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  • Summary: Relive the classic collected adventures of Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and Sonic CD in the newly remastered Sonic Origins! From the iconic Green Hill Zone to the treacherous Death Egg Robot, you'll speed down memory lane to thwart the sinister plans ofRelive the classic collected adventures of Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and Sonic CD in the newly remastered Sonic Origins! From the iconic Green Hill Zone to the treacherous Death Egg Robot, you'll speed down memory lane to thwart the sinister plans of Doctor Robotnik in polished high definition! This latest version includes new areas to explore, additional animations, and a brand new Anniversary mode! Explore the classic Sonic titles in high-resolution, with all-new opening and ending animations for each title! New Unlockables: Complete various missions to collect coins to unlock new content, challenges, and Special Stages through the Museum. Classic and Anniversary Mode. Choose to Spin Dash your way through the numerous zones in Classic mode with the game's original resolution and limited lives, or the new Anniversary mode with unlimited lives and revamped fullscreen resolution. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jun 28, 2022
    91
    Given the enduring popularity of Sonic over the years – even with a couple of missteps along the way – it seems like there are plenty of people who will value getting a chance to play these games with fresh eyes and from a different perspective. If you’re one of those people, then Sonic Origins absolutely makes it worthwhile to revisit these classics.
  2. Jun 24, 2022
    80
    Sonic Origins is simply more of the same, which is both its greatest strength and weakness. On one hand, it’s a near-definitive way to experience four stone-cold classics that represent some of the highest peaks of Sonic's career. On the other, most of these games are already readily available and there aren’t many new features or additions to justify buying them yet again. If you don’t already have a reliable or convenient way of playing these games now, or this is genuinely your first time playing through them, then we’d say that Sonic Origins is the go-to way to experience Sonic’s 2D heyday. Otherwise, we’d encourage you to either wait for this to go on sale or just pass on it.
  3. Jun 26, 2022
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  4. Jun 29, 2022
    80
    While Sonic Origins certainly could have been a more thorough and polished celebration of the early days of the Most Famous Hedgehog, I think it’s still worth recommending. If I earnestly ask myself if I would pay ten dollars a pop for standalone Retro Engine Sonic games on my Switch, the answer is yes. The minor differences don’t bother me much at all, but I can see them getting on the nerves of others. The music replacement is disappointing but understandable. But with four exceptionally enjoyable platformers included and a wealth of extra goodies to sift through, Sonic Origins makes for a compelling package.
  5. Jun 30, 2022
    80
    Sonic Origins collects four great Sonic games and adds some quality of life improvements, but extra content does feel a little sparse.
  6. Jun 29, 2022
    70
    Sonic Origins brings the classic gameplay that we have been used to for decades. Just now with some minor bugs and a really high price tag.
  7. Jun 28, 2022
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Jun 30, 2022
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I recently bought the game on a Nintendo Switch. I thought looking at the Internet that the game is not playable, that there are a lot of bugs. But it's not, it's a very good collection of games. Many modes: mirror, normal, boss, festive. You can earn coins without donation. These coins can be used to get cool content in the museum. Games with Genesis abruptly moved. Of course there were bug 1! but it does not change anything. I liked the game so much for sure I stamp 10. Expand
  2. Jun 24, 2022
    10
    Yay I’m first congratulations me this review has to be 75 characters longgg
  3. Jun 25, 2022
    10
    I buyed this game for the Switch just for see if the framerate or glitchy was slower like in Colors Ultimate but it wasn't and play theseI buyed this game for the Switch just for see if the framerate or glitchy was slower like in Colors Ultimate but it wasn't and play these classic games portably is a big deal
    This collection contains 4 cool games, with the retroengine they look smooth especially Sonic 2 special stages
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  4. Jun 28, 2022
    8
    The following review is judging based upon the presentation this collection provides and not the individual titles)

    Graphics: 9/10 Anyone
    The following review is judging based upon the presentation this collection provides and not the individual titles)

    Graphics: 9/10
    Anyone who’s played these games in the past know how great looking they are, especially for the Genesis hardware. However, Im also judging this based on the presentation from the 3D models shown in the menu as well as the cutscenes and… well, let’s just say Ive never been THAT big a fan of the hedgehog engine for the classic sonic models. Still, this game is pretty good looking all the same.

    Sound: 7/10
    An expected drop in score is with the sound department. While the music in these classic titles are fantastic, with some of these being flat out bangers, the choice to replace the MJ music with the prototype tracks is something that required a bit of delicate care to reproduce; Something Im sad to say Jun Senoue didn’t seem to execute successfully IMO. It isn’t a flat out disaster, but when you hear the original quality of these tracks, its sadly inferior when its all said and done.

    The audio mixing with the Sonic CD remastered cutscenes is also jarring, with the gain twice as loud as what you’d experience in the game.

    Still, these issues are sprinkled throughout the majority of the presentation and for me, the claimed degrade in quality of S3&K’s music was something I personally couldn’t hear myself.

    Gameplay: 8/10
    Gameplay is mostly as good as I recall on the originial hardware. Keyword: Mostly. There was one issue I encountered personally, but I haven’t seen anyone else mention, and that’s activating Super Sonic in story mode. I tried both pressing the jump button twice as well as pressing the designated button to activate it, but it flat out refused to execute when I had 50 rings 90% of the times. If I mashed the buttons enough after 10-20 seconds, it’d FINALLY activate.

    Again, I dont know how isolated this issue is, but it was extremely annoying all the same. Had I not encountered this, I’d give this a more solid score.

