Most Underrated Sonic Games

In The Sonic The Hedgehog Series (By Sega): There Are The Games That Are Fan Favorite Such as Sonic Adventure 2. However, There Are 5 Games on The Series Have Too Much Hate Showing The Unappreciation They Already Have.

So Let's Get The Love of Those Games and The Rules Are The Same as The Overrated List.

The Top Ten

1 Shadow the Hedgehog

Urgh. This game gets hated for the most stupid and nitpicky of reasons.

1. The game has guns. Why is that a problem? And don't say it's because it ruins the kid friendly feel of Sonic because Jak II did the same thing to it's kid friendly predecessor, and does that game suck because of it? No.

2. Shadow swears. Again referring back to Jak II and 3, that game had instances where characters said p*** and a**. So people are OK with that but not OK with Shadow saying damn, one of the most minor of swear words?

3. The last story is the only real one. Think about it logically. In order for a game's story to continue there has to be at least one ending that's real. If there was no last story and Shadow was a hero in the next game then it would still have the same complaints that all other endings were fake. That aside who gives a F***? The last level was fun, Devil Doom was epic as hell and you get rewarded with the Shadow Rifle for beating it. Gameplay should matter ...more

Nitpicky fans. Wow.

People hate this game for cussing, vehicles, and guns. Well, tons of raging 7 year olds play Call of Duty... so how is Shadow's game breaking the kid friendly feel of Sonic?...

The cussing is beyond fine. I mean, games like Jak and Daxter have cussing in it. Those games used far worse swear words then "damn" which is the only one Shadow uses. Also, the swearing can be funny at times. "Where's that DAMN fourth chaos emerald?! "

As for guns, at least there's no blood or gore when you shoot something. Also, you don't have to use them.

The vehicles are the same. You don't have to use them.

I wonder why people call it the "Dark age of Sonic". It should be called the Dark age of the Sonic fanbase.

... Honestly I really like this game the vehicles sucked (there was legit no reason to use em.) I will say that but other then that... I like mostly everything else about this game hell I'd say it's one of my favorite sonic games nostalgia might have something to do with that as well but I think the gameplay is fun the story is... um interesting to say the least, the controls aren't half bad I think heroes has WAYY worse controls then this game I think they are very useable, the voice acting is really good in my opinion I really like the va's in this game and jason as shadow is the perfect shadow voice when I think of shadow's voice I instantly think of his it's just really fits shadow for some reason but then again my opinion. The branching paths mechanic is also really interesting and I don't mind that there is a "true ending" it's a fitting reward in my opinion for getting all the "endings".

I like that Sega tried to reach out to older audiences for once. Can we get some more cursing please? I want Sonic to drop the f bomb and start giving the middle finger. - Smash64

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2 Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

I Heard The Sonic Adventure 2 Fanbrats Are Screaming At The Top Of There Lungs at Their Lungs Right Now.
Yeah That's Right, The Most HATED Game in The Sonic Franchise Also in My Opinion The Underrated Game of The Franchise. Everywhere on The Internet: The Bad Memes About Sonic 2006 is Starting to Get Really REALLY Annoying Nowdays and it Makes This is Underrated as The Sonic Storybook Series. If You Are a Sonic Fanboy Who Really Hates This Game Need Some Huge Help. Anyways The Game is Great Because Of The Gameplay. I Know it Was Hard to Control Due to The Glitches and Bugs But I Have Fun With The Game To Care. Also They Complain That Soundtrack is too Generic Compared to Previous Games. I Think That it is FANTASTIC, You Don't Want to Listen to Boring Music That's Way People Prefer Sonic Music Over Mario Music Because Sonic Music Has Much More Variety Unlike Mario Music Which They Have Wacky Instrumentals With Too Child Like Themes (No Offensive Koji Kondo) Also They Complain About ...more

Shame what happened to this game. It was supposed to be released in the fall of 2007 but Microsoft rushed Sonic Team to release it one year earlier as to be Sonic's 15th anniversary game. Resulting in all the issues we have now. I remember playing the demo at a Gamestop with some other kid at the store and we both thought it was bloody amazing. I have a feeling we were playing some demo from the 07 version that we should have gotten. But overall the game isn't as bad as it is portrayed to be; no it isn't trash that belongs in the landfill, no the members of Sonic Team don't need to hang themselves, no it didn't kill the Sonic Franchise. Despite this the game is bad, although I suppose it has an excuse.

