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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Sonic and Tails are back for another adventure in Sonic The Hedgehog 3 as they again battle the evil Dr. Eggman (aka Dr. Robotnik), who is desperately trying to collect all the Chaos Emeralds in order to rebuild his Death Egg. Our heroes must find the Chaos Emeralds before Dr. Eggman does, but winning the race won't be easy. A new adversary, Knuckles the Echidna, has arrived on the scene and will do whatever he can to keep Sonic and Tails from reaching their goal. Grab all the golden rings, find various bonus zones, and overcome Knuckles and Dr. Eggman as you rocket through the third chapter in Sonic's adventures. [Sega] Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
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  1. Fantastic stuff. [Issue#48, p.99]
  2. 80
    Sonic the Hedgehog 3 is a fantastic game, but you can find it elsewhere for cheaper. This package adds a few things you can't find in most other Sonic re-releases, such as online play and leaderboards, but those really don't add much.
  3. For 400 Microsoft points, Sonic 3 is not just a pleasant trip down memory lane, but a welcome return to a series that has gone awry.
  4. Not quite a stone-cold classic, but close enough to make the low asking price a no-brainer.
  5. 70
    Sonic 3 is a fast and entertaining platformer, although it may be worth considering buying it inside of one of Sega's larger collections.
  6. If all you want is Knuckles' debut, this is a fine $5 deal. [Oct 2009, p.77]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Jun 26, 2014
    10
    Simply the most perfect Sonic game on the 16 bit era. Sonic 2 took Sonic the Hedgehog and made it better but this took both of them and made them the very best they can be. More features, a great 2 player, the ability to play as Sonic and Tails (and using Tails to fly is a bonus), better power ups, great story and level transition make this easily one of the best (dare I say the best) Sonic games to date. If you haven't played them you have clearly been living under a rock for the last 2 decades. Pick it up for cheap and your in for a treat.

    PS. I feel it deserves the top spot of being better than Sonic 2.
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  2. Oct 18, 2011
    10
    Cheap, Retro goodness and while I don't feel the game is quite as good a game as sonic 2 was, it is still a 16 bit classic sonic game, for the price you seriously can't go wrong (pick up sonic and knuckles with it (also very cheap) and you can play through the two games as they were meant to be one whole gamebut sega released them seperately as 2 diff games). Expand
  3. Dec 4, 2013
    3
    I played this game and it was far inferior to many other sonic games, so if you have to play sonic choose Sonic 2 or something other than this. Hope I helped Expand