Why I love modern Sonic games

More recently Sonic games have been getting a bad reputation, this has been ever since Sonic sped out from his 2D adventures and into a proper third dimension. It seems in a few peoples minds Sonic is not a character that can be good in the 3D territory. I would argue myself though that Sonic has actually never been better and the transition from 2D to 3D was the best move Sega could have ever made. I will say in my view not all the games have been the best namely mentioning Sonic Unleashed and Sonic and the Secret Rings but a good portion of the games have never been better.

I am not a fan of the original games, I find them boring and monotonous. Don’t let that make you think I am just being harsh on the classic games because I am not, it is just merely my opinion and thoughts.

The 3D Sonic games have so many ideas presented in them that it is hard not to be interested and in my opinion love much of what the games present. Of the 3D Sonic games Sonic Heroes and Sonic and the Black Knight are two of my particular favourites that had some very interesting ideas that led to my initial love of the Sonic games. In Sonic Heroes I was a big fan of the three different character idea allowing for prefered playstyles to be accessible throughout most levels. I also really enjoyed the ideas presented by the four playthroughs you could do with the game. Each of the different character groups had different styles throughout the levels allowing for a variety of different people of different skills to be able to succeed in the game with it being fully accessible.

Likewise Sonic and the Black Knight and Sonic Colours each contained a similar idea and were quite enjoyable to play through. The idea of using the medieval ages in Sonic and the Black Knight was quite exciting and told a story that would otherwise be impossible to tell in a 2D platformer and in the end that is what it comes down to that the games tell a story that couldn’t be told in a 2D platformer and in a similar way the gameplay and ideas expressed in the modern Sonic Games make the game what it is and that is what I like, the games have ideas and things that can’t be done in one of the original games.

It for this reason I love modern Sonic, what do you think?


Why I love Donkey Kong 64

The Donkey Kong series has been around since 1981 and while I may not have been born for many years after that the series has been a big part of my life. Donkey Kong 64 was one of the biggest game changers for me. Prior to this experience my life was filled with Pokémon adventures and classic Super Nintendo Mario games as well as classic Donkey Kong country. Donkey Kong 64 opened my eyes to the potential of video games and the big worlds that can exist within them. Among all the games I have played Donkey Kong 64 still remains one of my favourites, the way Rare managed to incorporate some of the ideas of the Donkey Kong Country games in the sense of world sections and transferred that into  well designed 3D world was brilliant. Such beauty got presented out before my eyes and then adding in the very mechanics that were added to the games such as the comedic fruit based weaponry. As well as adding the big search for bananas that required both simple and difficult puzzle solving in order to retrieve. Nintendo has one of its best entries to the Donkey Kong Franchise in this game and while many would most likely disagree with why I love this game I can’t help but feel proud to have had this game in my life. I am still just hoping that Nintendo will one day revisit this style for the Donkey Kong games as it was just so rich with adventure and things to see.

What I loved most about Donkey Kong Country

There are many games I love from past console generations gone by but none more so then the classic Donkey Kong Country games for the Super Nintendo. Their is so much history and nostalgia to the franchise and for the time that this game was released the game was artistically the most wonderful game to look at. Though further then this it was the level design that stood out above all else. Yes we did often see the same level over and over again in the sense of background and ideas but it didn’t matter we had fun doing this over and over again. More importantly is what I loved though, I remember a time when water was a killer in video games and had to be avoided and even in 2010’s Donkey Kong Country Returns for the Wii water was deadly. This leads into what I truly love most, the fun water levels of Donkey Kong Country provided such beautiful level design and locations on top of a musical score that just couldn’t be beat, then add the swordfish enguarde and you had an excellent level that was built entirely out of swimming. I remember it well and still love it I just hope that retro studios can recapture that nostalgia in Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze.