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Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Genesis)

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Written by  :  Classic Nigel (150)
Written on  :  Sep 29, 2006
Platform  :  Genesis
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Summary

Weakest of the Genesis Sonics

The Good

With each Sonic game it seems something new was added this time in the form of a new adversary Knuckles The Echidna the protector of the emeralds has been convinced by Dr. Robotnik that Sonic is his enemy because of Sonic CD this game didn’t come out until 1994 thus making it 2 years since the last true Sonic game, Sonic 2.

In this installment you are on Angel Island, Knuckle’s home land and resting place of the master emerald with standard platforming gameplay with mini bosses and main bosses at the end of each stage and usually you run into Knuckles who causes trouble to hinder progress by sending you to a new stage or setting a trap for you with a new special stage which has you running on a 3D globe collecting all the blue orbs not the red ones the red ones send back to the main game finish 7 of the stages to get all chaos emeralds.

The music and sound effects are great as in like most sonic games particular favorites are Angel island, Hydrocity Act 2, and the main theme.

The Bad

This game also adds a save feature which is new to the Genesis installments but since this game is short and it doesn’t save the number of lives you have it doesn’t work that well.

This game does have many faults like how the final boss is way too easy this is probably because this was not meant to be the final boss because this game was originally the same game as Sonic & Knuckles but that’s for another review.

This game is also too short once again probably because Sonic and Knuckles content was originally supposed to be in this game with only Six stages four levels shorter than Sonic 2 it leaves something to be desired.

The Bottom Line

All in all this even with it’s problems is a worthy addition to the Sonic franchise and any sonic fan should find a way to play this game whether it be getting the Genesis version or ROM or Sonic Mega Collection.