Top 10 Greatest Sonic The Hedgehog Games

The best from everyone's favorite anthropomorphic speedy blue rodent!
The Top Ten
1 Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Product Image

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.

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.

The first "Sonic" was very good, but "Sonic the Hedgehog 2" kicks ass.
PROS:
-Smoother, more fun platforming than the original.
-Once again, great soundtrack.
-New "Spin-Dash" move blows the "Rolling Spin" attack out of the water.
-New character named Tails.
-Awesome 3-D bonus stage that puts the original bonus stage to shame.
-Striking 16-bit graphics.
-Tighter controls than in the original.
-New split-screen multiplayer mode.
-Adjustable single-player.
-More continues are given.
CONS:
-Still no save file or password.
-Boss battles are unforgiving at times.
-Occasional leaps of faith
-Collision detection isn't as polished as in the original
Overall Grade: A-
SILVER AWARD!

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

Sonic Generations is my favourite Sonic game. I haven't played as many Sonic games than Mario games because I like Mario games more but Sonic Generations is one exciting game. It brings back a stage from some Sonic games and you can play them in a 2D stage and a 3D stage. Want to experience 2D City Escape? Well now you can do that. Want to experience 3D Chemical Plant Zone? Well you can do that too. It's great to see this and it makes the best Sonic game out there. All the stages were great and the music is so good too. You can even swap it out! You can fight the final boss while listening to Green Hill Zone The first zone in the game and the Sonic franchise. It's so great this game and it was one of the first game I got for my PS3. You can even play Crisis City without worrying about any glitches which is cool. The two Super Sonic's are great and they did well for Classic Sonic's design. The game is like Sonic Mania which is my second favourite but Sonic Generations edges it as the ...more

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.

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.

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

3 Sonic Adventure 2 Sonic Adventure 2 Product Image

Sonic Adventure 2 gets 28/100 stars (68/100 stars for the Japanese version).

Sonic Generations gets 78/100 stars whether it's the home console version or the 3DS version (83/100 stars for the Japanese version).

Sonic Heroes gets 35/100 stars (66/100 stars for the Japanese version).

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 gets 91/100 stars.

Sonic Colors gets 45/100 stars whether it's the Wii or DS version (the Japanese version gets 71/100 stars.

Sonic 3 & Knuckles gets 87/100 stars.

Sonic Adventure on the Dreamcast gets 32/100 stars (73/100 stars for the Japanese version).

Sonic Unleashed gets 44/100 stars (74/100 stars for the Japanese version).

Sonic CD gets 90/100 stars whether it's the Japanese or American version.

Sonic the Hedgehog for the SEGA Genesis gets 89/100 stars.

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.

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.

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.

4 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.

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

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!

5 Sonic Adventure Sonic Adventure Product Image

Although this game hasn't aged well, it still has very high replayability value, as the gameplay is addicting and fun, despite various glitches. Sonic Adventure is the peak of the franchise, in my opinion, along with Adventure 2, Heroes, Unleashed, Colors and Generations. Don't forget the Advance trilogy and the two Rush games. They're great, too. The soundtrack for this game is very 90s-sounding. Crazy Robo sounds like late 90s European trance mixed with Jamiroquai, Speed Highway sounds like a rave, and the music for the cavern section of Red Mountain sounds like the music used in the hallucination scene in "Beavis & Butt-Head Do America". The theme, "Open Your Heart" is also great, as well. I just wish this game would be talked about more, the DX version is not that great.

I think for now I like this more than SA2. I probably wouldn't have said that before. I don't like Amy and Big's gameplay. Gamma controls better than the mechs but there isn't much platforming suited for him so he's ok. Knuckles is so much better with the radar and hint system although I prefer something like what he did in sonic 3, regardless I like him. Same with Tails, I like him and the twist of racing to the finish although I wished his flying lasted longer. Sonic is of course my favorite gameplay, I think this game mixes speed with platforming well due to level design (I don't like his last three levels though), but it can be hard to turn when he's going fast. The camera isn't the best but overall it ain't that bad despite what people say.

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.

There could be a 2020 crossover/parody episode of "Reptiles in the Rose Garden" actually released by Sega & Cookie Jar whereas Knuckles the Echidna turning "Sweet 16" threatens to steal Canada whereas he is playing the role of Kootie Pie Koopa.
Also, I hate Sonic Adventure. Why? Because of the extensive voice acting & Amy Rose didn't have the same head with eyelashes & different fur in it. Also, Amy Rose should've worn her 2-piece when she was Classic Amy Rose instead of a dress.

6 Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog Product Image

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.

