Rather than his obvious 2D highs, we’ll be ranking the more controversial half of Sonic’s career – his journey into the realm of 3D. We’ll also give you a brief rundown of each game as we go.
SegaSonic the Hedgehog – 1993
It’s widely hailed as the realisation of “bottom of the barrel” for many good reasons. Things are utterly broken in terms of gameplay, with lengthy load times, the most awkward hub world of the series, and copious amounts of glitches assaulting you at every corner. Just look up some videos and you’ll quickly learn why this game is so notorious.
While the Sega Saturn game was an improvement, I consider the Mega Drive game to be the real thing. As Sonic’s first stint in “3D”, 3D Blast was quite a strange departure for the blue blur. It was barely Sonic, debatably 3D, and certainly not a blast.
Gameplay revolved around defeating robots to collect Flickies in an isometric viewpoint. There wasn’t much speed to speak of, so it felt more like a plodding collect-a-thon than the natural transition from 2D to 3D. It also showcased just how unsuited Sonic’s controls are to an isometric game – you can feel frustrating controls at every turn. While not outstandingly terrible or a glitchy mess, it makes for an uninspired platformer.
Pretty solid list. I liked 3D Blast a little more than your placement but either way. After Sonic Generations (which I like most of a whole lot) I think I'm done with the little guy for a while. I've come to realize that there's so much I don't like about Sonic games that I think it almost outweighs what I do like… Lol does that even make sense?
I completely disagree regarding Sonic Colors' placement. It is without a doubt the best or second best 3D Sonic. No way stuff like Black Knight and Secret Rings are ahead of it. I made my own list on SuperPhillip Central a while back of Modern Sonic games. I don't want to link to it in case of that being frowned upon. It just already illustrates my arguments so I wouldn't have to repeat myself.
Phillip – I thought I had mentioned before – feel free to link to your site here. I think you've been here long enough that you're not a spammer 😛
I suspect Black Knight isn't on the list because Clark mentioned that he hadn't played two of the 3D Sonic games up the top 🙂
Time for a massive admission – I've not played any of them :O
You probably did mention that and I just forgot (like usual). hehe
As for Black Knight, you and Clark are not missing much honestly.
Here was my list from November 9th of last year. The top three were 1) Sonic Colors, 2) Sonic Generations, and 3) Sonic Adventure 2:
Thanks for allowing me to post it.
Had a look at your list, and other than our big disagreement, nearly all of our placements are similar. Nice to see we agree generally.
Regarding Colours, your list makes some good points. It just doesn't click with me at all, which is especially strange since I enjoy the other two games that use similar engines. Been playing Colours on and off since 2010, but I always end up quitting with feelings of apathy or sometimes annoyance.
Black Knight is coming the mail, but I'm fully expecting it to be iffy. Won't get to play SegaSonic for a while, since Sega has cited control emulation difficulties as the reason for not porting it.
10. 3D Blast
6. Secret Rings
2. Sonic 06
Yes, I did like Shadow and 06. A lot. I felt that their flaws weren't nearly enough to outweigh the things I liked about them – mainly, the ideas that I'd like to see be refined and polished and come back again. Especially in the story departments, as that's what I'm most interested in as a general rule.