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Review: Sonic Origins is a tragic example of a good classic ruined by greed

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expansion / / Sonic Origins Comes with some brand new, well animated sequences. But do they scale to make this edit worth $ 40? (Spoilers: No)

Sega

This is the gamer version of “Guess the number of gumballs in the jar”.The number of times Sega first re-released Sonic the hedgehog game?

If you don’t ignore the six carts of the 90’s Sega Genesis and Mega Drive, the answer is close to 30. That number includes porting the home version of the arcade in the early 90’s. Sonic jam Sonic-hungry Saturn compilation, various mobile platform versions, multiple Plug and Play TV boxes, and a version that can only be played on Tesla cars. Many of these releases also come with other 16-bit Sonic games.

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expansion / / Each game Sonic Origins Menu interface.

Sega

If you missed one of the 30+ other ways to play the series over the years, or if you have a kid who wants as much Sonic After watching, content as much as possible Live-action movie of the series— —Sonic Origins It will be released on PC and all console families later this week. Sadly, I’m reviewing a $ 40 (or honestly, up to $ 48) compilation of this 16-bit Sonic game. It’s not because it’s great, but because it’s strange.

… and knuckles

Let’s start with the price / content ratio. The $ 40 suggests an amount of sonic content that will surprise series fans. I don’t think they do.

The biggest problem is Sonic Origins Includes only 4 games: Sonic 1, Sonic CD, Sonic 2And the “complete” version Sonic 3 (That is, “and knuckle” as a locked combination of two cartridges). Other compilations went a step further by adding other Sonic-themed 16-bit games in addition to the 8-bit games of Master System and Game Gear, but this time they are missing.Sega does not make up for their absence with something like: SonicThe strangeness of edutainment in 3D games or Sega Pico series from Dreamcast.

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expansion / / Sonic 2 In anniversary mode. The biggest difference is the hack that properly renders the game in a 16: 9 ratio.
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expansion / / same Sonic 2 The moment in “classic” mode. Once you experience a classic sonic game with a long left-right distance, it’s difficult to go back below.

Sega

Sonic Origins‘The four games included are at least very well emulated. This is largely due to Headcannon, a development team with the expertise to modify the code of Sonic games to add the latest perks while maintaining the look and feel of the original game. (Unsurprisingly, they were backed by Christian Whitehead, the developer who helped with the formal transplant of Sega. Sonic CD To iOS many years ago. ) “Anniversary” mode for all games Sonic Origins Native support for 16: 9 screen ratios makes it easier to visually track fast exploration of the series. This mode also includes perks ranging from obvious (infinite life) to subtle (adding “drop dash” operations to older games or supporting “knuckles and tales” modes).

If you want to play the game exactly as originally designed, you can still use the 4: 3 ratio, the original “live” system, and other Genesis era stuff to fall back to “classic” mode. (There is one caveat to this mode, which we’ll discuss later.)

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expansion / / Widescreen mode definitely changes the sense of 3D effects in bonus rounds of various Sonic games.This is Sonic CD Looks like an extra trippy.

Genesis’ unique FM synthesizer sound system has been faithfully reproduced for the most part, but so far we’ve noticed two weird issues during the pre-release period. Sonic CD Sometimes certain sound effects are skipped and certain sound effects suffer from aggressive clipping Sonic 2Bonus stage. Color calibration for all four games looks great for a series that always prefers a bright and hilarious palette. Also, the input lag for this compilation is as small as measured for PlayStation 5 games. This is good news, but I haven’t tested the collection on other platforms yet.

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