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March 13, 2010 in Sonic Games
Well, I was discussing this with someone a few weeks ago, but after playing Classic Collection yesterday and today, I thought now as good a time as any to ask; what order did you actually play all the main classic games in? Not everyone here was even around when Sonic 1 came out, and even those of us who were didn't necessarily get into Sonic immediately.
Me, I became a Sonic fan in summer '94, and as such by then there were already quite a few games floating around. First one I ever played was Sonic 2 over at my cousins, which I then played quite a lot when over at friends. My best friend at the time then got Sonic & Knuckles, making that the second one I played. A year or so later, I played Sonic 1 at another friends' house, before borrowing it from them for a bit. I didn't actually get to play Sonic 3 until I actually got the game, in around '97.
In terms of the order I actually got them in (as opposed to just playing), I got my Mega Drive for my 10th birthday (had a Master System up to that point) along with Sonic & Knuckles. Then around a year later I picked up Sonic 3 second-hand. I didn't actually own my own copies of Sonics 1 and 2 until another year or so after that, when my local used games store was selling off Mega Drive games at 2 for £10, where I picked them both up at the same time.
It's funny, but thinking back on it, almost all my Mega Drive games (and even my Mega Drive itself) were second-hand, back in the day. D: I think Sonic 3D was the first Sonic game I ever got brand new.
So yes, to summarise- for me...
Played: Sonic 2 > Sonic & Knuckles > Sonic 1 > Sonic 3
Owned: Sonic & Knuckles > Sonic 3 > Sonic 1 & 2
So, what about everyone else? Were you into Sonic early enough to play/ get them all in order?
Sonic 2 8-bit > Sonic 1 8-bit > Sonic 1/2/3 (I can't remember what order I played them in, it was at a friend's house and we never got (or at least I never remember seeing) further than Marble/Wing Fortress/Hydrocity respectively). I would not play Sonic & Knuckles until Sonic Mega Collection. I did not see the remainer of the 8-bit quadrilogy until Sonic Adventure DX.
I finished Sonic 1 and 2 on emulator before Mega Collection came out, but the barrel of doom got me on Sonic 3 and I gave up. I would not get past it til I played again on Mega Collection.
Sonic CD I borrowed on PC off a friend around the time Gems collection came out coz I couldn't afford it and was desperate to play (upon mentioning this he said "Hey I have that for PC").
So, my final order of playing the "main series" of Sonic games would be:
Sonic 2 8-bit
Sonic 1 8-bit
Sonic Adventure 2
Sonic and Knuckles
Sonic Triple Trouble
Shadow The Hedgehog
-And the rest in order of release, more or less-
To my memory, it was, starting in 1994 then going onto the MD Sonic's in late 96;
Sonic 1 (8-bit Master System) > Sonic Chaos (MS) > Sonic 2 (MS) > Sonic 1 (MD) > Sonic 2 (MD) > Sonic and Knuckles (MD)
I didn't actually get to play Sonic 3 until about 1999/2000 on my cousin's Mega Drive. And I didn't get to play pretty much the other MD Sonic's and GG Sonic's until Mega Collection and SADX in 2003. Got DC SA and SA2 in 2001 and 2002 respectively.
The first Sonic game I ever saw/played in my life was Sonic 2 on my cousin's Genesis. I was in awe of it's existance and how the game was so fast and colorful and the characters looked so... awesome. I snuck in playing it when I could (without my cousin seeing me), and although I was just a little kid inexperienced with gaming(thus, failing), I had a blast. After that my dad saw I had interest in Sonic games and got me S&K Collection for the PC, which pretty much blew my mind, and although I couldn't really ever pass Hydrocity back when, I loved playing S&K alone (Mushroom Hill = inner nostalgia). After that, I constantly wanted more, and then my dad got me Sonic 3D Blast and Sonic R for the PC. I played those like crazy too (S3D not so much as I played my beloved Sonic R, but I hold both close to my heart dearly now). By then I also got Sega Smash Pack 2 for the PC which had my (at the time) favorite Sonic 2, finally in the form where I could play it by myself without the need of someone else's stuff.
