Sonic Rejects collection, officially titled Sonic Gems Collection, is yet another compilation of classic sonic games, but this time the focus is on the more obscure games in the series long history. I'm a huge sonic fan and I haven't encountered very many sonic games that i didn't like (Shadow The Hedgehog isn't really a sonic game...) So at $13 this was a must-have! I've never been disappointed by a sonic game. until now that is.
SGC has 9 sonic titles plus Vectorman, a Metroid-esque side scroller is unlockable, as well as some other bonuses that aren't too exciting. The problem is you have to PLAY the games on here to unlock them. This doesn't sound so bad until you actually turn the game on. Ugh. Talk about a diamond (or gem) in the rough. There are a few good titles on here, but the bad far outweighs the good.The cover even tells you there are only 3 good titles! So I'll describe the few good ones and just score the unmemtionable ones to make it easier.
Sonic CD--The obvious attraction for this compilation disc. sonic CD was only released for the Sgea CD, which is such a shame because its really good. The game looks and plays like the first two entries. the levels are colorful and vibrant and the gameplay is fast and fun. the bosses this time around are pretty unique for a sonic game. Instead of just hitting Robotnik (or Eggman, whichever you prefer) a few times there will be some sort of puzzle such as (spoiler) running on a coveyer belt to wear it out while dodging bombs. The sprite animation is better than the Genesis titles, but the sound effects have lower quality and the music is...off. Its just not right for a sonic games. Also CD is pretty short (even by sonic standards) i beat it in a little under an hour. There are 6 zones, each with 3 acts. You face Robotnik in the third act of each. There is one level in particular where the background and foreground overlap and its difficult to navigate. The key feature in this game is time travel. You can mover forward and backwards through time, which alters the level and the music, and increases the replayability. destroying machines in the past creates a better future. There are also 3D special stages in which you collect 7 time stones. Metal Sonic makes his devut and so begins the battle to decide who is the real sonic! (spoiler: Its Sonic) I give sonic Cd a 8.75/10
Sonic The Fighters--A 2D fighting game in which sonic and friends duke it out to gain control of the...8 chaos emeralds. 8? Anyway the roster consists of favorites such as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and...Bean the dynamite...Nack the weasel...and Bark the polar bear...WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE? Anyway the goal is obviously to beat you opponent in the time limit to progress to the next round. Each character has their own moves, but they're all pretty similar to each other. There's surprisingly a good arsenal of attacks so this isn't so bad. The one unique character is Nack who uses a gun, but the AI ALWAYS blocks his attacks so he's completely useless. There is a multiplayer mode which is nice. The game is pretty spammy though, so its easy to win against skilled players. The grapghics are decent and so is the music. the problem is this game just isn't fun for very long. After i beat it i never wanted to see it a gain. Sonic The Fighters a 7/10
Sonic Triple Trouble--The sequel to Sonic Chaos. this is one of the few passable game gear titles ever made. notice i said passable. The 8-bit graphics are just plain ugly and the sounds are just so annoying. The gameplay is the core of any game though, and that is where Triple Trouble...passes. The levels are fast but there is some noticable lag. Some of the level designs are pretty good, others are non memorable. The platforming and sense of speed are good and there are even some occasional puzzles. There are several powerups which is a nice touch and the bosses are puzzle based and fun (except for the Nack fights). The special stages however are grueling. You have to do a series of puzzles or platforming in a short time limit, and then fight Nack for a chaos emerald. Another feature is that when sonic jumps off a spring he can do his spin attack in midair. This is a great addition to the 2D sonic formula. Why didn't they keep it.? sonic Triple Trouble is a DECENT game, but unless your a huge sonic fan (like me) you probably shouldn't play it. Sonic Triple Trouble gets a 6.5/10
And then ther'es the rest....
Sonic Spinball GG0--1.5/10
Sonic Drift 2--4/10
Sonic 2 GG--4/10
Tails's Sky Patrol--4.5/10
If you've never played Sonic CD $13 is a fair price but otherwise avoid this game at all costs.
yes: I recommend this product