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    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Origins

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Origins

    Sonic has been running for 31 years now, and yet of all of his adventures to date the original Mega Drive games still remain fan favourites. It’s no wonder that most of these timeless classics have been re-released in countless compilations over the years, but Sonic Origins stands out by daring to do something a little different this time around. From the moment you first boot up the collection, it’s clear that the developers have great respect for the source material. An excellent in
    Review Score: 5.0

    Dreadknux

    Dreadknux

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Generations

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Generations

    We’ve been celebrating Sonic’s 20th anniversary all year with various online and real-life events, contests and videos. It’s only right that an actual game be a part of the festivities. Sonic Generations is an interactive tribute to the series’ longevity and is one of the most fitting anniversary titles ever to be released. Why? It’s not because classic levels are re-imagined in 3D or that Sonic’s previously portly self is present. No, Sonic Generations is fitting because - in eerie, yet hi
    Review Score: 3.5

    Slingerland

    Slingerland

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Colors

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Colors

    It’s no secret that Sonic has been… lost over these last few years. It seems like ever since he left the Dreamcast, Sonic’s been going on a journey of self discovery to “find himself.” He’s tried team-work gameplay, sword play and has even let Shadow take the reins for a game. These various directions have had a variety of different results, but none of them have felt like a true successor to Sonic Adventure 2. None of these games really answered the criticisms of the Adventure series eithe
    Review Score: 5.0

    nuckles87

    nuckles87

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I

    Sonic 4, then. Hyped as the true return to 2D form for the blue blur, unleashed at last upon the fanbase after a year-long wait that was riddled with delays and controversy. Does it live up to its promise? Is it worth your hard-earned Sonic wonga? Read on and find out, in TSS’ Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 review. Premise There’s really nothing to say when it comes to the game’s premise – it follows the formula of the classic games to the letter, seeing Sonic race through level
    Review Score: 2.5

    Dreadknux

    Dreadknux

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing

    Sonic has had his fair share of racing games. Game Gear’s Sonic Drift, Sonic R on the Sega Saturn, and the recent Sonic Riders are some prime examples. These racers each tried something different (with the exception of Drift, really) and while interesting, didn’t really provide a stellar gaming experience. As much as I personally love Sonic R, turning corners and holding down that B button can be a right pain sometimes – and the fun’s over too quickly. Sonic Rivals was… well, that was Sonic Riva
    Review Score: 4.0

    Dreadknux

    Dreadknux

    TSS REVIEW: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

    TSS REVIEW: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

    When Sonic fans first heard about the epic team-up of bitter 90s rival Mario in 2007, imaginations ran wild with the possibilities. What kind of game could be made from a Mario and Sonic crossover? You can imagine how they felt then, following Sonic’s appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, that the resulting product would be a sports-themed party game instead. However, despite the somewhat unwarranted vitriol (one might argue that a platform game would be even more blasphemous to both franchises
    Review Score: 3.5

    Dreadknux

    Dreadknux

    TSS REVIEW: SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection

    TSS REVIEW: SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection

    It’s always hard to judge games like SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection in a review, because the only thing you can really gauge is the offering itself and whether the presentation offers value for money. With the Wii’s Virtual Console providing a lot of classic entertainment at varying prices each, and the Xbox Live Arcade doing the same for certain cult favourites, it seems fitting that SEGA would jump in and provide an outlet for gamers to experience all of their past titles as well. Of
    Review Score: 4.0

    Dreadknux

    Dreadknux

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic and the Black Knight

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic and the Black Knight

    One of the first things you can do in Sonic and the Black Knight is view a slide show gallery of artwork, created by blue blur fans around the world. Almost all of them recount classic moments in the franchise’s history, pulling from Sonic CD, Sonic and Knuckles and Sonic Adventure 2 among others. It’s bittersweet, given that this new-age Sonic Team – a studio that’s opening their hearts and making games with the best will in the world – are embracing fan input where it’s positive, yet ignoring
    Review Score: 1.0

    Dreadknux

    Dreadknux

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Unleashed

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Unleashed

    I found it hard to write this review. Not because I didn’t know what to say, but because I wasn’t sure how I was going to say it. Hashimoto-san and company have worked very hard on this latest Sonic adventure. It’s clear to see when you take a peek at the screenshots, or learn about the Hedgehog Engine, or hear about how they spent countless months designing Sonic stages that cover hundreds of virtual miles. Sonic Team haven’t scrimped here, they had something to prove after Sonic 06 that they c
    Review Score: 3.5

