Top 10 Greatest Sonic The Hedgehog Games

The best from everyones favorite anthromorphic speedy blue rodent!

The Top Ten

1 Sonic Adventure 2

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

This game sucks! But it has lots of good in it, especially the Pumpkin Zone. But guess what?! This game should be at the bottom for sure.

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

Not anymore, the sonic cycle is at it's peak again, where the fanbase flips everything over and starts hating this game. - DensestPotato

This game is really not good. While I appreciate both this game and Adventure 1 for setting the groundwork to transition Sonic into the 3rd dimension, the gameplay is very bad. The Knuckles and Rouge stages are easily the worst levels, the tracking system is garbage and you have to play hide and seek the entire time to find the emeralds. The Tails and Eggman stages are clunky and the targeting system is nauseating. Only the Sonic and Shadow levels are good. So 1/3 of this game is good, the rest is garbage. How is it possible that this is higher than Generations, Colors, or any of the Genesis games? - kylebf

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2 Sonic Generations

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. - SonicFan4Life

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

Hands down the best Sonic ever created. Level design at its finest, the casino level is the best sonic level EVER created, if not one of the best levels in console gaming ever made.

the multiplayer is a blast with friends, the chaos emerald chase runs on bonus phases are unmatched, compared only to the 1st sonic. The super sonic transformation and cheat codes are the most fun until today... I have played almost every sonic, the ones I haven't played are the ones that are utterly bad as @43%ยจ%... Like Heroes, and even Unleashed I couldn't finish it... Sonic Advance 1, 2 and 3 are way way better than heroes and unleashed.

Sonic 2 is unbeatable, and probably it will ever be... Just like Ocarina of time is the best Zelda game ever created... And this is not coming from a zelda fan, since I haven't finished any of the zelda games... But come on sense says that not only Zelda Ocarina of Time is the best Zelda Game ever, it is the best game ever made of all time...

So ...more

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3 Sonic 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

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

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

This was one of the first games I've ever played, and to this day is still my absolute favorite. The levels have great variety to them; the graphics are vibrant, colorful, and make the most of the now-ancient Genesis hardware; the soundtrack is legendary; and it's one of the earliest instances of a modern physics engine being put to use. We may be in an age of network infrastructures, retail-quality downloads, epic orchestrations, and higher poly counts than ever before, but Sonic 2 truly is one of the all-time greats and should be played by everyone who considers themselves a gamer at least once.

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4 Sonic 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.

This game fun, they should of added to the sega genus classic for ps4 - trains45

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5 Sonic 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

By the way, it's gonna be a long one, so sit tight...

Sonic Heroes can be summed up with one word: innovative. This game gives us so much to work with, starting off with the story. I found myself having to summarize the plot, and even that took a while to explain (and yet some people think it's too dumbed-down... please.). My favorite part? Definitely the Metal Sonic twist, along with the question of whether or not the Shadow that was in Team Dark was a clone or the real one (however, Rouge does mention that "Shadow is a robot," along with Omega saying "the original must exist somewhere," making more of a compelling story line). Overall, the story is probably one of the best "simple" stories of Sonic games (some may say that the ending part of everyone teaming up to stop the plot twist villain was overdone and migrated from SA2, however this is only the 2nd time they've used this ending battle, and the part used in Sonic '06 made it overused, for ...more

If you like the gameplay, why should it be at the bottom of the list? - DCfnaf

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.

This stupid game does not make any sense whatsoever. I like the theme song though.

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6 Sonic 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

Call it nostalgia, but this is the game that made me a Sonic the Hedgehog fan.

This game is one of the worst it doesn't belong here - mfys

This game is awesome. This should be closer to the top.

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7 Sonic The Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog, trademarked Sonic The Hedgehog, is the title character and protagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog series released by SEGA, as well as numerous spin-off comics, five animated shows, and an animated OVA.

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

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

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.

Its classic

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8 Sonic 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.

It's no where near the best game of all time, but it's still a great game nonetheless. - MKBeast

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 has the best story in sonic in my opinion, this game was my childhood and gave me the nostalgia that made me want to be a little kid again, I love this game!

Number 7? Are you kidding me? This should be tied with Generations and Adventure 2 - Gehenna

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9 Sonic CD

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!

This game fun, I got pretty far, I got stuck on metal sonic boss - trains45

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

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10 Sonic Unleashed

My lord why is this game given loads of heck? It's a MASTERPIECE, for petes sake.

