To Destroy the Death Egg – old school Sonic on the DS

Originally posted at GameSpot on September 25, 2010

And now, the whirlwind tour of the Sonic Collection:

March 17, 2010 – Started playing the Collection.

March 28, 2010 – Beat the original Sonic the Hedgehog. I was disappointed; the levels weren’t nearly as fun as I would have hoped, and I didn’t get the sense that bigger and better things were ahead. (Which, in my opinion, was the case – the Sonic games to follow were great.)

However, I am aware that I’m talking about a nearly twenty year old game; it wasn’t terrible, but I feel Sonic’s best days were ahead of him.

April 5, 2010 – Beat Sonic the Hedgehog 2; now this is more like it. It was a good trip down memory lane – I can’t tell you how many times before supper I yelled up the stairs, “Just a minute!” while I was trying to beat a level. I often had to pause it and come back later.

It was great going through and re-discovering the levels, and the last few (including the airship) were more epic then I remembered.

April 17, 2010 – Beat Sonic the Hedgehog 3. The graphics get a big bump up in this one, and the game is all the better for it. It has a much bigger feel, introduces the Knuckles story arch, and is a blast to play.

????, ??, 2010– I’m not sure what day I beat Sonic & Knuckles, but I flew through it – definitely a sense of “just trying to get done” with the Collection. That’s not to say the game isn’t great – again, the levels and music are fantastic.

In light of the fact that Sonic 4 will be coming out next year and is set up as a sequel of sorts to these games, it will be interesting to see how it stacks up.

The fact that I can sit down and go through them again shows just how good they were – and still are.

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Star Wars gaming past and present

Originally posted at GameSpot on June 27, 2008

I recently wrote about some of my Metal Gear thoughts after watching an expertly done retrospective series on Gametrailers.com, and now I’m going to do the same with Star Wars.

Up to five already in the series, the trip down memory lane has been fun. Each retrospective usually centers on a certain group of games in the Star Wars lore, be it the Super Star Wars series or the X-wing/Tie Fighter games.

Stars Wars is a franchise that has me hooked – and when something like that happens, I can get sucked into buying/playing a bad game (no matter how bad), just because it has a lightsaber in it. This has definitely been the case with a few games, including (but not limited to) Force Commander,Rebel Assault, and Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

Still, I’m glad I’ve taken those hits – because for every lackluster game Lucasarts has put out, another infinity better game has stepped up to the plate. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Dark Forces/Jedi Knight saga, X-Wing/Tie Fighter games, and the Battlefront series.

And things continue to look up – with The Force Unleashed and Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels both set to break new ground, it’s a good time to be in a galaxy far, far away.

Summing up – with the help of the retrospectives it’s been a fun look back at my Star Wars gaming past, and I’m looking forward to its future. True – I don’t have the necessary hardware to enjoy the coming games right this second. . .but when I do it will be a good time.

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