    Dreadknux

    Dreadknux

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood

    Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood is further proof, beyond Sonic Spinball and Sonic Riders, that the classic hedgehog formula can be applied to just about any old genre SEGA sees fit (not always successfully, mind). The idea for this game apparently came about during a discussion with BioWare’s managing directors and SEGA America’s President Simon Jeffery. Obviously the concept and challenge of putting Sonic the Hedgehog in untested waters was just too good an opportunity to pass up, but wa
    Review Score: 3.5

    Dreadknux

    Dreadknux

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity

    One has to wonder why, when Sonic Riders pretty much tanked, Sonic Team thought it was worth making a sequel. Much like the original game, players must ride around intricate courses using custom hoverboards called Extreme Gear. There are plenty of gimmicks within each stage to take advantage of, in order to take the lead - but one of your own skills is to control gravity, allowing you to corner effectively and even take alternative paths on walls or ceilings. Premise The story ta
    Review Score: 2.5

    Dreadknux

    Dreadknux

    TSS REVIEW: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

    TSS REVIEW: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

    When word first got round that two of video gaming's biggest names were going to co-star in a game together, tongues were waggling. Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog, two bitter rivals, were to settle their differences on a global platform. Literally, as it turns out the location in question is the Beijing Olympics! ... Er, OK. Regardless of what you may think about the two juggernauts facing off for the first time in a sports arena, Mario & Sonic does make you feel a little bit tingly
    Review Score: 3.0

    Dreadknux

    Dreadknux

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Rush Adventure

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Rush Adventure

    If Sonic Rush taught anyone in 2004, it's that the blue hedgehog can still be relevant in the gaming world. It certainly wasn't the perfect Sonic game (and many even said that the reason it was critically acclaimed was because it wasn't as lame as recent console titles), but it showed that a decent game could be made with a little original design and some franchise savvy. That savvy - the use of a minimal number of characters and the return of zone gimmicks and other design features that de
    Review Score: 5.0

    Dreadknux

    Dreadknux

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic and the Secret Rings

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic and the Secret Rings

    It wouldn't be unkind to say that Secret Rings didn't exactly get the biggest buzz in the Sonic fanbase. After getting stung with Sonic 06, which was claimed to be a glorious return to the franchise, it's only understandable that everyone was taking an extra step back with this one. But as time went on, curiosity rose and now many people are betting their lives on Sonic and the Secret Rings being the ultimate Sonic game that everyone should own. So, is it? The story isn't your typical Sonic
    Review Score: 3.0

    Dreadknux

    Dreadknux

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic The Hedgehog (2006)

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic The Hedgehog (2006)

    It has arrived. After changing the formula with Sonic Heroes and getting mixed responses, the 'Team have gone back to basics and stuck with what works. The result is a mixture of Sonic Adventure's town stages and level structure and Sonic Adventure 2's involving plot lines. Now we've hit the next generation of consoles, does the tried and tested work in Sonic the Hedgehog? Well, you would think so, but it's all a bit of a mixed bag. From the moment you turn on the game you're introduced to
    Review Score: 1.5

    Dreadknux

    Dreadknux

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Riders

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Riders

    Why is it that the better Sonic games that have arrived this side of the 128-Bit generation have been spinoff games (not including Shadow, of course)? It seems that Sonic Team has a knack for making entertaining spinoffs of their key character, yet when it comes to the canon games... well, we all still live in hope. It's no surprise either that Sonic Riders was developed by the side of the studio formerly known as 'United Game Artists' (Space Channel 5, Rez, Rub Rabbits). Making the hedgeho
    Review Score: 4.0

    Dreadknux

    Dreadknux

    TSS REVIEW: Shadow the Hedgehog

    TSS REVIEW: Shadow the Hedgehog

    When you think of Shadow the Hedgehog these days, you tend to think of Star Wars. Ever since the character's creation, there have been constant references to whether he allies with a Hero or Dark side, and it's gotten pretty stale to be honest. And as you'd expect, this premise not only rears its head again in the anti-hero's very own video game, but forms the entire basis of the character's storyline. Only for once, the choice of Hero/Dark actually seems to fit right in. Playing as t
    Review Score: 2.5

