Retro Gaming- Sonic Rush: (2005)

When we look at Sonic the Hedgehog games from the 90’s until now there have been many exciting titles that were considered to be not only fun but memorable those who have played them.   Even though, some of the best 2D Sonic the Hedgehog games were released during the 90’s the 00’s also had some great 2D titles as well.  Along with the Sonic Advance series for the Game Boy Advance one of the coolest games that emerged from the 00’s was Sonic Rush which was developed by Dimps along with the Sonic Team and released for the Nintendo DS in 2005.  The gameplay and 2D visual graphics in this game were amazing and looked like something that many people from the 16 bit era had dreamed for many years before it actually happened.  The developers for Sonic Rush had included 2D graphics along with 3D sprites in order to develop 2.5D game which was very impressive.  Along with the inclusion of fantastic visual graphics this game included a new storyline featuring the debut of Blaze the Cat.  In the game Sonic & Blaze who were both reluctant to trust each other have to stop Eggman & Nega Eggman collecting emeralds.

While Nega Eggman seeks to collect the Sol Emeralds in Blaze’s world Dr. Eggman desires to collect the Chaos Emeralds in Sonic’s as both of their dimensions were on the verge of merging with each other.  Along with having a great plot the levels in Sonic Rush were mind-blowing allowing people to play as Sonic & Blaze and going through a very exciting adventure as they progress throughout the game.  When it comes down to both gameplay and graphics some people would probably argue that most of the Sonic games that were released during the 00’s on consoles such as Xbox and Nintendo Wii should have utilized a similar format.  It’s no secret that many people who are hardcore Sonic fans love the 2D graphics that made the series very popular during the 90’s.  Along with having an impressive visual display Sonic Rush groundbreaking & innovative gameplay along with a new plot that probably could have worked if Sega had decided to make this game the direct sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog 3.  While opinions may vary about most of the 3D Sonic the Hedgehog games that were released in the 00’s it was good to know that the 2D titles were always fun to play if one was a true fan of the series.


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