Revenge of the Hedgehogs
Sonic the Hedgehog review:
Sonic. The. Hedgehog. How could this not be the first review on this site? For most of us, it was the first Genesis game we ever played. Why? Because it was the console's pack-in title. So, lets dive into Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis.
The first thing to note is the speed. Sonic is so fast, he outruns the screen. If you get hit you either die, or you lose all your rings. When you get 100 rings, you get an extra life. If you make it to the end of the level with 50 rings, you can go to the special stage, where you can get a Chaos Emerald. Getting all 7 Chaos Emeralds gets you the Good Ending. The story behind Sonic the Hedgehog is that you are Sonic, the fastest thing alive. The evil Dr. Ivo Robotnik has kidnapped all the animals of the land and replaced them with robots so that he can take over the world. Sonic must stop Robotnik and save the land. The gameplay is simple enough, and when you get the hang of it, it becomes incredibly fast paced and fun, and there is definitely some replay value here, what with all the Chaos Emeralds.
Sonic the Hedgehog definitely holds up well, and smashes the competition. It is without a doubt, one of the greatest games of all time
Final Rating: 10/10
Oh Disney, how the mighty have fallen. Gone are the day when when you released a game, it meant quality. A lot of NES Disney games are some of my favorites, such as Ducktales. But let's not forget their excellent arsenal of amazing 90's games. Let's journey back into the ye old days when movie games weren't the butt of the gaming world's jokes, and
meant a whole lot more than any quick cash-in ever could.
But first, a quick note. There were two Aladdin games back in the day, one by Sega, and another by Capcom. The Capcom version is the SNES version, while the Sega version needs no explanation. The two companies had their own idea of how an Aladdin game should be, resulting in two different games entirely, one in which Aladdin went around hucking apples at soldiers and then jumping on them, and one in which Aladdin went around hucking apples at soldiers and then stabbing them to death. This lead to a debate as to which was the superior version. And that is how this review will be written, not only stating my opinion on the Sega version, but how it compares to the SNES version.
The gameplay in this version is very well paced, but lacking to a certain extent. The game feels much like a Disney animation and just feels loose (in the good way) and fantastic. But the way the sword combat is where the game stumbles the most. To fight an opponent, you need to get very close. This makes sense, but the fight system basically boils down to running into the opponent and fighting a test of wits the rely on how fast you can mash the B button. But it is a fun experience, no matter how hard it is. And that isn't a complaint, but for a game marketed toward children, it gets pretty hard. And it doesn't help that any life re-generator come few and far between. And if what you're wondering is how true it stays to the movie, it doesn't do a terrible job. But when you're scratching your head wondering why Prince Ali is playing in the first stage of the game, don't say we didn't warn you.
The Genesis version is a decent platformer, and pays a good homage to the film, but isn't as solid as the SNES version. That version feels more like how an Aladdin game should work, whereas this version feels more just like a good, clean platformer, but not much else. But I'd still recommend buying it, if not just for the Disney Dork in the family.
Final Rating: 7.5/10