Sonic CD Review
Review By: Master Blud
Disclosure: I am a retro gamer. This review is dedicated to BlizzardJeffhog, who lubs sonic!
I still live in the retro gaming stage of my life, I revisit nostalgic gaming more than a few times a week. I have grown to love the new generation of gaming, but when it comes to Sonic Games, you must get the game right. There are new persons working on the Sonic Games, some might be a little too young to understand what it’s like to play Sonic, but that is just my guess, seeing as the Sonic 4 episode 1 was sort of a let down, although my review was pretty positive, it was the controls that stuck the good landing. Sonic was a hit in the early 90s as one of the most incredible platformers of that time. I still believe it is one of the greats, along with the nostalgic Super Mario Games.
Sonic CD for the Xbox Live Arcade revisits the original Sonic CD, with hardly anything really changed. There are options to change your visuals and the actual sound track. I recommend you visit these options to tweak what looks and sounds right. I honestly went with the nostalgic setting with the US Soundtrack, the JP selection wasn’t in my favor, as I am use to music by Spencer Nilsen.
The Gameplay is still the same, you have to go after Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik, who is trying to conquer the world by taking all of its inhabitants and transforming them in to robots. The one thing that I remember that really got my attention in Sonic CD, was the use of the Past and Future signs, if you stay at a fast enough speed, your whole scenario changes with the significant times, except for the boss levels which take place in the future . You still have your special stages, which were always fun to play. Use of the classic spin dash and peel out dash are still used in the game and very effective to those who want to keep the speed up. You have unlockables in the game, for those not familiar with this game, I will not give any spoilers, but will say enjoy the time you have with this title, explore your surroundings. You also have tails which you can unlock, but who wants to play as that guy (Inside Joke to Retro Gamers). Also go ahead and let Amy give you a hug, just one hug.
Everything I loved about this game is still fresh, I actually didn’t play Sonic CD as much as I did when I was younger. I am glad to say that my love for Sonic grows stronger with every port Sega makes to the mainstream consoles. The sounds of Sonic are still there and keep my retro game heart beating. I highly recommend anyone, not just us retro gamers, but anyone looking for a fun game to play. I always say, take a break from your everyday game and make this fit in your schedule. Altogether Sonic CD gets a 5 out of 5 to me, it feels clean, a great port from the original, and can be played by our new generation. Go ahead and get this title, it is setting at 400 Microsoft Points, that seems quite fair now doesn’t it?