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Familiarity does breed contempt, but Sonic's first game remains a classic despite the number of times we've played it. Sure, the sequel may be the better outing and both Sonic Mania and Sonic CD are arguably superior releases, but there's a pureness to this title that makes it worth a look, even in 2018. The only complaint that can be raised against the Switch version is that, like a great many of the upcoming Sega Ages Mega Drive titles, it could end up being surplus to requirements when the Sega Mega Drive Classics collection arrives; a slightly lower price might have made this easier to wholeheartedly recommend, but we know this very minor complaint will fall on deaf ears if you're a diehard Sega fan.
You've probably either played Sonic the Hedgehog back when it released on the Sega Genenis/Megadrive, but you've never played a version quite like the one available in the SEGA AGES series. The inclusion of the Mega Play from the arcade version, as well as other things such as Ring Keep mode and an online ranking leaderboard make this the most complete and definitive version of this 2D classic.
The addition of the newer dash moves brings it closer to the more recent Sonic games in feel, but if you want speed, Sonic Mania would be a better pick. Still, M2 did phenomenal work on bringing this game to the Switch in a way that doesn't feel stale. If you want to see where Sonic came from and are interested in how the new features enhance this classic game, there's no reason to stay away.
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SEGA AGES Sonic The Hedgehog & Lightening Force: Quest - Launch Trailer - Nintendo Switch