• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Jun 10, 2009
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 92 Ratings

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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[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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. X-ONE Magazine UK
    90
    Fantastic stuff. [Issue#48, p.99]
  2. 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.
  3. Not quite a stone-cold classic, but close enough to make the low asking price a no-brainer.
  4. 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.
  5. Official Xbox Magazine
    70
    If all you want is Knuckles' debut, this is a fine $5 deal. [Oct 2009, p.77]
  6. 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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. 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 theCheap, 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
  2. 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 madeSimply 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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  3. JPK
    Aug 19, 2018
    10
    3 Brilliant Games In A Row!
    Sonic The Hedgehog 3 Is Another Platformer That Guarantees A Fun Time.
  4. Jul 10, 2016
    10
    People who think that this game is better than Sonic 2 then something is honestly wrong with you. Sonic 3 gets everything better than whatPeople who think that this game is better than Sonic 2 then something is honestly wrong with you. Sonic 3 gets everything better than what sonic 2 got wrong in every way and is probably the best sonic game out there Expand
  5. Sep 18, 2020
    9
    Brilliant game, decent port. For 2009, the emulation isn't half bad and still holds up impressively well, even by today's standards. So majorBrilliant game, decent port. For 2009, the emulation isn't half bad and still holds up impressively well, even by today's standards. So major props to that. I like the extra options, like being able to stretch the aspect ratio to whatever you want and togglable pixel smoothing, but they're nothing groundbreaking. The GUI is nice. Again, nothing special, but it doesn't need to be. Less is sometimes more. One thing I'm not too happy about is having to buy Sonic & Knuckles separately and as a different game. I mean, both games are pretty cheap, but for convenience's sake, I would have preferred having the full experience in one. A slightly higher price point I wouldn't mind.
    As for the game itself, it might just be the pinnacle of 2D platforming. Excellent design, head-boppin' music, brilliant art... the game is near flawless.
    All in all, pretty good port. If you just want a way to play the classic game on your Xbox 360, this is the way to go. But, for the definitive experience, not so much.
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  6. Aug 15, 2022
    9
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  7. 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 thanI 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

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