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Sonic has come a long way over the years, and to be honest, his age is starting to show. Back in his hay day Sonic was the man, and at one point, was outselling Mario. Now-a-days, however, he’s starting to lose his speed and Mario’s been keeping young. In his 16 bit days Sonic was on top of the world, and now he’s scratching and clawing his way to stay in the game. Sonic has even resorted to teaming up with Mario in gimmicky Wii Olympic party games just to stay on the radar. What follows is a timeline (and collection) of a handful of Sonic games that I’ve played over the years. This isn’t a complete collection of all his games because, trust me, he has a lot of games out there for many consoles and systems. This is more of a “best of” collection, if you will (excluding the newest ones—i.e. the current-gen games, they’re just necessary to include). I’ve played all the games in this list and I’m a long-time Sonic fan. This list just go to show you how long the blue blur has been around, how far he’s come, and how much he’s far he’s fallen.

 

1991

Sonic the Hedgehog

On the Sega console –The originator, the supposed “Mario Killer”. The best foot forward for Sega and a classic game every video game fan has or should play.

1992

Sonic 2

The second installment on the Sega Gensis. This was the first game we get to meet Sonic’s sidekick/mechanic Miles “Tails” Prower (a pun of miles per hour)

1993

Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Beam Machine

The Sonic Team’s attempt at a puzzle game. It’s essentially Puyo Puyo.

Sonic Spinball

Like the name suggests this is a Sonic pinball game. Don’t be fooled though, it’s hard.

Sonic 3

Like the Mario franchise, the third installment is arguably the best of the series. This is the first game players are able to take control of Tails (our first taste of co-op play in the Sonic series).

1994

Sonic & Knuckles

This is not only a full fledged game but it’s also an add-on to the previous Sonic games. You could actually plug one of the 3 previous games into the top of this cartridge. This is also the first game we actually get to play as Knuckles.

1995

Sonic CD

This game was for the PC and has the best intro to any Sonic game that I can remember. The intro was a quick animated short with a great song overtop. The game play stuck to the classic 2D Sonic we’re familiar with.

Knuckles Chaotix

This game was for the short lived Sega 32x (32x was like the Sonic and Knuckles cartridge but it up’d the graphics from 16bit to 32 on the Sega Gensis) Sonic wasn’t in this game but I actually owned this game so I figured I’d mention it.

1996

Sonic 3D Blast

This was the first 3D Sonic game and it was on the Gensis. This game was a failure, I suppose you could call this foreshadowing?

1997

Sonic R

This was the first Sonic Racing game, this game was also somewhat of a failure (but then again so was the Sega Saturn). 3D Sonic has a harder time with games than the 2D one.

1999

Sonic Adventure

This is how you make a 3D Sonic game. This was the staple game for the newly released Dreamcast system (at the time). This game was epic—I loved this game.

2000

Sonic Shuffle

Sega is always trying to do what Mario does, so this was Sega trying to cash in on the Mario Party series. Mario Party had 7 sequels, Sonic Shuffle has none—I wonder why? (hint: it sucked)

2001

Sonic Adventure 2

The previous game did so well, why not make another. Shadow the hedgehog was first introduced in this game. The game met with mixed reviews but personally I enjoyed the hell out of it. I’m still waiting for Sonic Adventure 3 to be honest with you.

2004

Sonic Heroes

This may be harsh but I feel like every 3D Sonic game from here on out were more or less terrible. Sega quit the console business and just stuck to making games so this game was a multiplatform release (Xbox and PS2). You took control of 3 characters at once, switching between the 3 throughout. There was multiple teams to choose from but this gimmick, unfortunately, didn’t help this game.

2006

Sonic the Hedgehog

This is Sonic’s first step into the current generations of consoles. This game was terribly frustrating. The load times in this game were torturous and Sonic made out with a human. Just because an animal can talk doesn’t mean it’s ok to let them kiss humans (especially in a game for kids). Just like bestiality, this game is just wrong.

