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Sonic Origins | Review – Nostalgia done right, for once

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We have seen it many times SEGA bring back its Sonic classicswith various and possible packages and sometimes even using the infamous mini consoles, such as Mega Drive Mini. Sonic Origins it’s just another attempt in a series that began a long time ago, shortly after the release of the Mega Drive itself.

Sonic Origins

Platform:
PC, PS4, PS5, SWITCH, XONE, XSX
Genre:
platform
Exit date:
June 23, 2022
Developer:
Sonic Team
Distributor:
SAW

Especially after the lame history of 3D video games of the SEGA mascot, the first episodes of the franchise take on a further appeal due to their timeless appeal. The Japanese company knows this well, and for this reason we find ourselves now in front of the umpteenth collection of the Sonic in 2D.

Precisely the first titles they scored the debut, and the success, of the fastest hedgehog in the world of video games: Sonic, Sonic 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles And Sonic CD.

A collection that has also created discussions, mainly regarding his own contents. In fact, there are some game elements, relating to collectibles and additional features compared to the main ones, which are blocked by the purchase of the Deluxe Edition.

Although SEGA has rectified some parts of the locked items behind the purchase of the special edition, this did not prevent it from generating discontent (and a mockery of Devolver Digital).

But if in other cases you need to equip yourself with a mini console, or in any case you find yourself having to play these classics in conditions that are not optimal from the point of view of performance and availability, in this we are faced with something much more comfortable – and useful.

Sonic for new and old fans

The simplest thing it does Sonic Origins is to reproduce the games mentioned in their original form. With lots of bugs and glitchesthe same as the original versions.

Although the games have been rebuilt with the engine Retro Enginethe same behind Sonic Mania (the latest unreleased 2D title, which you can also find on Amazon), Sonic Origins however, it brings with it some technical problems, which have remained intact from the original versions of the games: it happened to us only a couple of times that we had to restart a game because Sonic got stuck somewhere, but looking for testimonials from users and colleagues we must note that there are several that can happen.

Unlike Sonic Maniamoreover, to Origins some scaling options are missing that make the gaming action in pixels more malleable and readable. Anti-aliasing can be activated, but the result is even more blurry pixel texture.

Tip: keep it disabled.

However, one cannot fail to notice how much positive there is in the work done by the development team. In particular in Sonic 3 & Knuckleswhich was first covered by the Retro Engine (the first two games appeared partially in Sonic Mania).

A careful eye, who may have stripped the original titles, will notice some small improvements made to the animations water, as well as additional frames for on-screen objects. Including rings, for example, which now move more smoothly when they explode around the map after the player is hit.

There are so many small improvements that seem useless individually, and also hardly noticeable, but overall they work for rebuild a version pixel perfect of the originals, but with a fluidity and effects worthy of modern pixel art (and beyond).

Sonic Origins it is not the best collection of SEGA video games only for the ease of use, but also for the fact of representing the best aesthetic result of the original experience, but suitable for modern systems.

Although you can play in a nostalgic 4: 3 formatall the games were rethink for 16: 9 with a work that is not only about lengthening the image, but a real reconstruction. So much so that the meetings with the bosses, Eggman and his creations, have been slightly rethought to cover the whole screen in a suitable way.

Generally, replay this Sonic 2D with this package, whether you keep the original resolution or not, is undoubtedly the best possible way to do it. Without resorting to emulationmods and old versions, which inevitably seem older today, if you need a way to keep these games with you, Sonic Origins it cannot be recommended.

Sonic Origins, a review we wish we had done sooner

Of course, as we said above, this is the umpteenth collection of SEGA video games, but it remains the best for its accessibility, and for the historical value it contains.

Also because the titles have been rethought with a Anniversary modewhich makes the gaming experience more similar to that of a modern platformer: endless lives, checkpoints, and special coins that allow you to retry even the bonus stages in case you fail.

Also you can play as Sonic, Tails and Knuckles in any chapter – except for Sonic CDwhere Knuckles is on the bench because his style of play does not suit the level design of the title.

In this way those who are not used to the inflexibility of old school video gamesor just wants to replay without the anxiety of where to start over for losing lives, can enjoy some of the best 2D games in history.

Obviously there is also the Classic mode which allows you to play Sonic as you remembered, with a one-to-one fidelity.

Among the news, however, there are boss rush for each chapter, the ability to play all the titles in a row without interruption, as well as try your hand at some challenges that offer you to face portions of levels with various modifiers to reach a goal. This is the main way to earn special coins – which are not only important for repeating internships but also (and above all, in the opinion of the writer) to unlock the contents of the Museum.

Artwork, soundtracks (complete with pieces from the recent concert for the thirtieth anniversary), sketches, original instruction booklets, unpublished animations which were created specifically to introduce each title in the collection, and much more.

The latter, in particular, they deserve an honorable mention for the quality with which they were made. They are even better than those created for Sonic Mania which were already state of the art. So much so that they made us hope they could be the basis of a future show, alongside that of Netflix already announced.

Considered why Sonic Origins exists, that is, celebrating 30 years (plus one) of the blue porcupine, honestly it is difficult to ask for anything more so cared for.

Why though Sonic Origins do not want to upset anything, this time we are not faced with ports taken and slapped on a new platform. For the first time there is a real cure in reworking from a technological point of view, proposing and telling Sonic with a collection of video games worthy of being called that.

A package whose core is the storytelling of one of the heralds of video game history. A proposal that we would have liked to have been able to play, and review, a long time ago, instead of putting up with the parade of emulations of all these years.

In this project (on which perhaps a more affordable price could have been applied) there are things every Sonic fan would likeand which every young video game enthusiast would need to study the history of the blue hedgehog.

Nostalgia done rightonce in a while.

Version reviewed: PC

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