When I was a kid, there were a few things I loved: baseball, my Walkman (woo), and video games. With video games, my Sega Genesis and Game Gear (which was way, way ahead of its time) were the best consoles. Of course, the games I loved the most were those in the Sonic franchise. Sonic 2 and 3 were golden for me, especially after my grandmother got me Sonic and Knuckles as a gift at the end of one school year.
Since moving on to to more advanced gaming consoles, I’ve missed the classic play of those old school video games. My hope was that Sonic 4 Episode 1 would take me back. Let’s see how it stacks up to my very fond childhood memories.
There are few people who have not heard of the Sonic game series. The world’s favourite blue hedgehog was introduced over 20 years ago, has been the star of dozens of games, and been featured in yet more.
One of his earlier games was Sonic CD, which became world renowned soon after it came out in 1993, and has remained a cult classic title today. As the original release was only playable on the Sega CD – a Genesis add-on bought by about 15% of Genesis console owners – it has not received quite as much mainstream attention as Sonics 1, 2, 3, and Knuckles.
It’s been ported a couple of times since then: to PC in 1996, and to PS2 and GameCube in 2005. Over the past few months, Sega has released an updated and enhanced version of the game to PSN, Steam, iOS, Windows Phone, and of course Android. Sega has slipped up with previous ports, but have they succeeded here?