Virtual Console Wrap-up – 2/2

The parade (One game a week is hardly a parade, but work with me.) of good games on the VC continues, as we have Sonic Chaos from the Master System. Not bad, and it could be worse. Let’s see what we have to say about it!

Sonic Chaos
Developer: Aspect
Publisher: Sega
System: Sega Master System
Original Release Date: 1993
Price: 500 Wii Points

Christopher Bowen: The bad news is that this is another Sonic game in an infernal sea of Sonic games put out on our theoretical street corner by the pimps at Sega Sammy Holdings (I’m going to call them their full corporate name from now on, to remind people of just when Sega went downhill), but the good news is that, if you can get past the fact that it’s an eight bit game running Master System hardware, it’s a pretty good one. There are no real gimmicks unless playing as Tales counts, and the hardware handles the action surprisingly well. It’s on Sonic Mega Collection Plus which is very affordable nowadays, but that collection wasn’t released on the Gamecube, so if you don’t have any other consoles, there’s worse ways to spend $5.

Charlie Marsh: This is a good one. It’s not the best Sonic game, but it’s still pretty good, and the ability to play as Tails is at least different. It’s on Sonic Adventure DX for the Gamecube, along with a bunch of other old Sonic Game Gear games, but if you didn’t want all those (and a few of them aren’t very good) then going with this wouldn’t be too bad a purchase.

Nathan Birch: This is the best of the Master System/Game Gear Sonic games and unlike the first two 8-bit Sonic games it actually compares surprisingly well to it’s Genesis big brothers. There’s not really too much else to say; it’s Sonic, you know the drill. This one hasn’t been pimped out as shamelessly as the Genesis games, so there’s a good chance you haven’t played it. If so, by all means shell out the 5 bucks if you’re a Sonic fan.

Alex Lucard: This is actually my third favorite Sonic game after Sonic 2 and Sonic CD. It’s a fun little game where Tails plays very differently from Sonic and so it’s a fun little romp.

I’d actually recommend this version over the Game Gear version in the previous Sonic collection, because as this is the SMS, it’s going to fit your TV a little bit better than the Game Gear port. It is practically the same game though, so it’s mainly a sticking point for visual-philes.

At five bucks, you could certainly do a lot worse than this. Sonic fans or just those in need of a quality platformer should check this out.

And there you go. Snowboard Riot and Lonpos are seeing release on Wii Ware. Until next week, choose your DLC wisely.






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