Unleashed was ahead of its time for Sonic. I mean, have you SEEN the opening? But, that aside the game is absolutely amazing. The Werehog doesn't slow the game down at all, its actually fun to level him up and collect button-mashing comboes that he just pummels through with ease.

Being my first Sonic game, I may be a bit more biased towards Unleashed, so just know in advance I do appreciate and agree with the above list as well as this game.

The game has stunning graphics and visuals with a perfectly fitting soundtrack to boot. Not to mention the lovely jazz you get in every night stage. And sure, harass WereSonic all you want, but his levels as stated before are just as fun (if not more) as HedgeSonic. I think it was a great change to the normal "Gotta go fast" motto the blue blur lives to.

The game just blew me away with said graphics and visuals. It puts even Forces to ...more

My main problem is in certain hub worlds, Sonic moves around at the speed he uses for levels. You go way to fast for just trying to get to another level. Everything else is fine. I would recommend it.

Best game ever. one of the sonic games to have a really good cool beginning but a tragic end

Orbot was really funny

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The Contenders

11 Shadow the Hedgehog

Also how come people complain about violence and cursing here but not in the Japanese dub of the anime? - myusernameisthis

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.

It's really underrated... - myusernameisthis

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

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12 Sonic Adventure 2: Battle

This game fun, I played it on gamecube and ps3, has a good story and the chao world is fun as well - trains45

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.

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

Better than its Dreamcast version, especially the Japanese version.

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13 Sonic Rush

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!

Brought my favorite character blaze

Underrated sonic game. Not my favorite but should be much higher.

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!

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14 Sonic 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.

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

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15 Sonic Mania

So, why isn't this number 1, I've beaten Adventure 2 and I had fun, about 30% of the time

This one fun I have it on ps4 cool they added courses from old sonic games and changed them up a bit - trains45

This game is awesome! Clean 16-but graphics, an amazing soundtrack, has secret modes and tons of Easter eggs such as the "genesis does" secret!

So yeah this game is #1

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

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16 Sonic Adventure DX

I only played the demo version on my old gamecube preview disc - trains45

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?

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17 Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Sorry, overrated!

Classic Tails is so cute! He needs to have sex with Rosalina where there is a lot of methane in Vancouver, because!

I strongly love this game no matter what and it deserves to be top 1.

Tails for the win!

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18 Sonic and the Black Knight

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 - MillieTrina_Prower

IT'S GREAT but it should already be at number 10 because it's a great game but it's kinda hard but you'll make it through but shadow the hedgehog is also a great game but I like this BETTER and don't judge me it's option based

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

Is it really that hard to look up "sonic and the black knight review" - Sanicball

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

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19 Sonic The Hedgehog 3

Best out of the three. You can save your game, and the music is insanely good and catchy. The level design is amazing, and I love the 2 player mode with all new levels.

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.

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

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20 Sonic & 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

I'd prefer Mario & Knuckles.

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21 Sonic the Hedgehog

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. - Videogamesgal

It's overhated
Personally loved it - Bores

If there weren't so many glitches and the storyline had some improvements I bet this game wouldn't get as much hate.

Third best Sonic game. Glitches are fun. I have no idea why every one takes a dump on this game.

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22 Sonic the Hedgehog CD

What about mario fun is infinte nintendo enterprises

What Can I Say.. I Loved This Game

We already have this on the list - Jon8201

Metal Sonic for the win

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23 Sonic Advance 2

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. - hypershadow2010

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

Princess Daisy should've met Tails the Fox in this game.

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.

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24 Sonic 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.

One of the best games 2d

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.

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25 Sonic Riders Zero Gravity

One of the first sonic games I had on wii - trains45

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! - Mattblue66

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

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!

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26 Sonic The Hedgehog 3

How could this game be so low on the list?! It's a masterpiece!

This game is cool yet it could be improved.

It's already at top 11 on the list, but ought to be at least top 2.

The third time it's on the list - Jon8201

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27 Sonic Riders

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

1000 times Better than drift 1 and 2 and sonic r -

I prefer Pac-Man riders & an enduring Sonic Sports franchise.

Pac-Man's height - 6'2".

Sonic Riders is the most awesome Sonic game I've ever played.

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28 Sonic 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.

How do you know it isn't a sequel to colors? And why the heck do you care about the wisps? You sonic fans are idiots. Why don't you guys be REAL fans. - DCfnaf

It looks pretty good

I love this game and I think it's so underrated. Look, it's not a Galaxy ripoff and it's not a slow game. Sonic Adventure 2 had the gravity gimmick BEFORE GALAXY. The Deadly Six were cool (Zavok especially) but they sucked as bosses. It's just a great game. - DCfnaf

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

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29 Sonic Spinball


More like "Sonic Strangled".

