In case of sonic the hedgehog it is a complex case. He has had countless pitches, with ups and downs, but he always manages to get up. Even the first film pointed to a failure, and after the redesign of the character both films have been successful at the box office. It seems that Sega’s mascot is having a second wind.
To celebrate our friend’s 30th anniversary it was announced in a broadcast to Sonic Origins. It is a compilation with the first four hedgehog games with remaster treatment. Included in this collection are sonic the hedgehog (1991), sonic the hedgehog 2 (1992), sonic cd (1993) and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles (1994).
sonic the hedgehog
The game that started it all, a fierce competition from Nintendo’s Mario Bros. Dr. Ivo Robotnik (Eggman) wishes to obtain all six Chaos Emeralds and has therefore kidnapped animals to place them inside enemy robots. Sonic must stop Eggman and in the process get the Chaos Emerald.
At the playable level it is a fast title where we go through levels at high speed collecting rings and a series of Power-ups. It has six levels divided into three phases. Each level has different shortcuts, secrets, and a boss at the end of each stage. These bosses increase in difficulty as we progress.
sonic the hedgehog 2
After the events of the first game, Sonic discovers the Western Isles and with the plan to take decides to stay for a while. Shortly after Sonic discovers a small Fox that followed him everywhere, this fox was Tails. However, Sonic was not only followed by Tails, but also Dr. Robotnik managed to find the whereabouts of Sonic and the Chaos Emerald.
The gameplay remains unchanged, however, major changes have been added. As we have the presence of Tails, he will accompany us through the levels, being able to pick up objects and defeat enemies. We also have new bonus stages and new Item Screens. The game is already multiplayer and you can play both characters the same phase at the same time.
Sonic the Hedgehog CD
Released before Sonic 3, Sonic CD was a game that took advantage of the technical capabilities of the Sega/Mega CD peripheral. Now behind the Times Stones, Dr. Robotnik has a new plan to take over the world that includes kidnapping our hedgehog’s friend, Amy Rose. Sonic must once again stop Eggman.
We return with the same gameplay, only now all levels have four versions in three different periods. To achieve this we must go through some posts distributed at all levels that say Past and Future. Being in one era or another affects both the levels themselves and the enemies.
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles
This game is a special case, because the original game was delayed several times, Sega decided to split it into 2. The story continues Robotnik’s adventures to conquer the world, only now he tricks Knuckles into facing Sonic.
Sonic, Tails, and Knukles are now playable characters. Depending on the version the levels will have different enemies and bosses, also in addition to the 7 Chaos Emerald, you get the Super Chaos Emerald for a more powerful transformation.
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This compilation, in addition to the four games mentioned, has a series of technical and quality of life improvements that we will detail below. It brings various game modes like anniversary mode, in which the screen has been adapted to the 16:9 format, there is no life limit and we can play each title with Sonic, Tails or Knuckles. Classic Mode: It is the experience of each game as it was conceived, 4:3 screen, limit of lives and the characters are the respective ones of each game.
Additional modes are Mirror Mode: in which each level is played backwards. He too Mission Mode: which is a story mode where we will play each game in chronological order without pause. In addition, there is a Museum Mode in which we will see a series of illustrations, music, and videos that we will unlock as we play each game. We will have a series of challenges with which we will unlock assets for Museum Mode, which encourages you to play the game several times until you unlock everything.
Finally boss rush mode, in which we will have to defeat all the bosses of each level one after another. Content-wise, the game is what you’d expect and Sega has done a good job with Sonic Origins.
A compendium of origins
At a graphic level, it is what can be expected from games over 30 years old. Of course, the option of widescreen in games that require speed is something to consider, however, they are the same 16-bit graphics, so you cannot expect any drastic change in that regard. On some levels it has some tear, but it is not something that is annoying the rest of the game. The game comes with animated scenes that have a very good level of production and are a pleasure to look at.
The soundtrack has all the original songs from each level. It also has some remastered parts and other Blue Hedgehog entries. They can be heard in the Museum Mode music player and there are quite a few songs to our delight.
sonic origins it’s a well-rounded compilation that won’t disappoint old-school fans. There are four classic games adapted to widescreen format and some life improvements. It has quite a bit of content to add to its replayability factor in the form of a museum of videos, images, and music.
Note: This review was done on the PS5 version and the code was provided thanks to Sega.