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Sonic the Hedgehog 3

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Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
Genesis
92
4.1
Wii
86
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Xbox 360
80
2.5

User Reviews

Weakest of the Genesis Sonics Genesis Classic Nigel (150)
Sonic The Hedgehog 3 is one of the best Sega Genesis games ever created. Genesis Dark Lord (46)
72% Genesis Liam Dowds (51)
One of the best Sonic games! Genesis Neocube (144)
best sonic game EVER! Genesis marielle goaway (3)
Sonic Can Jump Sharks Too! Wii So Hai (338)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Genesis 118 4.1
Wii 8 3.3
Xbox 360 3 2.5
Combined MobyScore 129 4.0


The Press Says

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100
GenesisEntertainment 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.
100
GenesisHigh Score
Skaffa genast Sonic 3! Det är inget råd, det är en order. Basta!
100
GenesisThe 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.
100
GenesisGamePro (US)
This 'hog's gonna take the blue ribbon at the state fair...and probably in this year's game cart sweepstakes, as well.
100
GenesisSega-16.com
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.
95
GenesisPower 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.
95
GenesisElectronic 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.
94
GenesisVicioJuegos.com
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.
93
GenesisPower 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.
93
WiiOfficial Nintendo Magazine
Perhaps it's not quite as enjoyable as the second game in the series, but it's still one of the best platformers ever created. The music is fantastic (rumour has it that Michael Jackson provided the game's score, and Sega dropped his name from the credits after those allegations started), the graphics are some of the best you'll see on a Mega Drive game (check out the end of the first zone where the whole land is set on fire), and it's faster than a cheetah driving an F1 car. Essential.
92
GenesisSega 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.
92
GenesisGame 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!
90
WiiIGN
Sonic 1 we called impressive. Sonic 2 we labeled great. Sonic 3, though, is the best of them all – and deservingly earns the highest score of the trilogy. But we recognize that the issue of its connection to the so-far-unreleased Sonic & Knuckles is a point of contention, and it may make even serious fans want to wait a while before investing 800 Wii Points here. If that's you, we understand. But we're going to give Sonic the benefit of the doubt this time and stand by the quality of Sonic the Hedgehog 3, even as a standalone game. Because compared to the trash he's been involved in lately, just Sonic 3 alone is pure gaming gold.
90
WiiJeuxvideo.com
Digne successeur des deux précédents volets, Sonic 3 ne souffre que d’une durée de vie moyenne imputable à SEGA qui a pris trop de temps à développer ce jeu (ou qui a préféré se faire de l’argent sur deux jeux plutôt que sur un seul …). Quasi-irréprochable sur tous les autres points. Passer à côté aurait été (et serait encore aujourd’hui) une erreur !
90
Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Digne successeur des deux précédents volets, Sonic 3 ne souffre que d’une durée de vie moyenne imputable à SEGA qui a pris trop de temps à développer ce jeu (ou qui a préféré se faire de l’argent sur deux jeux plutôt que sur un seul …). Quasi-irréprochable sur tous les autres points. Passer à côté aurait été (et serait encore aujourd’hui) une erreur !
90
GenesisAll 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.
90
GenesisVideo 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.
81
GenesisPower 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.
80
WiiNintendo Life
If you’re a fan of the previous iterations then this will be a no-brainer – Sonic 3 certainly manages to offer more than its fair share of super-fast entertainment, but those of you that were unmoved by Sonic 1 & 2 should probably give this a miss – it’s not going to change your perception.
80
Xbox 360IGN
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. Even with all of the downsides, this XBLA game is a great trip down memory lane for the remaining SEGA fanboys.
80
Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
It's not Sonic & Knuckles, but that's about the only serious criticism that can be levelled at such a confident and polished sequel. Not quite a stone-cold classic, but close enough to make the low asking price a no-brainer.
80
Xbox 360Gamestyle
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. In retrospect, it may not be the best in the series, but compared to recent outings it can almost be called a classic. Also, don't forget the imminent arrival of Sonic & Knuckles brings with it the connectivity ability to play as Knuckles in Sonic 3, which makes this very worthwhile.
80
WiiGameSpot
Back in the 16-bit days, Sonic fans had to wait almost two years for the release of the third Sonic the Hedgehog game after second one. But thanks to the Virtual Console service, Wii owners only had to wait three months. At first glance, it'll probably seem incredible to you that Sega needed any length of time at all to produce what, on the surface, merely appears to be a formulaic follow-up to Sonic the Hedgehog 2. However, once you really dig in, you'll come to appreciate the many little improvements that help set Sonic the Hedgehog 3 apart from its predecessors.
70
Xbox 360PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Sonic 3 is a fast and entertaining platformer, although it may be worth considering buying it inside of one of Sega's larger collections.
70
GenesisSEGA-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 ?