I've played a lot of underrated games: Spider-man Web Of Shadows, The Legend Of Spyro Trilogy, Shadow The Hedgehog, Sonic Unleashed, and a few more. We don't get anymore underrated than THIS! This is my all time favorite guilty pleasure and I'm actually proud to say that. The reasons why people hate this game were because of the glitches, load times, frame rate issues on ps3 (Xbox 360 still has a little bit but not a lot) Sonic being slow (which they did to have the game have emphasis on platforming and exploration, which I like) and that kiss. Those are the most bulls*** excuses to hate on a game. I go as far to say this is the BEST ADVENTURE ERA SONIC GAME! Although my favorite Sonic game period is Unleashed.

For a while, I truly believed this was a bad game. Then I actually bought and played it and realised how stupid I was. Allow me to justify just some of the complaints...

"Sonic's too slow! "
Like someone here already said, that's to emphasise platforming over blind boosting.

"There's too many glitches! "
So? They don't get in your way. Some are fun to execute, like the breakdancing on a box to go to space.

"The loading times are long! "
Not THAT long. Patience, dude. Patience. Just a bit of it.

"Elise kissing Sonic, bestiality! "
This is by far the stupidest reason I've heard. People saying this don't even know what bestiality IS. Bestiality is sexual interaction between a human and an animal. Therefore, it's only bestiality if you're a damn pervert. - Edgehog05

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3 Sonic Unleashed

Why isn't this number one? Compelling story, groundbreaking graphics for the time, fantastic soundtrack and great gameplay. Gameplay wise, the werehog gets a lot of undeserved criticism, I personally feel they're okay, at times it can be engaging and fun, and while not as good as the sensational daytime stages, they're still not as bad as everyone says they are. The daytime stages are a blast, they are mostly 3D based unlike the overrated game known as Sonic Colors which is 80% 2D block platforming. This game came out after Sonic 06, a bad unfinished game filled to the brim with bugs and glitches, therefore, if it wasn't for this game, we wouldn't have gotten good titles like Sonic Generations, Sonic Colors (good but overrated) and Sonic Forces.

This game is ok, but I stopped playing it because I got stuck on the city night level - Harri666

The first and best sonic game I've ever played, I'm sorry, but adventure sucks. Unleashed RULES!

This game used to be really underrated in the early 2010s. But as of 2017, I don't really think it's underrated anymore. Everyone loves it now. In fact, it's leaning towards overrated nowadays. - Drawbox

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4 Sonic Lost World

My vote goes to Sonic Lost World. This is one of my favorite Sonic Games and it deserves so much more than it gets. I think that this game really had an interesting idea and had some great mechanics at work. "BUT IT IS TOO SLOW! " This...isn't completely true but that's beside the point. What genre is Sonic supposed to be? A PLATFORMER. Speed is just the reward you get if players platform correctly. "BUT THE PARKOUR SUCKS! " And the reason why is...? Yes, the parkour definitely needs some improvements, but the parkour makes the levels dynamic and I want to see it again. "BUT THERE ARE ATTACK ISSUES". I've never had issues with the attacks at all. "BUT YOU COULDN'T GET A LIFE FROM COLLECTING RINGS IN THE INITIAL RELEASE! " WHAT? 1. They fixed that, 2. Was that what made the Sonic Games so great? "BUT THE BOSSES ARE PATHETIC! " Yes...that's the only argument I agree with. And, NO it is NOT copying Mario Galaxy. He's not in space. And the main reason it doesn't copy Galaxy is because the ...more - DCfnaf

When I first played and beat Sonic Lost World I only thought the game was so so. I struggled learning the games controls and new mechanics introduced. There were some levels I absolutely despised. While I didn't think it was a "bad" game, when at first comparing it to some of the previous entries I thought it lacked in some areas like level design. However, after a while playing through it with a more open mind and taking time to learn its mechanics better I soon began to greatly enjoy Lost World. Being able to pull off some stunts with the parkour and getting a really good time on a level were very satisfying. Levels that I didn't care for whether by their gimmick or dieing a lot got better after learning the controls. When I took time to explore the levels, what I though lacked wasn't as bad as I thought. Sonic Lost World when taking it as it is, it's a good solid game. A lot of the complaints I use to have, and I see look more like nitpicks that anything, like Sonic being slow in ...more

I downloaded this game for free with the Mario kart 8 offer, I didn't like it at first, but when I got to world 3 it became really good, also people say that sonic is slow because he uses the spinball instead of speed boost, that is pretty stupid. The only thing I hate about this game is the stupid 6. One resembles Justin Bieber, - Harri666

I played the 3Ds version, and I hated it so much. - Smash64

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5 Sonic Chaos

This game does not get enough attention. Nor does Sonic Triple Trouble.

