons off of youtube. LOL! Okay pac man world and super mario 64 are great games! But please don't hurt this person's opinion. Even though I just hurt yours...

20 Sonic Advance 2 Sonic Advance 2 Product Image

The Sonic Advance and Rush series are actually my favorites, but Sonic advance 2 was my favorite out of the pack, expanding on the first advance, but not going in a slightly weird direction like advance 3 or rush. For some reason I wasn't into having another character with you as a partner (or else I would have chosen Sonic the Hedgehog 2), and I didn't care for the dual screens that rush had, along with the boost function, not to mention the annoying touch screen special stages. Anyway, SEGA, real talk? Release a Sonic Advance & Rush Collection, you know you want to, or at least now you know I want you to.

This is an old game. Princess Daisy could've been in this game since she would've been voiced by Jen Taylor.
I know that back in 2002, Nintendo & Sega still had their big rivalry.

Sonic Advance 2 is a really great game. Can play it anytime. Great gameplay, music, characters, graphics, everything about this game is awesome.

Only let down was the chaos emeralds.(stupid sp rings they're so hard to get) but the game itself is great

21 Sonic Riders Sonic Riders Product Image

This is the best Sonic game ever made! Probably the only best to celebrate Sonic’s 15th anniversary. The story is well made, Jet is one of the best characters, I got used to the controls a lot. Jason Griffith is and will always be the best Sonic, Shadow and Jet no matter what. It’s super nostalgic to me. 10/10.

This game was a great game for the 25th anniversary of sonic. Though I must admit the the second and third pale in comparison to the fun in the games, all of them have great story line and incredibly addictive music! I like the addition of wave, jet, and storm, adding the second story for them, the ability to buy different gear, plus all of the memorable characters from sonic. Definitely check this out if you haven't played it. My experience was on Xbox but I'm sure it can be found for PS2

Wow I can not believe this game I had no idea there was super sonic and all these characters to play as. When I first played I'm all like what how do I do this. The. It turned out to be easy. Me and my friend both play it. It's so cool how you added those cool maps to race in.Sega you've really outdone yourselves😸.

The best game I've ever played on the PS2 along with the legendary SmackDown HCTP. I don't understand Jets hate though. Why though, WHY! Respect MEE

22 Sonic Riders Zero Gravity Sonic Riders Zero Gravity Product Image

This game is so awesome! Why isn't it at least in top 10? I enjoy playing multiplayer in this game! Also the cutscenes are funny and the graphics are cool! Even the places are cool especially my favorites like Aquatic Capital, Gigan Rocks, Snowy Kingdam, Mobius Strip, Astral Babylon, The 80s and 90s! Buy this game if you can and you'll see! And Jet's theme song "Catch Me If You Can" is 100% awesome! Just listen to it and you'll see (again! ) Ya gotta buy this totally awesome game!

Dude this definitely has to be first. Game play is amazing and has an awesome story line. Why didn't vote for this. It is the best and deserves to be number one

First sonic game I ever played besides the Olympic games, and Man! Is it better than the other sonic riders games! The tilt controls actually go great with this game!

I like it mostly the graphics are great and the cutscenes are better with graphics. Lastly the song CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is so awesome!

23 Sonic Lost World Sonic Lost World Product Image

Lost world was criticized because it wasn't what the fans wanted. So they didn't even bother playing it with a postitive mind. The sonic fanbase is so picky. Sonic lost world is wacky. But in a good way. It had fun with itself and you can tell the developers had a blast making this game. The levels are more slow paced than most sonic games which makes it easier to appreciate them as your not speeding through them and instead exploring them. I do wish you could play as tails but sonics controls and physics are really good. I like the boss fights and enjoy how they are all differentt from each other. This is my favorite sonic game and I don't understand why the sonic fanbase can't accept new ideas to the series.

I'm not gonna lie, I really like this game. The controls are quite responsive, the graphics are stunning, the Deadly Six are actually cool villains (my favorite is Zavok, what a bad@$$), and of course, the music is excellent. The story is not the best, and Amy and Knuckles are pointless in this game, but it's still really funny. Other than that, "YOU'RE GOING HOME IN A BOX! "

After Sonic Generations I wanted another boosting game...but...Sega is stupid! Still, this should belong as one of the greats in the Sonic series! It had a lacking story but the game is fun and is gorgeous! It's a good start to future Sonic games! They just need to have a story that doesn't suck!

I am not gonna lie, but sonic has the gravity gimmick first before mario. Don't believe me? have you play sonic and knuckles, sonic advance, and sonic adventure 2? He has the gravity gimmick first. I not hating on super mario galaxy, but sonic is being original. so I have to say mario ripoff sonic. sorry but is true.

24 Sonic Battle Sonic Battle Product Image

Sonic battle was for the game boy but it contains solid game play and the fact that it was a 4 player game was impressive.

Sonic Battle should have been done to death and should have had so much sequels with now time graphics. You here SEGA you forgot that it could have been better than the DBZ games by now

I hated Amy Rose's personality in this game. I'll strangle her to death big time with Nintendo's mascot Mario on steroids.

I don't get the hate for this game! I really like it.

The most fun sonic game of all!

25 Sonic Spinball Sonic Spinball Product Image

This should come in top 1. Great graphics, perfect stages, awesome music, etc... This is the best Sonic game ever!

You people know they are reffering to the horrid game gear version right?

This game was cool.

STOP SCREECHING IN MY EAR, SCORPION BOSS!

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