I was rather into Sonic at that point, being my favorite series at the time besides the original (gen one) Pokemans. This wasn't so long after SA1 came out either, and one of my friends at my church had recently gotten a Dreamcast. I went down there and had a moment of beserkness as I experience a real 3D Sonic game, and at the time, that game was beautiful. :3 I played that every time I got the chance to go down there. Now, I had two Sonic games I hadn't yet played (Spinball at the time I didn't know nor care about): Sonic 1 and Sonic CD. I was a fan of AoSTH (still am) and I was extatic to see cartoon cutscenes in a Sonic game. And Sonic 1? For some reason I thought it was legendary. Why? Because it was what started it all. It was also rare for me to find at the time, and it was also legendary because it hosted the awesome Green Hill Zone, and it was different because it had always been said in game mags that it was so much more basic than the usual Sonic title. So one day I came across SCD for the PC in a bargain bin (around 2002 or so) and instantly nabbed it, begging my parents to get it for me (wasn't a problem for them; five dollars). I then experienced what I now consider the best Sonic game ever created. Then, my cousin decided to get rid of his Genesis, of course with me being the first to call dibs. Then at an EB Games, I saw it. Sonic 1. Used, of course. For a whopping twenty bucks. Lucky to have birthday money. So I swiped it, bought it and ran home. Played. Then my jaw dropped at it's awesomeness. And then I got frustrated when there wasn't a Spindash.
But yes, that was the order I played the classics. And I do consider S3D, Sonic R and SA1 as classics because they were still consistantly awesome unlike SA2-onward, and they were made in the 90s (you know, when most games were actually worth a crap). So if all that was tl;dr, then here's the order I first played the classics:
Sonic 2 - Sonic 3 & Knuckles - Sonic R - Sonic 3D Blast - Sonic Adventure - Sonic CD - Sonic 1
And order I owned them:
Sonic 3 and Knuckles - Sonic R - Sonic 3D Blast - Sonic 2 - Sonic CD - Sonic 1 - Sonic Adventure (I didn't really own this until I bought my friend's DC later on)
Sonic 3D > Sonic CD > Sonic Classics > Sonic 3 > Waiting to get Sonic and Knuckles.
I played Sonic 1 on demo when it first came out... But unfortunately could not remember what console it was on and was rather taken with Starwing, so ended up getting a SNES instead. I finally played and owned a mainstream Sonic game of my own in Sonic Adventure 2 on the Gamecube, and it all went from there!
Sonic 3 and Knuckles
Sonic 3 and Knuckles/Sonic 2/Sonic 1 (all at same time)
Yeah... I only fully beat Sonic 2 quite recently. Because of how long it took I never had the time to sit down and do it in one go. Epic fun though! I've dabbled in quite a few of the other old Sonic games recently on compliations and such, but it's hard for me to pinpoint an order of play for much of the rest that I have played. Sonic Gems Collection is such a joy to own!
I first played Sonic 1 in a mall back in 1991 right when it came out. Man, I feel so old.
I recall picking up Sonic 2 the day it came out. There were posters for it all over the place.
Of course soon after Sonic 3 came out, and I picked it up.
Amusingly, I wasn't able to get a hold of Sonic CD until well over a decade later when it came out for PC. I was a huge Sonic fan, sure, but I wasn't going to buy a whole new system just for one Sonic game.
Sheesh, I'm feeling old
I started playing Sonic when he was still fresh new in the game market. My bro got a Mega Drive for his birthday, with sonic 1 in it. Then we pretty much followed the classic order. The SMS games were there too, but we played them in a different order, I think.
So my answer is
Sonic 2 (though I've bought it only after sonic 3)
Sonic & Knuckles
Sonic 1 > Sonic 2 > Sonic 3 > S&K > Sonic R >Sonic Adventure
Order of which I started played it is
Sonic 2 > Sonic 1 > Sonic 3 > Sonic & Knuckles > Sonic CD
But I only own Sonic 1 & 2 on the Mega Drive but i've only played Sonic 3,Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic CD via the Sonic Mega/Gems Collection game and XBLA arcade ports but i've been after the orginal Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles for sometime though for my Mega Drive just dunno where to get them (i dont trust Ebay much lol).
I was born in 1995, so I never played classic Sonic as a kid. During one Christmas around 2003, our parents got us a GameCube, and a few random GameCube games, such as Super Mario Sunshine, Harry Potter Quidditch (something like that), and Sonic Adventure DX.
The only games I really enjoyed playing was Super Mario Sunshine, and Sonic Adventure DX, so the first "classic" games I played were the Mini Game Collection games, if those crappy 8-bit games even count. That would mean Sonic 1 8-bit, and then whatever games you unlocked after that. I remember thinking that Sonic Chaos was actually cool. Then one of my friends had Sonic Mega Collection, and showed me the REAL Sonic 1. I was amazed, so later that year we got it for Christmas.