How about Steroid Mario Spinball?

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

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30 Sonic Battle

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.

How about Pac-Man Battle, please? We all prefer Pac-Man Battle.

Sonic Battle sucks ass! I hate this game! It should've been 3-D, not 2-D! I strongly prefer "Mario Battle" & Pac-Man Battle". I would even like "Mario & Sonic Battle" and even "Pac-Man & Sonic Battle".

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31 Sonic Rush Adventure

How about Mario Rush Adventure?

This game is awesome, and far superior to Sonic Rush. But people bash this game! It's dumb!

I'd love Mario Rush Adventure.
I'd like Princess Peach out of this game, please.

I'd also like Pac-Man Rush Adventure.

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32 Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

At least this game is great when combined with the other SEGA all stars and classics! - Mattblue66

I don't care what others say about this game.

Personally, I've only played the DS version, but it was, in my opinion, pretty stable. You shouldn't judge a game by it's graphics, and I'm not going to do that. I think the game is very stable and deserves more attention.

33 Sonic Dash

How about Mario Dash on the app whereas Mario is completely naked & on steroids?

The famous man in red Mario could've been on the app, not Sonic the Hedgehog.

Sonic dashes with his lanky, penile legs.

This game made me throw up. The graphics are terrible

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34 Sonic Mega Collection

Cool I had this game as a kid, played lots of sonic the hedgehog, 1, 2, 3, sonic 3 and knuckles, flicky, dr.. dr.robotnik mean bean machine, and sonic pinball - trains45

Why are people so overexcited over Modern Sonic? He's not awesome, & he actually bosses anyone around (more likely than just order anyone around). Imagine hearing Sonic the Hedgehog actually using "BECAUSE I SAID SO! " furiously.

Sonic Mega Collection is better in the Classic Era parts, like Sonic Generations which needs a sequel whereas Modern Sonic is Sonic the Hedgehog with his bodily design for Sonic Boom.

This game is just beast SEGA you guys rule!

I Have The Game When It Works It RULES! But Most Of The Time My Gamecube can't Read The Disk );

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35 Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection

I have this game for Xbox. Only if they could make Sonic Gems Collection for Xbox. - Ilovestephanie

This game is cool like Classic Sonic.

This should be the best sonic game ever

Cool and it has classic sonic games I love ECCO THE DOLPHIN

36 Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble

It has Fang the Sniper (Nack the Weasel).
Enough said. - EpicWingman

It's my favourite Sonic game. This is as good as it gets for the Game Gear. 6 zones that are actually long and don't last 40 seconds like its prequel Sonic Chaos, 5 special stages (3 puzzle stages and 2 ring stages) with a boss at the end, and challenging bosses-especially the Atomic Destroyer. You can pick between Sonic and Tails, and also this time, Tails can get the 100% ending. Who can forget Sunset Park Zone Act 3? Not me. If you like classic Sonic on the go, this is the pick-me-up you want.

I'd prefer Pac-Man & Steroid Mario: Triple Trouble.

Penis the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble

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37 Sonic Rivals 2

An overall improvement of the original Rivals game with level design, music, story, and better boss fights (aside from the final boss fight) as well as slightly better visuals.

I wish there was a Mario Rivals, a Sonic Rivals 3, & a Mario Rivals 2.

In Sonic Rivals 3, there could be Hipster Sonic & Steroid Knuckles from Sonic Boom.

Game should be about shadow and knuckles

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38 Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

Why did they get rid of almost all of the characters from the first game?! - Mattblue66

It is just good

You can transform your vehicle

One word trash

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39 Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode 2

Sonic 4 is great becuse of the levels the charithers and sonic himself

This game is downright amazing. Sonic 4 Episode 1 was your typical Sonic side scroller, and that got pretty good reviews. But, Episode 2? You could use Tails to help you, have the homing attack, and so on!

Everyone hated it because of the HOMING ATTACK. And that's probably the second best thing about it! It's probably the work of the ignorant Sonic Fanbase.

More like Penis the Hedgehog 4: Ep 2!

Penis the Hedgehog

Mario could be on the iPhone, not Sonic, please.

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40 Sonic Classic Collection

This is how I play sonic

It's just a bunch of sonic games for your DS. How can this go wrong? - mattstat716

I like that game

Sonic 3 Sonic2 AND Sonic1

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41 Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut

The chao garden made this game one of the best ones for me.