    Story: 10/10
    The fleshed out story provided via the new cutscenes made for this compilation are absolute perfection, bar none. These scenes not only give the opportunity to flesh out what occurred in between these titles, as well as during the end of each game, but also gives an opportunity to let these classic versions of the characters shine. The animation department should give themselves several pats on the back because this is something 8 year old me would have appreciated back when I first played these games

    Difficulty: 3/5 (Normal for Story Mode or a Casual Run) 5/5 (Classic Mode with 100% attempt)
    Oh man. You know, when I played through Story Mode, I was reminded as to why I never attempted to get all the chaos emeralds, time stones or super emeralds in any of these games. Flat out, if you want to get the true ending for these games, you’re going to need to work HARD on the special stages to get them. Im pretty sure I dropped easily around 100 coins to retry all the stages I had to play altogether just to get the true ending for 1, 2 and 3K (Thats NOT including the Time Stones in CD which I just flat out decided to forget about after a while).

    This game is the pure definition of “Angry Video Game Nerd” material. Not that it’s so bad it plays bad, but that it’s so bad yet its still good. You’ll love this game but prepare to pull your hair out.

    … otherwise if you dont care and just want to beat the game? You’re not gonna really come across many moments like this… except for MAYBE a few boss battles (Im looking at you Death Egg Robot)

    BOTTOM LINE:
    8/10

    The Sonic franchise means a lot to me. When I was 7, I wanted a Genesis purely to play Sonic 1 and 2, but had to settle for a Game Gear for a year or so before I finally got my hands on those titles. So saying the classic franchise is a part of my childhood is certainly hitting it right.

    However, unlike some of my fellow Sonic fans who hold the classic series in high regards and demand absolute perfection with any ports, I don’t ask much from these things. Gimme some extra content to the side like Sonic Jam, give the game some easier options for the sake of getting that easy ending if you so desire, be as faithful as you possibly can, stuff like that. In that regard, this game delivers on the basic needs of what I want.

    However, the few quirks this game does have makes it hard for me to say this is EXACTLY what I wanted, especially since they are pretty glaring distractions. Maybe a year or two after this review, this title will have a patch that’ll fix all these issues for consoles. But for now, I can still give this a recommendation… but MAYBE when it goes on sale.
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  5. Jun 28, 2022
    7
    Going into this game, I was a bit scared that it was going to be bad. SEGA have a bad history with Sonic remakes and just Sonic in-generalGoing into this game, I was a bit scared that it was going to be bad. SEGA have a bad history with Sonic remakes and just Sonic in-general recently. Forces was a boring and short game, Colors Ultimate was horrible, and Frontiers looks boring, but you know what? This was a breath of fresh air. More proof that they should prioritize more 2D Sonic games, it's clearly their strong suit. This game pretty much features Sonic 1, Sonic CD, Sonic 2, and Sonic 3 & Knuckles all in one game. You can either play them in the original state with borders or in widescreen, remastered. I really love how they fixed the games, adjusting the piss-poor and hard difficulty the originals had by giving you infinite lives. There's also Coins now, you get them a lot and you can use them to retry special stages (god bless that), or use them to unlock stuff in the Museum. There's also a Boss Rush option and even a Mirror Mode once you beat the game. You can play the games separately or in a complete Story Mode. You can tell some thought was put into this unlike most remakes. The games themselves are good, though they can be VERY frustrating at times, even with the lighter difficulty. The soundtrack isn't exactly remade, but it's still a Sonic Soundtrack so it doesn't miss. I also don't think this game fits its price at all, even if it is 40 dollars. I paid 45 for the Deluxe Edition and there wasn't much to be honest, it literally felt the same as the Standard Edition. It should be reduced by 10-20 and that'll definitely be a fair price. Still a solid game if you're a fan of Classic Sonic and you want something new and good from SEGA. Expand
  6. Jun 26, 2022
    7
    Grew up playing the trilogy + Knuckles. I like the whole bundle. Wide screen + being able to play other characters in other games is neat.Grew up playing the trilogy + Knuckles. I like the whole bundle. Wide screen + being able to play other characters in other games is neat. Also the jump + hold jump to spin dash when hitting the ground is back (from Mania).

    Museum is alight. Kind of wish they included the other master system versions of the games when unlocking stuff.

    There's a few bugs here and there, but it's all stuff that was in the originals. A bit lazy from the devs if you ask me but it's not a big deal.

    The whole Michael Jackson drama with stage 4-5-6 from Sonic 3 where the songs had to be rewritten is so disappointing. I know they used the beta version of the tunes but really? Couldn't they have used like a remix or do any better than the picked replacement tracks? They sound super generic unlike the rest of the tracks (stage 1-2-3 and S&K)...

    Overall, pretty decent HD package. Does leave a little to be desired but I'm really enjoying it.
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  7. Jun 29, 2022
    0
    Feels like a cheap cash Grab, no love put into this, had better Collections in the past with these games included and many more. The Games areFeels like a cheap cash Grab, no love put into this, had better Collections in the past with these games included and many more. The Games are worse versions of previous Versions then the originals. Sega added paid locked content for a simple collection of four Sonic Games. Took the games by themselves off digital storefronts to force people to buy this whole have no other means. If you can Get Sonic's Sega Genesis Collection or Sonic Mega and Jems Collection. ORIGINS IS Garbage. Also they took Christian Whitehead's versions of the games, destroyed them, took away features, made the games buggy and trash and took his names out of the credits which at this point it's probably better but they used his work without credit. Expand

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