We’ve got something a little bit different for you with this week’s WeView. Usually, we try to make this feature about something relevant, either to recent releases or upcoming sequels. We try to find a title that plenty of people will have played that might give us a little split in opinions. We’re not doing that this time.
This week, we’ve chosen to ask for your opinions on Sonic the Hedgehog. Not the most recent downloadable episode. Not even the Generations demo that just came out. No. We want to know what you think about the original, 1991, Sega Megadrive version.
Now, obviously there will be several of you who don’t have access to a Megadrive (or Genesis, if you’re lucky enough to be in the USA) and haven’t played it on the best console ever (that’s a fact, no need to look it up). Don’t worry, we’ll accept reviews based on the iPhone version, any of the various compendium re-releases or any other hardware that played the speedy blue mammal’s first Robotnik-busting adventure.
Sega’s spiky platformer might have inspired many of us to get deeper into gaming but it was released a little while before TSA existed so we don’t have a review written by a TSA staff member for you. So, in lieu of our own review, here’s what my favourite magazine at the time (Mean Machines – which also inspired me to get deeper into games) said about it, before awarding it 92%:
I can’t think of a Megadrive game with more spectacular graphics… everything is just so fast and smooth it’s astonishing! The design of the levels and the obstacles is ingenious (the Labyrinth zone is a blast!), and I love the fact that you can really explore the levels for different routes and secret rooms, rather than simply having to get from left to right.
Rest assured that Kris and I have our own personal scale that we judge all other games by. Basically, if anyone ever says “Wow! That was the best game ever” we ask one simple question: Was it better than Sonic the Hedgehog. The answer has always been a simple, disheartened and almost lonely sounding: “No”.
This one is intended to be a bit of fun before the autumn release schedule really kicks into top gear and we get back to linking WeView in with the current gaming scene so why not join in? Pop over to our forums and let us know what you think of it before telling us if you’d recommend others Buy it, Bargain Bin it, Rent it or Avoid it.
We’ll collect some quotes and count your verdicts on Sunday afternoon for next Monday’s round up post.