2007

Sonic and the Secret Rings

This is the first game that game out with the new Wii Nintendo System. Just like most of the games for the Wii, this game is just one big gimmick. Just because I have to waggle some dumb controller rather than press a button doesn’t make this some new fresh Sonic game. To be fair through, this game wasn’t as terrible as the aforementioned one, so it’s not that bad of a game considering.

2008

Sonic Unleashed

This is the latest game release for Sonic and maybe the weirdest. I hear this game did well with a younger audience (which is who they make these games for) but I’m a little ashamed of this game. It’s hard to sell the same game to people so usually developers try to through something new into the mix to spice things up. In this game Sonic turned into a warehog with stretchy arms at night. I don’t have much else to say about this game, it’s absurdity leaves me speechless.

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I haven’t had much time for video games as of late what with college, my full-time job, and whatnot but it’s video game season. November is the month most companies reserve for their big titles, and rightly so because it’s the month all the mothers do their holiday shopping. Luckily for me, however, the stars and planets have aligned or some magical force is at work and I’ve had some time to actually play video games this month so here’s what I’ve been playing this week:

New Super Mario Brothers Wii. I tired getting this game at midnight on Saturday/Sunday at Wal-Mart but my god was that a nightmare. I ended up waiting till Sunday to buy it and I made a day out of it. I brought my Wii over to my friends house and we had a good 4 player game. Mario with 4 players on the screen at once is pure mayhem! Even when you’re playing cooperatively you end up causing your friends to die by accident constantly. For example: You and a friend will both go to jump over a gap only since you’re behind him your jump is slightly above his causing you to then jump off your friend’s head midway through the gap effectively killing him. Once you get passed that little frustration, it’s a blast. The game gets progressively more difficult and I don’t recommend playing the whole game with 4 players because it’s hard enough solo and adding more players seems to just make the level harder on you (especially if the people you play with don’t know how to play Mario). 

Like the rest of the world I’m also playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. I’ve been playing this game a little less because of some monetary issues with my Xbox Live account. Since I don’t Xbox Live as of a couple days ago I haven’t been able to play multiplayer too much (other than the first day or two I had the game) but I dove into the single player. Not having multiplayer, however, makes me want to play Mario more but I have played the first few mission of Call of Duty’s single player campaign and it’s hard (sure I have the difficulty on Hardened which is just under Veteran, the hardest difficultly). The game is absolutely gorgeous and the production value of this game has improved. This game is on the top of everyone’s list and it’s the must have game this holiday season and rightfully so this game offers a solid single player and multiplayer experience. If you’re a hardcore multiplayer fan then there’s no doubt you’re already working your way up the ranks in this game, and if you’re not you should be. Having said that I still think the game is over hyped, but everything is now-a-days. 

 

On the none video game side (but still a game) I’ve been playing Trouble a lot lately. Let me just say this about trouble: It’s awesome! I haven’t played much of Trouble when I was kid but I wish I did. The past week or so me and my friends have been battling in this game having a blast, so much so that I’m tempted to tape these hilarious epic games. You’d have no idea we were playing a simple children’s game if you were listening to us screaming, yelling, and laughing in the other room. If you have 3 good friends I suggest you try playing an intense game of Trouble and see what I’m talking about and what you’re missing. Just remember to trust no one!

Hello Interwebbernaughts. My name is Chris and I’m the admin/webmaster/main content provider here at A&B Games—in fact it’s pretty much just me. Since the interweb is full of anonymous strangers with no faces, I’d thought I’d introduce myself a little to you (while remaining faceless). I’m a college student who currently attends Rowan University and I’m majoring in Radio/TV/Film with a minor in Journalism. It’s not a bad school even though sometimes the administration can give you the run-a-round. I’ve been playing video games since as long as I knew how to use my thumbs, and have been kicking ass ever since. My father used to make me play Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out with him in between beatings and lectures. My brother constantly pushed me to better at video games by being just as good as me and challenging me everyday. I got out of video games for a short while in high school while I tried to figure out who I am. After I sorted that nightmare out I’ve been steadily enjoying my time back with video games. Ever since I got back I’ve been reading more and more about the industry and the video game world (the video game part not the people who play them). Anyway I hope to entertain you and provide you with a unique prospective on this crazy crazy world of video games.