Here are our picks for the 10 best Sonic games of all time, spanning all 30+ years of Sonic the Hedgehog. This top 10 Sonic games list covers everything from the Genesis era, to the handheld Sonic games, all the way to modern classics like Sonic Mania.
This video was originally published on Jul 13, 2022 on IGN Games.
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Here we Go A few video game characters are as Iconic as Sonic the Hedgehog the Speedy Low Blue Blur has been around for over Three decades touching every corner of Pop Culture along the way from games to Comics to TV to Blockbuster movies but We're here specifically to celebrate the Mainline Sonic game series and pick the Best of them before we start though Let's quickly touch upon our criteria we Try to rank these games based on a Combination of historical significance Innovation and how well these games Stand the test of time some games like Sonic Adventure 1 and the original Sonic The Hedgehog for instance are obviously Super important to the Sonic series and Set the foundation for both 2D and 3D Sonic games to follow but we felt like They both didn't quite hold up as well As their sequels when judged by a Modern Standard which was why they just missed This list the 10 games on this list are The ones we feel are the best examples Of both classic and modern Sonic Styles So with that said here are our picks for The 10 best Sonic games as chosen by a Handful of IGN's biggest Sonic fans [Music] Sonic Unleashed gets a bad rap and Conversations surrounding it often Focuses on the weaker elements
Specifically the Werehog bits a lot of The criticism is warranted but it also Shouldn't take away from the fact that When Sonic Unleashed is good it's some Of the best 3D Sonic there's ever been It also remains one of the best looking Sonic games despite being 14 years old Plus the soundtrack is fantastic and Above all else Sonic Unleashed feels Fast it totally nails that sensation of Being the fastest thing alive as you Tear through levels leaving a trail of Absolute destruction full of crushed Boxes tables enemies and more it's the Most uneven of the man like Sonic games But we still feel it deserves a spot on This list [Music] The flame too strong to Flame Sonic Rush Somehow managed to feel like a Full-blown console Sonic game paired Down for the dual screens of the Nintendo DS a worthy successor to the Amazing Sonic Advance games for the Game Boy Advance Sonic Rush achieved a Spectacular sense of speed for a Handheld Sonic game thanks to the Tension gauge a mechanic that would Later be adapted to Future Sonic games As a boosting mechanic and when you add On top of that the awesome boss battles And the great use of the dual screens Throughout the levels it more than Secures its number nine spot
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is still one of the Best pure experiences of the Sonic Franchise it introduced tails at a Two-player Co-op and improved upon the Formula established by the first game in Just about every way there are more Zones all of which contain multiple Paths new enemies new mechanics and new Abilities while keeping true to the Essential factor to a Sonic game you Gotta go fast new zones like Sky Chase Gave us our first look at the tornado Tails is biplane and the Death Egg Zone Pitted us against an early version of an Enemy that would eventually become Metal Sonic Sonic 2 also introduced the Supersonic transformation into the Franchise by having players collect all Seven Chaos Emeralds in a new and Welcomed Improvement to bonus stages Sonic 2 is still one of the best sequels With its lengthy list of improvements And additions that still holds up to This day for both newcomers and veterans Thank you As good as we just said Sonic 2 was Sonic CD feels like a more polished and Confident version of that it introduces Us to any rose and a version of Metal Sonic that we all know and loathe today But the real star of the show in Sonic CD is its use of time travel where you Can go to the past present or future of The Zone you're in the thrill of
Starting the time Travel Star boost and Trying to maintain your speed to make Sure you properly get transported to the Past or future was always exciting Sonic CD didn't need this extra gameplay Mechanic but they did anyway and since Sonic is trying to collect the time Stones to ensure a good future where Eggman's plants are foiled Sonic CD Basically did Avengers end game in 1993. Also that theme song iconic [Music] Foreign Games are well represented on this list For a reason and each release got better While introducing new playable Characters and mechanics Sonic 3 and Knuckles feels like a superior version Of the early days of Sonic while both Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles are solid Games as individuals they feel Incomplete and so the combination offers A complete and Rich experience the level Design is some of the best in the 2D Sonic entries while it certainly felt Built and made for newcomer Knuckles the Levels still accommodate the play Styles And strengths for that of Sonic and Tails as well [Music] When it comes to imaginative and Thrilling level designs Sonic Colors is Top tier as far as Sonic games go Aquarium Park is arguably one of the