They should reboot this game. It's pretty good. - Drawbox

I __in hate this sonic game!

I added this comment because this duology is overhated for being other Classic Era Sonic gems.

6 Sonic and the Black Knight

Worst reasons to hate a sonic game ever!

This game was awesome it made you feel like you were a super fast knight and I understand how the story line was a little lame but who didn't like fighting shadow on the hardest level?

Man I hate this list. Sonic & the Black Knight is overrated with an overall mixed reception (meaning that it got half praise & half criticism).


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7 Knuckles' Chaotix

This needs top be top 1! This is the best Sonic game ever!

I wish this game was in Sonic Gems Collection.

The best soundtrack ever!


8 Sonic Rush

This game is my childhood. No one really notices that it and its sequels exist nowadays, though. Why? This game is great!

This game should be higher. It's actually one the best Sonic games out there. - Drawbox

Did a Modern Amy Rose fan put this here? >:(

9 Sonic R

Am I the only person who likes this game?

Good game. Now shut up.

Not sure how good this game actually is, but I remembered enjoying it as a kid so it shouldn't be that bad - Aquaturtle

I enjoy this game but people just won't shut up about Tails Doll.

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10 Sonic Advance 2

The Contenders

11 Sonic Heroes

Stupidest reasons to hate a sonic game ever.

Best sonic game, but people whine about it constantly. Look at the stages, they are the coolest looking stages and so iconic.

It takes FOREVER to complete some stages, and kill some enemies. But it doesn't mean it's that bad. 4/10. - mattstat716

This game is okay, it's not really that great, but it isn't a bad game. I actually like it. - Drawbox

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12 Sonic CD

This is way too low on the list. It has the best soundtrack, a creative time travel gimmick, awesome stages, and it's metal sonic's first game.

What he said.

13 Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood

It is a Sonic RPG. That's something that has never been done before and sadly never be done since either, probably because of how poorly this game's sales went. I'm a big fan of the RPG genre so when a series like sonic decided to try one out I was intrigued. I also like the story and the new characters in it. I think the Nocturnus Clan is awesome: especially Shade and Ix, and I also like the various alien races quite a lot. The music... while I can see why people don't like it I don't personally have a problem with it. It's overly simplistic for the most part, and that's better than actually being bad. TWO THEMES, HOWEVER, ARE AMAZING. THE FINAL BOSS AND REGULAR BOSS THEME The last thing that makes this game good for me is the dialog system. While most of the things you say don't really have an effect on the game, I think it's a nice touch. Lastly, I do admit the game has its flaws, with the numerous glitches and exploits I have found with the game and the high expectations ...more

This game is overrated, you mean. Why are Modern Sonic games higher than Classic Sonic games on this list?

The battle system is fun and... das it, what are RPGs? Taking your time, what are sonic games about? Going fast. And the music, oh god the music, it's a complete ear sore

No, its pretty dull, not necesarilly terrible but besides the story adding up info on obscure lore of the series (emerl) its not interesting. - DensestPotato

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14 Sonic Rush Adventure

Although it may not be as good as it's predecessor, it's still a pretty great game, with an epic soundtrack (not as good as Rush's though) and I think both Rush and this deserve more attention.

Take this game off the list! It's overrated!

Many people either overlook this game or just act like it didn't exist. Sure it didn't have big names like Amy and Knuckles but absolutely opened to positive reviews.

One of my favorite sidescrollers on the DS, real shame it doesn't get more love.

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15 Sonic Adventure 2: Battle

Sonic Adventure 2 is a great game with its various levels, multiple characters to play as, and its other features. However, this game definitely is not underrated.

This game is overrated. Not underrated.

Should be number 1, its been considered overrated for so long that people are suddenly even calling it one of the worst. True sonic cycle. - DensestPotato

SA2? Underrated? HA! Fans consider it the "absolute best! " Not to mention it's actually awful. Even if it was hated, that's what this pathetic excuse of a Sonic game deserves. - Edgehog05

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16 Sonic the Fighters

Its not bad its just boring you can't beat the game while pressing the same button over and over again


17 Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection
18 Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity
19 Sonic & Knuckles

Man, this list is disagreeable now. This game is the best Sonic ame ever, so thus it deserves the top 1 spot for sure.

This shouldn't be on the list because this is a good game. - MasterCreepy

& Knuckles

20 Sonic 3D Blast

I love this game.

Everyone hates this game mainly because "IT'S SLOW! "

Seriously? The other reasons is because of the camera angle, the "repetitive" objective, bad controls, and level design.

The camera angle is creative in my perspective. I think it's cool for a 3D game.

