Sunday, September 16, 2012

DS review: Sonic Classic Collection

The Sonic Classic Collection combines the four main Genesis-era Sonic titles - Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and Sonic and Knuckles - onto one convenient cartridge for play on the go. All of the games are accessible from the outset, and despite the smaller screen size, still look decent. A new addition not found on the original Genesis releases of all the games is the ability to save the game to multiple files. The soundtrack comes through the DS speakers decent enough, and the controls are pretty solid in tandem with the aforementioned smaller screen size.

Recent handheld Sonic entries, such as Sonic Rush, have utilized both screens to fit more of each stage into a player's field of vision. Unfortunately, the Sonic Classic Collection does not use the bottom screen for any purpose. It's a tricky situation - on the one hand, they could have faced backlash from purist fans, but on the other hand, the view of each level is crunched into a relatively small space.

There really isn't much else to speak of with this collection. Some artwork of early 1990s Sonic and friends can be accessed from the main menu, but there is no work involved in unlocking it. The ability to play as Knuckles in both Sonic 2 and 3 is a nice addition, though. Simply put, the Sonic Classic Collection is a decent grouping of the four old school titles. There isn't anything truly outstanding about it, and it's much easier to appreciate the full experience that comes from playing the individual games on the Genesis, Wii Virtual Console, Xbox Live Arcade, or any of the other stand-alone releases the games have seen over the years.

My rating: 6.75 (out of 10)

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