Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Genesis)

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Weakest of the Genesis Sonics Classic Nigel (150) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Sonic The Hedgehog 3 is one of the best Sega Genesis games ever created. Dark Lord (46) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
72% Liam Dowds (51) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
One of the best Sonic games! Neocube (144) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
best sonic game EVER! marielle goaway (3) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars

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Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Overall User Score (124 votes) 4.1

Critic Reviews

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Entertainment Weekly
Sonic 3, by contrast, represents the apotheosis of the Sonic concept: Unlike previous games, the stages are linked cinematically (Sonic and Tails literally tumble from one scene to the next), and the characters have some stunning new techniques-I, for one, never thought I'd see a spiny blue hedgehog on a pair of skis.
High Score
Skaffa genast Sonic 3! Det är inget råd, det är en order. Basta!
The Video Game Critic
The third Sonic game really took the series to a new level. The one huge improvement was the addition of the save feature. Other improvements include a much better two-player mode that allows you to select game variations and zones. The split screens are now proportioned correctly and look great. The graphics look better than ever, and there are some new power-ups as well. The new bonus stage lets you run around a huge sphere, but it's not quite as fun as the Sonic 2 bonus stage. Still, this is considered by many to be the pinnacle of the Sonic the Hedgehog series on the Genesis.
GamePro (US)
This 'hog's gonna take the blue ribbon at the state fair...and probably in this year's game cart sweepstakes, as well.
This is an absolutely fabulous game, without a doubt. This has got to be of the all-time classics for Genesis and one of those games you won't put down for a long time. Sonic 3 is definitely a game you should not pass up, especially if you have Sonic & Knuckles.
Power Sonic
Os cenários do jogo e o padrão gráficos foram bem modificados. Agora está mais maduro. Os detalhes são um destaque a mais, com backgrouns muito bem construídos, vegetações em segundo plano, dando noção de profundidade. Os sprites dos personagens também foram modificados: Sonic especialmente ficou mais distante do padrão do Sonic 2. Tails ficou bem semelhante. A trilha sonora é outro show à parte, há uma harmonia do som com a fase. Ice Cap é um exemplo perfeito. Além disso, cada ato do jogo possui uma música diferente. Por fim, a jogabilidade - que já era ótima - ficou ainda melhor com os novos escudos. O vôo de Tails agora pode ser controlado, o que também auxilia muito. No aspecto diversão, a garantia é o modo Competition, onde você pode jogar com outro player ou sozinho, em fases próprias para fazer tempos mais rápidos. A Sega realmente caprichou neste jogo e está de parabéns.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Sonic 3 has achieved what few others could. It is a tenfold improvement over all of the other Sonic games with great music, awesome levels, more items and more secret passageways.
Estamos ante otro gran juego de Sonic, como bien nos tenía acostumbrados al principio, ahora bien, hay un problema: es un juego que se hace corto. Por muy logradas que estén, seis fases de dos actos cada una son muy pocas. Eso sí, el tercer capítulo de la saga no desmerece en absoluto dentro del conjunto de juegos del erizo en Megadrive, con lo cual, sobran las palabras.
Power Unlimited
Die verdraaide blauwe egel is terug in zijn derde avontuur op de Mega Drive. Niet alleen is Sonic 3 sneller, groter en mooier geworden dan zijn voorganger, er is ook meer actie en avontuur. Nog leuker dan leuk dus.
Sega Force
I vilket fall som helst så är detta det bästa plattformsspelet du kan köpa just nu, så tveka inte! Sonic står fortfarande för total action och superkvalla.
Game Players
After a disappointing Sonic 2, this one really blasts onto the scene. Detailed modeling and amazing animation make it even better than Sonic CD! Blue lightning strikes!
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Daß wir Sonic 3 zum Spiel des Monats machen würden, war zunächst gar nicht mal sicher. Nachdem nun aber auch die Kollegen, besonders unsere Quotenfrau (grins), richtig süchtig geworden sind und mit Ringen unter den Augen rumlaufen, weil sie wieder mal die Nacht durchgespielt haben, war das Ergebnis klar. Sonic, Du bist der Größte!
All Game Guide
Picking up where the second game in the series left off, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 is indeed true to its forebears. Players guide the running, jumping, spinning, dashing, swimming, hedgehog through six huge zones of play (including Carnival Night and IceCap Zone), each with a different theme. The music matches the levels extremely well, and the graphics are the best yet, especially terms of the lushly detailed backgrounds. Split-screen two-player races have returned from Sonic 2, as has Tails the fox. This time, however, gamers playing the one-player mode can pick up controller two and have Tails airlift Sonic out of danger. Other fresh features include tons of new enemies (including Knuckles the echidna), a special Insta-Shield super move, new special stages (involving dodging red spheres while grabbing blue ones), and a save feature, which is very helpful since this is the biggest, toughest, least linear game in the trilogy.
Video Games & Computer Entertainment
While it's somewhat disappointing that Sonic 3 doesn't flaunt it's 16-meg muscles as much as you might expect, it's still an instant classic that'll hit gamers of all ages and skills right between the eyes. If you take the time to venture off the beaten path and explore Sonic's world more thoroughly, you'll find that the fun will increase exponentially.
Mega Fun
Sega hat bei Sonic-Spielen bisher ein sehr glückliches Händchen bewiesen. Daran ändert sich auch beim dritten Teil nichts, er hat Schwung, spritzig neue Ideen und eine kompetente Steuerung. Die Levels noch umfangreicher und Batterie erspart lästiges Neuanfangen. Der flackernde Zwei-Spieler-Modus des Vorgängers wurde gegen einen Spielspaß steigernden Wettlauf kleineren Maßstab lobenswerterweise ausgetauscht. Wo also sind die Schwächen des neuesten Sonic-Moduls? Ganz einfach, es ist diese Berechenbarkeit des Leveldesigns (man weiß ohne schon gespielt zu haben in etwa was kommt), die Sonic bereits seit seinem ersten Abenteuer verfolgt. Da nützen auch die liebevoll gestalteten Bonusrunden nicht viel, Sonic bleibt ein Spiel für zwischendurch. Doch auf diesem Feld ist schnellste Igel der Welt ungeschlagen und für dieses Feld ist er auch programmiert. Also Leute, Sonic 3 ist sein Geld wert, wer‘s nicht glaubt anspielen und sich anschließend schämen, daß ungläubig war.
Power Play
The same procedure as every year! Sonic beherrscht, wie der Klempnerkollege vom Konkurrenten, die hohe Kunst des verlustfreien Spiele-Recycelns. Obwohl die dritte Fortsetzung nur mit kosmetischen Änderungen aufwarten kann – ein paar Extras hier, ein neues Zwischenspiel dort – macht die Turbo-Igel immer noch einen Heidenspaß. Die knallbunte Grafik, ein butterweiches Scrolling, animierte Soundtracks und ein paar neue Extras, sind Futter genug für unkompliziertes Spielvergnügen.
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA)
Lors de sa commercialisation, Sonic 3 était sans doute le plus joli Sonic sur Megadrive, le plus long également, toutefois, il semblerait que la Sonic-Team ait manqué d'imagination, proposant certes beaucoup de nouveautés, mais pas d'innovations marquantes, et un jeu finalement moins fun, peut-être à cause de la révolution Sonic & Knuckles à venir ?