Sonic 3 & Knuckles

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This game is one of the few games that I don't have any problems with at all. It combines the exploration and platforming of sonic cd with the speed and control of sonic 2. It has amazing visuals fort the sega genesis. Three characters to play. Transformations for every character. Well hidden special rings. Bosses at the end of every stage. An epic showdown with robotnick in space. And most importantly, a great soundtrack made by Michael Jackson. I have played this game over and over and I still don't get bored of it. It's simply the peak of the sonic the hedgehog series and is yuji naka's finest work.

So after the major disappointment that was Sonic 2, Sonic 3 & knuckles got the series back on track with excellent level design, fun powerups, gorgeous graphics, fantastic music, (FINALLY) enjoyable special stages (not to mention leaving the player well rewarded with super sonic, super tails, super knuckles, hyper sonic and an extra final boss), great control (which is a little improved over it's overrated predecessor thanks to the insta-shield and being ABLE TO CHOOSE when you want to turn super/hyper or not), ridiculous amount of replay value that might even give Crash 3s replay value a run for it's money as well as ALMOST PERFECT DIFFICULTY BALANCING (NO LONGER WILL YOU DIE DUE TO EITHER CHEAP TRIAL AND ERROR DEATHS OR A BADLY DESIGNED FINAL BOSS) but that's only the platinum icing on this golden cake, you also have A SAVE FEATURE which means you no longer have to start the entire game all over again, THANK YOU. All of these pros combined even make the negatives I wanted to talk ...more

Easily the peak of the franchise

Great explorative level design while still being fairly linear

With a kick ass soundtrack

Hyper sonic

amazing final boss

great power ups

just everything is great about Sonic 3 & Knuckles

I don't know how people can say Sonic 2 is better than this game

this game improved massively on Sonic The Hedgehog 2

not saying Sonic 2 is a bad game just that Sonic 3 & Knuckles is the superior game and if you ever play a classic game make it this game

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!

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!

What... This is the best Classic Sonic game ever! It has 14 mega original levels like Hydrocity, Flying Battery, Ice Cap, Sky Sanctuary and 10 others! It also introduces Knuckles as a playable character in all levels. Not to forget the fantastic blue spheres special stage and the ability to turn into hyper sonic which requires the super emeralds! Either this or CD is the best classic game.

What can I say that hasn't been said? The music is great (Besides marble hill) the graphics are good, the colors are vibrant, the gameplay is great, the length was good, and everything was great! My only nitpick is that it's hard to get S&K, so it's hard to get this version of S3.

Omigod, yes! Sonic 3 & Knuckles is in top 5 now and above Sonic Colors! I totally love this video game!

STORYLINE: 10/10. This game is the epitome of the Sonic franchise, and I love Knuckles the Echidna's Waluigi-like behaviour, this storyline is real humor!

GRAPHICS: 10/10.
They are just so colorful, nostalgic and beautiful. You cannot hate them.

MUSIC: 10/10.
This music is a hit, I tell you! Michael Jackson was responsible of composing this music and it is nothing but pure classic and that beautiful SEGA Genesis music!

CONTROLS: 10/10.
The controls make me feel so free that I could imagine myself actually in those beautiful, creative levels of Sonic 3 & Knuckles.

This game is underrated now. I love this game and it deserves first place. There's nothing I don't like about this game.

Sonic 3 and Knuckles has to be (in my opinion) the best Sonic game ever made. It is everything you want from a 2D Sonic Game and more (minus the super peel out). Not only does it have a simple but awesome story, it outshines Sonic 2 (another awesome game). It has level design that Sonic CD wishes it has, special stages that are challenging, and multiple playable characters. And it is well worth going out of your way to get all the collectables. Why? Well, this game introduces Hyper forms. And needless to say, it is broken. Bottom line: PLAY THIS GAME. It is definitely worth your time and money so never pass this game up.

It troubles me how low this, have kids nowadays never played classic sonic? That's the only way I can see this being so low, I've never heard a bad word about this game whilst the modern sonics about it in the list constantly divide opinion.

Sonic 3 and K has to be the best game ever made. It took everything that made it's predecessors great and expanded upon it, while removing all the kinks. It has level design Sonic CD wishes it had, challenging special stages (not to mention super emeralds), and great music. I can't think of a single thing wrong with this game. It also introduces Knuckles the Echidna, adding more challenge to the mix. This is a game that everyone should try. It is truly amazing.

The only flaw I have with this game is that the soundtrack from Sonic the Hedgehog 3 was better. Why couldn't, when they had made the lock-on feature for Sonic & Knuckles, put the Sonic 3 soundtrack into the full game? The Credits Music, the Knuckles Theme, the Miniboss Theme, they were much better in Sonic 3. Aside from that, this full double game feels like the best Sonic game ever!

3 playable characters, 2 sets of Emeralds, and over 12 zones not to mention some of the best 16 bit graphics ever and a kick ass soundtrack. No wonder people call this the best Sonic game (myself included).

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

Sonic 3 on its own is fantastic but Sonic 3 + Knuckles is the master Sonic game. There just isn't anything better in the Sonic universe than this. - evoxpisces

The special stages are awesome, and the normal stages are even more awesome! This games passes best game of 1990's for me (please do not hate) with flying colors!

I was struggling to choose between Sonic 2, 3 and Knuckles, but this being included made the task easier.

How many hours of my life went into getting all the emeralds with every character each time the cartridge memory randomly wiped?

How about Super Mario Bros. 3 & Knuckles whereas Knuckles the Echidna has his Sonic Boom design & is rescuing Daisy & Rosalina who will both have big pear figures & whereas Mario is encountering Tikal & Shade in Sonic 3 & Knuckles?

Undoubtedly the best ever. You who didn't assemble two sonic mega drive "cartridges" into one has no idea of what is a real sonic game, taking into consideration involving story, gameplay, graphics and challenge.

You play as knuckles, tails, sonic and even sonic and tails at the same time.P.S. tails can fly which makes him super good even the best in the game

This should be first or at least in the top 3, I mean how did colors beat this in the list, the game was amazing the soundtrack had it all the level design was perfect it is easily the best sonic game I have played.

9th? What the hell! This game is the best of the best- brilliant level design, great expansion of the previous games' gameplay, awesome boss fights, not short like the last two yet not too long, it IS Sonic at his best. Havingthe likes of Adventure 1 and Heroes above this is absurd. VOTE!

The last Sonic game they made before they made complete crap! Definitely the best Sonic game ever!

Sonic 2 has always been my favorite Sonic game but I'm playing through this now (on the last level) and it's my new favorite. Takes everything 1+2 did right and improves on it.

Sonic 3, good game (if a bit easy). S&K V. Good game. Both together? Awesome. And you get Doomsday Zone as well? It doesn't get much better than that... Plus there's 3 characters, different endings, Super Tails, Super Knuckles, and 'Hyper Sonic'. What more can you want?

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