    Dreadknux

    Dreadknux

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Gems Collection

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Gems Collection

    If you were a jewellery shop owner, and you decided to sell to your customers a collection of your most precious Gems, what would you decide the contents would be? A diamond, perhaps? A sapphire? A ruby or two? SEGA, lapping up the (quite justified) success of Sonic Mega Collection, decided to bung a compilation of apparently equal-value 'gems' featuring our favourite hedgehog. Sonic Gems Collection boasts an array of titles that the die-hard fan just cannot pass up. Is the press release (a
    Review Score: 1.5

    Dreadknux

    Dreadknux

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Battle

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Battle

    Sonic Team are on a roll here. Shortly after their dry patch of useless updates and ports, we received Sonic Pinball Party, an adequate and faithful ball-bashing (pun intended) experience with a heavy dose of Sonic. Next came Billy Hatcher, which despite its lack of interest from most people, is a damn fine game to play. Now Sonic Heroes is around the corner, and along with it comes a new GBA Sonic game. Does Sonic Battle do itself justice by yet again parting from Sonic's platform-hopping roots
    Review Score: 5.0

    Dreadknux

    Dreadknux

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Mega Collection

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Mega Collection

    When Sonic Team finally officially confirmed the worst-kept secret of the time - that they were to make a compilation similar to Sonic Jam on the GameCube - the world went into a collective nostalgic coma. With a 1.5GB size optical disc, you'd be able to fit all of the Mega Drive Sonic games as well as Sonic CD, Knuckles Chaotix... maybe a Saturn game... and still find room to plop in a whole treasure trove of nice little Sonic extras. What the world actually received with Sonic Mega
    Review Score: 2.5

    Dreadknux

    Dreadknux

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Pinball Party

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Pinball Party

    Who doesn't like pinball? Along with arcades, pinball has become a classic pastime that is slowly fading out. Just the other weekend the only pinball machine that took my interest was a bizzare Simpsons one, and that was the only one in the arcade too. Ah, the thrill of slamming those flippers to whip that metal ball into that bonus target. I tell you, it's timeless, but forgotten in this day and age. Sonic Spinball, released back in 1993, when pinball'ing was still rife, caught a lot
    Review Score: 4.0

    Dreadknux

    Dreadknux

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut

    The game that has been praised by many Sonic fans as the better of two Sonic Adventures has been re-released on Nintendo GameCube. After SA2 Battle and Mega Collection (the only other two Sonic games on the console), this comes as no real surprise - Sonic Team is milking its mascot as much as they can by enticing Nintendo fans into the world of the blue blur. The premise is pretty much the same as Sonic Adventure on Dreamcast: Dr 'Eggman' Robotnik aims to snatch all of the Chaos Emeralds fr
    Review Score: 3.0

    Dreadknux

    Dreadknux

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Advance 2

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Advance 2

    The original Sonic Advance was a good starter for the blue hedgehog on a 'rival' handheld console. Many Sonic purist fans however, spat it out after a fair old play, claiming that it harks little back to the good old days of the Mega Drive/Genesis. Well, fear no more, my pretties, because Sonic Advance 2 is in the house, and it Spin Dashes right back to its roots, and then some! There's so much that has been added, improved, changed or otherwise made generally more exciting than in th
    Review Score: 5.0

    Dreadknux

    Dreadknux

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

    TSS REVIEW: Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

    This game has been getting quite a reputation for itself in the States. Sure, it may only be an upped version of Sonic Adventure 2 on Dreamcast, but what really excited everyone was the fact that Sonic was appearing on a Nintendo home console... for the first time! Practically every Sonic fan in the universe has been desperate to play this title since then - even though it is just a DC port. Amazing, huh? But despite this, all the US video games mags (and even some UK Import mags), are ripping o
    Review Score: 3.5

    Dreadknux

    Dreadknux

    TSS REVIEW: Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (8-Bit)

    TSS REVIEW: Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (8-Bit)

    In another unprecedented 'Sonic' port over to Game Gear and Master System from the Mega Drive, Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine pits you against 13 stages of puzzle-mania! Basically, beans drop endlessly from the top of your chamber. The aim of the game is to link up four or more of the same colour to make them disappear, and in doing so foil your opponent in achieving the same goal. You see, when you release beans, 'Refugee Beans' come dropping into the chamber of your rival, blocking his chambe
    Review Score: 3.0

    Dreadknux

    Dreadknux



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