This is Sega's belated answer to Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. that gave the SNES serious competition.
PROS:
-A fun platforming experience.
-Fantastic music.
-Sharp, colorful graphics that took advantage of the 16-bit capabilities of the Genesis.
-A true showcase in Sega's "Blast-Processing" capabilities.
-Plenty of challenge and replay value.
-Memorable boss battles.
-Set a standard for Sonic titles to come.
CONS:
-No internal saves or passwords.
-Continues are hard to earn.
-Power-ups are lost easily.
-Controls feel a bit slippery.
-"Rolling Spin Attack" is useless and awkward.
-Bonus stages could make you dizzy.
Overall Grade: B+
BRONZE AWARD!

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.

7 Sonic Heroes Sonic Heroes Product Image

Oh hell yeah. I really enjoyed this game. It was my introduction to Sonic when I was little, and I really like how you switch characters, even if the controls are a bit clunky. The soundtrack is just made of pure awesomeness. It's at this point where I like the music more than the gameplay. What I'm Made Of, Egg Albatross, Grand Metropolis, Final Fortress, Mystic Mansion... all great tracks. Also, did I mention that the main antagonist transforms into a gargantuan metal dragon? That's how good this game is, when your antagonist is a robot dragon that wants to kill the Team Sonic trio.

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!

One word...underrated. I may be bias since this was the first game I played ever, but this is the only 3D sonic I didn't find completely broken, glitchy or annoying. Even as an adult now this game still leaves me the same conclusion, why is this Sonic game so underrated compared to the broken, buggy and cheesy adventure games. Yes this game isn't perfect, being repetitive with its 4 teams and almost identical level layouts, but the levels themselves are great to play and the music is fantastic. In my opinion the only good 'original' 3D Sonic game. I am aware of how good Generations is, but it copys literally every level from previous games (including this game) which is lazy and uninspiring.

8 Sonic CD Sonic CD Product Image

I have played a lot of great Sonic games. Sonic CD is obviously my favorite out of the classic series. For instance,
The Japanese soundtrack is god-tier, with a lot of songs sounding 90s as all hell.
It has a unique plot revolving around time travel. Now granted, one of the only criticisms I have with the game is that it tends to get too over-experimental, and it can be hard to get into the story, plus the level designs are very confusing.
Metal Sonic is the best Sonic villain, in my opinion. It is a worthy rival of the blue blur, plus it has a banger of a main theme. This game just rocks, period. I love it so much.

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!

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.

Why is this my favourite, the music, design of the levels and characters, best classic special stage for me, the time travel mechanic and some of my favourite boss fights, especially the Metal sonic fight plus it's the most replayabile game

9 Sonic Colors Sonic Colors Product Image

This was a breath of fresh air for the franchise back in 2010. And now we can finally relive the nostalgia again on the Switch. Plus, Movie Sonic Boost is going to get added! Hell yeah! Don't forget the graphics look more crisp since it's an HD remaster. One thing I'm not sure about... Can activating the Wisps work by shaking the Joycon or pressing one of the buttons on handheld mode? Anyhow, this is a Sonic release I'm most hyped for this year. I got you going through my miiiiind... Oh, sorry. I was singing along to the music in the trailer.

This shouldn't be 9th best it should be best. The levels are 2.5d and are very colorful. But the wisps is what really makes it unique. I might get Colors Ultimate. I can't wait to see how great it is!

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

10 Sonic Unleashed Sonic Unleashed Product Image

Sonic Unleashed is AMAZING. I don't get why people hate this game. Sega really put their heart and soul into this game after the massive bombs that were Shadow The Hedgehog and Sonic 06. It is longer than most modern Sonic games, so that's saying something, and the Werehog form was a cool addition, in my opinion. I've played both the Wii and PS3 versions and they're both good. The story is great, which is rare for Sonic games to have. It is simple, yet effective, as Eggman split apart the planet and it's Sonic and Chip's job to restore the planet by placing the Chaos Emeralds into the Gaia Temples to stop Dark Gaia. Way better than the convoluted, messy story that 06 had. Overall, incredible Sonic game.

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

Sonic Unleashed is my favourite Sonic game ever made, better than Colours and Generations. The day stages are fast and thrilling, and the night stages are full of action. I can understand why people do not like the "Werehog" sections, but I just had too much fun with the game-play to care, combined with a beautiful and diverse soundtrack, excellent graphics, a grand story and good voice acting, Sonic Unleashed (the Xbox 360 and PS3 version, anyway) may have it's flaws, but it's what I call my ideal Sonic game in both design and enjoyment.

Best opening, best story, biggest most epic ending, and an adventure that takes you all over the world. The day levels are still the best 3D Sonic levels ever made. And even almost a decade later the graphics look great. A great rewarding upgrade system, and even the werehog levels though not as great as the day levels, add variety to the gameplay. RPG elements really elevate this to levels not seen in a Sonic game before. Dozens of unlockables and easily over 30+ hours of gameplay make this the biggest and best Sonic game ever made.