I don't know which order I played the Mega Collection games, but the ones I played the most was Sonic 3, and Sonic & Knuckles. Then one day I unlocked Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and I was like, "WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW". So I guess here's my estimated order of playing the classics:
1. Sonic 1 8-bit
2. Whatever game you unlock after getting 40 emblems in SADX
3. Sonic Chaos
4. Whatever game you unlock after getting 60 emblems in SADX
5. Whatever game you unlock after getting 80 emblems in SADX
6. Whatever game you unlock after getting 100 emblems in SADX (was it Sonic the Hedgehog 2 8-bit?)
7. Whatever games from Sonic Mega Collection (don't remember which one)
8. Blue Sphere (does that even count?), the first one I unlocked (other than Flicky )
9. Knuckles in Sonic 2
10. SONIC 3 & KNUCKLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
11. Sonic CD (first one I tried after getting Sonic Gems Collection)
12. Sonic R, Sonic the Fighters, and random 8-bit games from Gems Collection
Anyways, I have all the Sonic games for GameCube (that's Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Heroes, Shadow the Hedgehog, Sonic Mega Collection, Sonic Gems Collection, and Sonic Riders). The one I play the most is Sonic Mega Collection. And the game I choose in Mega Collection the most is Sonic 3 & Knuckles.
I got Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 at the same time, and I think I played the latter first, rather stupidly (hey, I was a kid, leave me alone).
That's what got me hooked on the Blue Blur, and the rest of the games followed suit as and when released. So, apart from an early reshuffle, I'm pretty chronological.
Still get chills whenever I hear the boss music from Sonic the Hedgehog 2...
I played them in the conventional order. I never actually 'owned' Sonic 2 or Sonic 3 until I got Sonic Mega Collection Plus for the PlayStation 2 though. I didn't play CD until I was much older.
I had moved onto a Nintendo 64 and PlayStation not too long after Sonic and Knuckles came out and didn't play another Sonic game (outside of replaying Sonic and Knuckles by itself a ton of times) until I got a Dreamcast and Sonic Adventure.
Played in this order:
Sonic and Knuckles
Knuckles in Sonic 2
Sonic 3 and Knuckles ( skip years later when I actually beat it. "oh god what, the two games were actually one??" )
Owned... all at once. Never actually had my own copies as a kid. I only used my Aunts and my friends. As loyal of a Nintendo fan as I was, Sonic was irresistible, even before he hit the gamecube. MegaCollection was my first time owning a classic Sonic.
As far as ownership goes it was pretty much the same order they were released in. Sonic 1 (the Genny pack-in version for Christmas of 1991), Sonic 2 (Sonic 2sday in 1992), Sonic Spinball (in early 1994), Sonic 3 (at the same times as Spinball), Sonic and Knuckles (late 1995), Sonic 3D Blast (late 1997), and Sonic CD (2000, for the PC. I wasn't able to find a good used copy for the Sega CD until 2003).
I can say the order that I first beat them in, but lord knows the order that I first played them in (what with the being a baby-ness and all):
Sonic 1, Sonic 3, Sonic 3D Blast, Sonic and Knuckles, Sonic 2 and Sonic CD; with Spinball being filed under "never finished."
I first played Sonic & Knux when I was fucking three years old. I only ever got as far as Flying Battery before losing all my lives, and only once ever made it up to the capsule monster before it fucking raped my ass. I remember getting Sonic 2 proper some time later, played it over and over again. I enjoyed it, definently a longer and somewhat harder game in comparison, but I was just disappointed I didn't get to play Flying Battery again. Sonic 3 came after that and turned out disappointingly short - not because of its actual length mind you, but because I wasn't forced to do it all in one sitting. It was the first time I got to see Super Sonic though - I got the last emerald after finishing the game and didn't really understand what it did until I double tapped jump by accident later in that same level and I was like OH HOLY FUCK WHAT THE SHIT DID I JUST DO.
The rest is a bit hard to recall. I got Spinball somewhere down the line, and even though I enjoyed it, I would never finish it until nearly a decade later when I got to replay it on Mega Collection (mostly because finding out how to beat Eggman is confusing and obscure thanks to those bloody windsocks). I hired the lock-on edition of S&K a long time later and got to see the Doomsday Zone, which I didn't finish until later still when I got the PC-based S3&K collection (the one that also came with a Garfield game and something called Waku Waku I think). If it counts, I also got the PC versions of Sonic CD and 3D blast after that, but I'm honestly ashamed that I never got an original genny copy of S&K, lock-on or otherwise.