Every game is repetitive. Yes, Sonic, Zelda, Mario, Halo, Call of Duty... IT'S ALL REPETITIVE. Deal with it!

The controls are fine in my opinion. Just hold the top and right d-pad to control Sonic. It's simple! Just need to get used to it and they'll seem amazing!

Level Design is perfect for the game. You can't mess up that easily. It's that simple.

The game is underrated. I love this game, but it's probably the work of the whiny emo teens we call "Sonic Fans" who always complain about every game.

This game is hated for it's bad control. If you are talking about the Genesis version, I understand, but the Saturn version, you can buy an Analog Stick controller, which makes the game MUCH MUCH easier to control.

A great game to bridge the gap between the genesis games to adventure

Way too underrated, just a forced game for journalists to consider the start of the "dark age". in my opinion it's graphics go right there with DKC2, and the music...its absolutely godly. - DensestPotato

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21 Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice

Surprisingly, this is much better than Rise of Lyric and Shattered Crystal. Excluding the unpolished graphics, Fire & Ice's gameplay is more fun and innovative for a Sonic Boom game. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

22 Sonic Battle

This game is overrated, you mean. Mixed to positive reviews, 2D character sprites, horrendous music, etc... This game sucks!

Pop Quiz: What is The Best Sonic Fighting Game For The Game Boy Advance? It's Sonic Battle. This Game Never Dissapoint With a Great Fighting System, Good/Reused Sprites, A Awesome Soundtrack and One of The Most Epic Plot in The Entire Sonic Series so Far. I Find This Underrated Because Most of The Fans Never Heard of It or Never Seen it Before. I thing is a Great Fighting Game For Sonic and a Great Fighting Game in General That Even Beats Sonic The Fighters. The Only Problem is That The Characters Voices is Reused Too Much and Its Get Annoying at Times But Still a Great Game.(For The GBA)

I only played this once, but its good. Thde animation is its main flaw. Its sega equalevent to smash minus the smash ball. Better than 4 because this actually have useful characters and a vgood roster.

23 Knuckles the Echidna In Sonic the Hedgehog 2
24 Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II

It really is a good game unlike the previous one

This game was loads better than Episode 1 for these reasons:
1. More creative level designs.
2. Tails now serves as a helpful purpose in the game...
3... Which means exploration is more fleshed out.
4. Music is better composed.
5. (most importantly) the physics are better.

25 Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games

Does this really count as a Sonic game? Yes, Sonic's there, but it's a Nintendo exclusive which, as evidenced by Colours, wouldn't mean anything if it weren't for the fact that Mario's always treated as more prominent. - Edgehog05

26 Sonic Forces

This game is okay to be honest. Problem is the team took more time making the engine than making the actual game, that's why it ended up being extremely short and easy.
It's not bad, but it's not that great.
Soundtrack kicks ass though. - MasterCreepy

This game is the complete definition of overhated. It gets way to much crap from everybody, when it really isn't that bad. - FarrowtheEdgehog15

It's okay. The game was too short and levels took too short of time to go through, but the character builder and the look of it was nice. - Wolfy_29

I auctually LIKE it

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27 Sonic the Hedgehog (Game Gear)
28 Sonic Colors

This games awesome and enjoyable. Bothe versions have different color powers you can use while progressing in the levels. Sonic Colors ds version, I prefer because this along with my favorite. color power violet void got more stuff like missions to complete and unlock extra. SCREW IGN! Complaining abouT if you fail the mission HAVE TO START OVER the mission that's perfect so you can get another chance to get a high score. Plus awesome theme song thata make Mario music look like garbage that they is. Sonic games are getting better but just lack playable characters.

It makes me blam saga for rushing this game but I still respect them for the bugs and glitches sonic must not be a move it gives me nightmares if sonic has a new design in the film he be on T.V.


29 Sonic the Hedgehog 2

I strongly love this game because of the levels, the graphics, the perfection & this was how Sonic characters used to be in this game- perfect. This game deserves the top 2 spot.

Underrated... more like Overrated!

Who did this? - DensestPotato


30 Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble

This game is awesome! The graphics are very nice, the music is too, and this game is not annoying at all! Go Classic Sonic! Boo Modern Sonic!

Sonic the hedgehog triple trouble is triple times the trouble to play BECAUSE THIS GAME JUST SUCKS!

31 Sonic and the Secret Rings

Its terrible, controls badly and is overall a tease of whatever else was to come out on the wii (which was pretty solid, yes even the black knight). - DensestPotato

This game very cool

The Controlls are bad, but the story level design and soundtrack are amazing.

