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  • Summary: Super Speed! Bust the video game speed barrier wide open with Sonic the Hedgehog. Blaze by in a blur using the super sonic spin attack. Loop the loop by defying gravity. Plummet down tunnels. Then dash to safety with Sonic's power sneakers. All at a frenzied pace. Super Graphics! Help SonicSuper Speed! Bust the video game speed barrier wide open with Sonic the Hedgehog. Blaze by in a blur using the super sonic spin attack. Loop the loop by defying gravity. Plummet down tunnels. Then dash to safety with Sonic's power sneakers. All at a frenzied pace. Super Graphics! Help Sonic escape bubbling molten lava. Swim through turbulent waterfalls. Scale glistening green mountains. And soar past shimmering city lights. There's even a 360 degree rotating maze. You've never seen anything like it. Supper Attitude! Sonic has an attitude that just won't quit. He's flip and funny, yet tough as nails as he fights to free his friends from evil. So just wait. Sonic may be the world's next SUPER hero... Expand

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 80
    Sonic 1 feels slightly more primitive than the other Sonic games, but that’s alright. The addition of the newer dash moves brings it closer to the more recent Sonic games in feel, but if you want speed, Sonic Mania would be a better pick. Still, M2 did phenomenal work on bringing this game to the Switch in a way that doesn't feel stale. If you want to see where Sonic came from and are interested in how the new features enhance this classic game, there’s no reason to stay away.
  2. Apr 7, 2019
    80
    On top of Sonic the Hedgehog being a fantastic classic platformer, this Sega Ages version includes many cool new modes and options that make replaying it feel fresh and exciting again.
  3. Oct 1, 2018
    80
    The only complaint that can be raised against the Switch version is that, like a great many of the upcoming Sega Ages Mega Drive titles, it could end up being surplus to requirements when the Sega Mega Drive Classics collection arrives; a slightly lower price might have made this easier to wholeheartedly recommend, but we know this very minor complaint will fall on deaf ears if you're a diehard Sega fan.
  4. Oct 1, 2018
    80
    It turns out that Sonic the Hedgehog is still a fun game and, thanks to M2’s input, this is one of the better versions out there. Sure, you could argue the hedgehogs’ best days were yet to come – its three Mega Drive sequels improving on the original in many ways. However, if you’ve yet to experience this classic or fancy a trip down memory lane this is a great way to go about it.
  5. Oct 4, 2018
    70
    I do appreciate the Sega Ages titles right now, and look forward to more in the future. I also think that if they start creating more additional modes to these older titles, then the series will be an easy sell. Right now, the modes are decent, especially for younger gamers out there, so they add some value to the titles, but they need a bit more to them, though, to really sell everyone on them.
  6. Oct 17, 2018
    70
    You know the score by now. It's Sonic the Hedgehog's maiden voyage, and comfortably his finest. But you might find a more cost-effective way to play it elsewhere.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. Nov 26, 2018
    9
    With the price you're paying versus the new Sega Genesis collection on Switch, this is a dicey proposition at best; you're paying full VCWith the price you're paying versus the new Sega Genesis collection on Switch, this is a dicey proposition at best; you're paying full VC price for just one game, so it'd have to be an AWFUL excellent reproduction for this to be passable.

    Luckily, I can say this easily fits that bill. The graphics are super crisp, looks like it was made for the Switch screen, and I'm not noticing a lick of stutter or audio issues; it plays exactly like it did on the Genesis, which I can't say for either of the last two emulation collections, which I would say do "passable" jobs. You get what you pay for in those; cheap price, more titles and mixed results. If this is the level we can expect from the Ages line, I'll happily invest in them further as they release because I think quality reproductions licensed out to modern consoles are worth backing if done well. This brings the familiar and the unfamiliar to the table.

    For all modes, there's now the option lifted with love from Sonic Mania for a "Drop Spin", where hitting jump before you land launches you into a spin dash upon hitting the ground, as well as the now-traditional spindash. Thanks Sega, Very Cool! You can also play either the Genesis or Mega Drive versions of the game at will and choose your stage to start on, or start from scratch. Ring Keep mode starts you out on a fresh life with ten rings, and each time you get hit, you only lose half your rings rounded down, so it takes an AWFUL lot of bad playing to not be able to scum your way through the game. There's a couple Challenge Modes; Time Attack lets you hit the leader boards to see how you fare against the rest of the world, or you can try your hand at the Mega Play mode, a replication of the Arcade version of Sonic that removes extra lives and imposes a time limit on each stage, as well as cutting out some of the chaff stages. Fail once at time or living and it's game over, pretty neat challenge. Also uses a ranking board if you're a competitive Sanic fan.

    Display changes you can make include "Normal", which presents a squared display unstretched; Fit stretches to the vertical screen limits, Full will stretch the game to the horizontal limits and induce vomiting, Dot-by-Dot seems to replicate the game at its native intended resolution (not sure why it's wider than Normal but whatever, it looks good), Vintage applies some smoothing, rounds out the upper and lower limits in a CRT-like bend which actually does a fairly competent job of emulating a CRT video output like you'd have had on your tiny screen in your bedroom when you were 8. Several of these have their own filter options where you can apply a lazy smoothing filter and a not-really-good scanline effect if you desire.

    All in all, highly competent, compelling reasons to lay down some money on Sonic for the 18th time. If you've got a Switch and want some portable Sonic the Hedgehog, pay out. It's worth it.
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  2. Sep 24, 2018
    8
    We all are tempted to wait for the SEGA Genesis Classics Collection on Nintendo Switch. But this SEGA AGES version scores with impressingWe all are tempted to wait for the SEGA Genesis Classics Collection on Nintendo Switch. But this SEGA AGES version scores with impressing emulation quality:
    It features the spin dash and the drop dash! Both moves were not present in the original game; but here they improve greatly the move momentum of Sonic: It truly feels like the controls in Sonic 2.
    The gamer is taken seriously and is offered all the important display modes: normal, fit, full screen, dot-by-dot (a great aspect ratio!); fitting frame graphics or just a nice black; unfiltered, smoothed (just the right amount!), scan-lines, vintage (emulates a curved TV)...
    Maybe some players will ask for a 16:9 version of the game (Christian Whitehead version for mobile devices), but be aware: In later stages of Whitehead's wide-screen version, enemies attack earlier, as soon as they are on screen; even platforms start their appear/disappear routine earlier, with Sonic being not close enough to keep up with the platforming.
    Visuals, music and sound effects are perfectly emulated in this SEGA AGES version.
    All in all a classic original Sonic ride - emulated with utmost precision - with improved speed momentum, thanks to the added spin dash!
    The SEGA Genesis Classic Collection on the other hand doesn't have a perfect sound quality or such well crafted display options - and Sonic 1 has no spin dash...
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