The Contenders
11 Sonic Mania Sonic Mania Product Image

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

My second best game is Sonic Mania because it's a pretty good game. A lot of people don't like Sonic Games however they do like this one and I do too. It features lots of fun stages and great gameplay. I liked this game but those blue sphere levels are tricky. I do like the bosses, even though they have one at the end of every stage. I like the ability to play as Sonic,Tails and Knuckles and I have a file for all three of them. You can even play as Sonic with Tails as a sidekick like in Sonic 2. Haven't tried out the DLC but it looks great and I've never played a game with Mighty and Ray. I've never played Sonic 2 and 3 but I have played Sonic 1 and it was long and hard because I couldn't save my progress. It's a great game and I hope Modern Sonic can do as well as this for his games.

I had a lot of fun with this game. For one thing, the graphics are very good; I like how it looks like the retro sonic games, but it's still kinda spiced up. And I also like how there are still familiar zones from previous games (green hill, chemical plant, etc.) and there are also new zones added, like studiopolis. The boss battles are fun too.

It embodies the best of the four originals. The level design of 3K, the music quality of 2, the visual beauty of CD, and the feeling of nostalgia of 1. The game is great on all fronts. It looks amazing, it controls fantastically, the level design and bosses are polished (Besides the Oil Ocean Act 2 boss), and even the story is a bit interesting. Christian Whitehead, the mastermind behind the fantastic Mobile ports for the first three games, is the main developer of this game, and it shows.

12 Shadow the Hedgehog Shadow the Hedgehog Product Image

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.

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

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.

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.

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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.

This games awesome! Better than Mario bros ds, this actually really fun. The multiplayer is cheap but good.

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Also, remember when Tails and Cream were actually helpful in the franchise and rooted for me during the boss fights? That's how much mid-2000s nostalgia this game brings. A massive wave of it. 2005 and 2006 were great years to be me, with the mid-2000s ending with me getting the Wii on its launch date. All this thanks to this masterpiece of a game. The sequel is good, in my opinion, but the sailing controls seems ripped from Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. Memories over.

Much like Sonic Advance 3, I bought it on the same year, for my Christmas money (I released it a lot earlier, in February.), when I was temporarily living in Greensboro, North Carolina. And lo and behold, this game also fulfilled my expectations. Leave it to Sonic Team and Dimps to make a great Sonic game for the DS, period. Blaze The Cat is a great new addition to the cast, it has a funky soundtrack, killer gameplay, and the special stages are much easier to play thanks to touch controls. Touching Is Good. This is one of my favorites of the DS library, next to Kirby Canvas Curse and Mass Attack, and Pokemon Black and White and its sequels, plus Diamond, Pearl and Platinum.

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!

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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!

Tails had more abilities in the Advance games, what can I say Tails is awesome.

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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

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

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

18? this is my all time favorite sonic game. it was an amazing sequel to sonic and the secret rings. that game didn't have anything special plus the movement controls were difficult to learn also, it involves more sonic characters like shadow as lancelot as well as getting to play as the 3 knights. the controls are better as well because it is using the nunchuck to move instead of the wii remote. and finally, we all cannot forget the scene where sonic turns into excalibur sonic.
overall, this is a fantastic sonic game. help get this up there to at least top 5.

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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!

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.

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

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It also has a good soundtrack, as well. Just listen to the Sunset Hill Act 3 theme, all 3 themes of Route 99 and the song for the penultimate final boss, the Hyper Eggrobo. Seriously. The compressed soundchip of the Game Boy Advance could not handle a breakbeat song. And Sonic Team, plus Sega did it with flying colors. And it was 2004, a time when people were pushing the Game Boy Advance to the next level. Almost everyone I knew had an SP version of the console, while I just had the brick version with no backlit screen. Well, you get what you wish for. This is a pretty underrated Sonic game, with an underrated soundtrack. I kind of want the Advance trilogy to be remade for the Switch...

I remember when I got this game in 2005. It definitely fulfilled my expectations. Best game of the Advance trilogy, hands down. Is it weird that I actually liked Gemerl (or whatever his name is)? He may be the Metal Sonic of the Advance trilogy, but there's more to him as he gets reprogrammed at the end of the game. Then I got the DS and Rush came out in late 2005 and I liked that game as well. The Advance and Rush series hold a special place in my heart to this day.

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.

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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.

Sega didn't have to get away with Cream the Rabbit frequently after concieving her.

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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

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.

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

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

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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.

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 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.

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.

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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!

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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!

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!

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

This is my favouite sonic game, it has nice graphics and an awesome gameplay and storyline, and the music was too good.

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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.

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