It's not unplayable like free riders. 06 I can see why it is hated, but it is still fine. - DCfnaf

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32 Sonic Riders
33 Sonic Labyrinth

How on Earth is this not the most underrated Sonic game in existence. The game is fully functional. It's a alright puzzle platformer only "Sonic" attached to it, he doesn't need to be fast all the time. The music is also fantastic. Nothing is as underrated as this.

34 Sonic the Hedgehog 3
35 Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball

I can't believe Modern Sonic games are higher than Classic Sonic games on the "Most Underrated Sonic Games" list & Classic Sonic games are higher than Modern Sonic games (with Sonic CD being top 1 instead of a Modern Sonic games) on the "Most Overrated Sonic Games" list!

36 Sonic Jam

The first "3d" sonic game. Real one is Adventure

37 Sonic 3 & Knuckles

I can't believe that my comment called "Wow, I love your comment! This game should be top 1. I love this game and it is way more memorable than Sonic Adventure 2." got minused. HOW COULD HE?!

No disrespect to the Sonic Adventure duology, but I feel like people only prefer Modern Sonic over Classic Sonic because of Amy Rose (because of her girly dress skirt sticking out like a tutu to make her vain, she accuses one for doing what she forced him to do, she sounds like an infantile teenage girl, My Sweet Passion aka Amy's Theme and she fawns over the much more elite and superior Sonic the Hedgehog and his even better friends that are part of Team Sonic). >:(

This game isn't underrated. It's really good and many people do like it. - MasterCreepy

38 Sonic Mega Collection

I got this for 10 bucks, and it had tons of games

39 Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal

Personally the crystal thing got super tedious. It has ups and downs but I'm okay with it. - Wolfy_29

This games is good. The hate about the new level design I ignore it's the saqme flw in Mario bros ds about unskippable cutscenes. The haters show signs that they didn't complete the game because you can skip the cutscene. The dialogue is hilarious, plus the new character Sticks rules. IGN complaining about it painfully not funny same flaw than that terrible Mario bros ds, but Mario bros ds story is bad same as Peach useless.

40 Sonic Drift 2
41 Sonic Drift
42 Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)

This game deserves to be top 1! I don't know why people prefer Modern Sonic games over Classic Sonic games! This game is the original and people keep saying that the Sonic Adventure series are better than the Classic Sonic games on the SEGA Genesis, SEGA Master System & the SEGA Game Gear.

I would give this game 9 stars out of 10.

Sonic the Hedgehog had much better quills back then!

43 SegaSonic the Hedgehog
44 Sonic Blast
45 Tails' Skypatrol
46 Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric

Considering Sonic BOOM... this game actually wasn't 100% terrible.
I got a small sense of story from it and the hydro dashing was... decent?
Too much forced humor and the graphics weren't too great, though. Why can't SEGA make a Sonic game with Sonic Unleashed or Generations style animation and not force crud like Sonic Lost World or Sonic 06? Anyway, back on topic, the robot-busting got tedious and long and tons of cutscenes every 15 seconds to 15 minutes of gameplay got in the way, but the story was somewhat slightly there and it was okay in general. - Wolfy_29

I like be the story games they're fun to go piece by piece and I hate the ridiculous ridicule for the story games like Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic 06 and Sonic Boom

To be honest, I got this game out of guilt because everyone was bashing it, but from what I have seen in playthroughs it looked awesome. However, since I didn't own it, I couldn't be one of the only people to defend it. So, one day when mom called and asked if there was a game I wanted I asked for this. I got it, played it, and loved it. Now I need to know if Sonic Forces will take its place as me 2nd favorite sonic game, only behind Unleashed.

Glitches aside, I really feel this game is underrated in my opinion and this may be even a guilty pleasure game. Pretty much took it as a Sonic spin-off game different from the main series, and that's what I got when playing it. Had fun playing it.

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47 Knuckles the Echidna In Sonic the Hedgehog
48 Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Because I literally got over 15 dislikes on my comment that says "I hate the character voices so much! Super Smash Bros. Brawl has the best story ever. Why can't a Classic Sonic game be top 1?! ". - Kieran Glen Harris Stark aka The Ultimate Daredevil

This shouldn't be here. Sonic appears, yes, but it is in NO way a Sonic game. If you say it is, that means it's a Metal Gear game too. - Edgehog05

Technically this isn't a Sonic game, it's a Nintendo game. Plus, it has tons of popularity. Sonic just appears as a brawler. - Wolfy_29

This isn't a sonic game.yes it has sonic in it but still. And smash bros is an insanley popluar series, so why is this even on here?

49 Sonic Gems Collection
50 Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car
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