ByRyan Christopher Gilbert, writer at
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Ryan Christopher Gilbert


Back in the early nineties, Sega needed an answer to NIntendo's Super Mario. Sega needed something different. Something unique. Three brilliant game designers named, Yuji Naka, Naoto Ohshima, and Hirokazu Yashuhara brought forth one of gaming's most famous characters. Sonic The Hedgehog was incepted. And after twenty-five years, it has made a lasting impact on the hearts of gamers worldwide. Let's talk about that!

The story of Sonic The Hedgehog is quite simple. The evil Dr. Robotnik has imprisoned all of the woodland creatures into robots. It is up to Sonic to save them all by defeating Dr. Robotnik. (Classic video games storylines are too simple to explain.)

The player controls Sonic to make him run. As he continues running, he builds up speed. Sonic needs to reach the end before time runs out. To defeat enemies, Sonic jumps through each one. Or, he rolls into them while running. Sonic is also supposed to collect magic rings for protection. Collecting one hundred gives Sonic an extra life. At the end of each level (except at each third act), Sonic has the chance for a bonus game. If he collects at least fifty rings, a giant ring appears. Sonic jumps through it. In the bonus game, Sonic rolls through dimensional shapes that will give the player bonus points. The object of the bonus round is to collect each Chaos Emerald. The third act of each level has Sonic fight whatever robot Dr. Robotnik is controlling.

I've always loved Sonic The Hedgehog! For most of my childhood, he was my favorite. In fact, the first ever video game I played was Sonic The Hedgehog 2. I have countless memories playing these games on any platform. Whether it was on the Sega Genesis, Nintendo Gamecube, Gameboy Advance, or the Nintendo 3DS. Personally, it didn't matter to me. I just loved Sonic!! (And I still do.) I loved everything about it. The music was catchy, and easy to remember. The sound effects were cool. Like when, Sonic jumps or grabs a ring. Another awesome thing about Sonic is that he's blue. Blue's my favorite color. Sonic's attitude is hilarious!! At the title screen he wags his finger at you. Also he gets impatient. During gameplay, he glares at you and stomps his foot if you do nothing. It always made me laugh. Check it out!!

Sonic The Hedgehog is now twenty-five years old. He has been through dozens upon dozens of games. Whether they're sequels or spin-offs starring other characters. I'd say the best game is Sonic The Hedgehog 2. Going through at least dozens of consoles, Sonic has made quite the impression on the hearts of gamers worldwide. Unfortunately, Sonic has been down in the dumps for quite a time. At least the classic games are still magical to this day. Sonic will always be cool to me. He's inspired multiple cartoons, toys, movies, and even comic books. In fact, Sonic The Hedgehog was the first comic book series I've read. (I still have them today!!)

Sonic was even memorialized in the eighty-sixth Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade!

All in all, Sonic The Hedgehog is an awesome game. For twenty-five years, Sonic has wowed (and disappointed) gamers. His current games are garbage. But I've heard that Sega is apologizing by coming out with a new Sonic game and movie next year!! Will it be good? Will it suck?? (Hopefully, it will be absolutely nothing like Sonic Boom!!!!) Only time will tell. Until then, Sonic will have to recuperate in video game life support. He can't die like this. He just can't.


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