Why is this on here twice?! - Mattblue66

This is the best Sonic game by far because in Sonic Adventure 2 there is only 3 stories hero, dark and final but in Sonic Adventure there is 7! 7! You want me to list them well here we go: Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Big the cat, e-102 y also known as Gamma and the last story so yeah and Sonic Adventure 1 has better boss battles also just to mention Sonic Adventure 2 has the most retarded boss in all of gaming King Boom Boo it's an obvious rip off of King Boo from Super Mario. And just to add on Sonic Adventure 1 has a better sound track compared to Sonic Adventure 2 but not including Escape from the city and Live and Learn those songs are awesome! so yeah at the moment Sonic Adventure 2 is number 1 on this list Sonic Adventure 1 is number 62 so read this to show why you should vote for Sonic Adventure 1.

Why the extensive voice acting in the Sonic franchise but not the Mario franchise?

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42 Sonic & Knuckles
43 Sonic Chaos

The game "Mario Chaos" could also be known as "Mario & Tails" whereas Mario is very abusive to Tails & hates having supporters.

Cool! I'd like a video game, comic & television series called "Mario & Tails" including "Sonic & Yoshi".

Next on Death Battle could be "Rosalina vs. Knuckles".

I prefer Mario Chaos.

I played this game a lot when I was a kid. On master system. In my opinion ita the best sonic game ever made.

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44 Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing Essentials Sony PlayStation 3 Ps3

Um... no. - mattstat716

45 Sonic the Fighters

I never knew there was a sonic fighting game... I think it would be amazing if they did make another sonic fighting game with modern graphics that includes ALL the characters and unlockable characters such as Silver, Espio, Blaze etc. With their own skills, throws, special moves and finishers. It would almost be like the animal version of street fighter hehe

Finally sonic had a fighting game and it was a 2D-3D game with bad models but nice moves, and yes I think it you be remade into a game that is awesome with the same characters Bosses other than metal sonic and eggman

How about Steroid Mario the Fighters?!

Mario the Fighters rocks!

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46 Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

Nintendo & Sega are obsessed with girls usually being with girls.

Nintendo's Princess Daisy will have 5'10" tall legs, a 3'9" tall middle & a 1'1" large head & a weight of 260 pounds. She'll be the drummer of her side of the coming back Your Favorite Martian band with Sega's Knuckles the Echidna the DJ, Capcom's Mega Man the guitarist, Konami's Bomberman being the rapper & Namco's Pac-Man the lead singer.

This game should at least be in 10th place

This game is good game,

Why was Princess Peach at the Winter Olympic Games instead of Rosalina?
Hey, wait! Rosalina was at the Pacific Coliseum making a hidden cameo.
Why isn't Diddy Kong at the Vancouver Olympic Games?
Princess Daisy should have her picture taken with the all male Sonic characters.

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47 Knuckles Chaotix

Uhhh good but where is sonic

Knuckles' Chaotix should be top 1 no matter what. Sonic Adventure 2 may be memorable & classic, but Knuckles' Chaotix is the best Sonic game due to the setting of the Classic Era, being a Genesis game, perfect characters, awesome animation, great visuals, being a classic, very nice music tracks, levels that are an epitome & etc...

I'd like Princess Daisy from the Mario franchise to be joining the Chaotix

The Chaotix takes a dump.

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48 Sonic 06

Aside from the whole Sonic x Elise thing (seriously, what was that) I thought this game was pretty fun to play. I especially liked how Silver and Blaze were in it. When it comes to the glitches they didn't bother me that much. (they were actually pretty funny) I just think people are to high maintenance, and that's mostly the reason why this game gets so much hate. Oh yeah, and the music in it was pretty good to.

2nd or 3rd time I have seen this. - Mattblue66

This Junk is on list twice

Many People Say This Is The Worst Game Of All Time, However, I Think Differently. There Are Way Worse Games Out There. Off The Top Of My Head, Bubsy 3D, Ride To Hell Retribution, Big Rigs: Over The Road Racing And Others. In Fact, I Would Go As Far As To Say That This Game Is Actually Good If You Look Past The Story, Glitches And Loading Times. This Game Just Needs Another Chance, That's All. - Noah_Infinity

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49 Sonic the Hedgehog 3

People need to realize that stuff is already on the list before putting it I swear - Jon8201

50 Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure

Sonic Pocket Adventure is average. Also, it's too overrated with extremely positive reception. How about replace it with "Mario Pocket Adventure" for a while? & imagine Mario with the same teeth Sonic the Hedgehog has shown in the game's boxart, please.

& then Sonic the Hedgehog became Penis the Hedgehog.

This game isn't very good.

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