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Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994)

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 was released for the Sega Genesis in early 1994.   Prior to the game’s release many people were ecstatic about the sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and the creative high quality and enjoyable Sonic CD for the Sega CD.  The development of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 was slightly different than Sonic because not only did the game improve mechanically but the designers were more creative in terms of level design. Stages such as Hydrocity Zone, Marble Garden and Carnival Night Zone were more complex than the levels of Sonic 1 & 2.  However, the complexity of the game only adds to the excitement and adventure as both our heroes journey throughout Angel Island Zone to look for Dr. Robotnik.  Before they begin Sonic & Tails are ambushed by Knuckles the Echidna the newest character of the game who then takes all seven chaos emeralds from them.  It turns out that Knuckles was duped by Dr. Robotnik into believing that Sonic & Tails was his enemies when in reality that is not true at all.  It turns out that Sonic has a lot on his plate during this game when we discover that Dr. Robotnik had also been plotting to steal the Master Emerald that Knuckles had been guarding behind his back.

Eventually, towards the end of the game Knuckles discovers that Dr. Robotnik had tricked him and decides to help Sonic stop him from carrying out his plan for using the Master Emerald to power the Death Egg.  While many people had played the game they had not only noticed that the level designs had improved but the soundtrack for this title was far better than its past two predecessors. The reason why the musical composition in this game was phenomenal  was mostly because  Michael Jackson was originally involved during the games development.  However,  due to the controversy that surrounded Michael Jackson during the early 90s he had eventually left midway through the process.We would not learn about Jackson’s involvement  in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 until many years later.  Along with the outstanding musical composition game also gives players the option to save their progress while pick up at the latest stage where they left off.  This game had also featured a competition mode where players were allowed race against one another with the option of choosing between Sonic, Tails or Knuckles.  The game overall was a huge success and had been well received by both gamers and critics alike.  Many gaming publications such as Imagine Games Network, Gamepro, and Gamespot praised the mechanical improvements of the game since there was so much time and effort into making this title a success.  Sonic the Hedgehog 3 had received positive reviews from many gaming publications along with receiving a five star rating from Gamepro.  Many of the game’s features including the level design, musical composition, and storyline had not only captured the interest of many Sonic fans but provided a replay value that many people rarely get tried of.

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