>S&K > S2 > S3 > Spinball > SCD > S3DB
The first Sonic game I ever played was Sonic 2 (Genesis) at a cousin's house, clearing the game with 5 emeralds. After that I played Sonic 1 (Genesis) and Sonic 3 & Knuckles (I don't think I've ever bothered to play these games separately). The first Sonic game that I owned, however, was Sonic Heroes for the PS2, as I've never had a Sega console in my life (For those interested, my consoles have been: Atari 800XL, Nintendo, Super Nintendo, PC-FX, Playstation, Playstation 2 and Xbox 360, with only the last 3 still working). I'm not exactly sure when I played the 8-bit games, but I'm sure that it was before Shadow the Hedgehog was released.
I owned and completed all the classics in this order back when the Genesis (Mega Drive) was still mainstream.
Sonic 2 - Sonic 1 - Sonic & Knuckles - Sonic 3 - Sonic Spinball - Sonic 3D Blast.
I got (and still own) Sonic Jam in 1997.
Do I win?
My order is weird...
Sonic 3 & Knuckles
Sonic Advance 3
Sonic Advance 2
Shadow <--- If that counts
Sonic Adventure (DX)
Etc. from Gem Collection
Etc. from Mega Collection
Yes it took me a while to play classics. lol Oh well...
If you can consider what a 2 or 3 year old doing as playing a game, I played them in the order they came out in, I think. I just know my brother had them and I "played" them..
Oh my Sonic history...
1999, it was my 8th birthday, I didn't have a game console (yet) but my parents decided I could get into games now and I was allowed 3 PC games of my choice. I got Sonic & Knuckles Collection, Sonic R, and Croc 2 for the PC. My first games I played simultaneously was Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Sonic R.
I for Christmas that same year got SEGA Smash Pack II and as such got Sonic 2 with it.
In 2000 I learned about fan games, ROMS, and emulators and went through a lot of Sonic games, in this order:
Sonic List for the Year 2000:
-Sonic the Hedgehog 1
-Sonic Triple Trouble
-Sonic CD (I bought this one with money I saved up)
-Sonic 1 Game Gear
-Sonic 2 Game Gear
-Sonic Drift 2
-Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
-Sonic 2 & Knuckles
In 2001 for my 10th birthday we got a surplus of some money, and my siblings and I got a Gamecube and Dreamcast and also got away with Sonic Adventure and Sonic Shuffle for the Dreamcast, and Sonic Adventure 2 Battle for the Gamecube.
In 2003 we got Sonic Mega Collection, Sonic Advance 1 with a Gameboy Advance, and Sonic 3D Blast for the PC.
And onward and outwork been fairly on date with Sonic games on releases since then.I skipped a few titles intentially (like Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games and sequel and Sonic Riders (which I ended up loving) but friends got them for me as gifts, so got them too.. .XD;)
My first game was Sonic 2 at my grandfather's house. My youngest uncle just graduated high school and he left his Genesis behind. I wasn't supposed to be in his room, but I'd sneak in and play Sonic while sitting on his waterbed (lol, the '90s). It never lasted long because someone would find me. Later on in the year I'd have a neighbor with the game, and I got to see as far as the Casino Night Zone and play around with Tails during bosses. So I decided I had to have these games then.
My first system was a Game Gear, so I have a lot of love for the 8-bit games. The order is -- 8-bit Sonic 2 -- Sonic Chaos -- Sonic 2 bundled with Genesis -- Sonic 1 -- Sonic Spinball -- Sonic & Knuckles -- Dr. Robotnik's MBM on GG -- Sonic Triple Trouble -- Knuckles Chaotix -- Sonic Drift 2 -- Sonic Labyrinth -- Sonic R.
I actually didn't own copies of things like CD or Sonic 3, but I played CD on a friend's CDX and borrowed Sonic 3 for lock-on. Didn't own it until Mega Collection.
I originally played Sonic 2 first when I got my Genesis back in 93 I believe. My parents told me that I was so into it, that at one point at my grandparents house I told my grandmother that she was "Foxy" (didn't know Tails's name at the time ) and that I was Sonic.
Then a year latter I played the original Sonic game on the Genesis. I was confused to why Tails wasn't in the game (it was this time I was starting to like him), but I was shocked at the difficulty of the game. I also remember as a kid that I could never beat Spring Yard Zone for the longest time. It was then when I put the game down and focused on Sonic 2 again.
Then a few years latter I got a copy of both Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles. I loved playing as knuckles when I first played S&K, and I just couldn't put it down. I really loved the Special Stages in the games because it was something that I've never scene before at the time. Then when I discovered the lock on feature, I was excited to find out that I could play as Tails in the whole game!
I never owned a Sega CD, but I got a chance to own Sonic CD when the PC compilation set (Sonic 3 and Knuckles, Sonic R, and Sonic CD).
I pretty much played 'em all as they released.
Sonic 1 - Chaos on Master System and 1 - Knuckles on Megadrive.
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