Best water levels throughout the entire Series Asteroid Coaster is just Phenomenal in every aspect and while It's heavily on Rails the sheer Spectacle of Starlight Carnival is a Sight to behold Sonic colors does an Excellent job of blending that high Speed boost Centric style of gameplay With more methodical platforming and Puzzle segments while also filling every Level with multiple paths that are all Fun to explore it checks all the boxes On top of having an impressive Soundtrack great visuals and smooth Gameplay that still holds up to this day Foreign [Music] 's 10th anniversary saw the release of Sonic Adventure but 2001 also saw the Release of a 2d Sonic game Sonic Advance For the GBA marking the first time the Blue Blur made his way onto a Nintendo Console Sonic Advance kept the heart and Soul of classic Sonic while also Updating his Sprite and his abilities to Be more in line with the emerging modern Sonic design Sonic could grind rails There was a tiny Chow garden and just Overall Sonic was far more expressive Than he had ever been in the older 2D Sonic games while the entire Sonic Advance Trilogy includes some of Sonic's Best 2D outings from the post-genesis Era Sonic Advance remains one of the
Best in terms of consistency it Blended The 3D character models with 2D style Gameplay and had some of the best level Variety of the entire Sonic Advance Trilogy and it's a shame that Sega has Yet to re-release these games Beyond The Game Boy Advance [Music] Sonic Adventure 2 battle for the GameCube improved the base game with Better textures multiplayer and Exclusive characters and that base Version of Sonic Adventure 2 was already Pretty damn good it still stands tall to This day as one of the most beloved 3D Sonic games of all time while the Sonic And Shadow stages are obviously the Highlights with their fast-paced action Heavy gameplay there's a great blend of Gameplay stylings between the various Playable characters as well on top of All that battle also added characters Like metal Sonic and Emmy Rose for foot Races the ability to challenge friends In kart races or have their Chows Compete and then of course there's the Much beloved Chow garden and that Unforgettable soundtrack that echoes in Every Sonic Fan's mind Follow [Music] What is there to say about Sonic Mania That hasn't already been said it is Easily one of the best 2D Sonic games we
Have ever received after Sega pivoted to Strictly third party a game made by fans For fans Sonic Mania is a love letter to The blue Hedgehog Mania offered a fresh Perspective of what put Sonic on the map Remixing the classic formula while Offering fast-paced gameplay superb Level design and excellent pixel art Sonic Mania would have been great even If it just stuck to the remastered in New versions of previous Sonic zones but What truly makes it sing are the Entirely original sages levels like Studiopolis and Mirage Saloon Zone offer The perfect counterpart to the Comforting familiarity of the remastered Stages replayability is also among the Highest compared to other 2D Sonic games Thanks to the multitude of Collectibles And rewards found off the beaten paths For those reasons Sonic Mania is our Pick for the best 2D Sonic game you can Play and it is wholeheartedly a Sonic Game that every fan should play at least Once Foreign [Music] Even in 2022 Sonic Generations Remains The greatest celebration of Sonic's History the best combination of both Classic and modern Sonic gameplay Stylings Sonic Generations was a game Designed to evoke Nostalgia but it never Fell into the Trap of relying entirely
On fuzzy feelings from the past the 14 Levels based on prior Sonic zones Incorporate elements of those past Stages but always found a way to make Them feel distinct and fresh which Resulted in an unforgettable Sonic game That at the time was simultaneously a Throwback to the Past a glimpse at his Future and our pick for the best Sonic Game to date And that's our list what do you think Let us know in the comments and for more Sonic make sure to check out all of our Sonic Frontiers coverage for IGN first Thanks for watching and for everything Else keep it here on IGN [Music]