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Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 37 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40

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  1. Jan 24, 2012
    They did an absolutely phenomenal job recreating this already fantastic game. I feel it could not have gone over any better. Everything in the game has been cleaned up, crispified, and such.
  2. Dec 17, 2011
    This game was amazing BEFORE it's well-deserved remake. The new engine allows the game to run smoothly (even in the special stages) - it supports wide screen, and has a vast array of other options (old/new spindash, JP/US soundtrack, screen filters) that allow you to tune the game to your liking. The achievements encourage multiple play-throughs, and unlockables will keep you busy a while after that.

    Over all, an EXCELLENT remake - I can only hope sega will continue the current upward trend - Here's hoping they'll give the Genesis trilogy the same treatment!
  3. Dec 16, 2011
    This is the best version ever made of Sonic CD, a masterpiece of platforms games. It's very cheap and it has been improved in every aspect. Visually has a wide-screen 16:9 ratio and HD pixel filters. For the first time you can choose either the American or the Japanese soundtrack, and every theme is perfectly looped. Game-play has improved as well, you can choose between the Sonic CD or the Mega Drive Spin Dash, Tails is playable and the whole game runs at 60 fps, which are helpful on the Special Stages.

    This is the best version of the best Sonic game, and it's really cheap, so I recommend this game to every Sonic fan and all gamers of platforming games.
  4. Jan 2, 2012
    This is possibly the Best sonic game ever made even after nearly 20 years so what the hell are you waiting for Go buy it you won't be dissapointed (FIGURE 8 FTW)
  5. Jun 11, 2012
    Best sonic game ever. Period. There would be no contest if you pitted this up against Sonic 1. Not to mention that the remake has enough new features to keep you coming back for months to come.
  6. Jan 27, 2012
    This is easily the most underrated Sonic game of all time and would be Sonics crowning achievement if it wasn't for Sonic 2 in my opinion. Either way this is unmissable for fans of Sonic and great 2D platformers.
  7. Jan 18, 2012
    A great XBLA game, had been wishing for this to come out there as I never got a chance the first time round, finally playing it, it was a breath of fresh air to finally play a good old school sonic again. Special stages are unique, travelling through time is cool and the level design for the most part is on par with the other sonics if not surpassing it in some places. This is the pinnacle of Sonic and a masterpiece, loads to unlock a time and score trial leaderboard for each level and the game to compare times to rest of the world, the japanese and american soundtracks both fully included all bundled up in a package amazingly valued at just 400 MS points!! Do yourself a favour and pick this up!! Expand
  8. Nov 19, 2012
    Sonic CD is by far one of the best, and more interesting games SEGA has ever made. It features the old Sonic gameplay you remember back on the Genesis, but it features a story featuring a new rival for Sonic, saving Amy Rose, and time traveling that puts the player in control of making a good or bad future for each zone. The game starts off just as it should in a Green Hill-esque zone called Palmtree Panic which the player can easily get used to the game in, but later & later in the game it turns up the difficulty to the perfect level as you progress through the game. This re-release not only has the beautiful HD, but also makes all fans of the game happy by including a feature to select the American or Japanese version of the sound track, which both are great (but I do prefer the US soundtrack since I grew up with it). This HD re-release was so good, I've bought it literally on each platform it was released on. Expand
  9. Mar 17, 2012
    The original game on the Sega CD was great, and absolutely a blast to play. Yeah, the whole "Go back in time to destroy the boxes" was annoying, but you could always get the time stones. This port takes a good game and absolutely shatters the expectations with new features galore. A playable Tails, improves special stages, leaderboards, BOTH soundtracks, multiple saves games, and the most obvious, widescreen support. Christian "Taxman" Whitehead's Retro engine is indistinguishable with the Genesis engine, and the widescreen support really helps out. So why isn't this a 10? Well, the port has two problems: One, the widescreen support helps out in giving you the ability to defeat bosses easier because you can use space that wasn't usable in 1993, and there is a glitch in the leaderboards where you can use the time from your last checkpoint to the goalpost as your leaderboard score rather than your actual time. But, this is one of the BEST classic ports yet. If a 2D Sonic game was released on the new engine, it would be a day one buy for me. Expand
  10. Feb 10, 2012
    Sonic Cd is a great port to download. It has the options for the Japanese and American soundtracks. I like how everything move so smoothly and you even get to play as tails. TAILS, that is awesome. so go download it if your a sonic lover.
  11. May 27, 2012
    Awesome game. It stays true to the original, but it feels newer. Maybe it's the improved collision detection? The better graphics? Or is it the spindash? Maybe the faster Super Peel Out? Or maybe it's all of them. One of the best Sonic games ever made has been remade. I didn't think it was possible, but they made it even better.
  12. Jul 7, 2014
    it doesnt have a big story but i feel the custenes so real and epic
    This game have the best soundtrack ever made
    the concept of time travel, the machines of past and metal sonic s holograms is just awesome

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 70
    If you missed the old days when Sega MegaDrive was the ruling console you now have the chance to understand why the blue hedgehog was so popular. [Jan 2012]
  2. Feb 15, 2012
    It's pretty much the perfect Sonic! [March 2012, p.93]
  3. 70
    Brief, reasonably entertaining and mercifully cheap. [Feb 2012, p.103]