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It’s time to usher the past into the future in this enhanced recreation of Sonic CD! Sonic travels to the distant shores of Never Lake for the once-a-year appearance of Little Planet - a mysterious world where past, present, and future collide through the power of the Time Stones that lie hidden within it.
Release Date: Jan 19, 2012
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Includes 17 items: Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, Sonic 3D Blast™, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine™, Sonic Spinball™, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic 3 and Knuckles, Sonic Adventure DX, Sonic Generations - Casino Nights DLC, Sonic CD, Sonic Generations, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 - Episode I, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 - Episode II, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Sonic Adventure 2, SONIC ADVENTURE 2: BATTLE, Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed: Metal Sonic & Outrun DLC

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It’s time to usher the past into the future in this enhanced recreation of Sonic CD!
Sonic travels to the distant shores of Never Lake for the once-a-year appearance of Little Planet - a mysterious world where past, present, and future collide through the power of the Time Stones that lie hidden within it.
Sonic arrives only to find the once beautiful world imprisoned beneath a twisted metallic shell. His arch-nemesis, Dr. Eggman, has come for the Time Stones and with them, will soon have the power to control time itself!
In order to put an end to Dr. Eggman’s nefarious schemes, Sonic must use the power of Little Planet to travel through time; breaking Dr. Eggman’s hold over the future by destroying his machines in the past and recovering the missing Time Stones!
Featuring 16:9 widescreen, achievements, leaderboards and both the US and Japanese soundtracks, experience the adventure through time that introduced the world to Amy the Hedgehog and Eggman’s most evil creation, Metal Sonic.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Pentium IV 1 ghz
    • Memory: 1GB ram
    • Graphics: directx9 video card
    • DirectX®: 9
    • Hard Drive: 286 MB
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
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2 reviews
20.9 hrs on record
Sonic CD is an epic time-jumping journey and my favorite game in the series. The soundtrack is among the best I've heard in any game, and the gameplay style works really well. This game will be sure to leave lasting memories, from the epic battle against Metal Sonic to the pure bliss of finally getting the good ending (trust me, that's not an easy task). For a price of only $5, you'll get the experience of a lifetime without hurting your wallet.
Posted: December 3rd, 2013
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
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1 review
17.5 hrs on record
Ah, Sonic CD. Arguably one of the only games worth owning on the ill-fated Sega CD, this title takes the classic Sonic formula of high-speed, momentum-based platforming and adds time travel to the mix, and this is the feature that will make or break the game for you. Scattered throughout the levels are signposts with 'past' and 'future' written on them. Running past one of the signs, then building up enough speed, will send Sonic backwards or forwards in time. Each level actualy has four variations: the past, the present, and the good and bad futures. This generaly works well (although I did get once stuck in a wall after warping to the past), with the differences in layout between the time periods providing for some interesting platforming, and adds to the game's greater focus on exploration.
In each Zone (called Acts in other Sonic games) there are two objects to destroy in the past: Eggman's robot generators, and Metal Sonic holigram projectors. Destroying the projectors results in animals roaming about the Zone, to no effect whatsoever. However, destroying a generator will result in all enemies in the Zone instantly being destroyed, as well as changing the future. You see, if you travel to the future normaly, it's a corupted wastland, a bad future. By destroying the generators, you can alter the future, creating the harmonious good futures instead. However, this only applies to the first and second Zones of each Round (called Zones in other Sonic games). In the 3rd Zone of each Round you start in the future; if you destroyed the generator in both other Zones, this will be a good future, and if not, a bad future. Locating the generators can be quite tricky, due to the non-linear, multi-level stage design, and the Zones in this game can be hard to navigate. In addition to all that, to get the game's true ending, you have to make good futures in every single Zone. Or, instead, you could get 50 rings during a Zone, reach the signpost, and enter 3D, UFO-Smashing special stage to collect the Time Stones. Getting all 7 will automaticly get you a good future in every zone, and and guarantee you the good ending.
This is where the game's main problem rears it's ugly head: It claims to have a focus on exploration, but there's really no point to actualy exploring. Getting the Time Stones is so much easier then smashing every single generator, and once you have them, the level design can seem like more of a hinderence then anything. Worse, if you don't care about geting the good ending, and just want to play this like any other clasic sonic game, you might find the level design to be an outright hindrance, with few places to pick up and keep speed. Whether you find the level design to be a blessing (huge, beautiful stages, full of interesting gimmicks) or a curse (massive, mazelike, slow hells) will depend mostly on your playstyle, and is almost entirely subjective.
On a more positive note, this game looks realy good. The game's been updated with 16:9 widescreen support, and you can use one of various filters if you wish to. The game also sounds great, with both the US and JP/EU soundtracks being available to choose from. Each version is great, and having them both is absolutely fantastic. As this is an updated rerelease of the game, various improvements have been made, including tweeked collision detection in both the main game and the special stages, the above-mentioned dual soundtracks and widescreen support, and Tails as a playable character, unlocked after beating the game with Sonic.
Although level design may be subpar for some, Sonic CD is still a good game with a lot to offer, and if you enjoy hunting for secrets, the game has you covered with large levels, each possessing four variants, and lots of little touches that fun to find. Having exploration as it's main focus, rather than being secondary to speedy platforming, may make it the black sheep of the Genesis titles, but the game still nails the smooth platforming that defines classic Sonic. This version is without a doubt the best way to experience Sonic CD, and for just $5, I'd definitely reccomend this game.
Posted: November 27th, 2013
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23 of 34 people (68%) found this review helpful
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2 reviews
18.2 hrs on record
Hell yeah dude.
Posted: December 1st, 2013
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22 of 34 people (65%) found this review helpful
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28 reviews
1.1 hrs on record
i love sonic the hedgehog like a brother
Posted: January 10th, 2014
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
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8 reviews
1.4 hrs on record
A Sonic classic that stands out of it's bretheren. Sonic CD adds the ability to move through time on four different time-zones on many different stages! An absolute must if you are a die-hard sonic fan.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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